On September 21, 2020, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the “Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act” or “MORE Act.” We have written about the MORE Act previously here and here. The MORE Act does not legalize marijuana nationwide, but it does remove cannabis from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (thus decriminalizing it under federal law and allowing states to decide whether to legalize). It also requires the expungement of certain marijuana-related criminal records and provides for grants to communities impacted by the War on Drugs.Read More
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The COVID-19 crisis has led to an unprecedented level of federal aid to businesses and individuals alike but much of it does not apply to cannabis businesses. Here is a breakdown of how these recent aid packages affect the marijuana industryRead More
On this episode of The Joint Status Report, Doug Sargent and David Standa discuss the results of the lottery for the early-use secondary sites to be placed in the City of Chicago (1:01), the passage of the MORE Act out of the House Judiciary Committee (5:39), the recent ADA/medical marijuana lawsuit filed against Amazon (11:19), and the concerning trend of ADA website-based lawsuits being filed against CBD companies (16:12).Read More
The “Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019” or “MORE Act” passed the House Judiciary Committee with a 24-10 vote on November 20, 2019. As we wrote about in more detail here and discussed on our podcast here, the MORE Act is a marijuana decriminalization bill that would, among other things, remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, allow states to set their own policy for marijuana legalization, implement a federal tax on marijuana products sold in states where such sales are legal, and seek to ensure that those impacted by the war on drugs have an opportunity to be a part of the cannabis industry.Read More
In the initial episode of The Joint Status Report Chicago partners Doug Sargent and David Standa discuss key events that impacted the cannabis industry between July 22 and July 26, including the introduction of the MORE Act (1:35), the Senate Banking Committee’s hearing to discuss the SAFE Act (8:35), and the FDA’s warning letter issued to Curaleaf (14:09).Read More
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), who has not historically been a supporter of marijuana legalization efforts, is now pushing for the decriminalization of marijuana at the federal level. Her new stance was evident Tuesday when she announced that she was introducing federal decriminalization legislation called the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (the “MORE Act”).Read More