Cannabis

  • February 07, 2024

    NJ Cop Union Agrees Gun Law Doesn't Disturb State Pot Law

    The New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association said Wednesday that a federal gun control law and the state's cannabis legalization law don't clash with each other, supporting the state attorney general and police's bid to toss Jersey City's suit in federal court.

  • February 07, 2024

    Investor Wants Fla. CBD Co.'s Atty DQ'd In Fraud Suit

    An investor in a Florida health goods company asked a federal judge Wednesday to disqualify an attorney from representing a company principal, saying the attorney should instead testify at trial because he knows about relevant contract negotiations.

  • February 07, 2024

    Mass. Atty Gets 2 Years For 'Corruptly' Pushing Pot Bribe Plot

    A former Massachusetts attorney "violated his oath corruptly" by bribing a police chief with payments to his brother to win a local marijuana license for a client, a federal judge said Wednesday as he handed down a two-year prison term.

  • February 07, 2024

    5th Circ. Judge Doubts Samsung On Hook For Exploding Vape

    A Texas man injured when a Samsung battery in his e-cigarette exploded faced resistance from a Fifth Circuit judge Wednesday who disputed the idea the technology company could face a state personal injury suit just because its batteries were shipped to the Lone Star State for other purposes. 

  • February 06, 2024

    Calif. Lawmakers Pitch New Psychedelics Treatment Bill

    California lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bipartisan proposal to regulate the therapeutic administration of nature-derived psychedelics after the governor vetoed a previous proposal last year.

  • February 06, 2024

    Calif. Judge Axes Suit Over Pot Destroyed On Tribal Land

    A California federal judge has dismissed a marijuana grower's lawsuit against local law enforcement officials who he claims improperly seized and destroyed his crop lawfully grown on tribal land but is giving him another shot at filing, though she said "it seems unlikely" the farmer's suit will ultimately survive.

  • February 06, 2024

    Hemp Organization Tells 8th Circ. Delta-8 Products Are Lawful

    A hemp industry trade organization on Tuesday urged the Eighth Circuit to uphold a lower court's order blocking enforcement of a new Arkansas law that bans hemp-derived intoxicants, saying the products were lawful under the federal law that legalized hemp.

  • February 06, 2024

    NASCAR Museum Owner Still Bad-Mouthing ITG, Court Told

    The owner of a North Carolina museum dedicated to the NASCAR Winston Cup has willfully violated a settlement agreement with ITG Brands LLC by allegedly continuing to disparage the tobacco giant on social media and in interviews, the state Business Court heard during a hearing Tuesday.

  • February 06, 2024

    Dispensary Says State Agency Delayed Shutdown Ruling

    An Oklahoma dispensary is asking a state court to step in and force the state's medical cannabis regulator to make a final judgment on whether its operations should remain suspended, saying it's losing $20,000 every day it can't be in business.

  • February 05, 2024

    Psychedelics Bill Roundup: Mass. Proposal Enters Legislature

    A citizen-led effort to legalize personal use and possession of natural psychedelics in Massachusetts entered the state Legislature this week, a Hawaii bill to regulate therapeutic use of psilocybin is scheduled for its first hearing, and Indiana lawmakers advanced a bill to fund research into psilocybin treatment. Here are the major developments in psychedelic legislation from the past week.

  • February 05, 2024

    Ayahuasca Church Asks 11th Circ. To Rehear DEA Fight

    A Florida church has asked the Eleventh Circuit to reconsider a ruling affirming the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's denial of a request to use the psychedelic substance ayahuasca for religious purposes, arguing that the majority made a "precedent-setting error."

  • February 05, 2024

    Hospital Says Ohio Pot Law Doesn't Ax Employee Discipline

    An Ohio hospital sued its workers' union in federal court, arguing it shouldn't have to accept an arbitration decision that rescinded an employee's discipline for testing positive for marijuana, because a recent law codified by a cannabis decriminalization ballot initiative preserves employers' ability to punish workers for positive tests.

  • February 05, 2024

    Pot Merchant Must Pay Partner $6.4M Over Ownership Spat

    A cannabis entrepreneur and his company can't escape $6.4 million in damages owed to a former business partner who was shunted from the thriving venture, a Colorado federal judge has held, finding the court could hear a dispute stemming from businesses in the industry.

  • February 02, 2024

    Birmingham, Ala., Hit with $4.5M Verdict Over Police Shooting

    An Alabama federal jury hit the city of Birmingham with a $4.5 million verdict over a fatal police shooting, finding that a city officer violated the constitutional rights of two people when he fired upon them while they were immobilized in a vehicle at the end of a car chase.

  • February 02, 2024

    Pot Licensing Dustup Dropped From Federal Court For Now

    A Michigan federal judge has paused a lawsuit that two cannabis retailers filed against a Michigan city and potential rivals — expressing hope that progress in a tangle of disputes at the state level regarding city licenses to sell recreational marijuana will prevent the need for the federal suit to resume.

  • February 02, 2024

    Court Denies Bid To Halt NY Cannabis Retail Licensure

    A New York federal judge on Friday denied a California attorney's bid to halt retail cannabis licensing in the state, finding that the dormant commerce clause argument he advanced was likely to fail and that public interest favored allowing regulators to continue to reward licenses.

  • February 02, 2024

    Hemp Co. Founder Says Court Should Uphold $1.7M Win

    A cannabis entrepreneur has urged a federal judge in Manhattan to reject Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc.'s "frivolous" bid to "re-litigate" an arbitration award of $1.7 million in attorney fees and expenses, saying the arbitrator didn't need to follow New York law.

  • February 02, 2024

    BAT, Philip Morris Reach Patent Deal For Global Vape IP Fights

    British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International Inc. said Friday that the companies had come to a settlement resolving multiple heated tobacco and vape patent infringement suits.

  • February 02, 2024

    Judge Tosses Involuntary Releases In Amyris Ch. 11 Plan

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Friday struck down biotechnology company Amyris Inc.'s plan to shield executives and others from liability using nonconsensual releases as part of its Chapter 11 plan, finding that Amyris can reorganize without relying on the controversial mechanism.

  • February 02, 2024

    Cannabis Org Tells 4th Circ. Hemp Wares Unlawful And Unsafe

    A cannabis industry trade group on Friday filed a friend of the court brief in a Fourth Circuit battle over a Virginia law that restricts the production and sale of hemp-derived intoxicants, telling the appellate court that the products are unlawful and unsafe.

  • February 01, 2024

    Texas AG Launches Suits Against Marijuana Amnesty Cities

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has launched a series of lawsuits against five cities that have marijuana amnesty or nonprosecution policies, saying the municipalities, including Austin and Denton, were breaking state law by refusing to prosecute pot offenses.

  • February 01, 2024

    UFCW Backs Injunction Bid In Pot Co. Union Fight

    A United Food and Commercial Workers local has urged a federal judge to order a Salem, Massachusetts, cannabis shop to recognize and bargain with it, saying a court order is needed while the shop appeals a bargaining order issued by a National Labor Relations Board judge.

  • February 01, 2024

    New Jersey AG Says Gun Law Doesn't Target Cop Pot Use

    New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin urged a judge to toss Jersey City's suit seeking a declaration that state-level pot legalization is preempted by the Gun Control Act of 1968, pointing to a carveout in the federal law for legal cannabis users who are armed during the course of their work.

  • February 01, 2024

    Energy Co. Seeks Final $12.6M Award For Tribal Equipment

    Merit Energy Operations is asking a federal district court to enter judgment after an arbitration panel determined that two Wyoming Native American tribes must pay $12.6 million to purchase equipment from the company after a lease agreement to operate on reservation land expired.

  • February 01, 2024

    Atty Reprises Entrapment Claim As Pot Bribe Sentence Looms

    A lawyer convicted of bribing a Massachusetts police chief working on local marijuana licensing approvals asked a Boston federal judge Thursday for a sentence of no more than a year and a day in prison, citing his "imperfect entrapment" defense and insisting that the conduct was permissible lobbying. 

Expert Analysis

  • 3rd Circ. Ruling Fine-Tunes The 'But It's Hemp' Defense

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    The Third Circuit’s recent U.S. v. Rivera decision, upholding the appellant’s conviction for marijuana possession, clarifies that defendants charged with trafficking marijuana have the burden of proving that the cannabis is actually federally legal hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill, say attorneys at McGlinchey Stafford.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

  • Conn. Regulators Are Coming For Unlawful Cannabis Sales

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    Regulatory and enforcement efforts against unlicensed cannabis sales in Connecticut have been ramping up this year, so it behooves retailers to prioritize compliance with all relevant statutes, lest they attract unwelcome scrutiny, says Eric Del Pozo at Shipman & Goodwin.

  • Potential Marijuana Status Change Would Shift Industry Risks

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    Cannabis companies and their insurers should pay close attention to how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' move toward marijuana reclassification plays out, and the potential for a shakeup in the landscape for cannabis regulation at the state and federal levels, says Ian Stewart at Wilson Elser.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • What Big Tobacco's Cannabis Investments Mean For Market

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    The tobacco industry appears to be shoring up investments in the cannabis market, most recently with Philip Morris’ purchase of an Israeli cannabis tech company, pointing to a bright future for vaped and noncombustible products, and signaling that marijuana rescheduling may be on the horizon, say Slates Veazey and Whitt Steineker at Bradley Arant.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

  • Perspectives

    More States Should Join Effort To Close Legal Services Gap

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    Colorado is the most recent state to allow other types of legal providers, not just attorneys, to offer specific services in certain circumstances — and more states should rethink the century-old assumptions that shape our current regulatory rules, say Natalie Anne Knowlton and Janet Drobinske at the University of Denver.

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

  • What's Next For Adult-Use Marijuana In Ohio

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    After Ohio voters defeated a proposal that would have made it harder to pass any citizen-initiated constitutional amendment, a state ballot measure to legalize adult-use marijuana has fairly good chances of passing — but advocates still face a long road ahead, say Perry Salzhauer and David Waxman at McGlinchey Stafford.

  • 2023 Farm Bill Could Follow Md., Minn. Or NY's Lead On Hemp

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    As potential changes to federal hemp policy are hammered out in the 2023 Farm Bill, lawmakers may look to recent regulations promulgated in Maryland, Minnesota and New York, which provide several possible regulatory frameworks for hemp and synthetic cannabinoids, say Seth Gitner and Jonathan Havens at Saul Ewing.

  • What's Notable In Connecticut's New Cannabis Laws

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    The Connecticut Legislature recently passed four bills containing cannabis provisions — ranging from applicable tax credits to labor agreement requirements — that may prove to be a mixed bag for state operators, say Sarah Westby and Deanna McWeeney at Shipman & Goodwin.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Elrod On 'Jury Duty'

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    Though the mockumentary series “Jury Duty” features purposely outrageous characters, it offers a solemn lesson about the simple but brilliant design of the right to trial by jury, with an unwitting protagonist who even John Adams may have welcomed as an impartial foreperson, says Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod.

  • 4 Business-Building Strategies For Introvert Attorneys

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    Introverted lawyers can build client bases to rival their extroverted peers’ by adapting time-tested strategies for business development that can work for any personality — such as claiming a niche, networking for maximum impact, drawing on existing contacts and more, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

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