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The Week in Weed: October 9, 2020

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

Vermont’s governor allowed marijuana sales. Illinois faces another lawsuit over its licensing program. Colorado’s governor expunged criminal records. The Supreme Court denied cert in a cannabis pay case. The 9th Circuit may hear a challenge to …

The Week in Weed: September 25, 2020

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

Vermont moves closer to legalized cannabis sales. The House delayed a vote on the MORE Act. The DEA faces a lawsuit over their hemp rule. Plaintiffs dropped a suit over Illinois’ marijuana licensing. Will descheduling appear …

The Week in Weed: September 11, 2020

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

The USDA is allowing more comments on its new hemp rule. The House voted to allow marijuana research. We have an update on the Nebraska situation. Illinois’ social equity program comes under fire, while Maryland’s program …

The Week in Weed: May 8, 2020

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

We’re starting out this week with state news. We’ll visit Montana, Illinois, California and Massachusetts. On the federal level, there’s some support for cannabis to be part of the next stimulus bill. And there’s an issue …

Marijuana Dispensaries – Are They Essential Services?

With the spread of COVID-19 fears, states and cities nationwide are in the process of issuing a variety of executive orders and other ordinances shutting down businesses that are considered “non-essential.” However, what is considered “essential” differs by state and locality. Across the board, these laws have included healthcare services as “essential.” The question many …

The Week in Weed: January 10, 2020

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

Let’s start with a look at the new marijuana market in Illinois. First day sales topped $3 million and 77,000 transactions at more than 40 dispensaries. All those new customers have led to shortages; clearly, …

The Week in Weed: January 3, 2020

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

Let’s start off with Illinois, where recreational marijuana became legal on January 1, 2020. A social equity component of the legislation ensures that some of the tax revenue will lower the costs of starting a …

The Year in Weed: 2019 Edition

Welcome to The Week in Weed’s look back at the news of 2019; whether the year has flown by or seemed to last forever, it’s (almost) over now. In tribute to Dave Barry and his always hilarious Year in Review, we’ll organize these stories by month.

Without further ado, here’s a look at the stories that grabbed our attention in 2019. …
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The Week in Weed: December 20, 2019

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

The big news on Capitol Hill this week was the Senate’s lack of action on the banking bill. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), the chairman of the Senate banking committee, opposes legalization and seemed disinclined to move …

Illinois Amends Recreational Cannabis Law To Protect Drug Testing By Employers

Earlier this month, Governor Pritzker signed into law SB 1557, revising the Recreational Cannabis Law to expand permissible marijuana testing and related adverse action.

The Original Legalization Bill As Enacted

The Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (410 ILCS 705) (the “Legalization Act”) legalizes recreational cannabis for Illinois adults starting January 1, 2020. The Legalization Act specifically allows Illinois employers to enforce “reasonable zero tolerance or drug free workplace policies, or employment policies concerning drug testing, smoking, consumption, storage, or use of cannabis in the workplace or while on call provided that the policy is applied in a nondiscriminatory manner.” The Act also permits employers to prohibit employees from being under the influence of or using cannabis in the employer’s workplace or while on call. Further, the Act (i) allows employers to discipline or terminate an employee who violates the employer’s workplace drug policy, and (ii) specifically insulates employers from liability for disciplining or terminating employees based on the employer’s good faith belief that the employee was either impaired at work (as a result of using cannabis) or under the influence of cannabis while at work. …
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