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Cannabis in animal supplements: A hazy proposition

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Until further guidance comes from the FDA, the cannabis industry should tread carefully in the production and marketing of cannabis-containing animal supplements. Supplement makers should take care to avoid drug-like claims for their products and adhere to strict food safety regulations in the manufacturing process. READ MORE

Thompson Coburn takes stage at Cannabis Business Summit

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Diane Romza-Kutz, Carl Rowley, and Susan Werstak of Thompson Coburn’s cannabis practice attended the 2016 Cannabis Business Summit hosted by the National Cannabis Industry Association in Oakland, Calif., in late June. READ MORE

Top takeaways from the 2015 Las Vegas Marijuana Business Convention

Fredric Roth V November 20, 2015
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One overarching concern among all participants at the Conference was that of legal compliance. Every business at the convention has to worry about IRS concerns related to claiming business expenses, the paucity of banks willing to deal with the cannabis industry and accept cannabis-related funds, and the inability to work with credit cards. READ MORE

California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act: What you need to know

November 10, 2015
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As the various state agencies look to draft rules and the timeline for implementation, we review the highlights of the new laws. READ MORE

Investing in cannabis? Industry presents unique considerations

Barry Fischer November 9, 2015
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In the words of Niels Bohr, “prediction is very difficult, especially about the future,” and prediction in the cannabis industry is made especially difficult due to certain unique issues facing cannabis businesses. READ MORE

Employers and medical marijuana: Are California's anti-drug policies up in smoke?

John Viola November 2, 2015
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What’s an employer to do when faced with employees using marijuana in or out of the workplace? How should employers respond to employees who use or possess marijuana legally under California law? How does such use or possession affect termination, disability and drug testing issues? READ MORE

Limiting Tort Liability for Cannabis: Failure to Warn Part I – the LivWell Lawsuit

Carl Rowley Sue Werstak October 14, 2015
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As the legal cannabis market grows, so will the number of product liability lawsuits against the industry, including cases based upon a failure to warn of real or imagined risks, such as those alleged in the LivWell complaint. Later installments in this series will address the potential scope and bases of cannabis industry liability under failure to warn theories. READ MORE

Limiting tort liability for cannabis: Dram shop-type laws

Carl Rowley September 21, 2015
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As more states enact laws legalizing the sale of medical and recreational marijuana, cannabis businesses may start to question whether they could be held liable if customers cause injury or harm to others while using their products. A good reference for the cannabis industry is the dram shop laws that affect purveyors of alcohol. READ MORE

Thompson Coburn advises clients on state laws governing the business of cannabis to facilitate compliance with those state laws. Federal laws concerning cannabis currently conflict with state laws in states that have legalized cannabis or possession of cannabis. Although federal enforcement policy may at times defer to these states’ laws and not enforce conflicting federal laws, interested businesses and individuals should be aware that compliance with state law in no way assures compliance with federal law, and there is a risk that conflicting federal laws may be enforced in the future. In addition to this Cannabis-specific note, readers should review Thompson Coburn’s Conditions of Use / Disclaimers page containing other important information.