On Wednesday, July 14, 2021, Senators Schumer (NY), Booker (NJ), and Wyden (OR) introduced the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (“CAOA”), a draft bill for the decriminalization and regulation of cannabis at the federal level.  The CAOA represents a comprehensive change to the federal government’s approach to cannabis, embracing state legalization and permitting shipping of

House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler reintroduced the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment & Expungement Act (the “MORE Act”) on Friday, May 28, 2021.  The MORE Act seeks to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, expunge certain cannabis-related criminal records at the federal level, and create social equity programs via a federal sales tax on cannabis products. 

New Mexico Governor Grisham signed the Cannabis Regulation Act, legalizing adult-use cannabis on Monday, April 12, 2021.  The law legalizes possession of up to two ounces of cannabis by those 21 and over, and requires the newly-created Cannabis Control Division to release regulations by January 1, 2022, with the goal of having legal sales in

On Saturday, March 27, 2021, a bill was introduced which reflected a compromise between the New York State Legislature and Governor Cuomo.  The bill, an amended form of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (also known as the MRTA), contains the following provisions:

  • Legalization of possession of up to three ounces of cannabis by adults

Senator Bob Menendez introduced the Clarifying Law Around Insurance of Marijuana Act (the “CLAIM Act”) on Thursday, March 18, 2021.  The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Jeff Merkley and Rand Paul, and will be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Nydia Velázquez.

The CLAIM Act would forbid federal agencies from discouraging insurers

A bipartisan coalition of representatives reintroduced The Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (“SAFE Banking Act”) on Thursday, March 18, 2021.  The SAFE Banking Act was previously passed by the House of Representatives in 2019, and twice in 2020, but never received a vote in the Senate.

The SAFE Banking Act would remove federal restrictions

Last week, Virginia’s Senate and House of Delegates have both passed legislation legalizing adult-use cannabis (S.B. 1406 and H.B. 2312, respectively), and Governor Ralph Northam has indicated he will sign the final legislation into law.  Common elements in both bills include:

  • Legalize possession of up to one ounce for individuals 21 and older
  • Households may

On February 1, 2021, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced their intention to introduce cannabis reform legislation this year.  In a joint announcement, the Senators pledged to end the federal prohibition on cannabis, as well as “ensure restorative justice, protect public health and implement responsible taxes and regulations.”

While

On July 2, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed the Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act (the “Act”), which amends the formerly known Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act (“CUMMA”) and expands New Jersey’s medical cannabis program.  Employers should pay particular attention to this new development because the Act includes a non-discrimination provision to protect