Author Archives: Daniel Shortt

Hemp at Home and Abroad

By Daniel Shortt

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Hemp stem showing fibers.

Hemp and marijuana are both derived from the cannabis plant. While there is no uniform definition of what constitutes hemp, it is usually described as a part of the cannabis plant with little or no THC. Hemp offers many useful applications and recent changes at the state and federal levels have allowed for U.S. farmers to legally cultivate hemp. Despite this, many U.S. businesses still import hemp from other countries with less restrictive hemp laws.  But as hemp cultivation expands across the U.S., U.S. businesses may move away from imported hemp.

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Working in Weed: Labor and Employment Issues in the Cannabis Industry

This post by Daniel Shortt originally appeared on Canna Law Blog. 

Working in Weed - SLEJ PosterOn April 26, 2016, I moderated a panel discussion at the University of Washington School of Law called “Working in Weed.” The discussion focused on employment and labor issues in the cannabis industry. The panelists were as follows:

  • Robert McVay of the Canna Law Group
  • Lea Vaughn, Professor of Law at UW, with an expertise in labor and employment
  • Ronald Hooks, Regional Director for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
  • Sam Mendez, Director of the UW Cannabis Law and Policy Project.

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Washington State Adopts Marijuana Recall Rules

By Daniel Shortt 

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On March 23, 2016, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) revised draft marijuana rules and adopted emergency rules. The LCB’s rulemaking is part of its continued effort to implement the Cannabis Patient Protection Act, which requires the LCB and the Department of Health  regulate medical marijuana.

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SCOTUS Refuses to Hear Case on Colorado’s Legal Marijuana

By Daniel Shortt

SCOTUSbuilding_1st_Street_SEThe Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS)  rejected Nebraska and Oklahoma’s challenge to Colorado’s marijuana legalization. Nebraska and Oklahoma sued Colorado for legalizing marijuana, alleging that marijuana from Colorado strained Nebraska and Oklahoma’s resources and forced them to spend time and money battling marijuana. The lawsuit did not seek to require Colorado to ban the personal use of marijuana or prosecute marijuana use as a crime. The lawsuit instead sought to shut down Colorado’s legalization program that allows for legal growing and distribution of marijuana.

The Justices’ voted 6-2 to deny Nebraska and Oklahoma’s motion for leave to file a complaint, without providing an explanation.

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Cannabis Industry Labor Laws

This post  was originally written by Daniel Shortt for Canna Law Blog

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Marijuana industry workers face a unique legal landscape due to the interplay of federal and state law. Several states allow for medical use of marijuana and Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Washington D.C. have legalized cannabis for recreational use. Federal law has not followed suit and it still prohibits marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. This dichotomy of laws creates ambiguity when it comes to how federal law applies to marijuana businesses in a whole host of legal areas, including labor and employment law.

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Canadian Federal Court Rules Medical Marijuana Program Unconstitutional

By Daniel Shortt

A landmark decision in Canada has drastically altered the country’s medical marijuana laws. A Canadian federal court ruled that Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms gives medical marijuana patients the right to grow their own cannabis. The opinion strikes down the previous Conservative government’s ban on patient’s growing marijuana and gives the current liberal government six months to establish a new medical marijuana program.

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The Iowa Caucus and Marijuana: 2016 Candidates Weigh in on Cannabis

By Daniel Shortt

As the election cycle accelerates into high gear with the Iowa Caucus, our readers may have questions on what the major presidential candidates think about marijuana. In this post, we complied some quotes and policies from the four most viable presidential hopefuls.

Used under CC license. Image by Fickr user DonkeyHotey.

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