Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority

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Caveat Emptor: Are Marijuana Labels Accurate?

As discussed in the book, many legalization states have adopted detailed labeling requirements for marijuana products (see pages 456-462). Among other things, suppliers must clearly indicate the quantity of THC and CBD contained in packages of marijuana. Labeling requirements like these are designed to inform consumers and thereby help them make better consumption choices. To…

Posted by on November 15, 2017 in News, Updates, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


What’s the Point of Rescheduling Marijuana in a Medical Marijuana State?

A number of sites have reported on Kadonsky v. Lee, in which a New Jersey appellate court just ordered a state official to consider rescheduling marijuana under the state’s Controlled Dangerous Substances Act (CDSA). New Jersey’s CDSA is virtually identical to the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance under…

Posted by on November 1, 2017 in News, Updates, , , , , , , , ,


Insurance for Marijuana Suppliers

Marijuana suppliers often cannot obtain insurance coverage, which heightens their exposure to risks. As reported in The Cannabist, recent California wildfires highlight the risks these suppliers now must face on their own. Jay Mootz (University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law), has an informative new article that discusses insurance for the marijuana industry:…

Posted by on October 25, 2017 in News, Updates, , , , , , , , ,


California’s Public Education Campaign

When states legalize marijuana for adults, they commonly launch campaigns to educate the public on how to use the drug safely. The book discusses some examples drawn from early adopters, like Colorado’s “Good to Know” campaign (see pages 232-35 and 500, n.3). Now California is getting in on the act. Last month the state department…

Posted by on October 20, 2017 in News, Updates, , , , , , , , , ,


The Odd Legal Status of CBD under Federal Law

As discussed in Chapter 4 of the book, much of the controversy surrounding marijuana’s purported benefits and harms has stemmed from THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid commonly found in the cannabis plant. However, another non-psychoactive cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), has been drawing increasing interest, because it purportedly generates its own distinct medical benefits (e.g., in calming seizures) while producing none…

Posted by on October 18, 2017 in News, Updates, , , , , , ,


Cases to Watch: Bourgoin v. Twin Rivers and Workers’ Compensation

State marijuana reforms spawn a host of interesting (by which I mean complicated) questions for employers. To date, the question that has drawn the most attention concerns whether employers are required to accommodate employees’ use of marijuana off the job. That issue is discussed in my book at pages 662-681 and on this blog here and here….

Posted by on October 6, 2017 in News, Updates, , , , , , , , , , , , ,


The Ongoing Criminal Case Against a San Diego Marijuana Law Attorney

Back in May 2017, the San Diego County District Attorney filed criminal charges against a medical marijuana dispensary (Med West) for allegedly producing concentrated cannabis oil using dangerous chemicals. I discuss the key statute involved in the case on pages 305-07 of my book. Even more notably, the district attorney also filed charges against the…

Posted by on September 29, 2017 in News, Updates, , , , , , , , , ,


New Article Proposes Expanded State Protections for Marijuana Trademarks

As discussed in my book (pages 406-412), marijuana suppliers currently cannot obtain federal protection for their trademarks (or other intellectual property). Some states do provide protection for marijuana trademarks, but that protection is often limited (n. 4, page 411). But Russ Jacobs, who is corporate counsel at Starbucks, has proposed a novel way to expand…

Posted by on September 22, 2017 in Updates, , , ,


Are Physicians Being Adequately Trained to Recommend Marijuana to Their Patients?

Just because a state legalizes medical marijuana doesn’t mean that physicians will necessarily recommend the drug to their patients. Indeed, surveys have shown that only a small percentage of physicians in medical marijuana states have recommended the drug to their patients or plan to in the future (page 616 of my book). As I discuss…

Posted by on September 15, 2017 in News, Updates, , , , , , , ,


Iowa Officials Urged Not to Permit Importation of CBD from Minnesota

The Iowa Attorney General’s office just advised the state health department not to authorize two Minnesota medical marijuana dispensaries to supply medical marijuana to Iowa residents. If heeded, the advice would nullify a novel provision of Iowa’s nascent medical marijuana program. The provision, adopted as part of a package of reforms in May 2017, calls…

Posted by on September 12, 2017 in News, Updates, , , , , , ,