The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) recently held advisory meetings on the Agency’s draft rules for the Marijuana/Cannabis Industry and for the Heat Illness Prevention in Indoor Places of Employment. It is seeking public comments. Continue Reading Cal/OSHA Drafts Rules for the Marijuana/Cannabis Industry and Heat Illness Prevention in Indoor Places of Employment
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has announced that it will retroactively apply Proposition 64, which legalized the possession and recreational use of marijuana in California, to marijuana related misdemeanor and felony convictions dating back to 1975 with immediate effect. As a result, over 3,000 misdemeanor convictions will be dismissed and sealed, and nearly 5,000 felony convictions will be reviewed and potentially reduced. Continue Reading San Francisco DA’s Office to Dismiss Thousands of Marijuana Convictions
California employers can still enforce their drug-free workplace policies and discharge employees who test positive for marijuana, despite the recreational marijuana laws that go into effect in January 2018.
On November 8, 2016, California voters enacted the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Effective January 1, 2018, adults over the age of 21 can smoke marijuana recreationally. Health & Safety Code § 11362.1(a)(4). Marijuana, meanwhile, will remain legal for medical use by patients who have a physician’s recommendation, under California’s Compassionate Use Act of 1996. Health & Safety Code § 11362.5. So how will the new law affect employers? Continue Reading Not Up In Smoke: Employers Can Still Enforce Drug Policies
Seyfarth Synopsis: Marijuana businesses must properly label their products if they contain chemicals that can cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive health problems. Failure to do so will result in a civil penalty or civil lawsuit.
Entrepreneurial Plaintiff’s attorneys have now set their sites on marijuana businesses. Since January 1, 2017, Plaintiff’s firms have issued approximately 800 violation notice letters to marijuana businesses alleging that producers of cannabis infused edibles and vape cartridge manufacturers failed to warn consumers about specific fungicides and pesticides associated with their products.
California’s Proposition 65, or the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, requires cannabis business owners to provide customers with warning of the chemicals contained in their products which can cause cancer, birth defects, and other health problems. Among the substances “known to the state of California” to cause cancer, birth defects and other health problems are marijuana smoke itself, and the chemicals myclobutanil (also a fungicide), carbaryl, and malathion, commonly-used pesticides. Continue Reading Beware: Marijuana Businesses Targeted With Product Labeling Violation Letters
On June 15, 2017, California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board adopted the advisory committee recommendation that there is no current need for industry-specific regulations related to the activities of facilities licensed under the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. But while the decision is good news for the industry, the findings leading to the recommendation reveal that the medical marijuana industry as a whole lacks a basic understanding of the rules that govern it and its obligations under them. Continue Reading Cal/OSHA Determines No Special Rules Needed for Medical Marijuana Industry
Recently, the San Francisco Chronicle published an interesting story examining two fronts on which labor unions are trying to cash in on the passage of Prop 64 in November 2016, which legalized the sale and personal use of recreational marijuana in California. With its passing, California is poised to become the largest, most lucrative market for marijuana products in the United States (assuming the successes of craft beer and fine wines are fair markers). Nearly six months later, the industry is in its infancy with much to be decided on cannabis’ regulation. Continue Reading Unions Find The Grass On The Other Side of Prop 64 Particularly Green
Seyfarth Synopsis: California lawmakers are struggling to implement the regulations necessary to govern the sale of recreational marijuana, which is causing much uncertainty among businesses and local governments.
California voters passed the Adult Use Marijuana Act (“AUMA”) in November, but State officials are still struggling to figure out exactly how they will regulate the sale of marijuana for recreational use. Continue Reading Lack Of California Regulations Sparks Continued Uncertainty For Sale Of Recreational Marijuana
Golden State voters trail-blazed the way for the legalized use and sale of marijuana on November 8, 2016. The California Marijuana Legalization Initiative, known as Proposition 64, was welcomed with open arms (and maybe a little cotton mouth) by the nation’s largest economy with a vote of 56% in favor of the law. Continue Reading California High on Proposition 64’s Recreational Marijuana Law
Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at the world of legalized marijuana.
- Nebraska and Oklahoma, Locked Out of High Court, Forge New Path in Fighting Colorado’s Marijuana Law
(law.com, 29 June 2016) (Note: registration is required)
Nebraska and Oklahoma may not have had their day in (Supreme) Court, but they are undeterred in their fight against Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana.
- Add PTSD to Medical Cannabis List, Judge Tells Illinois
(Marijuana Business Daily: News, 29 June 2016)
A judge in Illinois’ Cook County ordered the state’s medical marijuana program to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for MMJ within 30 days.
- California To Vote On Legalizing Recreational Marijuana
(NPR: Business, 29 June 2016)
An initiative has officially obtained enough signatures to be placed on November’s ballot. It would allow adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants for recreational use.
- Driver accused of driving high…crashes car into pot shop
(The Cannabist: The Cannabist, 29 June 2016)
Authorities say they have arrested a man on suspicion of driving while high on pot after he crashed into a Happy Valley marijuana dispensary.
That last item was more for fun than real news value, but it’s Friday, it’s a long weekend, and how could we resist?
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- Oakland Approves Unique MMJ Business Licensing Rules
(Marijuana Business Daily: News, 18 May 2016)
This new ordinance is a bit of a head-scratcher. “A marijuana conviction often can disqualify you from receiving a cannabis business license, but in Oakland it can give you an advantage over applicants with clean records.” Under this legislation, half of all licenses to run medical marijuana businesses must go to persons with convictions for cannabis-related offenses or who live in one of six neighborhoods targeted by the Oakland Police Department’s war on drugs. The stated purpose is to increase diversity in the marijuana industry, but critics of the bill note that “most of the six police beats included in the bill lie in the city council district of the councilor who sponsored the legislation.”
- Louisiana Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill Goes to Governor’s Desk
(Insurance Journal, 18 May 2016)
The Southeast is an area of the country where legalized marijuana has not made much of an inroad. This may be about to change as Louisiana takes another step towards legalizing the use of cannabis for medical purposes. The personal stories of those urging passage of the measure are believed to have swayed legislators over the arguments of opponents that legalizing medical marijuana is a step on the slippery slope to legalizing for recreational use.
- This NFL Star Is Advocating for Marijuana as a Pain Reliever
(Fortune, 16 May 2016)
Are you ready for some (medical marijuana in) football? Eugene Morris, who plays for the Baltimore Ravens, is advocating the use of cannabis in lieu of opioids to treat pain resulting from the rough and tumble inherent in the sport.
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