Medical Marijuana Law & Policy

Legal trends and analysis of the medical marijuana industry

Jan 16, 2019

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 for employers on how to deal with employees who qualify for use. Conflicting [...]

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Dec 24, 2018

End of an Era: Farm Bill Legalizes Hemp Cultivation and Production

On Thursday, December 20, President Trump signed into effect The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, a corollary to the 2018 Farm Bill, legalizing hemp cultivation and production throughout the United States. The passage of The Hemp Farming Act represents the most significant shift in Federal legislative policy towards marijuana since adoption of the Rohrbacher-Farr amendment [...]

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Dec 06, 2018

Ohio Launches Medical Marijuana Patient and Caregiver Registry

Ohio has taken a major step toward full implementation of the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program by officially opening enrollment for qualifying individuals to register as patients or caregivers. On December 3, 2018, Ohio launched the medical marijuana registry for use by participating physicians.  Physicians with state approval to recommend medical marijuana first enter patient [...]

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Nov 27, 2018

Delays Dog Ohio Medical Marijuana Regime, but Program Pushes Forward Full Steam Ahead

Over the past two years Ohio legislators have undertaken rapid efforts to mobilize a comprehensive regulatory regime to tackle the issue of medical marijuana. The goal was to draw upon the best aspects of other states’ systems while avoiding their errors, and establish a unique “seed to stem” tracking system providing for complete accountability and [...]

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