Cannabis

  • January 23, 2024

    Pa. DA Sues Over Federal Gun Ban For Medical Pot Patients

    The district attorney for Warren County, Pennsylvania, joined a gun rights group in suing the federal government to overturn laws barring medical cannabis patients from buying or owning guns, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • January 23, 2024

    Cannabis Group Of The Year: Akerman

    Akerman LLP secured three commercial loans worth a combined $100 million for multistate cannabis operators in 2023, marking a major accomplishment in what is still a tough financing environment for cannabis companies and landing the firm among Law360's 2023 Cannabis Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2024

    3 Takeaways From Health Officials' Marijuana Proposal

    Federal health regulators have acknowledged for the first time that marijuana has a currently accepted medical use, can be safe to use under medical supervision and has fewer associated dangers than other highly restricted drugs and even alcohol.

  • January 22, 2024

    4th Circ. Preview: Timberland's TM Bid Kicks Off 2024

    The Fourth Circuit will kick off 2024 by probing Timberland's bid to trademark its footwear and pondering an embattled insurance mogul's attempt to escape a $524 million judgment.

  • January 22, 2024

    Philip Morris Can't Keep Baltimore Litter Suit In Federal Court

    Philip Morris USA Inc. has lost its bid to keep a city of Baltimore suit over cigarette butt litter in federal courts, with a Maryland federal judge rejecting arguments that the suit raises substantial federal questions and sending it back to a state trial court.

  • January 22, 2024

    Ex-DEA Agent Drops Termination Case Over THC Test

    An investigator for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, who petitioned the Federal Circuit to reverse the agency's decision to fire him for having THC in his system after consuming CBD products, has agreed to drop his appeal, according to a stipulation of dismissal submitted to the court.

  • January 22, 2024

    High Court Won't Hear Liability Question In Counterfeit Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case regarding whether the owner of a business found to have willfully sold counterfeit tobacco rolling papers is individually liable for an $11 million judgment against him and his company.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Firms Of The Year

    Eight law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 55 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, steering some of the largest deals of 2023 and securing high-profile litigation wins, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its Practice Groups of the Year awards for 2023, which honor the attorney teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.

  • January 19, 2024

    Montana Legislature Gets Chance To Quash Pot Law Veto

    Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte and Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen must allow the Legislature an opportunity to allocate cannabis tax revenue to build and maintain rural roads under a vetoed state Senate bill, a Lewis and Clark County judge has ruled, finding lawmakers' opportunity to override the governor's decision was effectively stifled.

  • January 19, 2024

    Minn. Pot Dept. Urges Lower Social Equity Ownership Barrier

    The Minnesota Office of Cannabis Management has made several recommendations to the Legislature regarding regulation of the state's fledgling industry, including a 51% ownership requirement for social equity licensing and limiting local input in awarding licenses, according to an annual report from the division.

  • January 19, 2024

    Fake Tags, Odor Justified NC Officer's Pot Search, Panel Finds

    A man charged with drug distribution after saying someone else might have smoked cannabis in a vehicle with fake tags that he was driving will have to face his charges after a North Carolina appellate panel found that the officer had probable cause based on multiple factors, including the smell.

  • January 18, 2024

    FDA Won't Allow Chinese Co. To Market Vape Products

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has rejected a vape company's application requesting permission to sell nearly two dozen of its products in the United States, making it more than 18 months since the agency granted approval to any electronic cigarette product.

  • January 18, 2024

    5th Circ. Tees Up High Court Case Against Agency Protections

    A divided Fifth Circuit panel has all but encouraged a U.S. Supreme Court challenge of long-standing limits to the president's power to fire executive branch subordinates, even while reversing a court's finding that the structure of the federal consumer protection agency violated the constitutional separation of powers.

  • January 18, 2024

    NY Regulators Received 6,800 Adult-Use Pot License Apps

    New York cannabis regulators received and are currently reviewing 6,800 applications for adult-use business licenses, 70% of which came from social and economic equity applicants, attorneys heard at a cannabis law conference in Manhattan on Thursday.

  • January 18, 2024

    SEC, US Trustee Object To Releases In Amyris' Ch. 11 Plan

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Trustee's Office have expressed new concerns about nonconsensual third-party releases in biotechnology company Amyris' Chapter 11 plan, arguing that such releases are only allowed in extraordinary circumstances that were not met by the debtor.

  • January 18, 2024

    Hemp Cos. Tell 8th Circuit To Keep Block On New Ark. Law

    A group of hemp companies challenging a new Arkansas law regulating hemp-derived intoxicants is asking the Eighth Circuit to affirm an injunction blocking the law's enforcement, saying the district court was right in finding it was preempted by federal law.

  • January 17, 2024

    'Chaos' Warning Resonates As Justices Mull Chevron's Fate

    A conservative-led campaign against the 40-year-old doctrine of judicial deference to federal regulators appeared vulnerable at U.S. Supreme Court arguments Wednesday to predictions of a litigation tsunami, as justices fretted about an onslaught of suits and politicization of the federal judiciary.

  • January 17, 2024

    Thomas Gets Laugh, Agrees Prior Ruling Is 'Embarrassment'

    The specter of a major 2005 telecommunications ruling hung over U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Wednesday as he and his colleagues considered whether to toss the court's decades-old precedent instructing judges to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of ambiguous statutes. 

  • January 17, 2024

    5 Key Takeaways From Supreme Court's Chevron Arguments

    U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned Wednesday whether overturning a decades-old precedent instructing courts to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of ambiguous statutes would lead judges to legislate from the bench or diminish the value of Supreme Court precedent — and pondered whether they could "Kisorize" the doctrine rather than doing away with it altogether.

  • January 17, 2024

    Iowa AG Says TikTok Deceived Parents About Kids' Content

    Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird on Wednesday accused TikTok of misrepresenting young users' access to inappropriate content on the video platform, claiming in a suit that content involving nudity, drugs, alcohol and profanity is in fact "frequently and easily accessible" by children and teens.

  • January 17, 2024

    Colo. Court Chides Bong Maker Over 'Chaotic' Litigation

    A California-based bong maker can no longer pursue simultaneously roughly four dozen trademark infringement cases against head shops in Colorado after its "chaotic" and "disorganized" approach to the litigation, a Colorado federal court ordered, saying the manufacturer, which has filed hundreds of lawsuits across the country, must now take "baby bites" in the state.

  • January 17, 2024

    NY Pot Regulators Rip Licensure Fight As A 'Litigation Tactic'

    New York cannabis regulators have asked a federal judge to reject dispensary applicants' bid for an injunction that would halt retail licensure in the state and throw out the case for good, arguing the case is a "litigation tactic" to obtain priority consideration at the expense of others.

  • January 17, 2024

    Pot Firms Settle Suit Claiming Backdoor Funding Deals

    Cannabis advisory firm Beacon North LLC has settled a suit accusing dispensary operator Silverpeak Holdings LLC of courting investors under the table, documents in Denver District Court show.

  • January 17, 2024

    High Court Majority Shows No Eagerness To Overturn Chevron

    U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared split about whether decades-old precedent that favors federal agencies' legal interpretations in rulemaking infringes on judges' rightful authority to decide questions of law.

Expert Analysis

  • Landmark Ark. Ruling Is Welcome News For Hemp Industry

    Author Photo

    An Arkansas federal court's recent ruling in Bio Gen v. Sanders creates a road map for plaintiffs to attack state laws that restrict hemp, making it one of the most important cases to date addressing the 2018 Farm Bill and state laws regarding hemp, says Rod Kight at Kight Law.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Japan

    Author Photo

    Japan is witnessing rapid developments in environmental, social and corporate governance policies by making efforts to adopt a soft law approach, which has been effective in encouraging companies to embrace ESG practices and address the diversity of boards of directors, say Akira Karasawa and Landry Guesdon at Iwata Godo.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

    Author Photo

    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • New Calif. Hemp, CBD Rules Affect Nationwide Compliance

    Author Photo

    Because of its huge market share, it is imperative that operators in every state understand the nuances of California's hemp and CBD regulatory regime, including policies refined over the past year and pending legislation that would allow cannabis licensees to sell, manufacture and distribute hemp and CBD products, say Alexis Lazzeri and Meital Manzuri at Manzuri Law.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

    Author Photo

    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

    Author Photo

    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Why Bankruptcy Is A Budding Alternative For Cannabis Cos.

    Author Photo

    A set of recent decisions from a California bankruptcy court regarding The Hacienda Co. signal a retreat from a zero-tolerance policy requiring dismissal of any bankruptcy case involving a cannabis-related business, and show why cannabis companies could benefit from having full access to the bankruptcy system, say George Singer and Rachel Gillette at Holland & Hart.

  • Potential Outcomes Of High Court Gun Sentencing Case

    Author Photo

    In Brown v. U.S., the U.S. Supreme Court will decide the standard that triggers minimum sentencing enhancements for previously convicted people facing new gun charges, thus resolving a deepening circuit split and potentially alleviating some sentencing disparities, says attorney Sami Azhari.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

    Author Photo

    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • What An NCAA Drug Test Change Could Mean For Cannabis

    Author Photo

    If the NCAA follows through with its decision to remove cannabis from its banned list of substances, it will affect college athletes, athletic directors, public relations employees, and marketing departments at universities and colleges, and it will have a significant economic effect on the cannabis industry, say Stanley Jutkowitz and Sydney Jenkins at Seyfarth.

  • What Marijuana Status Change Would Mean For Industry

    Author Photo

    If the Drug Enforcement Administration accepts the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ recent recommendation to change marijuana’s classification under federal law, it would be a significant regulatory shift that could foster many industry benefits — but questions, risks and uncertainties at both the state and federal levels would remain, say attorneys at Neal Gerber.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

    Author Photo

    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

    Author Photo

    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: European Union

    Author Photo

    As the EU makes ESG regulation a priority, companies — both those based in the EU and others just doing business there — need to keep abreast of myriad new legislation that has either already taken effect or will in the near future, as noncompliance could result in fines, damages and director liability, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

    Author Photo

    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

Want to publish in Law360?


Submit an idea

Have a news tip?


Contact us here
Can't find the article you're looking for? Click here to search the Cannabis archive.
Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!