Cannabis

  • February 12, 2024

    9th Circ. Urged To Halt Washington State Pot Licensing

    A Michigan resident and a California lawyer vying for one of Washington state's social equity cannabis licenses are urging the Ninth Circuit to block regulators from issuing the licenses because their program allegedly discriminates against out-of-state players.

  • February 12, 2024

    Cannabis Fintech Withheld $500K In $7.5M Deal, Suit Says

    A Washington state-based fintech firm that provides payment solutions to cannabis retailers failed to pay the final $500,000 in a $7.5 million deal to buy a rival company, according to a breach-of-contract suit filed in Seattle federal court.

  • February 12, 2024

    Cannabis Co. Says Conn. Wrongly Denied Social Equity Status

    A Connecticut cannabis retailer is appealing the denial of its application for one of the state's equity joint venture licenses, saying the Social Equity Council went against state law when it found that the company's co-owner no longer qualified as a social equity applicant.

  • February 09, 2024

    Philip Morris PTAB Win Overturned At Fed. Circ.

    The Federal Circuit issued a precedential ruling on Friday that overturned a patent board finding that two claims in a patent owned a R.J. Reynolds subsidiary did not do what it described, a week after Reynolds' parent company privately settled its legal fight with Philip Morris over competing tobacco and vape products.

  • February 09, 2024

    Cigar Co. Doesn't Own 'Dragon' TM, Rival's Dismissal Bid Says

    The defendant in a trademark infringement suit from a cigar company has asked a Florida federal court to dismiss the case, saying that the plaintiff doesn't even own the registered marks it claims were infringed.

  • February 09, 2024

    DEA Wrong To Block Psilocybin Therapy, 9th Circ. Told

    The Drug Enforcement Administration was wrong to deny a Seattle-based physician's request to treat terminally ill patients with psilocybin, the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms, under right-to-try laws, the Ninth Circuit was told recently.

  • February 09, 2024

    Pot Patients Say NM Insurance Case Triggers CAFA Exception

    A medical cannabis company doing business in New Mexico and several patients say a proposed class action over insurance coverage for medical cannabis belongs in state court partly because the case triggers a Class Action Fairness Act exception depriving federal jurisdiction that would otherwise be offered.

  • February 08, 2024

    Cannabis Co. Sues Colorado Regulators Over Tracking Rules

    A Colorado company that makes edible cannabis products has sued state regulators over what it describes as a confusing series of regulatory moves in recent months regarding the tracking of cannabis products and their insistence on the use of a particular tracking device through a state contractor.

  • February 08, 2024

    2nd Circ. Appoints Goodwin To Suit Over Fake Pot In NY Jail

    The Second Circuit has revived an incarcerated man's lawsuit seeking damages for his exposure to secondhand smoke from synthetic cannabinoid illicitly smuggled into a jail in Orange County, New York, saying his case has "potential merit," and appointed Goodwin Procter LLP as his counsel.

  • February 08, 2024

    Aurora Cannabis Buys No. 2 Australian Medical Pot Co.

    Aurora Cannabis Inc. said Thursday it has purchased the remaining roughly 90% equity interest of MedReleaf Australia that it doesn't already own at an enterprise value of AU$50 million ($32.5 million), in a cash and stock deal that the Canadian pot company said makes it the "largest global medical cannabis company operating in nationally legal markets."

  • February 08, 2024

    Pot Co. Owner Aims to Halt Md.'s Equity License Lottery

    The owner of a cannabis dispensary that was denied a spot in Maryland's lottery for social equity licenses is asking a federal court to put a halt on the lottery, saying she'll suffer irreparable harm because of the state's violation of the Constitution's dormant commerce clause.

  • February 07, 2024

    Ark. Urges 8th Circ. To End Block On New Hemp Law

    The state of Arkansas has told the Eighth Circuit that its new law banning intoxicating products with compounds derived from hemp is not preempted by federal statute and a lower court judge erred by ordering the state to halt enforcement of the new policy.

  • February 07, 2024

    Chemists Settle Suit Over CBD Refining Method

    Two chemists who claim to have developed a technique for turning CBD into a substance 10 times more valuable and the Utah-based cannabis company that hired them have agreed to settle claims that they were each defrauded by the other party, according to a notice filed in Colorado federal court.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

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    ESG Around The World: South Africa

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    While South Africa has yet to mandate the reporting of nonfinancial and environmental, social, and corporate governance issues, policy documents and recent legislative developments are likely to have a material impact in the country's transition to a low-carbon economy and in meeting its international obligations, say Glynn Kent at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • FOIA Exemption Questions On Redacted HHS Cannabis Letter

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    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' recent recommendation letter concerning the rescheduling of cannabis was heavily redacted, and based on an analysis on the applicability of Freedom of Information Act Exemption 5 to the letter, it's likely that we will see successful legal challenges to those redactions, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • 4 Legal Ethics Considerations For The New Year

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    As attorneys and clients reset for a new year, now is a good time to take a step back and review some core ethical issues that attorneys should keep front of mind in 2024, including approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution and care, and avoiding pitfalls in outside counsel guidelines, say attorneys at HWG.

  • 2 Cases Highlight NJ Cannabis Employment Law Uncertainties

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    More than two years after its enactment, the employee protections and employer obligations in New Jersey's Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance and Marketplace Modernization Act remain unsettled, and two recent lawsuits draw attention to the law's enforceability and its intersection with federal law, say Ruth Rauls at Saul Ewing and David White at Seton Hall.

  • What The Law Firm Of The Future Will Look Like

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    As the legal landscape shifts, it’s become increasingly clear that the BigLaw business model must adapt in four key ways to remain viable, from fostering workplace flexibility to embracing technology, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • 4 PR Pointers When Your Case Is In The News

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    Media coverage of new lawsuits exploded last year, demonstrating why defense attorneys should devise a public relations plan that complements their legal strategy, incorporating several objectives to balance ethical obligations and advocacy, say Nathan Burchfiel at Pinkston and Ryan June at Castañeda + Heidelman.

  • Law Firm Strategies For Successfully Navigating 2024 Trends

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    Though law firms face the dual challenge of external and internal pressures as they enter 2024, firms willing to pivot will be able to stand out by adapting to stakeholder needs and reimagining their infrastructure, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants.

  • The Most-Read Legal Industry Law360 Guest Articles Of 2023

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    A range of legal industry topics drew readers' attention in Law360's Expert Analysis section this year, from associate retention strategies to ethical billing practices.

  • Attorneys' Busiest Times Can Be Business Opportunities

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    Attorneys who resolve to grow their revenue and client base in 2024 should be careful not to abandon their goals when they get too busy with client work, because these periods of zero bandwidth can actually be a catalyst for future growth, says Amy Drysdale at Alchemy Consulting.

  • In The World Of Legal Ethics, 10 Trends To Note From 2023

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    Lucian Pera at Adams and Reese and Trisha Rich at Holland & Knight identify the top legal ethics trends from 2023 — including issues related to hot documents, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity — that lawyers should be aware of to put their best foot forward.

  • The Key Laws Retailers Should Pay Attention To In 2024

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    2024 promises to be another transformative year for retailers as they navigate the evolving regulatory landscape, particularly surrounding data privacy and sustainability laws, meaning companies should make it a practice to keep track of new legislation and invest in compliance efforts early on, say attorneys at Benesch.

  • How Attorneys Can Be More Efficient This Holiday Season

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    Attorneys should consider a few key tips to speed up their work during the holidays so they can join the festivities — from streamlining the document review process to creating similar folder structures, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

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    Children's Book Writing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Becoming a children's book author has opened doors to incredible new experiences of which I barely dared to dream, but the process has also changed my life by serving as a reminder that strong writing, networking and public speaking skills are hugely beneficial to a legal career, says Shaunna Bailey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

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    ESG Around The World: Singapore

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    Singapore is keen to establish itself as a leading international financial center and a key player in the sustainable finance ecosystem, and key initiatives led by its government and other regulatory bodies have helped the Asian nation progress from its initially guarded attitude toward ESG investment and reporting, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

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