• January 10, 2024

    Vape Distributor Can't Get Quick Win In Contract Dispute

    An Alabama federal judge has denied a bid by a vape distributor for summary judgment in its suit alleging that a wholesaler didn't pay up on more than $100,000 in invoices for delivered products, saying there are a number of factual disputes left to resolve.

  • January 09, 2024

    NY Regulators Seized $57M In Illicit Cannabis Since June

    The New York State Office of Cannabis Management's ongoing crackdown on unlicensed dispensaries has resulted in the statewide confiscation of nearly 12,000 pounds of "illicit cannabis" worth tens of millions of dollars from hundreds of shops, according to an announcement that promised more raids to come.

  • January 09, 2024

    Amyris Fights Claims In Cannabis IP Row By Defining 'Under'

    Biotechnology company Amyris Inc. said Tuesday the word "under" in a contract between it and cannabinoid manufacturer Lavvan supports its effort to quash two claims Lavvan has filed against the debtor, telling a Delaware bankruptcy judge the plain meaning of the preposition bars the claims from going forward.

  • January 09, 2024

    Home Health Co. Faces ERISA Suit Over Smoking Surcharge

    A home health provider violated federal benefits law by making workers who use tobacco pay a yearly surcharge, according to a proposed class action in Indiana federal court.

  • January 09, 2024

    Quebec Cannabis Co. Wants $1.7M In Arbitration Fees Axed

    A cannabis company in Quebec, Canada, that bought assets from North Carolina-based Sugarleaf Labs LLC is suing the seller, saying an arbitrator disregarded New York law by awarding nearly $1.7 million in fees and costs despite the seller losing the bulk of his claims in arbitration.

  • January 09, 2024

    Pot Consultant Allegedly Burned By Client's Unreported Sales

    A consultancy facilitating cannabis sales between licensed businesses in Colorado says one of its customers broke a services contract by hawking products to certain retailers without the consultancy's approval, circumventing transaction fees in the process.

  • January 08, 2024

    Supreme Court Won't Review Calif.'s Flavored Tobacco Ban

    The Supreme Court won't review California's voter-backed ban on flavored tobacco products, denying R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.'s petition on Monday.

  • January 08, 2024

    Ethics Charges Against Detroit Judge Meet Stiff Resistance

    A commissioner of Michigan's judicial watchdog on Monday pushed in-house counsel to back up its charges against a Detroit judge accused of allowing a confidential informant to lie on the stand when he was a state prosecutor, getting the counsel to admit there was no written agreement with the informant to support the claim.

  • January 08, 2024

    Hawaii AG Issues Proposal For Cannabis Legalization

    In Hawaii, where lawmakers are expected to consider a proposal to legalize adult-use marijuana this year, the state's attorney general has issued a report and draft legislation recommending how best to mitigate the public health and safety concerns associated with legalization.

  • January 08, 2024

    Wash. Court Says Dormant Commerce Doesn't Apply To Pot

    A Washington state federal judge has denied an effort to block the state's cannabis social equity program from awarding retail licenses, saying that the dormant commerce clause argument advanced by an out-of-state litigant is likely to fail since pot is federally illegal.

  • January 08, 2024

    Justices Won't Review Citizenship Bar Over Legal Pot Biz

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a Salvadoran's bid to overturn a Ninth Circuit decision that barred her from being naturalized for operating a licensed marijuana business in Washington state.

  • January 05, 2024

    Colo. Pot Co. Owner Says Partner Flouted Deal For Merger

    The founder of the Colorado-based Euflora chain of dispensaries is suing his partner and a multi-state cannabis operator, Jars Holdings Inc., which allegedly agreed to buy his $9.3 million share of the Euflora business, claiming they violated terms of the sale contract and acted in bad faith.

  • January 05, 2024

    6th Circ. Says Cannabis Co. Can't Block Rival's Shop

    Cannabis company Local Roots can't upend a settlement a Michigan city made with a rival enterprise that allows for more than one dispensary to set up shop in the town, the Sixth Circuit ruled, saying Local Roots missed its chance to intervene in their litigation.

  • January 05, 2024

    Pharma Co. Snags $100M To Advance Psychedelic Treatment

    The pharmaceutical arm of the nonprofit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies said on Friday it raised $100 million in an initial round of financing as it transitions to new leadership.

  • January 05, 2024

    Cannabis Bill Roundup: Ky., NH Lawmakers Eye Legalization

    A Kentucky state representative introduced a proposal to legalize adult-use marijuana just one year after the state approved medical cannabis; New Hampshire legislators initiated the latest in a string of thus far frustrated efforts to legalize recreational marijuana; and New York lawmakers are mulling a proposal to rein in the state's illicit cannabis market. Here are the major legislative moves in cannabis policy from the first week of 2024.

  • January 05, 2024

    Where Psychedelics Policy Is Going In 2024

    Federal health regulators will consider the first new drug application for a psychedelic medication, while Congress is eyeing legislation to broaden access to psychedelic substances. Meanwhile, California and Massachusetts could join Oregon and Colorado in pursuing their own policies to regulate psychedelic services in contravention of federal law, though it's unclear if the feds will remain hands-off.

  • January 04, 2024

    NM Cannabis Regulators Hit 2 Growers With $2M In Fines

    The state of New Mexico's cannabis regulation unit has levied $2 million total in fines against two marijuana-growing operations while stripping them of their licenses, saying they violated a slew of rules governing plant count, cultivation plans, required tracking software and various security measures.

  • January 04, 2024

    Conn. AG Orders Unlicensed Pot Market To Stop Meeting

    The Connecticut attorney general is looking to shut down a recurring cannabis "gifting" event located north of New Haven, saying that organizers are flouting the state's regulated market and enabling sales to those under 21.

  • January 04, 2024

    Small Vape Cos. Ask Court To Block FDA Premarket Rule

    A coalition of vape and e-liquid makers are urging a Texas federal court to block the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from requiring them to submit an array of reports on new products before they can be sold, decrying the regulation as onerous to small manufacturers.

  • January 04, 2024

    TTAB Makes 'Captain Cannabis' Decision Precedential

    The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has made precedential a decision that sided with a comic book creator in a dispute over the "Captain Cannabis" trademark.

  • January 04, 2024

    State Lawmakers Eye Tighter Restrictions On Hemp Products

    Policymakers in Nebraska, Arizona and Missouri kicked off 2024 by introducing new legislation or initiating efforts to tighten oversight of the sale of products that are derived from federally legal hemp but can mimic the psychoactive effects of marijuana.

  • January 04, 2024

    Why The Hemp-Marijuana Rift Could Widen In 2024

    Policy battles over intoxicating products derived from federally legal hemp have exposed the extent to which the hemp industry's embrace of psychoactive wares has brought it into competition with the marijuana sector, and experts predict it's going to get more heated in 2024.

  • January 03, 2024

    Cannabis Co. Says Investor Should Not Get Fresh Shot At Suit

    Cannabis company Cronos Group Inc. has urged a New York federal court not to resurrect a dismissed investor-led securities fraud lawsuit, saying the plaintiff had numerous chances to amend his suit to include alleged misconduct by one of its executives but repeatedly chose not to.

  • January 03, 2024

    Pot Co. Suit Slams Calif. Tax Dept.'s 'Massive Overcollection'

    A unit of Catalyst Cannabis Co. is accusing California's tax office of abusing its emergency powers to force dispensaries to pay cannabis excise taxes on "accessories," according to a lawsuit filed in state court that suggests the state specifically targeted the retailer.

  • January 03, 2024

    FDA Sent E-Cig Cos. On 'Wild Goose Chase': Full 5th Circ.

    An en banc Fifth Circuit said Wednesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent e-cigarette makers on a "wild goose chase" when it denied their premarket tobacco product applications for flavored e-cigarette products by pulling a "switcheroo" in the midst of the application process.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • What Calif. Pot Permit Ruling Means For Enviro Compliance

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    While a California appeals court's recent decision in Lucas v. City of Pomona affirms the city's use of a statutory exemption for its commercial cannabis overlay permit program, the ruling does not mean that all applicants seeking similar approvals are exempted from state environmental compliance obligations, say Whitney Hodges and Barbara Machado at Sheppard Mullin.

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