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

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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

Petition filed to legalize recreational marijuana in Oklahoma

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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.

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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.

Illinois: Buffalo Grove establishes new tax on recreational marijuana sales

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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.

Recreational vs Medicinal Marijuana – Does It Matter Anymore?

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

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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.

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.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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!

SAFE Banking Act Picking Up Steam in Republican- Controlled Senate

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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.

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

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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

Study: Marijuana Retailers Not Selling to Underage Customers

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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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Grading the Presidential Candidates on Marijuana: Donald Trump

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We examined each candidate’s historic approach to marijuana law and policy, and we also canvassed their current respective stances on marijuana. Today, we conclude by turning our focus on the President of the United States and presumptive Republican Party nominee, Donald Trump.

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

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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

Risky Business: Cannabis Security Interests and Secured Transactions

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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.

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

MLK Day 2019: Marijuana and Civil Rights

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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!

Cannabis Law and Policy: What I’ve Learned From Teaching

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For the past three years, I have taught a class called “Cannabis Law & Policy” at Lewis & Clark Law School here in Portland, Oregon. The old laws are worse than you think. Today and historically, most arrests and imprisonment for cannabis crimes happen under state laws.

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

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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!

California Cannabis Bill Roundup for October 2019

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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. .

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

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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

The Biggest Pitfalls of California Cannabis Leases in 2019

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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.

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

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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

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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.

Cannabis Companies, Public Markets and Supervoting Shares

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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

ICYMI: U.S. Attorney General Nominee (Likely) Won’t Harsh Your Mellow

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And the drama that followed Sessions’ moves was pretty satisfying, including when Cory Gardner vowed to (and did ) block DOJ appointments until the issue was resolved in favor of the states, culminating in a deal with President Trump to back off of state-legal marijuana.

California Cannabis: Breaking Down the CDPH Permanent Regulations

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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.

Fed Chair To Senate: “I think it would be great to have clarity,” On Cannabis

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As the tentacles of the federal policy of cannabis prohibition run deep into nearly every sector of American public policy, a new voice emerged to call for clarity regarding state-legal cannabis marketplaces: Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.

Clark County Council eyes code changes for cannabis

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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.

Attorney General Nominee Commits To Leave State-Legal Marijuana Programs Alone

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In Senate testimony today, nominee for Attorney General William Barr committed to not use the limited resources of the Department of Justice to prosecute state-regulated and compliant marijuana businesses. Thirty-three states, Washington, D.C.