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Jun 21, 2019

New York Lawmakers Pass Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation, Reducing Penalties for Low-Level Possession and Attempting to Address the Pressing Need for Restorative Justice

In New York, politicians typically favor incremental action rather than sweeping legislation.  This may explain the Legislature’s failure to legalize adult recreational marijuana this term.  However, the legislators have passed a bill, A08420, which amends New York penal law and criminal procedure law as they relate to criminal charges stemming from possession of small amounts of marijuana. » Read More

Jun 18, 2019

New York District Attorneys’ Op-Ed Piece Calls for “New York to Move Forward” Through Marijuana Legalization

As the end of the legislative session in New York approaches tomorrow, Wednesday, June 19, Cy Vance, the Manhattan District Attorney, and David Soares, the Albany County District Attorney, emphasize the importance of passing the Marijuana Revenue and Taxation Act in an op-ed piece published in the New York Daily News.» Read More

Jun 03, 2019

New Jersey Seeks Additional Applicants for Alternative Treatment Centers

Today, June 3, on the heels of the New Jersey Assembly and the New Jersey Senate approving the revised medical cannabis bill, known as A10, the New Jersey Department of Health (“DOH”) Division of Medicinal Marijuana issued a Request for Applications (“RFA”) to operate up to 108 additional Alternative Treatment Centers (“ATCs”). » Read More

May 24, 2019

New York City Adopts Law Banning Pre-Employment Testing for Marijuana and THC

On Friday, May 10, New York City adopted a law (Int. 1445-A) prohibiting employers, labor organizations, and employment agencies from conducting pre-employment drug testing for THC, the active ingredient in cannabis and marijuana. The law will become effective on May 10, 2020, which gives New York City employers one year to prepare.» Read More

May 20, 2019

Post-Farm Bill Importation of Industrial Hemp

As we previously blogged, the last subsection of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the “Farm Bill”) amended the Controlled Substances Act (the “CSA”) to exclude “tetrahydrocannabinols in hemp,” where hemp “means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant . » Read More

May 14, 2019

3 Considerations for Businesses Looking to Grow/Sell/Distribute Hemp and Hemp Products in New Jersey

This is an exciting time for cannabis law, and multitudes of individuals and businesses are finding themselves interested in or working with cannabis-related business issues.  From the purchase and sale of CBD, to the expansion of medical marijuana programs across the country, to the constant discussions and rumors swirling around pending or anticipated legislation, this truly is an interesting time to be involved in the cannabis industry.» Read More

May 06, 2019

Smoking Lawful Weed May Cost You Citizenship

According to the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), an immigrant who is seeking naturalization may lack the good moral character required to become a U.S. Citizen if they partake in the lawful purchase, possession, or consumption of marijuana. As many states are updating their laws by legalizing the medical and recreational use of marijuana, the USCIS is also updating its internal policies related to the adjudication of naturalization applications of lawful permanent residents who partake in the marijuana industry.» Read More

May 03, 2019

What Cannabis Brand Owners Need to Know About the USPTO’s Recent Guidance on Cannabis Trademarks

On May 2, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued insightful guidance on its procedures for the examination of trademarks for cannabis-related goods and services. This guidance comes months after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which decriminalized industrial hemp and CBD derived from industrial hemp.» Read More

Apr 26, 2019

In the News: The Hazards of Hauling Hemp

Eric Alvarez, an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was quoted in “The Hazards of Hauling Hemp” by truckinginfo.com following his Legally Grown blog post, “Trucker Arrested for Industrial Hemp Transportation Demonstrates Legal Implications for the Future of Cannabis Enforcement and Testing.”

“Cannabis” is a general term used for both hemp and marijuana plants, [Eric] explain[s].» Read More

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