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2020 Labor and Employment Legislative Developments

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Cannabis Legalization in Key States: Arizona Becomes the Thirteenth State to Light the Recreational Torch

On November 3, Arizona voters passed the Smart and Safe Arizona Act (Proposition 207) by a wide margin, becoming the 13th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adult use. This is considered a huge victory in the nationwide legalization efforts.

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CBD Manufacturers and Retailers Face Action from the FDA and Consumer Litigants

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Five Tips for Landlords of Cannabis-Related Businesses

As more states take steps to legalize cannabidiol (CBD) and marijuana, there are many outstanding questions for potential landlords of cannabis-related businesses.

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RICO and Prohibition Walk Into a Bar – The Ironic Application of Racketeering Law to Legal Cannabis

A potent federal statute designed to take down organized crime looms large over the legal cannabis industry. The Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) was enacted in the 1970s to fight the mob with a declared purpose to “seek eradication of organized crime in the United States.”

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Risks Remain for Banks Servicing the Hemp Industry

While the latest guidance on regulating financial services for hemp businesses may feel like a turning point, current banking regulations will likely continue to inhibit hemp businesses from integrating into the mainstream financial system.

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Cannabis Legalization in Key States: New Jersey Becomes the First State in the Tri-State Area to Legalize Recreational Use

New Jersey has legalized adult, recreational cannabis use. With more than two-thirds of voters in favor of amending the state Constitution, it became the first in the Tri-State region to permit recreational marijuana use.

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Cannabis Legislation in Key States: Montana Voters Approve Legalizing Marijuana for Recreational Use

In November 2020, Montana joined Arizona, New Jersey, and South Dakota in legalizing recreational cannabis use.

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High Stakes for Cannabis Industry: The Case Pitting 280E Against the Sixteenth Amendment Could Ease High Tax Burden

All eyes in the cannabis industry will be watching an upcoming case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that could dramatically ease the tax burden of cannabis entrepreneurs, who pay tax rates many times higher than most non-marijuana businesses.