Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

Our top story this week is a bill that would allow cannabis companies to receive federal stimulus money, and the support it has attracted.  Ballot issues continue in Florida and Montana.  The FDA is cracking down

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

COVID-19 continues to dominate the news – no surprise there.  Whether it’s federal relief or state legalization roadblocks, the virus is everywhere.  But there is some other news: the IRS seems likely to increase auditing of

Marijuana (cannabis) remains a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act. And, more than a decade ago, the California Supreme Court held in Ross v. RagingWire Telecomm., Inc., that employers have the right to reject an applicant who tests positive for medical cannabis. Since that time, California employers have enjoyed

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

Before we get to COVID-19, let’s examine some non-virus news, shall we?

What would have been our big story of the week is that the Alabama state Senate has approved medical marijuana in the state.  The

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

STATE NEWS

To cap or not to cap, that was the question facing the state of Florida this week.  Lawmakers wrestled with the issue of capping THC content in medical marijuana for those patients under the

In a recent decision, Palmiter v. Commonwealth Health Systems, the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas held that: (a) the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act (“MMA”) creates a private right of action for wrongful termination; and, alternatively, (b) an employee who claims to have been terminated for medical marijuana use authorized under the MMA can bring a claim of wrongful termination in violation of public policy.  This Pennsylvania court now joins courts in several other states, including Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, which have allowed adverse action claims against employers by employees or applicants who used medical marijuana under state law.
Continue Reading Pennsylvania Court Allows Medical Pot User To Proceed With Wrongful Termination Suit

In 2016, Pennsylvania enacted its “Medical Marijuana Act” (MMA), which permits individuals suffering from certain conditions to use marijuana for medicinal use. Several provisions in the MMA impact employers. For instance, the MMA makes it unlawful for an employer to “discharge, threaten, refuse to hire or otherwise discriminate or retaliate against an employee regarding an employee’s compensation, terms, conditions, location or privileges solely on the basis of such employee’s status as an individual who is certified to use medical marijuana.” In other words, taking adverse action against an employee based solely on the individual’s status as a medical marijuana cardholder would likely be considered discrimination under the MMA.
Continue Reading Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act at Issue in Recently Filed Complaint

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.  There’s lots of news to cover this week, so let’s jump right in.

New Jersey is talking about decriminalizing marijuana.  Regular readers will doubtless recall that legalization failed earlier this year  and that lawmakers are considering