On November 7, 2023, voters in Ohio approved Ohio Issue 2, the Marijuana Legalization Initiative (the Initiative), which legalizes marijuana for recreational use in Ohio. Among its key provisions, the Ohio Initiative creates a new Division of Cannabis Control (DCC) within the Ohio Department of Commerce (DOC) to regulate marijuanaContinue Reading Ohio Legalizes Adult-Use Marijuana
As co-chair of McGlinchey's Cannabis team, Heidi Urness has a national reputation as a skillful, tenacious, and results-focused attorney who advises licensees, financiers, and cannabis-ancillary business and service providers as they navigate and prosper in this highly regulated industry. Heidi was named one of the Top 30 Cannabis Litigators You Should Know, a “Rising Star,” a Top 200 Global Cannabis Attorney, and is a respected legal voice for the industry nationally.
Proponents of marijuana reform have had cause for celebration in 2023. Despite challenges facing the industry, the political and social momentum surrounding cannabis is ticking upward.
Continue Reading SAFER Act: Marijuana May Soon Become a Bigger Deal
Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) is one of the most misunderstood and controversial cannabinoids in the Cannabis sativa (cannabis) plant. While booming in popularity, THCA is also a high-risk cannabinoid from a legal standpoint.
Following the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the marketplace for “alternative” or “minor” cannabinoids – chemical compounds…Continue Reading Is THCA Legal? The State Line is the Bottom Line
With the ever-expanding legalization of medical and adult-use cannabis across the United States an ever-expanding problem is coming to the forefront: cash transportation.
Continue Reading Cash Transportation for Cannabis-Related Businesses
A hard lesson was learned after cannabis was discovered in a suitcase at the airport: the government does not have to prove cannabis is marijuana to convict you of trafficking in marijuana. A new case recently clarified that the legal burden shifts and requires the accused to produce evidence that…Continue Reading Hemp in Your Suitcase Can Get You Convicted of Trafficking in Marijuana
New laws and regulations are likely to be implemented in both New Jersey and New York in the very near future, which will greatly affect parties’ abilities to work with marijuana businesses.
Continue Reading NY, NJ Regs Give Clarity To Cannabis Investors, Ancillaries
This is the third installment in our three-part series: “Exploring Issues in Cannabis and Bankruptcy.” In this final episode, we’ll explore what the two recent decisions in Blumsack and Hacienda mean for creditors in the cannabis industry and also what rights are available to lenders and marijuana financiers in the bankruptcy context.
Continue Reading Podcast: Cannabis and Bankruptcy, Ep. 3: Considerations for Lenders
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of man-made chemicals used in various industries, such as food packaging, cosmetics, and household products. More than 10,000 chemical substances can be classified as PFAS in the United States. However, despite their broad use, several studies have identified potential health risks associated with these chemicals.
Continue Reading Contamination, PFAS, and the Cannabis Industry
Federally legal CBD products may, under some circumstances, cause consumers to fail drug tests. An employer’s right to terminate employee-consumers on that basis is not prohibited by federal law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Many of us are familiar with CBD products. In some states, they can be found…Continue Reading CBD & The Workplace, A Word to The Wise
It is no secret that cannabis businesses and owners remain largely barred from taking advantage of federal bankruptcy protections, leaving distressed marijuana businesses with limited restructuring options. Most often, distressed marijuana businesses and businesses serving the marijuana industry (collectively, MRBs) must instead rely on state law, including state-specific cannabis…Continue Reading Cannabis Creditors Face Receivership in Oregon