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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 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

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

Mar 29, 2019

Delays in New York’s Push to Legalize Recreational Adult Use of Marijuana

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “high” hopes to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana in New York in conjunction with the state budget for 2020 has dissipated.  His state budget proposal for 2020 due April 1, 2019, will not likely include legalization, dampening the dreams of Cuomo’s estimated tax revenue of $300 million over three years flowing into the state from such legalization.  » Read More

Mar 26, 2019

Mundane Monday: New Jersey Senate Postpones Vote on Legalized Adult Use Marijuana

What originally looked like an exciting beginning of the week turned out to be a false start.  And when it doesn’t look like you’ll get to the endzone, sometimes it is best to punt.  That was the route chosen by the New Jersey Senate on Monday when it postponed its vote on S2703, which would legalize adult use marijuana in New Jersey.» Read More

Mar 21, 2019

Manic Monday: Will Monday, March 25, 2019 Be the Day Adult Use Marijuana Is Legalized in New Jersey?

Talks Heat Up After Hibernating Through Winter

After a fairly quiet winter, efforts to pass a bill legalizing adult use marijuana in New Jersey have ramped up.  It is being reported that Governor Murphy and top legislators reached agreement on the sticking points that were holding up the adult use bill. » 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

Feb 04, 2019

The FDA’s Position on Regulating Cannabis Products Post-Farm Bill

As mentioned in our prior blog post here, on December 20, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (the “Farm Bill”).  The bill de-scheduled hemp from being a federally controlled substance, and legalized hemp-derived cannabidiol (“CBD”) provided it meets the legal definition of industrial hemp. » Read More

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