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The State of Michigan’s newly created Marijuana Regulatory Agency (“MRA”) has released its new Medical Marijuana Facilities License application forms and instructions, formally replacing the application process previously administered by the now dissolved Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation. In large part, the application process and the forms themselves remain much like the old, but now reflect recent changes to the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (“MMFLA”) in effort to make the licensing process more streamlined…
“Help Wanted” signs are becoming familiar sights at most Michigan retailers. As unemployment rates have fallen across the state, and employers struggle to fill vacancies, the influx of students hitting the summer job market may come as welcome news. Unfortunately, would-be adult use marijuana businesses should temper their excitement.  Michigan’s Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act requires employees to be 21 years of age or older.  Specifically, MCL 333.27961(e), provides that: “No marijuana establishment may…
On June 3, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court resolved the debate in employment discrimination law which had split the circuits. In a unanimous decision, the court held in Fort Bend County v. Davis that the exhaustion requirement that a plaintiff must first bring a Title VII discrimination charge to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the equivalent state fair employment practices agency is not a jurisdictional requirement, but rather a claims-processing rule that is…
“Help Wanted” signs are becoming familiar sights at most Michigan retailers. As unemployment rates have fallen across the state, and employers struggle to fill vacancies, the influx of students hitting the summer job market may come as welcome news. Unfortunately, would-be adult use marijuana businesses should temper their excitement.  Michigan’s Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act requires employees to be 21 years of age or older.  Specifically, MCL 333.27961(e), provides that: “No marijuana establishment may…
In mid-May, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin told the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government of the Senate Appropriations Committee that cannabis businesses would not be eligible for Opportunity Zone (“OZ”) tax benefits. According to news reports of his testimony, Secretary Mnuchin said that the business of growing and dispensing cannabis is misaligned with the intent of the OZ program, which he appears to believe is designed to directly uplift low-income residents of distressed communities through…
As cannabis industry participants and observers are well aware, on June 4th, the Illinois General Assembly officially passed House Bill 1438, which will create the financial and regulatory framework for the sale and use of cannabis and cannabis-infused products in Illinois via (the “ Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act” or “CRTA”). This legislation was patterned after, and is structured to supplement, the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, which became effective January…
Starting now, all creditors must exercise more caution when trying to collect against discharged bankruptcy debtors, because a creditor’s good faith belief that the discharge injunction did not apply is no longer a viable defense. On Monday, June 3, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified the standard for awarding sanctions against a creditor for violation of the discharge injunction, unanimously holding that a court may hold a creditor in civil contempt for violating a discharge…
When the Supreme Court accepted the cert petition to resolve a Circuit split regarding the False Claims Act’s statute of limitations when the government does not intervene, it created the potential that the Court would extend the limitations period for private relators’ FCA actions. That is exactly what happened. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a relator can bring suit within three years after a government official knows, or should know, about a potential FCA…
Medicaid Bulletin MSA 19-10 Enrollment and Reimbursement for Clinical Nurse Specialists On May 1, 2019, the Medical Services Administration of the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (“MDHHS”), which administers the Michigan Medicaid program, issued Bulletin MSA 19-10 (the “Bulletin”), setting out new general information regarding enrollment, billing and reimbursement for a Clinical Nurse Specialist (“CNS”). CNS is a relatively new category of specialty certification available to a registered nurse (“RN”) in Michigan (…