Cannabis

  • June 11, 2021

    Anti-Pot Groups Drop Suit Over Montana Legalization Initiative

    A pair of anti-marijuana groups are dropping their lawsuit challenging a Montana voter-backed initiative that legalized pot for adult use, saying the passage of two pieces of legislation on recreational marijuana and voter initiatives has accomplished their goals.

  • June 11, 2021

    Quest Diagnostics Escapes Amazon Temp Worker's Pot Suit

    Quest Diagnostics doesn't have to face a lawsuit brought by a temporary Amazon employee who was not hired for a permanent position after failing a drug test, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled on Friday, saying Quest had no duty to report his medical marijuana license to his employer.

  • June 11, 2021

    Cannabis Bill Roundup: Conn. Pot Bill Gets Special Session

    Connecticut lawmakers will hold a special session on June 16 to debate a marijuana legalization bill and Louisiana legislators sent a bill expanding the state's medical marijuana program to the governor's desk. Here are some of the major moves in cannabis reform from the past week.

  • June 11, 2021

    Pot-Focused SPAC Greenrose To Delist From Nasdaq

    Cannabis-focused blank-check company Greenrose Acquisition Corp. has announced it plans on delisting its shares from the Nasdaq later this month, in anticipation of closing deals that would qualify it as a plant-touching business in violation of the exchange's rules.

  • June 11, 2021

    Fashion Nova Sues Pot Dispensary Over 'Nova' Trademark

    Clothing company Fashion Nova has filed suit in a California federal court against Nova Dispensary, an Arizona-based marijuana dispensary, for allegedly appropriating its trademarks on clothing and through online advertising.

  • June 10, 2021

    9th Circ. Skeptical Of Researcher's Shot At DEA Pot Rule

    The Ninth Circuit panel considering whether to order the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to reconsider a denied petition to reschedule marijuana appeared to be hung up on whether the case was properly before them at oral arguments Thursday.

  • June 10, 2021

    Sacramento Imposes Illegal Fee On Pot Cos., Suit Says

    Sacramento's practice of levying a fee on cannabis businesses seeking a permit to open is illegal, according to a lawsuit filed against the city in California state court this week.

  • June 10, 2021

    Tobacco, Hemp Farm To Pay $39K For Temp Worker Breaches

    A Kentucky tobacco and hemp farm will pay more than $39,000 in back wages and fines and temporarily lose its access to a federal temporary foreign workers' program after the U.S. Department of Labor found that the farm failed to honor its commitments to its workers under the program, the agency said Thursday.

  • June 10, 2021

    Judge Throws Out No-Jail Deal For Corrupt Mayor's Aide

    The chief of staff to a former Massachusetts mayor convicted on corruption charges may have to face a jury of her own after a federal judge on Thursday rejected a plea agreement that would have spared her any prison time.

  • June 10, 2021

    Harborside Pays $1.5M To Resolve Discrimination Claims

    California cannabis company Harborside is paying $1.5 million to settle a years-old lawsuit filed by a former employee who said he was regularly berated and harassed because of his race and age.

  • June 10, 2021

    Chinese Vape Co.'s IPO Hid Regulatory Risk, Says Class Suit

    Chinese vape company RLX Technology Inc., its brass and its underwriters were hit with a proposed class action in Manhattan federal court, accusing the company of failing to disclose that regulatory restrictions on its products would soon tighten in China as it held an initial public offering in January.

  • June 09, 2021

    Legalizing Marijuana Will Be Subject Of Conn. Special Session

    Connecticut lawmakers voted Wednesday afternoon to hold a special session to debate a marijuana legalization bill after Republicans said they would filibuster it if the bill came up in the last day of the session.

  • June 09, 2021

    Mass. Town Must Allow Indoor Pot Farm In Agriculture Zone

    A split Massachusetts appeals panel affirmed on Wednesday that the town of Charlton must permit the development of an indoor marijuana growing facility because it was being constructed primarily for agricultural use.

  • June 09, 2021

    Cannabis Co. Hexo Beats Another Shareholder Class Action

    Cannabis company Hexo Corp. has again beaten a proposed securities class action alleging it misled investors before its stock price plummeted, with a New York state judge echoing a previous federal ruling that shareholders didn't show the company knew about lower-than-expected demand.

  • June 09, 2021

    Farm Bill Doesn't Allow Suits Over Confiscated Hemp: Judge

    A Colorado magistrate judge says a man's lawsuit over the seizure of his hemp plants should be dismissed because the 2018 Farm Bill — which legalized that form of cannabis — does not provide for a private right of action.

  • June 09, 2021

    4 Things To Know About Nevada's Cannabis Lounges

    Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak officially signed A.B. 341 last week, legalizing "cannabis consumption lounges" in a state searching for ways to allow tourists to consume its legal pot.

  • June 09, 2021

    Aide To Corrupt Ex-Mayor Too Contrite For Prison, Feds Say

    Federal prosecutors on Tuesday backed a request for no prison time by the chief of staff for a former Massachusetts mayor convicted of corruption, saying her remorse "stands in stark contrast" to the ex-pol's continued denials.

  • June 08, 2021

    NFL-Union Panel To Fund $1M In Studies Of Pot For Pain

    The NFL and NFL Players Association joint pain management committee said Tuesday it was funding grants totaling up to $1 million to support research for alternatives to opioids for pain treatment, including cannabis and CBD, with the group's lead doctor saying the effectiveness of cannabis for treating pain needs more scientific study.

  • June 08, 2021

    Wash. Pot Sellers Wary Of State's 'Joints For Jabs' Rules

    Washington state's cannabis regulator has announced that it will let licensed marijuana sellers hand out pre-rolled joints to adults who receive COVID-19 vaccinations, but an industry group for pot retailers said the state's rules may be too restrictive to make the plan workable.

  • June 08, 2021

    Conn. Senate Votes To Legalize Cannabis, Tax THC Potency

    Connecticut would legalize recreational cannabis sales and use and impose an excise tax on retail cannabis sales based on the potency of various products, under a bill passed early Tuesday morning by the state Senate.

  • June 08, 2021

    Cannabis Co. Cresco Seeks Toss Of Workers' Contract Claim

    Cannabis company Cresco Labs has asked a federal judge in Chicago to toss a breach of contract claim from a proposed class action accusing the company of failing to pay its workers for the time they spent putting on and taking off required personal protective equipment, arguing that at-will employees never had a contract with the company to begin with.

  • June 08, 2021

    Pa. Panel OKs Unemployment Claim After Medical Pot Firing

    A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled in a published decision on Tuesday that a warehouse worker who was fired from his job after failing a drug test could still receive unemployment benefits, based on testimony that he told his employer about his medical marijuana prescription.

  • June 08, 2021

    Viridescent Raises More Than $125M For Cannabis Loans

    An affiliate of private equity shop Viridescent Capital Partners has raised more than $125 million for origination of loans to cannabis companies and the firm has also launched a new mortgage real estate investment trust that will handle such origination, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • June 08, 2021

    Tilray Settles Contract Dispute With Fla. Cannabis Grower

    Canadian cannabis giant Tilray has reached a settlement with a Florida grower in a dispute arising from a 2015 agreement to apply for medical cannabis licenses, according to a notice filed with a Washington state court Tuesday.

  • June 07, 2021

    CBD Cream Seller Seeks Sanctions Over 'Frivolous' IP Claims

    A California-based hemp products merchant has renewed its push for sanctions against a Florida company that it said has once again brought "objectively frivolous" claims in connection with the purported theft of a secret formula for CBD topical cream.

Expert Analysis

  • A Biz Strategy Model To Improve Lateral Atty Hiring Diversity

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    Quantitative comparison tools commonly used by companies in evaluating merger targets will allow law firms to assess lateral hire candidates in a demographically neutral manner, help remove bias from the hiring process and bring real diversity to the legal profession, says Thomas Latino at Florida State University.

  • Smaller Firms Need Employee Wellness Programs, Too

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    As we emerge from the pandemic, small and midsize firms — which offer an ideal setting for companywide connection — should follow in the footsteps of larger organizations and heed the American Bar Association’s recommendations by adopting well-being initiatives and appointing a chief wellness officer, says Janine Pollack at Calcaterra Pollack.

  • Stop Networking, Start Relationship Marketing

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    USA 500 Clubs' Joe Chatham offers four tips for lawyers to get started with relationship marketing — an approach to business development that prioritizes authentic connections — and explains why it may be more helpful than traditional networking post-pandemic.

  • What Attorneys Should Know About Fee Deferral

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    Milestone Consulting’s John Bair explores contingency-fee structuring considerations for attorneys, laying out the advantages — such as tax benefits and income control — as well as caveats and investment options.

  • Predictions On Pandemic's Lasting Impact On Legal Education

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    The pandemic accelerated the pace of technological change for legal education, and some of the changes to how law school courses are taught and on-campus interviews are conducted may be here to stay, says Leonard Baynes at the University of Houston.

  • Lawyer Perfectionism Is A Disease We Can Control

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    The pursuit of perfection that is prevalent among lawyers can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health impacts, but new attorneys and industry leaders alike can take four steps to treat this malady, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • 5 Tips To Help Your 2021 Summer Associates Succeed

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    Despite pandemic-related challenges this year, law firms can effectively train summer associates on writing and communicating — without investing more time than they ordinarily would, says Julie Schrager at Schiff Hardin.

  • Opinion

    It's Time For States To Enact Effective Marijuana DUI Laws

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    The increasing legalization of recreational marijuana spotlights the need for states to safeguard the public by developing laws to curb driving under the influence of drugs with uniform bright-line rules, along with more accurate testing and increased law enforcement training, say Laura Sedrish at Jacoby & Meyers and Victor Schwartz at Shook Hardy.

  • Firms Should Use Surveys To Make Smart Legal Tech Choices

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    The utility of legal technology innovations may be limited without clear data and objectives from the outset, but targeted surveys can provide specific insights that enable law firms to adopt the most appropriate and efficient tech solutions, says Tim Scott at Frogslayer.

  • Don't Forget Due Diligence In Race For Lateral Associate Hires

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    Amid high demand for associates and aggressive competition to attract talent, law firms should take three key steps to conduct meaningful prehire due diligence and safeguard against lateral hiring mistakes that can hurt their revenue and reputation, says Michael Ellenhorn at Decipher.

  • Addressing Environmental Justice As Part Of ESG Initiatives

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    Recent calls for racial equity and government regulators' increasing focus on social and environmental concerns make this a good time for companies to integrate environmental justice into their environmental, social and governance efforts, say Stacey Halliday and Julius Redd at Beveridge & Diamond, and Jesse Glickstein at Hewlett Packard.

  • Lessons In Civility From The Alex Oh Sanctions Controversy

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    Alex Oh’s abrupt departure from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and admonishment by a D.C. federal judge over conduct in an Exxon human rights case demonstrate three major costs of incivility to lawyers, and highlight the importance of teaching civility in law school, says David Grenardo at St. Mary's University.

  • Opinion

    Biz Record Admissibility Rule Must Adapt To An ESI World

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    The federal rule that permits the use of business records as evidence must be amended to address the unreliability of electronically stored information and inconsistent court frameworks on email admissibility, say Josh Sohn and Nadia Zivkov at Stroock.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Rodriguez Reviews 'When Machines Can Be Judge'

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    Katherine Forrest's new book, "When Machines Can Be Judge, Jury, and Executioner," raises valid transparency concerns about artificial intelligence tools used by judges when making bail and sentencing decisions, but her argument that such tools should be rejected outright is less than convincing, says U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez of the Western District of Texas.

  • 5 Steps For Law Firms Rethinking Flexible Work Post-COVID

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    A flexible work environment will be key to recruiting and retention efforts post-pandemic, so law firms must develop comprehensive policies that solidify expectations and boundaries on accommodations such as flextime, remote work and reduced hours, says Manar Morales at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

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