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A state-by-state ranking of cannabis regulations

Barry Weisz Michael Rosenblum October 4, 2018
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The Tracking Cannabis blog is proud to announce our first-ever state-by-state ranking of state cannabis regulations based on how favorable they are to cannabis businesses. READ MORE

Despite political uncertainty, Illinois judge orders expansion of medical cannabis

Diane Romza-Kutz January 19, 2018
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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

Diane Romza-Kutz January 4, 2018
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Today, just four days after recreational cannabis became legal in California – Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the long-standing “Cole Memorandum” issued in 2013 by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole.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?

Diane Romza-Kutz November 9, 2017
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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

Michael Rosenblum October 18, 2017
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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

Michael Rosenblum September 18, 2017
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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

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

Michael Rosenblum April 24, 2017
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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

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
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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
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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

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

Carl Rowley March 9, 2016
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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

Branding your bud: Why trademarks are tricky for marijuana businesses

Jennifer Visintine August 27, 2015
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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

Illinois defines metrics for medical cannabis applicants

August 11, 2014
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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.