In The Weeds

Exploring Developments in Cannabis Law and Business

On April 1, 2019, Fox Rothschild attorneys Josh Horn and Joseph McNelis will present Implications of Medical Marijuana in the Workplace, a live webinar, in conjunction with Lorman Education Services. The presentation will discuss the challenges employers across the country face given the dichotomy between state and federal laws governing cannabis. Josh and Joe will will provide an overview of federal and state marijuana laws, discuss specific aspects of the employment relationship affected by the legalization of…
Florida Governor Ron De Santis signed SB182 into law yesterday.  SB182 redefines medical use of marijuana to include possession, use or administration of marijuana in the form of smoking. The new law also triggered the dismissal of an appellate court action regarding the constitutionality of Florida’s medical marijuana law which previously banned the smoking of medical marijuana. Notwithstanding the new law legalizing smokable medical marijuana it will take time for dispensaries to start selling it,…
On March 22, 2019, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute will hold its second annual Medical Marijuana & Hemp Law Symposium, a full-day interactive event that will touch on all aspects of the emerging cannabis industry in Pennsylvania. Speakers will include attorneys, government officials, doctors, and other experts in the industry, and the Symposium will feature Fox Rothschild attorneys Josh Horn and Joseph McNelis. The Symposium will be held live in Philadelphia, simulcast to 18…
Although cannabis is illegal under federal law, at least 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for medical use and ten states, as well as D.C., have legalized it for recreational use—a dichotomy that presents a unique and complex challenge for employers. Fox Rothschild’s Cannabis Law and Employment Law attorneys have been on the forefront of these issues in multiple states, particularly in Pennsylvania. Check out our latest thoughts and practical tips…
With momentum growing for legal adult-use cannabis in Illinois following the election of J.B. Pritzker to the governorship, the Illinois General Assembly is already proposing legislation that would loosen regulations governing the cannabis industry. On February 15, 2019, Sen. Heather A. Steans introduced SB 2023, which would amend the Illinois Banking Act and the Illinois Credit Union Act to prevent the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation from taking various punitive actions against banks for…
Late last year, Congress passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the “Farm Bill”). While the passage of a Farm Bill is a common occurrence for Congress, the 2018 version is significant because it removes hemp from the list of controlled substances, leading many (including us!) to project a boom in the U.S. Hemp Industry. More recent developments have given some in the industry pause, including a December 20, 2018 Statement from the
Jennifer Benda, a Partner in Fox’s Denver, CO office, is an experienced tax attorney who handles tax controversy and income tax planning and compliance matters. She has significant experience assisting companies in the cannabis industry with tax planning, transactional matters, IRS examinations, and other tax compliance matters. Over at Fox Rothschild’s Tax Controversy and Financial Crimes Report Blog, Jennifer provides analysis on a recent decision from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals concerning the…
Recently Congress passed the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (the “2018 Farm Bill”), which legalized activities pertaining to industrial hemp on the federal level. So now we can begin cultivating, processing, and selling industrial hemp, right? The short answer: No. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the cultivation and processing of industrial hemp, provided that the hemp used meets the following definition: “[T]he plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds…
Chambers USA researches and compiles a list each year of the country’s top lawyers and law firms. This year, Fox Rothschild’s Cannabis Practice Group and 3 of its attorneys made the list! The firm was included in the 2019 Chambers USA guide for Cannabis Law, as were three of its attorneys: Jennifer Benda, Joshua Horn, and Matthew Kittay. Jennifer Benda, a Partner in Fox’s Denver, CO office, is an experienced tax attorney who handles tax…
Last week, North Carolina regulators followed the lead of public health officials in several other states and began cracking down on CBD-infused products. Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is one of over 100 cannabinoids, such as THC, found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, it doesn’t have consciousness-altering effects and can’t give you a “high.” Many believe CBD consumption has a variety of health benefits, from relieving pain and anxiety to treating epilepsy, which has…