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

Michael Rosenblum 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

A state-by-state ranking of cannabis regulations

Barry Weisz Michael Rosenblum October 4, 2018
united states map made of cannabis plants

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

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

Diane Romza-Kutz 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

Recreational marijuana shake-up: Sessions revokes Cole Memorandum

Diane Romza-Kutz January 4, 2018
PotGavel

Today, just four days after recreational cannabis became legal in California – Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the long-standing “Cole Memorandum” issued in 2013 by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole.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

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

Diane Romza-Kutz 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

The end of legalized recreational cannabis under President Trump?

Diane Romza-Kutz 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

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.