Cannabis

  • March 07, 2024

    Hawaii Senate OKs Cannabis Legalization Bill

    The Hawaii Senate has approved a bill to legalize marijuana for adult nonmedical use and tax and regulate its sale, sending the proposal to the state House of Representatives for review.

  • March 07, 2024

    Sens. Tell Stores To Get Illegal E-Cigs Off Their Shelves

    Five U.S. senators on Thursday told the heads of major convenience store and gas station chains to stop sales of unauthorized flavored e-cigarette products, saying that their illegal sales pose a major threat to public health, especially children's.

  • March 07, 2024

    Pot Co. Worker Claims Retaliation For Spotting Bad Policies

    A Hollywood Boulevard-located cannabis dispensary, Pineapple Express, terminated one of its top-selling employees after he complained about the ways it was failing to follow California marijuana laws, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Court.

  • March 06, 2024

    Vape Co. Is Denied Atty Fees After Subsidiary Loses Case

    A vape and lifestyle brand headed by Instagram celebrity Dan Bilzerian that was hit with a $1.6 million judgment in a contract dispute can't get back its attorney fees, a Nevada federal judge has ruled, saying a party actually has to win money to recover expenses.

  • March 06, 2024

    Juul MDL Judge Asks Feds To Probe AI Fraud In $45.5M Deal

    A California federal judge Wednesday approved e-cigarette Juul investor Altria's $45.5 million settlement and counsel's $13.65 million fee request to resolve consumer claims in Altria's broader $235 million multidistrict settlement agreement, but said fraudulent claims submitted by AI and "click farms" are a "real problem" prosecutors should investigate.

  • March 06, 2024

    3rd Circ. Questions Who Can Sue Under NJ Cannabis Law

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday struggled to pinpoint whether workers can sue employers under a New Jersey law that protects them from punishment for cannabis use, while also expressing unease about accepting Walmart's assertion that state regulators possess broad enforcement authority.

  • March 06, 2024

    Senators Question Cherokee Tribe's Cannabis Co. Launch

    Both of North Carolina's U.S. senators are asking for an inquiry into the upcoming launch of a Cherokee tribe's cannabis dispensary, saying the matter raises important questions on how to keep the state's residents safe.

  • March 06, 2024

    Wash. Business Can't Get Pot License Back After Eviction

    A Washington appeals court won't upend a decision from the state's Liquor and Cannabis Board revoking a company's cannabis license after it was evicted, finding this week that the decision was supported by the evidence in front of the board and wasn't arbitrary or capricious.

  • March 05, 2024

    Wash. Court Says Dept. Jumped Gun On Weed Co. Wage Suit

    The Washington Department of Labor and Industries prematurely commenced a wage action against a cannabis company, state appellate judges ruled, because it had not yet determined how much the company owed its workers.

  • March 05, 2024

    Wash. Appeals Judges Balk At Pot Investor's 2nd Fraud Suit

    A three-judge panel of Washington state appeals court judges appeared frustrated Tuesday with an investor who permanently dropped a fraud case against partners in a failed cannabis venture but then filed related claims in a neighboring county, questioning how he could argue he needed to wait for the second salvo to ripen when an email explicitly states otherwise.

  • March 05, 2024

    Pot Co. Partner Questioned On Why $140M Award Was Unfair

    A Colorado appeals judge seemed to doubt that a trial court correctly threw out a $140 million arbitration award in a dispute between partners in a cannabis business, pressing the target of the tossed award to prove the arbitrator was so unfair that his decision should be erased.

  • March 05, 2024

    Gibson Dunn AI Leader On Weathering The AI Policy Blizzard

    Like a mountaineer leading a team through a snowstorm, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's artificial intelligence co-chair Cassandra L. Gaedt-Sheckter is guiding companies developing and using artificial intelligence through a blizzard of new laws and regulations coming online in Europe and the U.S., saying that assessing AI risks is the North Star to mitigating them.

  • March 05, 2024

    Ohio Pot Facility Explosion Sparks Suit Against Lighting Co.

    An Ohio cannabis grower and its insurer accused a lighting products company of failing to warn them about the dangers of its merchandise after one of its lamps allegedly exploded in a growth facility, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage.

  • March 05, 2024

    Judge Rips THC Drink Co.'s 'Repackaged' Injunction Bid

    A manufacturer of THC- and CBD-infused beverages shouldn't prevail on its second attempt to stop a rival from marketing drinks under an allegedly similar name, an Illinois federal magistrate judge found Monday, writing that the company's second injunction request "simply repackaged and reargued information."

  • March 05, 2024

    Hemp Cos. Say NY Regulations Will Sink Industry In State

    A group of hemp product makers, distributors and sellers are suing the New York State Cannabis Control Board and Office of Cannabis Management in federal court, saying newly adopted regulations will hamstring the industry and cost the businesses millions.

  • March 04, 2024

    Tobacco Cos. Urge DC Circ. To Ax Broad Health Warning Order

    Tobacco giants R.J. Reynolds and ITG Brands have backed a bid to overturn a D.C. district court order classifying Philip Morris USA's electronic tobacco devices, called HeatSticks, as "cigarettes," thereby subjecting them to the same marketing requirements that warn consumers of the negative health effects of smoking.

  • March 04, 2024

    Pot User Cites Bruen In Bid To Escape Gun Charge Indictment

    A man who police say fired a shotgun at his neighbor's front door is looking to evade criminal charges related to having and transferring a gun while using marijuana, filing a dismissal bid to the same judge who declared identical charges levied on the defendant's wife unconstitutional.

  • March 04, 2024

    9th Circ. Rejects Abstention In Calif. Pot Permit Law Challenge

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Monday reversed and remanded a district court's decision to abstain from a challenge to Sacramento's social equity cannabis licensure program, saying even if a state court clarified the program's unambiguous residency requirements, it wouldn't change the outcome of the plaintiff's federal commerce clause claim.

  • March 04, 2024

    Smoke Shop Worker Says Planet Zong Didn't Pay Full Wages

    A former worker for Arizona's Planet Zong smoke and vape shop is suing the company, saying that it misclassified him as an independent contractor when he was an employee, and didn't pay him minimum wage and overtime as required under federal law.

  • March 01, 2024

    Cannabis Consulting Co. Says Clinic Owes $101K On Contract

    A laboratory and consulting firm that focuses on the cannabis industry alleged that a Michigan clinic owes the firm more than $100,000 for unpaid services, according to a lawsuit filed in Colorado federal court.

  • March 01, 2024

    5th Circ. Accepts Miss. Medical Pot Co. Ad Ban Lawsuit

    A Mississippi medical marijuana dispensary is taking its fight to upend a state law banning medical cannabis advertising to the Fifth Circuit, asking the appeals court to review a federal judge's decision to toss its First Amendment claims.

  • March 01, 2024

    Ariz. Senate Passes Bill For Psilocybin Treatment Centers

    Arizona clinics could treat certain kinds of mental health issues with psilocybin mushrooms as early as 2026, after the state Senate passed a bipartisan bill allowing for facilities to secure licenses.

  • March 01, 2024

    Investment Co. Ordered To Follow Wage Suit Settlement

    An investment advisory company must abide by a settlement previously approved by a New York federal court to resolve a former employee's unpaid wage claims, a federal judge has ruled.

  • February 29, 2024

    Pot Co. Says Neighbor Let Transient Grow Pot And Cause Fire

    A Los Angeles County cannabis entrepreneur is suing owners of a neighboring property whose building caught fire, allegedly due to an illicit grow operation run by "the local transient," sending smoke and soot into the legal cultivation facility, causing the total loss of his inventory and some $10 million worth of damages.

  • February 29, 2024

    Pot Biz Founder Says Co. Runners Must Renew License

    A cannabis entrepreneur is asking a Los Angeles judge to order the two men she says "hijacked" her business to renew its cannabis license with the city, saying that at a recent hearing they incorrectly said that their bid to transfer the license to another location had already effected the renewal.

Expert Analysis

  • Ohio Voters Legalize Cannabis — What Comes Next?

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    This month, voters approved a citizen-initiated statute that legalizes marijuana for recreational use in Ohio, but the legalization timeline could undergo significant changes at the behest of the state's lawmakers, say Daniel Shortt and David Waxman at McGlinchey Stafford.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • 5 New Calif. Laws Employers Need To Know

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    Now is a good time for employers to evaluate personnel rules to keep pace with California’s newly adopted employee protections, which go into effect early next year and include laws regarding reproductive loss leave, cannabis use, workplace violence prevention and noncompete agreements, say attorneys at Farella Braun.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: South Korea

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    Numerous ESG trends have materialized in South Korea in the past three years, with impacts ranging from greenwashing prevention and carbon neutrality measures to workplace harassment and board diversity initiatives, say Chang Wook Min and Hyun Chan Jung at Jipyong.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Regulatory Shift May Offer Lifeline To NY's Cannabis Industry

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    Recent developments may help to open up the regulatory log jam and increase the number of licensed dispensaries in New York state, and can eventually allow the licensed cannabis market to win out over unlicensed dispensaries, say attorneys at Davis+Gilbert.

  • Why Hemp-Synthesized Intoxicants Need Uniform Regs

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    State laws regulating hemp-synthesized intoxicants are a patchwork with little consistency between any given state, and without the adoption of a uniform regulatory framework, producers and consumers alike will need to be very cautious, say Dylan Anderson and Seth Goldberg at Duane Morris.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

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    ESG Around The World: The UK

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    Following Brexit, the U.K. has adopted a different approach to regulating environmental, social and governance factors from the European Union — an approach that focuses on climate disclosures by U.K.-regulated entities, while steering clear of the more ambitious objectives pursued by the EU, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

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