ILN Today Post
April 20, 2022
By Gary Kaminsky
Cannabis Business Executive (CBE), April 18, 2022
Consumer demand and public support for cannabis legalization has led to sweeping reform across the Country. Unfortunately, this appetite combined with a lack of access to regulated marijuana has perpetuated both a robust and unregulated illicit marijuana market, and an unregulated hemp industry where intoxicating hemp-derived cannabinoids like Delta-8 THC, Delta-9 THC, THC-O and HHC are freely sold directly to consumers. In states like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that are on the cusp of opening their doors to adult-use programs, and in California, the first state to enact cannabis laws, these unregulated marketplaces thrive, accounting for a large majority of cannabis sales. Such unchecked illicit activity, if permitted to continue, will be the tip of the spear piercing and undermining the regulated cannabis industry.
ILN Today Post
October 31, 2019
The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) recently released final revised recreational-use regulations, following a lengthy public hearing and comment review process. The revised regulations (Revised Rules) will take effect after they are filed with the Secretary of State. Key elements of the Revised Rules include:
September 27, 2019
of Robinson Sheppard Shapiro
By Benoît Chartier, from our Insurance Law Practice Group.
On September 3, 2019, approximately one year after the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada, the Quebec Superior Court declared the provisions of the Quebec law governing cannabis that prohibited possession and production of cannabis plants in the province, unconstitutional (Murray Hall c. Procureure générale du Québec, 2019 QCCS 3664). This decision could have serious impact for insurers or landlords, among others.
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August 22, 2019
By Nathaniel M. Glasser
of Epstein Becker & Green
Following an effort in the state legislature to legalize recreational marijuana, on July 29, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed S.6579A/A.8420 (the “Law”), a law decriminalizing marijuana possession in New York State. The Law will take effect on August 28, 2019. The Law expunges many past convictions for marijuana use and reduces the penalty for possession of small amounts (less than two ounces) of the drug from a misdemeanor to a violation.
August 20, 2019
On August 9, 2019, Illinois Governor Pritzker signed legislation amending the state’s current medical marijuana pilot program. The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act (the “Medical Cannabis Act”) makes the medical marijuana program, which was initially enacted as a pilot program in 2013, permanent and expands the qualifying medical conditions for a medical marijuana card to include at least 12 new conditions, including chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, osteoarthritis, and ulcerative colitis. The Medical Cannabis Act also provides easier access to a medical marijuana card by expanding the range of medical professionals who can certify eligibility of applicants to the program. In addition to physicians, advanced practice registered nurses or licensed physician assistants can diagnose and certify an individual’s eligibility for the medical marijuana program. The amendments to the medical marijuana pilot program are effective immediately.
August 5, 2019
By Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
This Employment Law This Week® Monthly Rundown discusses the most important developments for employers in July 2019.
This episode includes:
- Increased Employee Protections for Cannabis Users
- First Opinion Letters Released Under New Wage and Hour Leadership
- New Jersey and Illinois Enact Salary History Inquiry Bans
- Deadline for New York State Anti-Harassment Training Approaches
- Tip of the Week: Disrupting bias with teams and clients
July 24, 2019
Our colleagues Maxine Neuhauser, Nathaniel M. Glasser, Denise Dadika, & Anastasia A. Regne, at Epstein Becker Green have recently published a post on the Health Employment and Labor blog that will be of interest to our readers in the technology industry: “New Jersey’s Highest Court to Decide Whether Employers Are Required to Accommodate Medical Marijuana Use.”
July 18, 2019
On July 9, 2019, Hawaii became the 26th state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. HB 1383 (the “Law”), which became law when Governor David Ige allowed the veto deadline to pass without signing or striking down the bill, decriminalizes the possession of up to three grams of marijuana. It will go into effect on January 11, 2020.
July 12, 2019
Our colleagues Nathaniel M. Glasser, Denise Merna Dadika, Maxine Neuhauser, and Anastasia A. Regne at Epstein Becker Green have recently published a post on the Health Employment and Labor Blog that will be of interest to our readers in the retail industry: “New Jersey Enacts Broad Employment Protections for Registered Medical Cannabis Users.”
July 11, 2019
Our colleagues Nathaniel M. Glasser, Denise Merna Dadika, Maxine Neuhauser, and Anastasia A. Regne at Epstein Becker Green have recently published a post on the Health Employment and Labor Blog that will be of interest to our readers in the hospitality industry: “New Jersey Enacts Broad Employment Protections for Registered Medical Cannabis Users.”