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Cannabis Regulations: State-by-State Rankings for 2023

Michael Rosenblum Barry Weisz October 11, 2023
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Thompson Coburn LLP has created an updated state-by-state ranking of state cannabis regulations. Newly revised for 2023, this guide provides an overview of cannabis laws in every state, plus the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. The analysis lists each state from most favorable to cannabis businesses to most restrictive. The report, now in its fifth year, is researched and produced by the Firm’s Tracking Cannabis blog team and authored by Michael Rosenblum and Barry Weisz, partners in Thompson Coburn’s Los Angeles office. READ MORE

Weeding out cannabis patent infringement claims

Marijuana and cannabis oil

Gene Pool Technologies, Inc. (“Gene Pool”) is a company focused on cannabis and hemp extraction technologies. Coastal Harvest, LLC (“Coastal”) is in the business of manufacturing and selling products extracted from cannabis. On August 6, 2021, Gene Pool sued Coastal for allegedly infringing three of Gene Pool’s patents (US 9,144,751, US 9,145,532, and US 9,587,203) covering certain methods for extracting essential oils from solid materials. READ MORE

Amendment 3 has passed in Missouri: What’s next for recreational marijuana in the state?

Andrew White Gayle Mercier November 9, 2022

On November 8, 2022, Missouri voters considered Amendment 3 (the “Amendment”), a ballot initiative aimed at amending Missouri’s constitution legalizing recreational marijuana. Medical marijuana in Missouri was initially legalized November 2018 via the passing of Amendment 2. Unlike Amendment 2, the purpose of Amendment 3 is to “make marijuana legal under state and local law for adults twenty-one years of age or older, and to control the commercial production and distribution of marijuana under a system that licenses, regulates, and taxes the businesses involved while protecting public health.” READ MORE

Is 2021 the year of meaningful cannabis banking reform?

Jack Jacobson July 22, 2021
Someone purchasing legal cannabis using a credit card

With Democrats in control of the White House and Congress (at least until the 2022 midterm election), the question remains as to whether this is the year that the federal government enacts meaningful cannabis banking reform. READ MORE

Proposed bill may ease access to financial services for California cannabis businesses

August 6, 2020
A jar of cannabis buds laying on money

On August 11, 2020, the California Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee will hold a hearing on Assembly Bill 1525. The bill could provide a meaningful boost to California’s cannabis industry by easing access to financial services for cannabis businesses, and by protecting ancillary companies that serve the industry. READ MORE

FinCEN guidance looks to enhance availability and transparency of financial services to hemp companies

A field of hemp plants

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has provided additional guidance for financial institutions that monitor hemp companies, and “is intended to enhance the availability of financial services for, and the financial transparency of, hemp-related businesses in compliance with federal law.” READ MORE

How California is defending statewide cannabis delivery

June 23, 2020
A delivery of cannabis products in a labelled paper bag

The viability of many California cannabis delivery businesses may be at stake as a landmark lawsuit brought by local municipalities against the Bureau of Cannabis Control heads to trial. This post provides background information on the case, details the arguments presented by both parties and discusses the lawsuit’s implications on cannabis delivery in California. READ MORE

Cannabis and Coronavirus: Issues for cannabis-related businesses to overcome

March 24, 2020
Empty cannabis dispensary

In the wake of COVID-19, the legal cannabis industry is feeling the pain as demand and sales decline. Dispensaries and other cannabis businesses face limited operations at best, and risk of default due to provisions in supply contracts and loan documents at worst. READ MORE

Cannabis banking bill heads to U.S. House for a vote

Jack Jacobson September 19, 2019
U.S. capitol dome

The week of September 23, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 1595, the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, a measure that seeks to harmonize federal and state cannabis law and prevent federal regulators from punishing financial institutions from banking with cannabis-related legitimate businesses. READ MORE

ABA urges Congress to reform federal cannabis policy


The ABA House of Delegates has adopted a resolution recommending the rescheduling or de-scheduling of cannabis under the CSA. The resolution urges Congress to enact legislation removing cannabis from Schedule 1 of the CSA and defer to states in drafting cannabis policies. READ MORE

Governor Pritzker signs bill expanding medical cannabis program

Kevin Young August 20, 2019
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On August 9, 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law Illinois Senate Bill 2023, which amends and makes permanent the State’s pilot medical cannabis program. The amendment will expand the number of patients who qualify for treatment under the program and include a social equity component. READ MORE

What’s new for medical cannabis facilities after the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act

Kevin Young July 29, 2019
indoor cannabis production

With the passage of the June 25, 2019 Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, Illinois has legalized recreational cannabis use for adults 21 and older. The Act outlines new regulations for medical dispensaries, cultivation centers, and social equity components for medical facilities already operating under Illinois’ medical cannabis program. READ MORE

Highlights from Missouri Cannabis Business Breakfast

Marijuana buds on prescription sheet

On June 25th, Thompson Coburn’s St. Louis office hosted prospective cannabis-industry players for its Missouri Cannabis Business Breakfast. Our attorneys discussed the legal issues related to licensing, corporate formation and securities, banking, and real estate in the context of Missouri medical cannabis. READ MORE

Branding your bud: New U.S. Trademark Office guidelines for cannabis

Jennifer Visintine May 9, 2019
Marijuana plant leaf and buds

With the December 20, 2018 signing of the 2018 Farm Bill, companies seeking federal registration of trademarks for goods derived from “hemp” may be able to protect their brands. The Trademark Office issued new guidelines governing the examination of applications for such goods on May 2, 2019. READ MORE

STATES Act reintroduced in Congress to harmonize federal, state cannabis law


The STATES Act has been reintroduced in the U.S. Senate and largely mirrors its previous version, with two exceptions. The Act is likely to see opposition from conservatives who may see it as a step towards legalization, while some progressives have already claimed it does not go far enough. READ MORE

Missouri DHSS releases proposed rules for medical cannabis cultivation facilities

Gayle Mercier April 4, 2019
Marijuana buds on prescription sheet

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has released its proposed rules regarding medical cannabis cultivation facilities. The rules, which provide guidance on applying for an operating license and requirements for facility operations, will be open for public comment until June. READ MORE

Highlights from the USDA listening session on federal hemp regulations

April 1, 2019
Photo of hemp crops

On March 13, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture held a listening session to solicit comments to aid in the drafting of rules that implement sections of the 2018 Farm Bill pertaining to industrial hemp cultivation. Topics included the regulatory timetable, federal agency cooperation, and more. READ MORE

Seed to sale: Missouri DHSS releases proposed rules for dispensaries

March 27, 2019
Marijuana buds on prescription sheet

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has released another set of proposed rules regulating medical cannabis in Missouri. The proposed rules set forth requirements for all medical cannabis facilities and also lays out specific rules for particular types of medical cannabis businesses. READ MORE

Congress moves to address cannabis banking reform

A jar of cannabis buds laying on money

House Democrats have introduced bipartisan legislation, the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019, to address the conflict between states that have legalized cannabis within their borders for medical and/or personal use, and federal law, under which cannabis remains a Schedule I controlled substance. READ MORE

Zoning green: Local concerns may affect placement of medical cannabis businesses

Gayle Mercier March 14, 2019
Cannabis products in plastic bag and medical canisters

While some Missouri communities are welcoming access to medical cannabis, others may be more resistant and could look to zoning codes to restrict the establishment of cannabis businesses. Amendment 2 prohibits communities from flatly excluding medical cannabis businesses, but it does allow for some restrictions. READ MORE

Missouri medical cannabis business licensing: March 2019 status

Marijuana buds on prescription sheet

With the passage of Amendment 2 by Missouri voters in November 2018, businesses will be able to apply for licenses to operate medical cannabis facilities in Missouri. While the date for businesses to apply for such licenses is still more than four months away, the timeline for starting the application process has already begun. READ MORE

Missouri DHSS releases first proposed rules for medical cannabis

Gayle Mercier February 27, 2019
Marijuana buds on prescription sheet

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has released the first of its proposed rules regulating medical cannabis in Missouri. The proposed rules concern medical cannabis patients, their caregivers, and the process by which patients may obtain medical cannabis. READ MORE

Highlights from the Missouri Department of Health’s first medical cannabis forum

February 25, 2019
Marijuana buds spilled on a table next to a medicine bottle

On February 13, 2019, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services held a forum to hear suggestions regarding the drafting of preliminary medical cannabis regulations. Suggestions covered quality control and testing, fees and profits, startup logistics, distribution issues, and more. READ MORE

Cannabis investors analyze industry, share predictions in Thompson Coburn-led ArcView panel

February 13, 2019
A jar of cannabis buds laying on money

During a panel at the ArcView Investment Forum, leading private fund managers and industry analysts discussed the potential opportunities and risks for investing in the booming cannabis market, including predictions about developments that may significantly impact the industry in 2019. READ MORE

Opportunities and risks for cannabis tenants

Gayle Mercier December 21, 2018
Cannabis farm and greenhouse facility

With medical cannabis now legal under Missouri law, the coming industry creates new opportunities for real property owners interested in expanding their businesses. However, several risks and questions remain, and entities interested in utilizing real property for cannabis businesses need to be aware of the current issues and possible solutions. READ MORE

California’s proposed cannabis regulations seek to restrict ‘white labeling’

Kevin Young November 13, 2018
Marijuana buds with cannabis-infused cookies

The California Bureau of Cannabis Control’s proposed regulations would cut off non-licensed cannabis manufacturers from partnering with licensed manufactures to introduce their products into the California cannabis market. Find out more about how this restriction on "white labeling" could impact small cannabis businesses. READ MORE

An inside look into the latest state to legalize recreational cannabis: Michigan

November 8, 2018
Outline of Michigan with cannabis leaf

Michigan has become the 10th state to legalize recreational cannabis and the first in the Midwest region. With significant investor and entrepreneurial activity expected to enter the area, our Cannabis team takes a closer look at the effects of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (MRTMA). READ MORE

Missouri’s 2018 medical cannabis initiatives: Part 2 – Business

Carl Rowley November 1, 2018
Marijuana buds on prescription sheet

Three initiatives on Missouri’s November 6, 2018, ballot seek to make medical marijuana or medical cannabis legal under Missouri state law. In the second post in a series covering the initiatives, we detail the implications of each initiative for cannabis businesses. READ MORE

Missouri’s 2018 medical cannabis initiatives: Part 1 – The basics

Carl Rowley October 25, 2018
Marijuana buds on prescription sheet

Three initiatives on Missouri’s November 6, 2018, ballot seek to make medical marijuana or medical cannabis legal under Missouri state law. In this first post in a series covering the initiatives, we detail the basic similarities and differences between each measure. READ MORE

CBD drugs moved to Schedule 5; no promises for cannabis

October 1, 2018
Marijuana and cannabis oil

The DEA has moved CBD prescription drugs with THC levels below .01% to a Schedule 5 drug after the FDA’s approval of Epidolex. However, despite the reschedule, cannabis still remains a Schedule 1 substance. READ MORE

Top 5 warning signs for cannabis investors

Carl Rowley David Kaufman September 11, 2018
Marijuana leaves in the shape of a dollar sign

As state laws shift on cannabis legalization, some are using the opportunity to defraud investors in the cannabis industry. At the risk of federal prosecution, it is important for cannabis investors to remember these 5 warnings signs of potential fraud. READ MORE

Making sense of California’s ban on industrial hemp in food products

August 13, 2018
Photo of hemp crops

While California law allows marijuana-derived CBD in food products, CBD from industrial hemp does not have the same privilege and faces a shrinking market both inside and outside the Golden State. READ MORE

Rohrabacher–Blumenauer Amendment included in omnibus FY 2018 spending bill

March 28, 2018

On March 23, 2018, the federal omnibus spending bill was signed into law, which included an updated version of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment prohibiting the use of DOJ funds for Controlled Substances Act enforcement in states with a medical cannabis program. READ MORE

Cook County voters’ support of recreational cannabis in non-binding referendum promising for future of Illinois cannabis

March 26, 2018
cannabis ballot

On March 20, 2018, during a state primary voting cycle, Cook County (which includes the city of Chicago) residents voted on a non-binding referendum addressing the legalization of recreational cannabis in the State of Illinois. READ MORE

Fate of legalized cannabis hinges on key vote

March 22, 2018

On Thursday, March 22, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the most recent omnibus spending bill, allocating the funds approved by President Trump when he signed a budget deal on February 8, 2018. READ MORE

Recreational cannabis in the workplace: A guide for California employers

John Viola February 16, 2018

Do your employees think they can smoke cannabis in the workplace because it’s legal? Are your employees telling you that even though they failed a drug test you have to keep them on as employees? Although cannabis usage is now legal in the State of California, employers may still prohibit its use in the workplace. READ MORE

Big month ahead for federal cannabis policy in Congress

February 6, 2018

The clock is ticking on stopgap legislation shielding the medical cannabis industry from potential federal intervention. With protections under the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment set to expire on Feb. 9, our Lobbying & Policy Practice breaks down what's in store for federal cannabis policy before Congress in the coming weeks. READ MORE

Despite political uncertainty, Illinois judge orders expansion of medical cannabis

January 19, 2018
cannabis perscription

Despite a recent setback for the cannabis industry at the federal level, an Illinois judge has ordered that intractable pain be added to the state's list of conditions approved for medical cannabis treatment, potentially widening the patient pool for cannabis. READ MORE

Recreational marijuana shake-up: Sessions revokes Cole Memorandum

January 4, 2018

Today, just four days after recreational cannabis became legal in California – Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the long-standing “Cole Memorandum” issued in 2013 by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole. READ MORE

Will big beverage, Canadian legislation tilt U.S. closer to federal legalization?

November 9, 2017

The collaboration between Constellation Brands and Canopy Growth is the first sign that the alcoholic beverage industry has publicly recognized the value that cannabis might bring to companies’ portfolios. READ MORE

Hazy outlook for legislation protecting medical cannabis

October 18, 2017
cannabis leaf drawn on chalkboard

The fate of crucial federal legislation protecting medical cannabis producers, retailers and consumers from prosecution by the U.S. Department of Justice has recently become uncertain due to differences in House and Senate spending legislation. READ MORE

Protection against DoJ interference with state medical cannabis programs extended until Dec. 8

September 18, 2017

With the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment set to expire on Dec. 8, the future of its protections now hinges on the work of the House-Senate conference committee. READ MORE

Cannabis at work: An update for employers

July 18, 2017

Recent California legislation allows employers to enforce policies prohibiting cannabis use by employees – even if consumption occurs outside of work and does not impair performance. However, cannabis businesses must be careful when drafting such policies. READ MORE

Los Angeles releases proposed commercial cannabis regulations

June 26, 2017

In one of the most significant milestones in the history of marijuana legislation, Los Angeles’ City Council recently released its proposed regulations governing commercial cannabis activity in the city. Simultaneously, the Department of City Planning released a draft ordinance proposing land use and sensitive use requirements for commercial cannabis activity in Los Angeles. READ MORE

Cannabis companies: Think twice about ‘Alternative Public Offerings’


While an Alternative Public Offering structure may offer some benefits to potential cannabis companies or their potential investors, the structures have reputational and other issues that need to be considered. READ MORE

AG Sessions seeks repeal of Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment

June 13, 2017

On June 12, 2017, a letter written by Attorney General Jeff Sessions was released detailing his opposition to the extension of the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment. What does this mean for the industry? READ MORE

Interpreting the renewed Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment: A loophole for enforcement?

May 31, 2017
Cannabis leaf with handcuffs and fingerprints

Congress provided a sense of protection from DOJ enforcement to the medical cannabis industry through an updated version of the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment. But the industry is still trying to interpret statements from the President and Attorney General that don’t provide any clearer picture about whether the federal government will leave the regulation of cannabis, at least medical cannabis, to the states. READ MORE

Arizona appellate court takes the high road and enforces a commercial lease to operate a medical marijuana dispensary

Jeff Brown May 10, 2017

In a case of first impression in Arizona, the Court of Appeals in Green Cross Medical, Inc. v. Gally (April 18, 2017) held that a lease to operate a medical marijuana dispensary was not void from its inception, either under Arizona law or the federal Controlled Substances Act. READ MORE

Calif. cities lift medical marijuana delivery ban: Is L.A. next?

April 24, 2017

More and more cities in California are allowing the once-banned delivery of medical marijuana directly to consumers. Learn about the latest developments statewide, including in Los Angeles. READ MORE

DEA awards Schedule II classification to synthetic THC drug

Kevin Young April 4, 2017
cannabis perscription

The DEA has applied a stricter scheduling classification to a new cannabis-containing drug than a similar drug already on the market. What can be read into this decision and how will it affect the future development of cannabis pharmaceuticals? READ MORE

AG's latest remarks signal no outright campaign against cannabis yet

March 20, 2017

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions continues to tune his stance on legalized medical and recreational marijuana in public comments. His latest proclamation in mid-March gives hope to the industry on medical use while leaving recreational use susceptible to a crackdown. READ MORE

The end of legalized recreational cannabis under President Trump?

March 2, 2017
cannabis brownie

Early signs of the Trump administration's stance on legalized cannabis indicates that recreational cannabis might be in the crosshairs. Companies engaged in both medical and recreational cannabis need to move swiftly to insulate medical cannabis business assets from their recreational businesses. READ MORE

Cannabis industry taps REITs to draw financing

Kevin Young February 8, 2017
cannabis banks

Facing many hurdles to financing because of current federal law, cannabis businesses have turned to REITs to provide an influx of capital through sale leaseback transactions. READ MORE

Cannabis in animal supplements: A hazy proposition

January 9, 2017
cannabis dog

Until further guidance comes from the FDA, the cannabis industry should tread carefully in the production and marketing of cannabis-containing animal supplements. Supplement makers should take care to avoid drug-like claims for their products and adhere to strict food safety regulations in the manufacturing process. READ MORE

Election results widen gulf between federal v. state regulation of cannabis

November 17, 2016
cannabis ballot

On Nov. 8, 2016, voters in eight more states approved legal marijuana use for either medicinal or recreational purposes. As legal cannabis becomes more readily available to Americans, it highlights an increasingly strained divide between state and federal regulation. READ MORE

The silver lining in the DEA’s refusal to reclassify cannabis

August 15, 2016

Although the DEA announced last week that it would not reschedule cannabis, the decision did come with promising news of enhanced research opportunities that could bolster the cannabis industry's long-term growth. READ MORE

Thompson Coburn takes stage at Cannabis Business Summit

Carl Rowley July 6, 2016
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Carl Rowley of Thompson Coburn’s cannabis practice attended the 2016 Cannabis Business Summit hosted by the National Cannabis Industry Association in Oakland, Calif., in late June. READ MORE

Thompson Coburn real estate team to speak at Chicago cannabis seminar

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Session topics will address the current medical cannabis program in Illinois and provide updates on national and local industry developments. READ MORE

UPDATE: Cannabis, pain reduction, and opioid abstinence

Carl Rowley March 24, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published a new guideline for prescribing opioid pain medication by primary care clinicians for chronic pain in outpatient settings for other than active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care. READ MORE

Weighing risks and benefits: Cannabis use and metabolic syndrome risk

Carl Rowley March 21, 2016

A new study by Australian researchers published in the journal Psychological Medicine examined the narrower issue of whether frequency of cannabis use was associated with rates of metabolic syndrome among study participants, all of whom had been diagnosed with psychotic illness. READ MORE

Path to recreational cannabis narrowing in California

March 16, 2016

Since California’s failure to legalize the recreational use of cannabis under Proposition 19 in 2010, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska have passed laws legalizing the recreational use of the drug and an additional nine states have legalized the use of cannabis for medical purposes. READ MORE

Weighing risks and benefits: Cannabis, pain reduction, and opioid abstinence

Carl Rowley March 9, 2016

In a recent study that has been accepted for publication in The Clinical Journal of Pain, researchers assessed the long-term effect of medical cannabis treatment on pain and other outcomes (including sleep problems) in people suffering from chronic pain that was resistant to other treatments (including opioid consumption). READ MORE

Waiting to Exhale: Cannabis industry breathes sigh of relief over extension of Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment

Jeff Brown January 11, 2016

With the extension of the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, the right of the states to determine their own laws for medical marijuana use enjoys a shield from federal intervention… at least through Sept. 30, 2016. READ MORE

California marijuana dispensary scores victory against DOJ … but how long will it last?

Jeff Brown November 30, 2015

The Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana (MAMM), one of California’s oldest lawful marijuana dispensaries, won a major victory against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in October. READ MORE

Top takeaways from the 2015 Las Vegas Marijuana Business Convention

November 20, 2015

One overarching concern among all participants at the Conference was that of legal compliance. Every business at the convention has to worry about IRS concerns related to claiming business expenses, the paucity of banks willing to deal with the cannabis industry and accept cannabis-related funds, and the inability to work with credit cards. READ MORE

California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act: What you need to know

November 10, 2015

As the various state agencies look to draft rules and the timeline for implementation, we review the highlights of the new laws. READ MORE

Investing in cannabis? Industry presents unique considerations

Barry Fischer November 9, 2015

In the words of Niels Bohr, “prediction is very difficult, especially about the future,” and prediction in the cannabis industry is made especially difficult due to certain unique issues facing cannabis businesses. READ MORE

Employers and medical marijuana: Are California's anti-drug policies up in smoke?

John Viola November 2, 2015

What’s an employer to do when faced with employees using marijuana in or out of the workplace? How should employers respond to employees who use or possess marijuana legally under California law? How does such use or possession affect termination, disability and drug testing issues? READ MORE

Limiting Tort Liability for Cannabis: Failure to Warn Part I – the LivWell Lawsuit

Carl Rowley October 14, 2015

As the legal cannabis market grows, so will the number of product liability lawsuits against the industry, including cases based upon a failure to warn of real or imagined risks, such as those alleged in the LivWell complaint. Later installments in this series will address the potential scope and bases of cannabis industry liability under failure to warn theories. READ MORE

California Governor sets robust regulatory scheme for medical marijuana in motion with signing of legislation

October 12, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a group of medical marijuana laws on Oct. 9 that will have a widespread effect on how the entire industry is regulated in the state. The governor approved AB266, along with AB243 and SB643. READ MORE

Limiting tort liability for cannabis: Dram shop-type laws

Carl Rowley September 21, 2015

As more states enact laws legalizing the sale of medical and recreational marijuana, cannabis businesses may start to question whether they could be held liable if customers cause injury or harm to others while using their products. A good reference for the cannabis industry is the dram shop laws that affect purveyors of alcohol. READ MORE

Branding your bud: Why trademarks are tricky for marijuana businesses

Jennifer Visintine August 27, 2015

Brand loyalty builds businesses. That’s why most businesses need successful brands, and, ideally, brands backed by a federal trademark registration. But because of the federal laws affecting marijuana and related products, marijuana growers and distributers don’t have access to the same avenues of brand protection. READ MORE

Despite federal guidance, financial institutions hesitant to bank on cannabis businesses

August 11, 2015

In every state where it is legal, the marijuana industry remains almost entirely a cash business. Consequently, legitimate marijuana businesses are left without the financial resources and protection that banks provide. READ MORE

Assembly Bill 266 provides long-awaited medical marijuana regulatory framework in California

July 9, 2015

California lawmakers and law enforcement groups are eager to compromise over issues that have prevented comprehensive statewide regulation of the industry for the last two decades. READ MORE

Cannabis Conflicts Part II: The problem with state and federal food labeling requirements

May 20, 2015

Illinois’ “Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act” (the “CUMCPPA”) creates an entire regime of laws, regulations and procedures by which individuals and companies are building medical cannabis growing facilities and dispensaries. READ MORE

Cannabis Conflicts Part I: Is it a food, drug or dietary supplement?

May 20, 2015
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Some state legislation allows for cannabis-based “edible” products such as cannabis-containing cookies or brownies. Many of these new state laws actually refer to these edible products as food, including Illinois. READ MORE

Welcome to Tracking Cannabis, a legal blog by Thompson Coburn

May 18, 2015
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Welcome to Tracking Cannabis, Thompson Coburn’s newly launched cannabis blog. Our interdisciplinary cannabis practice group will use this blog to provide updates and insights on the latest developments in the cannabis industry. READ MORE

The cannabis industry: how big will it get?

November 20, 2014

Overall, industry experts are predicting that the size of the national market for legalized cannabis will exceed the November 2010 predictions of Harvard economist (and Cato Institute affiliate) Jeffrey Miron, who previously put the size of the marijuana market at $14 billion. READ MORE

Illinois defines metrics for medical cannabis applicants

August 11, 2014
medical marijuana in a greenhouse

Cannabis industry hopefuls in Illinois are poised to begin the application process after the three state agencies administering Illinois’ medical marijuana law released long-awaited metrics on Aug. 8. READ MORE

Thompson Coburn advises clients on state laws governing the business of cannabis to facilitate compliance with those state laws. Federal laws concerning cannabis currently conflict with state laws in states that have legalized cannabis or possession of cannabis. Although federal enforcement policy may at times defer to these states’ laws and not enforce conflicting federal laws, interested businesses and individuals should be aware that compliance with state law in no way assures compliance with federal law, and there is a risk that conflicting federal laws may be enforced in the future. In addition to this Cannabis-specific note, readers should review Thompson Coburn’s Conditions of Use / Disclaimers page containing other important information.