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

Barzin Pakandam August 13, 2018
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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

Recreational cannabis in the workplace: A guide for California employers

John Viola February 16, 2018
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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

Path to recreational cannabis narrowing in California

March 16, 2016
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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

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

Jeff Brown November 30, 2015
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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

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

November 10, 2015
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As the various state agencies look to draft rules and the timeline for implementation, we review the highlights of the new laws. READ MORE

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

John Viola November 2, 2015
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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

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

October 12, 2015
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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

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

July 9, 2015
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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

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.