Class actions against CBD companies proliferate under federal and state law

Cannabis Law Report

Consumer products law blog. Class actions against CBD companies proliferate under federal and state law. By Mark Faccenda (US) , Jeff Margulies (US) , Will Troutman (US) and *Katie Fragoso (US) on February 12, 2020 Posted in Food & Drug Administration, Recent consumer products case law, Recent legislation and regulations. Class actions against CBD companies proliferate under federal and state law.

Evidence-Based Research Suggests Allowing Cannabis Storefront Retail Benefits Neighboring Property Values, Public Health and Safety

Canna Law Blog

In addition to legalizing adult use and possession of cannabis, the law creates a statewide regulatory regime for commercial cannabis activity, but also provides discretion to local jurisdictions to prohibit or restrict such businesses. Stated reasons from city and county governments include fear of increased crime and teen drug use, and potential harm to property value. In 2016, California voters approved Prop 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, by nearly 2 million votes.

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Municipalities Moving Away from Marijuana Testing for Employees

NORML

In the city of Rochester, council members approved municipal legislation on Tuesday barring pre-employment marijuana testing for non-safety sensitive city employees. The new law took effect immediately upon passage. Also this week, city council members in Richmond, Virginia passed a resolution excluding non-safety sensitive employees and job applicants from marijuana testing. Those new laws take effect on July 1, 2020.

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New Legislation Introduced To Protect State-Legal Marijuana Programs

NORML

The Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act essentially would give peace of mind to lawmakers, regulators, 149,000+ workers, and the millions of patients and consumers who are dependent on the normalization of lawful marijuana markets. The enactment of these policies have not negatively impacted workplace safety , crime rates , traffic safety , or youth use patterns. Tax revenues from states like Colorado, Oregon, and Washington now exceed initial projections.

Majority of Virginians Favor Legalizing Marijuana

NORML

Virginians know prohibition has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars, derailed the lives of hundreds of thousands of hard-working Virginians, and has done nothing to protect our youth or provide for consumer safety. “Voter attitudes are no longer reflected in state law, and candidates on the campaign trail would be wise to take note.” Under state law , first-time possession offenders face up to 30 days in jail and a criminal record.

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

NORML

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. His statements came response to questions from Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) — each of whom represent states where marijuana is legally regulated for either medical or recreational purposes. Thirty-three states, Washington, D.C.

NM governor intervenes in court case over medical cannabis cards

The NM Political Report | Medical Cannabis Program

New Mexico’s governor has officially become a party in a legal battle over whether medical cannabis cards should be issued to out-of-state residents. On Wednesday, a state district judge approved Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s request to intervene in the case, which arose after a prominent medical cannabis producer challenged the state on wording in a state statute related to who can become a medical cannabis patient in New Mexico.

Bipartisan Bill To Protect Employment Rights

NORML

The Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act ( HR 1687 ) is bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Don Young (R-AK) to explicitly bar federal agencies from discriminating against workers solely because of their status as a cannabis consumer, or due to testing positive for marijuana use on a workplace drug test. Medical marijuana is currently legal in 31 states, D.C.,

CBD Cosmetics: Unregulated, Yes. Risk-Free, No.

Canna Law Blog

This is partially due to the fact that the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) and many state regulators do not seem to take issue with the sale and marketing of these products but also because the cosmetic industry has been self-regulated for nearly a century.

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

NORML

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. This is because federal law continues to inappropriately define all marijuana-related endeavors as criminal enterprises, including those commercial activities that are licensed and legally regulated under state laws.

AG Nominee Reiterates Non-Interference Stance

NORML

First reported on Forbes , William Barr, former Attorney General, advocate for increased incarceration , and current nominee to be the next Attorney General reiterated his stance in writing to not “go after” state legal marijuana programs and expressed support for increased research. Thirty-three states, Washington, D.C. Moreover, an estimated 73 million Americans now reside in the ten states where anyone over the age of 21 may possess cannabis legally.

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Another Step Forward for Cannabis Banking

Greenspoon Marder Cannabis Law Group Blog

The scheduled hearing, titled “Challenges for Cannabis and Banking: Outside Perspectives” has surprised some in the industry considering that Idaho Senator and Senate Banking committee chairman, Mike Crapo, recently stated he would not consider giving this matter a hearing. Simply stated, the SAFE Banking Act would protect financial institutions providing services to cannabis related businesses operating legally within the parameters of state law. Cannabis Banking.

Medical Marijuana Cards And Your Privacy: Are MMJ Cards Confidential?

MMJ Recs

The majority of US states now have some form of MMJ treatment available to their citizens, and each year new states are joining the medical marijuana revolution and implementing their own MMJ programs. MMJ is also big business and MMJ-friendly states are enjoying big economic benefits.

NIST and FDA May Be the Cannabis Quality Assurance Heroes We Need

Canna Law Blog

One agency, though, that has surprisingly never lifted a finger against state-legal cannabis–though it is taking a closer look at CBD–is the Federal Trade Commission ( FTC ). CBD testing, packaging, and labeling is no consumer safety picnic either.

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Clark County continues to eye pot-law changes

Cannabis Chronicles

In April, the council held a work session examining the public safety and health aspects of legal cannabis. 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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House Members Pass Historic Legislation Legitimizing Retail Cannabis Sales

NORML

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. Therefore, almost no state-licensed cannabis businesses can legally obtain a bank account, process credit cards, or provide loans to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/18/20

NORML

At the state level, a new decriminalization law took effect this week in Hawaii involving the possession of up to three grams of marijuana, as well as a procedure for expungement of past convictions for the same amount. Following are the bills that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check NORML’s Action Center for legislation pending in your state. Update : LD 1621 is scheduled for a public hearing in the State House on 1/27/20 at 10am.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: I just introduced legislation to end the federal marijuana prohibition

NORML

Our archaic and outdated marijuana laws are turning everyday Americans into criminals. Our outdated marijuana laws also target communities of color. Drug Enforcement Administration and Congress still erroneously classify marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, ignoring the fact that 33 states, including my home state of Hawai‘i, have already accepted the medical use of marijuana under state law.

The Legal Status of Cannabis for Animals

Project CBD

Although the federal legality of these products has been a matter of debate, the 2018 Farm Bill signed into law last year officially took hemp and CBD from hemp off of the federal controlled substances list. The California Veterinary Medical Board released a statement in early 2017 reminding veterinarians that state law does not allow for veterinary recommendation of cannabis and if vets recommend or discuss the use of cannabis for their patients, they put their medical licenses at risk.

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Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/29/20

NORML

Following are the bills that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check NORML’s Action Center for legislation pending in your state. Don’t forget to sign up for our email list, and we will keep you posted as these bills and more move through your home state legislature and U.S. The measure prohibits the release of past records for any marijuana offense that is no longer defined as a crime under state law.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/25/20

NORML

Missouri state regulators began issuing the first of nearly 200 licenses to medical cannabis providers. At a more local level, city council members in Springfield, Illinois approved the state’s first marijuana consumption space. Following are the bills that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check NORML’s Action Center for legislation pending in your state. Update : SB 2 was approved by the Senate Judiciary Criminal Law Subcommittee on 1/23/20.

ICYMI: Here Comes California-Certified “Comparable-to-Organic” Cannabis

Canna Law Blog

California is leading the way though as the first state to have a “organic” certification program comparable to the Feds that will go live in 2021. Back to federal law.

Cannabis Company Basics: Compliance is Key

Canna Law Blog

It is not simply enough for companies to take the position that not openly violating law is sufficient to avoid enforcement actions. Another important point on compliance with state law is that it reduces (though nothing can completely eliminate) the risk of federal enforcement.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/3/19

NORML

Governor Jay Inslee (D) of Washington signed legislation into law allowing medical cannabis to be accessed by patients on school grounds, and separate legislation allowing the production of industrial hemp in accordance with new federal hemp regulations. Governor Larry Hogan (R) of Maryland also signed industrial hemp production legislation into law. Legislation is pending to mandate that state agencies review and expunge prior marijuana convictions.

Clark County council votes to lift marijuana ban

Cannabis Chronicles

The ordinance applies a 1,000-foot buffer for all cannabis businesses to elementary and secondary schools as well as public playgrounds as required by state law. County staff has previously stated that more than a dozen businesses in Clark County hold processing or production licenses. They also argued that lifting the ban would add to the drug’s potentially adverse effects on public health and safety while increasing use by adolescents.

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Cannabis Banking on the Horizon

Greenspoon Marder Cannabis Law Group Blog

Currently unnamed, the resolution appropriates annual funding for the Department of Treasury, the Judiciary, the Executive Office of the President, and other independent agencies that provide financial services such as the IRS Section 633 of the resolution would allow financial institutions to provide services for marijuana businesses operating pursuant to state law, including Indian Tribes and the District of Columbia. By: Nabil Rodriguez, Esq. & & Victor Fox*.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/22/20

NORML

Following are the bills that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check NORML’s Action Center for legislation pending in your state. Don’t forget to sign up for our email list, and we will keep you posted as these bills and more move through your home state legislature and U.S. Legislation is pending, House Bill 847, that seeks to criminalize the possession and transportation of hemp flower in the state.

An Officer Forced into Retirement for Medical Cannabis Sues NYPD

Veriheal

The lawsuit also has allegations of violations of New York Health law 3369, negligent failure to train, discipline, and supervise employees, as well as negligent hiring practices. Under state law, medical cannabis patients are categorized as disabled.

Further Delays To Cannabis Dispensaries Opening In Maine

Cannabis Law Report

State budget forecasters are banking on a robust kickoff, however, estimating $5 million in sales by the end of the month. Retail shops need state-issued conditional licenses. Shops go back to state for active licenses. State licenses health and safety testing labs. Products tested and entered into state tracking system. Once group of licensed retail shops meets criteria, state picks official launch date.

California: State Intervenes in Cannabis Delivery Legal Tussle

Cannabis Law Report

The state this week intervened in a new court battle over home delivery of cannabis in communities that have banned or restricted pot shops. The state filed a motion on behalf of the California Bureau of Cannabis to join a lawsuit against Santa Cruz county, which has banned deliveries by companies it has not licensed. In Fresno, cities are fighting the state contending that state law allows them to decide whether organizations can sell cannabis in their communities.

Federal Legislation Introduced To Protect State-Level Marijuana Legalization Laws

The Joint Blog

As reported by NORML , The Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act essentially would give peace of mind to lawmakers, regulators, 149,000+ workers, and the millions of patients and consumers who are dependent on the normalization of lawful marijuana markets. The enactment of these policies have not negatively impacted workplace safety , crime rates , traffic safety , or youth use patterns.

California Assembly (Again) Considers Bill Requiring Employers to Accommodate Medical Cannabis Use

The Blunt Truth

of the Health and Safety Code, for purposes of medical cannabis or as a person with an identification card, as defined in Section 11362.7 of the Health and Safety Code …” According to the proposed bill, a qualified patient or cardholder will be entitled to the same rights to reasonable accommodation and the interactive process as are provided to workers prescribed other legal drugs under the FEHA so long as a variety of conditions set out in the bill are satisfied.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/14/20

NORML

Following are the bills that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check NORML’s Action Center for legislation pending in your state. Don’t forget to sign up for our email list, and we will keep you posted as these bills and more move through your home state legislature and U.S. doctors to fill out the state-legal medical marijuana recommendations. Legislation is pending, House Bill 550, to expand the state’s marijuana decriminalization law.

B Corp Certification: Another Way to Legitimize the Hemp CBD Industry?

Canna Law Blog

As of date, the Food and Drug Administration (the “ FDA ”) has received over 4,000 comments from shareholders on the safety, manufacturing, product quality, marketing, labeling, and sale of Hemp CBD products. B corporations are creatures of state law.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/4/19

NORML

Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Don Young (R-AK) re-introduced the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, which protects those engaged in state-lawful medical marijuana programs from federal prosecution. At the state level, Alaska regulators have voted in favor of plans to permit on-site marijuana consumption at designated retailers. State Senators Daylin Leach (D) and Sharif Street (D), as well as Rep.

2020 California Cannabis Bill Round-Up

Canna Law Blog

In fact, there’s not even a gubernatorial budget trailer bill catch all this year, which normally would accomplish some major and much needed legal changes to and technical fixes to the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MAUCRSA”).

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Planet 13 Offering Expanded Online Ordering and Delivery Services

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All figures are reported in United States dollars ($) unless otherwise indicated. The Company’s staff has undergone extensive health and safety training. “The health and safety of our employees, customers, and community remain our top priority as the spread of COVID-19 continues to impact people and businesses nationwide. Local state laws where MMDC operates permit such activities however, these activities are currently illegal under United States federal law.