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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 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 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

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

Apr 22, 2019

It’s CBD, Not THC, I Swear: The Need to Know Your Cannabis Product

Cannabidiol, a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, more commonly known as “CBD” (or what sellers are claiming to be CBD) can be found everywhere – on the Internet and social media, and at wellness centers, grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores.  » Read More

Mar 01, 2019

Once Again, the Tenth Circuit Says “Yes” to Cost of Goods Sold and “No” to Business Expense Deductions for Cannabis Businesses

The recent Tenth Circuit decision of Feinberg v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue reminds cannabis businesses that as long as marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law, they will not be permitted to take deductions for business expenses.  However, these businesses may still reduce their gross income by their cost of goods sold (COGS). » Read More

Feb 15, 2019

Trucker Arrested for Industrial Hemp Transportation Demonstrates Legal Implications for the Future of Cannabis Enforcement and Testing

By now some of you may have heard about the truck driver that was arrested for transporting nearly 7,000 pounds of industrial hemp in the truck he was hauling from Oregon to Colorado. This simple case presents critically important legal and technological issues that will likely plague the legal cannabis industry for years to come: enforcement and testing.» Read More

Jan 22, 2019

The Race Down the Hudson [PODCAST]

Check out Legally Grown’s (and Norris McLaughlin’s) first podcast!  In our inaugural episode, “The Race Down the Hudson,” Andrew D. Linden, Co-Chair of our Cannabis Law Practice Group, and a Member of the firm, discusses with Labor & Employment Attorney Keya Denner where New Jersey and New York stand on legalizing adult use marijuana. » Read More

Dec 28, 2018

The Ghost of CBD Past, Present, and Future: The Future of CBD and Industrial Hemp

The new year is right around the corner, which will prove to be a truly new year for the industrial hemp industry and the crown jewel of hemp-derived consumer products: CBD.  As we have laid out in our previous two posts that you can read here and here, the already ubiquitous CBD has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. » Read More

Dec 20, 2018

The Ghost of CBD Past, Present, and Future: CBD Present and the Farm Bill

In this second post in Legally Grown’s CBD holiday series, the Ghost of CBD Present looms large.  (You can check out the first post in this series here.)  We address what is happening now in the legal regulation of CBD-related goods and services, which is all-things-Farm-Bill. » Read More

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