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Jul 30, 2019

NJ Medical Marijuana Law Limits Employer Drug Testing Practices

Employers in New Jersey and New York City need to review their drug testing policies and employment practices considering laws recently enacted to protect employees (and applicants) who are authorized to use medical marijuana under state medical marijuana statutes.

On July 2, 2019, New Jersey joined a handful of other states affording employment protections for job applicants and employees who are legally authorized medical marijuana patients. » Read More

Jul 18, 2019

New York City Department of Health Begins Embargoing CBD Food and Beverages

Jul 02, 2019

FDA Emphasizes Its Commitment to “Sound, Science-based Policy” for CBD Products

Under the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD derived from industrial hemp falls outside the Controlled Substances Act, but CBD-infused food and beverages and dietary supplements must still comply with the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and are subject to the authority of the FDA.  » Read More

Jun 27, 2019

The Cannabis Goldrush and the IP Landgrab: Trends in Cannabis Patenting

I was honored to be a panelist at the New York City Bar Association’s event “The Cannabis Goldrush and the IP Landgrab” this week.  The title of my presentation was “Trends in Cannabis Patenting.”  I began with examples of the three types of patent (utility, design, and plant) before moving onto the somewhat related Plant Variety Protection Act. » Read More

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

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