Research recently published in Environmental Health Perspectives describes the public health risks associated with the lack of national standards for cannabis lab testing. Researchers from Arizona State University’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences partnered with labs that conduct cannabis testing to data mine compliance testing records, review publicly available medical cannabis use reports, and examine regulations in all 37 U.S. jurisdictions that have legalized medical and/or recreational cannabis.

Continue Reading Study Shows Lack of Uniformity Among States’ Cannabis Testing Laws Could Lead to Public Health Risks

On Wednesday, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit panel applied the U.S. Constitution’s Dormant Commerce Clause (DCC) to the medical cannabis industry in a 2-1 decision, striking down local laws requiring state residency as unconstitutional and protectionist. While cannabis remains federally illegal, Maine legalized medical cannabis in 2018 and imposed limitations on who could own state-legal cannabis businesses in the state.

Continue Reading First Circuit Strikes Down Maine Residency Requirement Under Dormant Commerce Clause

A class-action lawsuit was filed on July 12 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas alleging that cannabis testing companies inflated the amount of THC found in cannabis flower. Plaintiffs are a putative class of medical cannabis patients in Arkansas and bring suit under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO)

Cannabis: In Focus

  • New Mexico class action calls for insurance coverage for medical cannabis
  • Bicameral attempt to legislate bipartisan cannabis omnibus package
  • Oregon ban on “artificially derived cannabinoids” in cannabis products set to take effect July 1, 2022


Continue Reading Cannabis Legal Report—Week of June 19, 2022

As Congress continues to debate the SAFE Banking Act, cannabis business and financial institutions should pay close attention to the bill’s potential to transform the accessibility of banking and payment processing solutions within the cannabis industry. In May, a national group of state banking regulators issued open letters to Congress urging passage of the bill. This action by state banking regulators builds upon prior support from groups like the American Bankers Association as well as dozens of state governors and attorneys general. Here, we check in on the status of the SAFE Banking Act and look ahead for its implications if passed.

Continue Reading Where Is the SAFE Banking Act?