Mile High CBD?

It’s not quite what you think, although the concept is somewhat the same — a breakthrough in TSA policy will now allow some cannabidiol (CBD oil) and medications on planes. In April 2019, the Life Science Matters blog wrote about the drug Epidiolex paving the way towards changes in policy and we are now seeing the first tangible result. The Transportation Security Administration modified its cannabis policy to allow flight passengers to bring some forms of CBD oil and FDA approved marijuana based drugs on…
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A New Day in Medical Cannabis in New York and New Jersey?

A new day may be dawning on both New York and New Jersey medical cannabis programs. Their close proximity to one another, shared infrastructure, and easy commuting between New York City and the various suburbs means they’ve always shared many common interests. We can add their viewpoint on cannabis to that list. Both states initially pushed to join the ranks of those states who legalized adult use of cannabis. Ultimately, neither state passed such legislation. So what does that mean for the states’ medical cannabis…
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New York City Enacts Law Prohibiting Pre-Employment Testing for Marijuana Use

New York City is not shy about enacting laws governing the workplace. One of NYC’s newest employment related laws will prohibit employers from requiring job applicants, as a condition of employment, to submit to a test for the presence of tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) or marijuana. The law (Intro 1445-A) becomes effective May 10, 2020. The law carves out exceptions including, but not limited to, applicants for work:
  1. As a police officer, peace officer, position in law enforcement or an investigative function
  2. In positions requiring individuals who

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Alcoholic Beverages with CBD Will Have to Wait

The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill modified the Controlled Substances Act to exclude hemp from the definition of marijuana. With the deschedulization of hemp, cannabidiol (CBD), which is derived from hemp, has had quite the boom. CBD infused products seem to be popping up everywhere and are a hot commodity in the wellness industry in particular. However, with the recent guidance from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), it appears producers of alcoholic beverages are still going to have to wait…
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Two Bills Pending Before Maryland Legislature Potentially Place Employers/Insurers in a No-Win Situation

As the 2019 Maryland legislative session winds down, two bills pending before the Maryland legislature are positioned to create significant changes and additional uncertainty, within  Maryland’s Workers’ Compensation framework. Committee Chair Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) is the lead sponsor of Senate Bills 854 and 863, two bills specifying the use of medical cannabis in the context of workers’ compensation cases. Background Senate Bill 854 states that a covered employee or dependent is not entitled to workers’ compensation or associated benefits if the accidental injury…
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Cutting Through the Weed(s): A Straightforward Approach to Cannabis and the Law — Part 1

It’s not always easy explaining to your family what you do for a living; less so when it involves cannabis and the law. Fast-forward a few years, many controversial dinner conversations, and one of my family members was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy[1]. The phrase, “You can’t be serious” was used more than once when I suggested there was credible research that supported cannabis use for the type of pain they were experiencing. Internet research regarding “conventional treatment” options began and my family was…
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Edible Cannabis: Coming to a Dispensary Near You in Florida

Medical marijuana continues its eventful 2019 in the Sunshine State. Mere weeks after Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill ending Florida’s ban on smokable medical marijuana, the Florida Legislature pushed back on the industry. A February house bill that sought to legalize recreational cannabis died without a hearing or a vote, the House Appropriations Committee rejected an amendment that would have allowed medical marijuana to treat opioid addiction, and, despite the lack of public support, the Legislature proposed a bill that would place caps on…
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From One to Five: A “Snapshot” Look at the Breakthrough in the Scheduling System for Cannabis Based Medication

Medical use? Recreational Use? Federal vs. State? These are many of the common questions and concerns your average patient has with respect to cannabis today and the answer isn’t quite as clear as we would like it to be; however, there is a linguistic trend steering towards the term “medicated” to replace, the pejorative, “high” for cannabis users seeking medical relief. Notwithstanding, this re-branding and imaging of cannabis, the basis for much of this confusion is the Controlled Substances Act. As a refresher, cannabis is…
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A Potential Rise in Toxic Tort Litigation: Pesticide Use on Cannabis

As more states enact medicinal and adult recreational cannabis laws each year, we are likely to see growing litigation in the toxic torts arena. Health officials have warned about the potential hazards to consumers’ health from cannabis that has been treated with chemical pesticides. The risks may vary depending on how the product is consumed, whether eaten, smoked, vaped, or dermally applied. So far, given the federal ban on marijuana, there are no pesticide products that have been approved on the federal level specific to…
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Cannabis Advocates Grow Hopeful as Congressional Committee Approves Marijuana Banking Bill

In a vote that congressional advocates hope could pave the way towards federal legalization of marijuana by the end of 2019, the House Financial Services Committee recently voted to advance a bill that would prevent federal banking regulators from punishing financial institutions for working with marijuana businesses that operate legally under state, local, or tribal law. In a rare bipartisan committee vote, passage of this legislation by the full House would allow marijuana businesses more access to banks and lenders and permit them to store…
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