Cannabis

  • October 15, 2019

    Michigan Vape Ban Halted After Claims Of Business Harm

    A Michigan state judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked the state's emergency ban on flavored e-cigarettes and vaping products, which went into effect earlier this month, after two vape companies said the ban has significantly hurt their businesses.

  • October 15, 2019

    Calif. OKs Income Tax Deductions For Cannabis Biz Operators

    California's legal cannabis businesses subject to the state’s personal income tax can now claim tax deductions or credits for business expenses under recently enacted legislation, a move estimated to cost the state tens of millions of dollars.

  • October 15, 2019

    Vape Shop Atty Lit Up By Judge Over Hearing Flip-Flop

    A Massachusetts federal judge laid into a Bay State attorney Tuesday, accusing him of “playing games” after he pulled the plug on a hearing over the state’s four-month ban on vaping products because he thinks he has a better chance of winning in state court.

  • October 15, 2019

    Recreational Marijuana Bill Floated By 2 Pa. Senators

    Two Pennsylvania state senators on Tuesday introduced legislation that would end the state's ban on cannabis and legalize recreational use of the drug for adults over 21, after the governor and other top state executives recently expressed support for legalization.

  • October 15, 2019

    Juul Hit With First-Ever Vaping Death Lawsuit

    Juul on Tuesday was hit in California federal court with the first wrongful death suit over its products, brought by the family of an 18-year-old who they claim died in his sleep this past August after using its e-cigarettes for years.

  • October 11, 2019

    Mass. Gov. Fights To Keep Vape Ban Fight In Fed. Court

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday blasted efforts by vape companies and e-cigarette retailers to take their battle over his vape ban down to state court after they suffered an early loss in federal court, calling the move "purely tactical" and "opportunistic."

  • October 11, 2019

    AB InBev To Market CBD Drink In Canada As Market Opens Up

    A nonalcoholic, CBD-infused drink from brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev and pharmaceutical cannabis company Tilray could be hitting shelves in Canada as soon as December, the companies announced.

  • October 11, 2019

    FDA Focus: What BakerHostetler's Practice Chair Is Watching

    The co-leader of BakerHostetler's U.S. Food and Drug Administration practice tells Law360 he’s alarmed by a surge of contaminated drugs, watching for possible legal challenges to government crackdowns on vaping and concerned that large drug compounders will shut down because of FDA restrictions.

  • October 11, 2019

    Job Wrongly Rescinded Over Medical Marijuana, Pa. Man Says

    A Pennsylvania electrical equipment company wrongly rescinded a job offer over a positive drug test despite a doctor's certification that the applicant had a condition that qualifies him for medical cannabis use, according to a complaint filed in state court.

  • October 11, 2019

    Nevada Gov. Targets Pot Market Corruption After Busts

    Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak formed a task force to root out corruption in the state’s cannabis industry on Friday, saying he was “outraged” by allegations that associates of President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, funneled Russian cash to Nevada political candidates in a bid to obtain a cannabis license.

  • October 10, 2019

    LA Bar Association Creates Cannabis Section

    The Los Angeles County Bar Association announced it has created a cannabis practice section, which is believed to be the first time a local or county bar in Southern California has a designated section for attorneys working with companies in the booming cannabis industry.

  • October 10, 2019

    Pot Co. Wants $7M Over Crop Lost By Locked Warehouse

    A California cannabis company allegedly changed the locks on a sub-tenant's growing warehouses after a rent dispute and cut its utilities, killing 11,500 square feet of marijuana plants, making off with $1.1 million and leaving behind a mite- and mold-infested ruin, according to a complaint filed in state court.

  • October 10, 2019

    Former Pfizer In-House Atty New GC At Cannabis Brand

    California cannabis brand Lowell Herb Co. announced Thursday the appointment of Stacey Hallerman, who previously worked for Pfizer and the luxury goods holding company Richemont, to the position of general counsel and chief administrative officer.

  • October 10, 2019

    Cannabis Co. Taps Target Labor Atty As Senior Counsel

    Cannabis retailer Harvest Recreation & Health snapped up a former Target employment and labor attorney on Thursday, rounding out its in-house legal team with an expert in human resources and wage-and-hour disputes as the company aims to expand to new states.

  • October 10, 2019

    Mich. Pot Testing Lab Fined $100K Over Flawed Methods

    Michigan regulators have slapped a suspended marijuana testing lab with a $100,000 fine and temporarily barred its chief operating officer from the industry over allegations that the company marked contaminated cannabis as safe and told a client it would withhold failed tests from the state.

  • October 10, 2019

    Washington State Implements Vape Ban After Executive Order

    Washington state implemented a 120-day emergency ban on e-cigarette and vape products Thursday, joining several other states in responding to a national outbreak of lung illnesses that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said has led to 26 deaths.

  • October 10, 2019

    Giuliani Associates Get Bail After Campaign Finance Arrests

    Two associates of President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani were granted bail Thursday after being charged with campaign finance violations alongside two other men in an indictment that alleges attempts to gain influence in the U.S. for Ukrainian officials and a Russian businessman.

  • October 09, 2019

    Vape Brand Says Pot Co. Is Infringing 'KILO' Trademarks

    An e-cigarette company called KILO Eliquid Inc. is suing a similarly named cannabis company in California federal court over allegations it has infringed the vape brand's trademarks.

  • October 09, 2019

    Cannabis Investor Must Arbitrate Equity Fight Over $1.35B IPO

    An early investor in a cannabis company who accused its founders of an elaborate bait-and-switch to dilute his equity by nearly $150 million before taking the company public must make his case in arbitration, a New York state court has ruled.

  • October 09, 2019

    Arizona CBD Biz Nabs $50M In Funding From NY Hedge Fund

    Integrated CBD, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based supplier of cannabidiol products, said Wednesday that it has received $50 million via a mixture of equity and debt investment from an undisclosed New York-based hedge fund.

  • October 09, 2019

    Cannabis-Focused Blank Check Co. Merida Files $100M IPO

    Cannabis-focused blank check company Merida Merger filed plans Wednesday for a $100 million initial public offering in the U.S. and Canada with guidance from Graubard Miller and Fasken Martineau.

  • October 09, 2019

    Dickinson Wright Adds Cannabis Pro In Ohio

    Dickinson Wright PLLC has hired a cannabis industry lawyer formerly of Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter to be a member in its Columbus, Ohio, office.

  • October 09, 2019

    Property Operator Cops To Money Laundering In Crime Ring

    A Chinese man has pled guilty to nearly two dozen charges including money laundering and fraud as part of an extensive organized crime network that ran a prostitution ring and marijuana farms, police said. 

  • October 08, 2019

    CBD Seller Says City's Zoning Rules Violate Constitution

    A Minnesota CBD retailer that said it was forced to stop selling its products claims the city of Isanti’s zoning and licensing restrictions on adult entertainment are unconstitutional, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.

  • October 08, 2019

    Fla. Can't Fire Officer Who Said CBD Made Her Fail Drug Test

    A veteran Florida corrections officer who claimed legal cannabidiol supplements caused her to fail a random drug test can't be fired because the Florida Department of Law Enforcement didn't adequately prove she failed the test, a state judge ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • Grading The Presidential Candidates On Cannabis Policy

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    Vince Sliwoski and Molly Nelson of Harris Bricken review all of the presidential candidates' stances on marijuana and rank them based on their current positions as well as their legislative history and prior rhetoric.

  • Opinion

    Courts Keep Rejecting Litigation Funding Discovery Campaign

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    As shown by recent case law, including a New Jersey federal court holding last month in Valsartan Products Liability Litigation, there is no "shifting tide" in favor of disclosing litigation funding arrangements, say Matthew Harrison and Stephanie Southwick of Bentham IMF.

  • How Emotionally Intelligent AI Could Assist With E-Discovery

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    While artificial intelligence has already revolutionized the e-discovery field, the development of emotionally intelligent AI promises to explore data in an even more nuanced and human way, thereby further reducing the burden on legal teams, say Lisa Prowse and Brian Schrader at e-discovery services provider BIA.

  • Despite Legalization, Marijuana Usage Is Risky For Ill. Tenants

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    For many Illinois residents, the passage of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act was cause for celebration. However, the fact that marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, combined with the Illinois Eviction Act, means that marijuana use can still lead to eviction, says Richard Toboz of Heavner Beyers.

  • The Number Of Cannabis-Centric Patents Is Getting High 

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    With public support for cannabis legalization at an all-time high, data indicate that U.S. cannabis-centric patents and patent applications are being issued and published in record numbers, and, if the 2019 issuance pace holds, we can expect an increase of over 41% from 2018, says Matthew Kamps of FaegreBD.

  • Preventable Risks Your Law Firm May Be Overlooking

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    Although most lawyers are well-prepared to defend or justify the value of an insurance claim for clients, often law firms have not clearly identified their own potential liabilities, planned for adequate insurance or established prudent internal risk management practices, says Victor Sordillo at Sompo International.

  • 6 Ethics Tips For Attorneys Making Lateral Transfers

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    With lateral transfers between law firms on the rise, it is more important than ever for partners to understand the steps they must take to adhere to ethics rules and other requirements when making a transition, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Employers Look To NJ High Court For Clarity On Medical Pot

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    The New Jersey Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in Wild v. Carriage Funeral Holdings will implicate and affect not only the state’s authorizing statute for medical cannabis, but also its anti-discrimination law and a new statute that expanded protections for workers who use medical marijuana, says Ruth Rauls of Saul Ewing.

  • Vaping Crisis Raises New Liability And Insurance Issues

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    As the number of vaping-related lung illnesses continues to grow, causation and overall exposure remain elusive concepts, but historical precedent arguably provides a framework for understanding the liability and insurance coverage implications, say Jodi Green and Jonathan Viner of Nicolaides.

  • Consider The Power Of Tactical Empathy

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    By employing tactical empathy techniques to understand the interests behind the positions taken by others, attorneys can gain the upper hand in deal negotiations and litigation while still promoting and preserving long-term relationships with opponents, judges and others, say Shermin Kruse of TEDxYouth@Wrigleyville and Ursula Taylor of Strategic Health.

  • The Problem — And Opportunity — Of Implicit Bias In The Bar

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    Law firms are beginning to recognize implicit bias as a problem. But too few recognize that it is also an opportunity to broaden our thinking and become better legal problem solvers, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Wisconsin Trailing In Midwest's Race To Legalize Cannabis

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    If it continues to watch from the sidelines as its neighboring states — especially Illinois — legalize marijuana, Wisconsin risks losing out on economic opportunities and tax revenue, says Paloma Kennedy of Reinhart Boerner.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Thapar Reviews Gorsuch's 'A Republic'

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    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's new book "A Republic, If You Can Keep It" offers hope for our constitutional system through stories of American greatness, and sheds much-needed light on originalism for skeptics, says Sixth Circuit Judge Amul Thapar.

  • Cannabis Banking Bill Faces Long Odds In Senate

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    Passage of the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act in the U.S. House of Representatives last week represents a significant win for financial institutions seeking changes in federal marijuana laws, but the bill is still expected to face heightened scrutiny and potential resistance from the Senate, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • How Ohio Employers Can Address Medical Marijuana Laws

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    After the opening of Ohio's first medical marijuana dispensaries, employers in the state are now burdened with a workforce that has legal access to certain forms of marijuana, but a complete overhaul of company drug policies may not be necessary, says Kevin Hess at Fisher Phillips.