COVID-19 interstate compacts could be a model for regional marijuana trade


A 'western alliance' of legal states could regulate interstate cannabis commerce, say some industry leaders. Industry Politics cannabis legalization federal prohibition marijuana surplus Oregon recreational marijuana state laws

Class actions against CBD companies proliferate under federal and state law

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Consumer products law blog. Class actions against CBD companies proliferate under federal and state law. And, just last week, a California defendant in a CBD class action filed a motion to dismiss on the grounds that the plaintiffs’ claims are preempted by federal law.

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Petition filed to legalize recreational marijuana in Oklahoma

Cannabis Law Report

A petition has been filed in an effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Oklahoma. 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.

Recreational vs Medicinal Marijuana – Does It Matter Anymore?

TOPS Cannabis

With marijuana laws changing at a rapid pace across the states, you might be wondering if there is still a significant difference between recreational and medicinal cannabis use. Recreational marijuana is pot used without medical recommendations or justifications.

Illinois: Buffalo Grove establishes new tax on recreational marijuana sales

Cannabis Law Report

Buffalo Grove has yet to allow retail sales of recreational marijuana in the village, but it now has a tax in place if it becomes a reality next year. It’s the maximum amount allowed under state law.

A New Year in Illinois – First Day of Recreational Marijuana Sales

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Illinois started off the decade by opening its doors to the world of adult-use recreational marijuana. On January 1, 2020, the state of Illinois had its first day of legal marijuana sales. By: Nabil Rodriguez.

South Dakota Tribe Votes to Legalize Medical and Recreational Marijuana

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The Oglala Sioux Tribe (located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota) passed a referendum to legalize medical and recreational marijuana according to preliminary results from the tribe’s election commission. attorney’s office for the state.

Illinois General Assembly Passes Amendments to Recreational Cannabis Law Reducing Some Employer Liabilities

The Blunt Truth

The Illinois General Assembly passed SB 1557 , revising the language of the Recreational Cannabis Law to reduce but not eliminate employer liabilities. As we previously blogged, the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act will legalize recreational cannabis for Illinois adults starting January 1, 2020. However, the law raised questions about new potential liabilities for Illinois employers. Governor Pritzker has not yet signed the bill into law.

Colorado Representative Introduces Bill to Expand State’s Lawful Activities Law to Include Cannabis

The Blunt Truth

On January 10, 2020, Colorado Representative Jovan Melton (D) introduced House Bill 20-1089 , which proposes to clarify that the existing prohibition on an employer terminating an employee for the employee’s lawful off-duty activities, like off-duty consumption of alcohol, extends to activities that are lawful under state law even if they are illegal under federal law (e.g., recreational or medical cannabis).

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Illinois Amends Recreational Cannabis Law To Protect Drug Testing By Employers

The Blunt Truth

Earlier this month, Governor Pritzker signed into law SB 1557 , revising the Recreational Cannabis Law to expand permissible marijuana testing and related adverse action. The Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (410 ILCS 705) (the “Legalization Act”) legalizes recreational cannabis for Illinois adults starting January 1, 2020. Medical marijuana developments present another set of challenges for employers in many states, Illinois included.

Bi-Partisan Legislation Introduced In The House Thursday To Protect State Laws Regulating Cannabis

Cannabis Law Report

A bipartisan bill protecting state laws regulating marijuana use from the federal government was reintroduced on Thursday in the House and Senate. The legislation, which allows states to determine their own cannabis policies, was offered by Sens. Cannabis Law News

Syfarth: Illinois General Assembly Passes Amendments to Recreational Cannabis Law That Help Reduce Employer Liability

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POSTED IN EMPLOYMENT LAW. The Illinois General Assembly passed SB 1557 , revising the language of the Recreational Cannabis Law to reduce but not completely eliminate employer liabilities. Governor Pritzker has not yet signed the bill into law.

Too Natural for Naturalization: Even Decriminalized Marijuana Can be a Bar to US Citizenship

The Blunt Truth

As a number of states and the District of Columbia have moved to permit possession, use and sale of marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes and the business of legalized cannabis distribution has grown exponentially, federal law banning such activity remains unchanged. Deeming the trend in state law irrelevant, federal immigration authorities have in fact moved in the opposite direction.

Too Natural for Naturalization: An Update

The Blunt Truth

Joe Neguse, Kelly Armstrong and Hakeem Jeffries, noted that thirty states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for medical and/or recreational purposes. The letter criticizes the policy stating that it “targets naturalization applicants based on lawful employment for an activity that is legal in multiple states and and territories (albeit not under federal law).”. Federal - State Law Conflict good moral character immigration uscis

Weed and Worry — The Immigration Consequences of Engaging in the Cannabis Trade

The Blunt Truth

As several states and foreign countries have enacted laws decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, a fresh rush of reefer madness has overtaken the business world. Should you be worried about legal marijuana’s adverse consequences under federal immigration law? practicing law in the U.S. ” Black’s Law Dictionary, 1340 (5th ed. ” Black’s Law Dictionary , supra, at 673.

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Is The End Of Cannabis Prohibition Near?

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It seems as though more states are adopting a medical and/or recreational law toward cannabis consumption. has 11 states that recognize cannabis for recreational consumption. While 33 states recognize marijuana for medical use, including the District of Colombia.

It’s MLK Day. Don’t Forget Cannabis is a Civil Rights Issue.

Canna Law Blog

Dr. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. laws of the 20 th century, the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Happy MLK Day!

Half Baked: Illinois Legislature Includes Some Employer Protections in New Recreational Cannabis Law – But Beware the Traps

The Blunt Truth

Pritzker is expected to sign a comprehensive recreational cannabis bill. While the “Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act” contains extensive provisions preserving an employer’s right to ban cannabis and otherwise have a “zero tolerance” substance abuse policy, there are potential traps for the unwary and, thus, employers should carefully consider how the new law will impact their existing substance abuse and drug testing policies and procedures. . Illinois Governor J.B.

Is Tribal Cannabis on a Comeback Tour?

Canna Law Blog

For people in the know, the cannabis industry is an unpredictable roller coaster for a number of reasons having to do with federal illegality, evolving state regulations, and market volatility. Hemp/CBD Medical Marijuana Native American Tribes Recreational Marijuana

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Vaping in Oregon: The Flavored Products Ban is Just the Beginning

Canna Law Blog

The News Release states that “OLCC will provide further guidance to licensees about taking inventory of flavored or non-marijuana terpene-containing products, removing them from retail store shelves and setting those items aside.” Oregon Recreational Marijuana

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SAFE Banking Act Picking Up Steam in Republican- Controlled Senate


Things are looking good for state medical and recreational dispensaries as a game-changing bill gains support in the U.S. The fear of federal repercussions keeps major financial institutions for dealing with these businesses, despite their being compliant with state law. Unfortunately, we understand that the current clash between federal and state laws puts dispensaries in a difficult position.

The Business of Marijuana in Oregon: Join Us May 17!

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At this point, the OLCC’s recreational marijuana program is fully built out and the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) hemp program has taken off like a rocket. Events Hemp Medical Marijuana Recreational Marijuana

And Best Democratic Experiment Goes to. (Legal?) Weed at the Oscars

Canna Law Blog

64, individual adults 21 and up can gift up to an ounce of cannabis (or its infused equivalent) without fear of state or local prosecution so long as there’s no financial compensation. California Events Medical Marijuana Recreational MarijuanaNow featuring cannabis!

Risky Business: Cannabis Security Interests and Secured Transactions

Canna Law Blog

It’s no secret many cannabis businesses can’t get bank accounts or loans or lines of credit from financial institutions because of the Bank Secrecy Act and federal anti-money laundering laws — despite current FinCEN guidance.

Cannabis Real Estate Leases: The Roots of Your Cannabis Business, Part 1

Canna Law Blog

Many states have default laws that fill in contract gaps, and, depending on which side of the contract you sit, you may not want those rules applied to your situation. Be sure your lease complies with state and local laws. These leases are different, you know.

Cannabis and Immigration: Marijuana Activity a Conditional Bar to Obtaining U.S. Citizenship

Canna Law Blog

Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would formally update its Policy Manual regarding how cannabis-related activity–even when it took place in states that have legalized the medical and recreational use of marijuana–would impact naturalization.

The Biggest Pitfalls of California Cannabis Leases in 2019

Canna Law Blog

And even though many of the provisions from the boilerplate will certainly make it into your custom cannabis lease, pretty much every provision has to be reviewed and reformed to cannabis-specific issues all with an eye to the state-federal law conflict. 2. State licensing timeline.

California Cannabis Bill Roundup for October 2019

Canna Law Blog

Seems like not a month goes by in California where the Assembly isn’t trying to pass a slew of cannabis bills to help regulate the state’s industry under the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MAUCRSA”). State tax deductions. .

Cannabis Companies, Public Markets and Supervoting Shares

Canna Law Blog

State laws regulating ownership and control items always must be taken into account, but the bottom line is that voting rights and economic rights are two very different things in cannabis businesses, just like anywhere else. Business Basics Finance/Investment Recreational Marijuana

California Cannabis: Department of Business Oversight Issues Somewhat Helpful Guidance to Financial Institutions

Canna Law Blog

Questions in this section include whether there is a comprehensive assessment of the business, and whether a financial institution has a contingency plan in case federal or state guidelines change. California Finance/Investment Recreational Marijuana

Illinois Marijuana Legislation Update: Senate Bill Would Protect Employers’ Rights

The Blunt Truth

Across the country, states are moving to legalize medical and recreational marijuana. In states that legalize recreational marijuana, employers and drug testing services have seen significant increases in positivity rates for marijuana metabolites. Illinois is taking the route of full legalization of recreational marijuana. Employment Law drug use employment law illinois recreational marijuana

California Cannabis: Breaking Down the CDPH Permanent Regulations

Canna Law Blog

The State of California finally adopted permanent cannabis regulations earlier this month. MCSB entity owner regulations now state that “if the owner. However, this clearly isn’t going to be the case if stakeholders go off of a plain reading of the law.

Study: Marijuana Retailers Not Selling to Underage Customers


Licensed cannabis retailers in Colorado and Washington are highly compliant with state laws refusing the sale of products to minors, according to data published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. states,” is online here.

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Louisiana Expands State Medical Marijuana Program


New laws expanding the medical marijuana program in Louisiana went into effect on August 1. Only two facilities are allowed to cultivate medical cannabis for the entire state, and only nine pharmacies are licensed to distribute it to patients. Federal Law: SAFE Banking Act.

Can I Use My Medical Marijuana in States Where It’s Not Legal?


However, given rapidly evolving – and often complicated – laws surrounding medical marijuana, many patients feel overwhelmed. Is it okay to use legally purchased medical marijuana in states where it’s not legal? Can you use your medical marijuana card in different states?

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Clark County Council eyes code changes for cannabis

Cannabis Chronicles

As the Clark County Council continues to reconsider its ban on recreational cannabis businesses, it’s turned its attention to where such companies would be allowed to set up as well as other land-use questions.

Article: Day Pitney’s Steven Cash: How the ABA’s Cannabis Resolution Evolved

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The American Bar Association this week approved a resolution calling on Congress to ensure that lawyers can provide counsel to state-complaint clients in the marijuana space without fear of federal prosecution. Cannabis Law News