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Circuit Court Applies U.S. Constitution To Cannabis
In a possible setting the stage for national legalization of cannabis, circuit court applies U.S. Constitution to cannabis.

Circuit Court Applies U.S. Constitution To Cannabis

Could this be setting the stage for national legalization? In Northeast Patients Group, et al. v. United Cannabis Patients and Caregivers of Maine, a split panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision…

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Rhode Island Legalizes Adult-Use Cannabis
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Rhode Island Legalizes Adult-Use Cannabis

On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, Rhode Island became the nineteenth state to legalize adult-use cannabis. Democrat Governor Daniel J. McKee signed into law S.B. 2430 and companion act H.B. 7593, or the Rhode Island Cannabis Act, after both bills were approved by…

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New Jersey Approves First Adult-Use Cannabis Sales
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New Jersey Approves First Adult-Use Cannabis Sales

On April 11, 2022, New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) voted to approve the state’s first adult-use cannabis sales to the general public. In doing so, the CRC granted regulatory approval to seven companies currently operating thirteen medical marijuana dispensaries to commence…

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Ohio Senate Bill Aims to Expand Medical Marijuana Control Program
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Ohio Senate Bill Aims to Expand Medical Marijuana Control Program

In December the Ohio Senate passed Senate Bill 261, potentially broadening Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program for the first time since implementation in 2018. SB 261 would create the new Division of Marijuana Control (DMC), a division of the Department of Commerce,…

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Ohio Inches Towards Adult-Use Legalization, Two Main Paths Considered
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Ohio Inches Towards Adult-Use Legalization, Two Main Paths Considered

Recent bills and ballot initiatives suggest that adult-use cannabis may be coming to Ohio in the near future.  However, with the State currently considering two separate paths towards legalization, the key question now seems just as much how as when. The first…

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An Employer’s Q&A to Medical Marijuana in Ohio
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An Employer’s Q&A to Medical Marijuana in Ohio

On January 16, 2019, Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program formally launched with the official opening of the first dispensaries in Wintersville, Canton, and Sandusky. Years in the making, Ohio’s program provides alternative medical treatment to qualifying patients but also raises serious questions…

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Ohio Lawmakers Set to Introduce Bill to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis
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Ohio Lawmakers Set to Introduce Bill to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis

Ohio lawmakers are set to consider a bill that would legalize adult, or recreational, cannabis use in the Buckeye state. State Representative Casey Weinstein (D) and co-sponsor Rep. Terrence Upchurch (D) announced their intention to introduce the bill late last week. The…

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Big Apple Legalizes Recreational Cannabis
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Big Apple Legalizes Recreational Cannabis

On March 30, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Senate Bill 854-A, the “Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act,” making New York the 15th state to legalize recreational cannabis use. Under the Act, New Yorkers will be allowed to possess three ounces of cannabis…

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Gazing into the Crystal Ball: Projecting Federal Cannabis Policy in 2021
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Gazing into the Crystal Ball: Projecting Federal Cannabis Policy in 2021

While cannabis legalization is now a bipartisan issue and enjoys a majority of support in both parties, the issue has historically been framed as a Democrat policy. And now, with a Democratic President, House, and Senate, many observers are asking, “what’s next…

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BREAKING: U.S. House of Representatives Votes to Decriminalize and Tax Cannabis
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BREAKING: U.S. House of Representatives Votes to Decriminalize and Tax Cannabis

Earlier today, The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill decriminalizing cannabis at the national level and implementing a sales tax on cannabis products sold throughout the U.S. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, otherwise known as the MORE Act, was…

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