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. Product testing and sampling protocols are not uniform across the country, and scientific data supporting the safety and efficacy of these products is under-developed.

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.

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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. 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.

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. Thirty-three states, Washington, D.C.

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.

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.

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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.,

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. Cannabis Banking.

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.

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.

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. Tulsi Gabbard is a Member of Congress representing Hawaii’s 2nd district.

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. For the time being, the use of cannabis for animals is in a state of flux.

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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. 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 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.

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. Legislation is pending, House Bill 847, that seeks to criminalize the possession and transportation of hemp flower in the state.

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.

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.

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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.

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. In Fresno, cities are fighting the state contending that state law allows them to decide whether organizations can sell cannabis in their communities.

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. doctors to fill out the state-legal medical marijuana recommendations. Send a message to your lawmakers in support of amending the DUI law.

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 Medical Marijuana California employment law medical marijuana

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.

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.

Planet 13 Offering Expanded Online Ordering and Delivery Services

Puff Puff Post

All figures are reported in United States dollars ($) unless otherwise indicated. The Company’s staff has undergone extensive health and safety training. LAS VEGAS, March 19, 2020 /CNW/ – Planet 13 Holdings Inc.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 3/29

NORML

Governor Jim Justice (R) of West Virginia signed legislation into law that allows financial institutions to provide banking services related to the state’s medical marijuana program. Earlier, a similar bill was overwhelmingly passed in the State House.

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*.

The Ketamine Clinic Craze: Legalities and Possibilities

Canna Law Blog

In recent years, the United States has seen a proliferation of ketamine clinics. There are questions about the logistics of opening and running one of these types of businesses, given the complex interplay of laws and regulations promulgated by bodies from the U.S.

Study: Marijuana Legalization Does Not Increase Crime in Neighboring States

The Joint Blog

According to a new study legalizing marijuana for all uses is not associated with an increase in crime in neighboring states. According to NORML, “They reported no evidence to indicate that legalization was associated with any increase in criminal behaviors in bordering states.”

Update on Marijuana in the Workplace “Rhode Island”

Cannabis Law Report

Laws § 2-26-1, et seq., 2) Where the employer is a federal contractor or otherwise subject to federal law such that failure of the employer to take such action against the employee would cause the employer to lose a monetary or licensing related benefit.

NCIA Press Release: Cannabis Industry Professionals Call on Senate Banking Committee Chairman to Move Forward with House-Approved Banking Reform

Cannabis Law Report

The bill would provide safe harbor for financial institutions to work with regulated cannabis businesses that are in compliance with state laws, addressing a number of public safety concerns and lack of access to capital for small businesses created by current federal restrictions.

Californian Lawmakers End Pot Smoking in Moving Vehicles

Marijuana Lawyer Blog

That’s because the Golden state’s lawmakers recently closed a loophole with Assembly Bill 1810 , to prevent passengers from smoking or vaping cannabis products while inside moving vehicles. But the state law did extend exemptions for taxi, bus and limousine passengers.

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.

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Petition filed to legalize recreational marijuana in Oklahoma

Cannabis Law Report

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.

Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Looking To Hire, “Responsible Vendor Trainers for Marijuana Establishment Agents”

Cannabis Law Report

Starting tomorrow, the Cannabis Control Commission (Commission) will begin accepting applications from entities seeking to achieve state certification as Responsible Vendor Trainers for Marijuana Establishment Agents.

New Trademark Litigation Against “Stoney Patch” Cannabis Products Calls Out an Industry Trend of Copycats

Canna Law Blog

We’ve followed and written extensively about trademark litigation in the cannabis space for the last several years, which you can read about here: UPS Sues Multiple Cannabis Delivery Companies for Trademark Infringement. The “Tiger Hemp Beer” Case: Clear Your Cannabis Trademarks Before Filing.