Marijuana Bankruptcy: The Answer is Still “No”

The struggles of failing marijuana businesses to wind down and pay creditors in an orderly fashion serve no one. Among the problems marijuana businesses face such as lack of access to banking and onerous taxation stemming from IRC 280E is the lack of access to bankruptcy proceedings. This post discusses a  Michigan-based medical marijuana company

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Industrial Hemp: Don’t Forget About State Law!

As CBD and hemp continue to grow in popularity we are receiving an increasing number of calls and emails from companies that want to distribute hemp across the country. We have written about the legality of hemp and CBD under federal law: DEA Confirms It Cannot Regulate All Parts of the Cannabis Plant Cannabis Taxation:

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Cannabis Case Summary: Should My Co-Worker Be My Caretaker?

Today’s Cannabis Case Summary looks at a novel example of the intersection between state-legal  cannabis and employment law. The plaintiff, Bobbie Henry, worked at an Outback Steakhouse in Flint, Michigan, from 1997 to 2014 when she was fired along with four other employees because of drug-related activities. Henry, a registered medical marijuana caregiver under Michigan law,

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Michigan Medical Marijuana Regulation: Changes Coming?

There is a lot happening with Michigan cannabis right now beyond just the two ballot initiatives that may go to voters next November. In addition to various groups collecting signatures on behalf of ballot initiatives, there are also bills in the State Legislature that would create regulations and a licensing board for the State’s medical marijuana industry. The aptly

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Michigan Medical Cannabis Lawsuit Throws Many Darts But Misses the Target

We are always watching for new lawsuits involving state-legal marijuana. Even to the casual observer these cases can be compelling: the issues are often novel, the plaintiffs can be quite sympathetic, and even a highly local dispute can have implications across the country as judges grapple with fast-changing and often inconsistent or conflicting laws and look for

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Michigan Cannabis: A Battle to the Ballot

Michigan was the first Midwestern state to legalize medical cannabis in 2008, and it has a good chance to be the first to legalize recreational cannabis in 2016. Right now there are two separate legalization campaigns underway in Michigan—the Michigan Cannabis Coalition (“MCC”) and the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee (or “MILegalize”). How are