House Members Pass Historic Legislation Legitimizing Retail Cannabis Sales


Members of the House of Representatives voted 321 to 103 in favor, representing 79% of the vote of HR 1595: The SAFE Banking Act, which amends federal law so that explicitly banks and other financial institutions may work directly with state-legal marijuana businesses.

Illinois: Buffalo Grove establishes new tax on recreational marijuana sales

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It’s the maximum amount allowed under state law. Deputy Village Manager Christopher Stilling said Buffalo Grove could, by a conservative estimate, collect $300,000 to $400,000 a year through the tax. 1 if they wanted to start collecting on sales beginning Jan.

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Illinois Legislation Demands Sustainability From Indoor Cannabis Growers

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A state law signed by Gov. This is a high-resource-use industry, and it doesn’t have to be,” said state Rep. It definitely puts Illinois at or near the top in terms of state policies for energy and environmental performance for cultivation facilities,” he said.

Colorado: Right now, it just kind of is a piggy bank that folks look to when they want something funded,” Says Democrat Joint Budget Committee Head.

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Now — five-plus years and $1 billion in tax collections since recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado — top Democratic budget writers say they want to change how pot tax revenue is appropriated, recommending new guardrails for a fund that will total $159 million next budget year.

Texas Police Chiefs Association Hold Marijuana Press Conference


Fellow Texans, Today, I attended a press conference held by the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA) at the Texas State Capitol. These are the people advocating for the status quo in our state. It was disappointing to see Law Enforcement advocating for policy that continues to saddle Texans with criminal records and all those collateral consequences as well as putting fear ahead of regulated patient access to medical marijuana.

Clark County continues to eye pot-law changes

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They also reflect updates to state law, such as eliminating “collective gardens,” which were previously used for medical marijuana. The thousand-foot buffer will still stand for public playgrounds, as well as elementary and secondary schools as required by state law.

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Petition filed to legalize recreational marijuana in Oklahoma

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State Question 806 , filed on Dec. 12, would add an amendment to the Constitution, which would generally legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for people aged 21 and older under state law. If voters approve the state question, it would take effect in 90 days.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/8/19


Senator Ron Wyden introduced legislation in the Senate — The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act — to permit states to establish their own marijuana regulatory policies free from federal interference. State Sen.

Hoban: Gateway Proven Strategies

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For years, clients have walked into the Hoban Law Group and Feldmann Nagel Cantafio firms knowing they needed a business license, an operating agreement, and some other statutorily created requirement necessary to comply with state law. . Hoban Law Group

CohnReznick Article: U.S. Supreme Court case, South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc

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in which the court ruled that states may charge tax on purchases made from out-of-state sellers, even without the seller’s having a physical presence in the taxing state. The physical connection standard requires a seller to have physical activities in a state (e.g.,

Oregon Revisits Worker Protections for Off-Duty Cannabis Enjoyment


The Statesman Journal reports that a proposed bill would also change state law to protect job seekers who use substances like cannabis that are legal here. Small Businesses Grapple With Maze of Conflicting Cannabis Laws. SALEM, Ore. (AP)

Mass State Supervisor Says State Dept of Revenue can, ” refuse to release a city-by-city list of how local marijuana taxes are distributed”

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Mass Live reports……… The Massachusetts Department of Revenue can refuse to release a city-by-city list of how local marijuana taxes are distributed when there are fewer than three stores in a municipality, the state Supervisor of Records has ruled.

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California Department of Justice Releases New Medicinal Cannabis Guidelines

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The Guidelines come after significant changes in state law on recreational cannabis use. Historically, the State of California has been at the forefront of the cannabis legalization movement. Guidance regarding collectives and cooperatives. PRESS RELEASE.

Louisiana medical marijuana maker planning major expansions, launch of hemp-derived CBD products


Wellcana — which already operates out of Baton Rouge and is one of only two companies approved in the state to produce medical marijuana — is scouting out land in a less-populated area between Baton Rouge and Lafayette for additional cultivation room for medical marijuana, officials said. Currently, Wellcana’s Baton Rouge facility can grow a limited number of marijuana plants and manufactures tinctures for patients suffering from specific ailments outlined in state law.

California Growers Paying Taxes with Bags of Cash

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California expects to collect more than $500 million in marijuana-related tax payments next year according to a report in The Sacramento Bee. State Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer has said that there are 10 unlicensed cannabis businesses in Los Angeles for every licensed business.

Colorado Law Enforcement Says It Has Conducted Extensive Raids Of Illegal Cannabis Operations In The State

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Colorado law enforcement officers, district attorneys and federal authorities collaborated on what they describe as the largest collective marijuana bust in the state’s history. “To be clear, these grows are not ones that were otherwise legal under state law.

Hemp-CBD Across State Lines: Nebraska

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In turn, states have the option to maintain primary regulatory authority over the crop cultivated within their borders by submitting a plan to the USDA. This federal and state interplay has resulted in many legislative and regulatory changes at the state level. Hemp States

California is Moving Forward With a Plan to Establish Marijuana Banks

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The Associated Press is reporting that California is quickly moving forward with a plan to establish a system of banks to work with the marijuana industry which is legal under state law, but illegal under federal law.

California Activists Seek Decriminalization of Magic Mushrooms

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Together with the required $2,000 fee, an advocacy group by the name of Decriminalize California submitted ballot language to the state attorney general’s office in September. Representatives for Decriminalize California have stated the group currently aims to raise $1.5

The Supreme Court Puts a Halt to a Commandeering Congress

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resulted in a ruling that struck down the provision of PASPA that prohibited the states from authorizing sports gambling, which ultimately drove the Court to declare the entire Act unconstitutional. The Supreme Court’s holding last Monday affirmed the principle that Congress does not have the power to order states to pass or refrain from passing laws. Murphy holds that state-law repeals are not pre-emptible.

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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announces on House floor that he will schedule the SAFE Banking Act for a vote next week

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Mj Biz report…… A bill that would create a federal safe harbor for financial institutions to serve state-lawful cannabis businesses and ancillary companies will be put to a landmark vote in the U.S. The Cannabis Trade Federation immediately sent out an alert stating.

Trump’s New U.S. Attorney General Pick Says He Won’t Pursue Pot Crackdown

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Those fears were confirmed when Sessions formally rolled back the Cole Memo, a federal directive under the Obama administration not to pursue criminal actions or civil forfeiture against marijuana businesses that were abiding state law.

Marijuana Banking Bill Passed by West Virginia House of Delegates

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“The purpose of this section is to provide a solution to the banking problems encountered by the state in connection with the Act.”

CA: DOJ Medical Cannabis

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PUBLISHER: CANNABIS LAW REPORT. It spells out what is and what isn’t lawful grow.“I The document summarizes more than 20 years of state laws, regulations, and guidelines concerning the growing, distribution and transportation of medicinal cannabis in the Golden State.

Foolproof Way to Get Your Florida Medical Marijuana Recommendation and Card

On Nov 8th, 2016 the state of Florida legalized the use of medical marijuana, though it didn’t go into effect until March of 2017; the endorsement to the use of medical cannabis opened the doors to an alternative treatment for many different conditions. It’s important to remember that while the use of medical marijuana is allowed in the state of Florida, the federal law still classifies cannabis as a schedule 1 drug. Why get a medical marijuana card? Light it up.

California Employers Ease Zero Tolerance on Cannabis

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California employers long have long availed themselves of their right – as affirmed by the state’s high court – to carry out zero tolerance policies against workers who use drugs – even if that drug use takes place off-the-job.

Chicago to Garner $3.5 Million in Taxes Next Year From Legal Marijuana

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According to the Associated Press, the figure represents four months of expected tax collections because the state law that legalized pot sales prevents cities and towns from collecting taxes on those sales until next September.

California Closer to Allowing Food Containing CBD

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Laws on the CBD food craze are all over the map, and misinformation is rampant. Los Angeles CBD lawyers can explain that overlapping federal and state laws have created substantial confusion among restauranteers about what’s legal and what’s not.

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Three Tax Court Judges Find Section 280E Unconstitutional

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It was business as usual for the ten member majority, but three dissenting judges of the United States Tax Court (“Tax Court”) broke new ground in Northern California Small Business Assistants Inc. , [1] finding section 280E of the Internal Revenue Code unconstitutional. The Sixteenth Amendment permits Congress to “collect taxes on incomes.” [8] The post Three Tax Court Judges Find Section 280E Unconstitutional appeared first on Greenspoon Marder Cannabis Law.

25 Cities Sue California to Block Unfettered Marijuana Delivery

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Los Angeles marijuana delivery business attorneys are paying close attention to this litigation, wherein plaintiff cities argue that by allowing home deliveries in cities where it is restricted, the state is breaking key provisions of Prop.

Chinese-Funded Covert Cannabis Cultivation Leads to Three Los Angeles Marijuana Arrests

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Those two also assisted with out-of-state distribution of the drug, as well as return of the financial proceeds to the principle organizer. The Los Angeles CANNABIS LAW Group represents growers, dispensaries, collectives, patients and those facing marijuana charges.

Constitutionality of Cannabis: Federal Lawsuit Against DEA, DOJ Proceeds

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Department of Justice, challenging the constitutionality of the federal law designating marijuana a Schedule I controlled substance proceeded recently to the next level with oral arguments before the U.S. A federal lawsuit against the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S.

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Update on Marijuana in the Workplace “Rhode Island”

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Laws § 2-26-1, et seq., iv) Violation of employment conditions pursuant to the terms of a collective bargaining agreement; or. (2)

How to Qualify for Medical Marijuana Status in Oklahoma


In this post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about how to qualify for medical marijuana in the state of Oklahoma. That’s all thanks to State Question 788 , which is the medical marijuana law that voters overwhelmingly supported.

New California Cannabis Shop Hopefuls Face Barriers to Entry

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This year was the first in which Californians could freely grow, sell, buy and use marijuana purely for purposes of recreation without the constant threat of criminal law enforcement intervention. State and local agencies insist they are doing all they can to keep the licensing process moving.