DEA Publishes Long Awaited Proposed Rules for Grower LicensesIn an important step intended to expand marijuana research, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) unveiled a long-awaited rule proposal last week that would permit the agency to issue additional growing licenses for research-grade cannabis.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was
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Over the past few years, a handful of law firms have filed thousands of lawsuits over website accessibility issues. This has been a lucrative business for these firms. Many of these suits are essentially cut-and-paste jobs, and the recipients often
Continue Reading Cannabis Companies Beware: You Can Get Sued If Your Website Isn’t Compliant With the Americans With Disabilities Act

On January 21, 2020, an Idaho state court held that nearly 7,000 pounds of seized hemp would remain forfeited to the Idaho State Police (“ISP”).  As we discussed in our recently published article, the defendant in the case, Big
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Texting customers without proper consent is risky business.  As we discussed here, there has been a flood of lawsuits over the past five years against companies large and small relating to their texting practices.  With many new entrants to
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As Americans across the country begin gathering W-2s and various receipts to calculate personal income taxes, California’s legislature and governor are contemplating ways of making the state’s legalized marijuana industry more competitive by reducing taxes and streamlining the regulatory structure.
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On January 15, the Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce held its first ever legislative hearing to address federal cannabis policies.  The subcommittee invited witness from three different agencies to provide testimony: Matthew K. Strait, Drug
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A new potential class action minefield cropped up in 2019 – challenges to cannabis companies’ marketing practices under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), with one major medical marijuana company already forced to defend its text messaging practices in Florida
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California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has finalized the listing of “cannabis (marijuana) smoke” and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as reproductive toxins under Proposition 65.

The listings are effective as of January 3, 2020.  Under Prop 65, enforcement of the

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Earlier this month, two federal courts—one in the Southern District of New York, another in the Western District of Washington—analyzed the issue of whether a federal court has jurisdiction to hear what would otherwise be routine breach of contract cases
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