2020 Cannabis Guide

Global Cannabis Guide Launched

We are very pleased to announce the release of the World Law Group ("WLG”) Cannabis Guide 2020. This guide provides a brief overview of laws and policies regarding the use of cannabis in various jurisdictions and briefly outlines information on the most important legal issues, from relevant legislation and general information to special requirements and risks. Please note that it provides general information only and does not claim to be comprehensive. Laws in this area are quickly evolving. Please share with those in your firm and interested clients.

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June 21, 2024

It has been a busy 2024 for federal agencies and the Oregon and Washington legislatures, which have ushered in new laws and regulations that affect employer-employee relationships in senior living communities.
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May 29, 2024

The Ministry of Health, by resolution MS-DM-RC-2381-2024, has prohibited the importation, use, marketing, and sale of vaporizers and liquids for these devices containing artificial nicotine or cannabinoids.
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January 3, 2024

Many of us have our traditions to ring in a new year: taking down holiday decorations, making New Year’s resolutions, and organizing our homes and offices. But employers, especially in the Pacific Northwest, now have another New Year’s tradition: bracing themselves for a host of new employment laws.
October 4, 2023

Having served WLG in numerous ways throughout the years, Lane Powell's Lewis Horowitz shares his perspective on the global markets and how WLG is poised for continued success.
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September 26, 2023

The German Federal Ministry of Health's draft for the Cannabis Law proposes to reclassify medical cannabis, removing it from the Narcotics Act to simplify its dispensing and accessibility for patients, while maintaining stringent control and safety standards.
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August 17, 2023

The Washington Supreme Court validated the state’s new excise tax on the sale or exchange of long-term capital assets as a constitutional excise tax on the privilege of selling or exchanging certain capital assets—commonly, but perhaps incorrectly, referred to as the “Washington capital gains tax."
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June 21, 2023

It will soon be illegal for Washington employers to reject most job applicants based on their off-duty cannabis use. Beginning January 1, 2024, most Washington employers may not reject a job applicant simply because they use marijuana outside of work and away from the workplace.
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April 27, 2023

The object of the programme is to offer patients a lawful way of testing treatment with medicinal cannabis, if they have experienced no benefits from authorised medicines and thereby to respond to patients’ self-medication by way of illegal products.
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March 5, 2023

The First Chamber of the Highest Court resolved that the absolute prohibition of the commercialization of cannabis violates the rights of freedom of trade and work by failing the proportionality test and the degree or sub-principle of necessity.
December 15, 2022

Thank you for making WLG | at large a success this week. We enjoyed seeing you and hope you enjoyed connecting with your peers. View recordings and read key highlights from the event.
Legal Updates
December 5, 2022

Cannabis legalization is coming, at least that's what the German government consisting of Social Democrats, the Liberal Party, and the Greens is proclaiming.
November 8, 2022

We are pleased to announce Goodmans LLP has once again received top-tier recognition from The Legal 500 Canada in their 2023 Guide.
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September 13, 2022

The German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices and companies from the life sciences sector repeatedly clash regarding the legal qualification of substances.
Member Firm News
February 23, 2022

Our Equity Capital Markets and Cannabis sector teams have advised pan-European medical cannabis company Kanabo Group Plc on its £13.5 million acquisition of The GP Service Limited, a UK based private primary care telemedicine provider.
Legal Updates
February 16, 2022

In light of the recent wave of states legalizing cannabis, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) recently released “Clarifying Guidance” on how the personal use of cannabis, hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products, and investments in cannabis-related companies may impact an individual’s security clearance eligibility.
Recordings & Podcasts
February 14, 2022

Why can sports gambling sites, beer and alcohol brands, and crypto companies advertise during the Super Bowl when cannabis companies cannot? Greenberg Glusker’s Steve Stein, Alexa Steinberg, and Priya Sopori look at one cannabis company’s attempt to generate a discussion about these issues by trying to advertise during the Super Bowl.
June 24, 2021

Recent Happenings from our Practice & Industry Groups.
Legal Updates
March 29, 2021

This eBulletin highlights legal updates from our member firms across our 16 Practice & Industry Groups. Highlights include updates to the Danish Medicinal Pilot Program, Digital Health in Germany, Biden Administration's response to Myanmar, key changes to Singapore's Restructuring law, and more.
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February 5, 2021

Contributors Nejc Vrankar and Martina Mahnič of CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz explore a brief overview of laws and policies regarding the use of cannabis in Slovenia and the most important legal issues, from relevant legislation and general information to special requirements and risks.
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January 20, 2021

Our Venture Capital Group collaborated on an expansive guide covering more than 30 jurisdictions on investment approval processes, typical investment sectors and investment structures on VC deals (and more!). The objective of this publication is to serve as a Q&A-style multi-jurisdictional guide to venture capital law in countries where WLG...
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November 6, 2020

Contributors Gerardo Soto, Carlos Patrón, Brenda Sarrín, Giancarlo Baella of Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados explore a brief overview of laws and policies regarding the use of cannabis in Peru and the most important legal issues, from relevant legislation and general information to special requirements and risks.
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November 3, 2020

Contributors Gerardo Flórez, Laura Grisales, Diego Quintero and Nicolás Tirado of Philippi, Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría explore a brief overview of laws and policies regarding the use of cannabis in Colombia and the most important legal issues, from relevant legislation and general information to special requirements and risks.
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November 2, 2020

Contributor Steven Huang of Zhong Lun Law Firm explores a brief overview of laws and policies regarding the use of cannabis in China and the most important legal issues, from relevant legislation and general information to special requirements and risks.
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October 31, 2020

Contributors Victor Liu, Neil Sheehy and Danielle Levesque of Goodmans LLP and Brian Kujavsky of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP explore a brief overview of laws and policies regarding the use of cannabis in Canada and the most important legal issues, from relevant legislation and general information to special requirements and risks.
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October 30, 2020

Contributors Elysangela de Oliveira Rabelo Maurer and Marco Aurélio Antas of member firm TozziniFreire Advogados explore a brief overview of laws and policies regarding the use of cannabis in Brazil and the most important legal issues, from relevant legislation and general information to special requirements and risks.
October 29, 2020

Several WLG member firms collaborated on a guide that covers legislation, governing bodies, import and export rules, use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, and other issues concerning cannabis around the globe. Check out the guide here.
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October 16, 2020

Contributor Steven Stein of Greenberg Glusker explores a brief overview of laws and policies regarding the use of cannabis in U.S.A. - California and the most important legal issues, from relevant legislation and general information to special requirements and risks.
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October 16, 2020

ContributorLewis Horowitz of Lane Powell PC explores a brief overview of laws and policies regarding the use of cannabis in U.S.A. - Washington and the most important legal issues, from relevant legislation and general information to special requirements and risks.
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October 16, 2020

Contributor Ben Pirie of Lane Powell PC explores a brief overview of laws and policies regarding the use of cannabis in U.S.A. - Oregon and the most important legal issues, from relevant legislation and general information to special requirements and risks.
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October 16, 2020

Contributor Koos Pretorius of ENSafrica explores a brief overview of laws and policies regarding the use of cannabis in South Africa and the most important legal issues, from relevant legislation and general information to special requirements and risks.
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October 16, 2020

Contributors Juan Carlos Hernanz and Santiago Tomas of Cuatrecasas explore a brief overview of laws and policies regarding the use of cannabis in Spain and the most important legal issues, from relevant legislation and general information to special requirements and risks.
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October 16, 2020

Contributor Jessada Sawatdipong of Chandler MHM Limited explore a brief overview of laws and policies regarding the use of cannabis in Thailand and the most important legal issues, from relevant legislation and general information to special requirements and risks.
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October 16, 2020

Contributors Beatriz Spiess and Anabela Aldaz of Guyer & Regules explore a brief overview of laws and policies regarding the use of cannabis in Uruguay and the most important legal issues, from relevant legislation and general information to special requirements and risks.
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October 16, 2020

Contributors Samantha Myers, Ravi Randhawa and Ian Mason of Gowling WLG explore a brief overview of laws and policies regarding the use of cannabis in England and the most important legal issues, from relevant legislation and general information to special requirements and risks.
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October 15, 2020

Contributors Martin Draebye Gantzhorn and Gundula Maria Kjaer of Bech-Bruun explore a brief overview of laws and policies regarding the use of cannabis in Denmark and the most important legal issues, from relevant legislation and general information to special requirements and risks.
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October 15, 2020

Contributors Daniele Vecchi and Matteo Duchini of Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners explore a brief overview of laws and policies regarding the use of cannabis in Italy and the most important legal issues, from relevant legislation and general information to special requirements and risks.
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October 15, 2020

Contributors Jörn Witt and Susanne Pech of CMS Germany and Daniel Titian of Taylor Wessing explore a brief overview of laws and policies regarding the use of cannabis in Germany and the most important legal issues, from relevant legislation and general information to special requirements and risks.
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October 15, 2020

Contributors Sigfrido Gross Brown of Gross Brown explore a brief overview of laws and policies regarding the use of cannabis in Paraguay and the most important legal issues, from relevant legislation and general information to special requirements and risks.
July 8, 2020

We have developed a very good relationship with Bech-Bruun over the years. We have been providing legal support for several clients of Bech-Bruun who have operations in China and whenever our clients have legal needs in Denmark, we will also recommend Bech-Bruun to our clients.
April 30, 2020

Learn more about PLMJ, WLG's Portuguese member firm.
February 25, 2020

Recent updates from the WLG Cannabis Practice Group.
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February 5, 2020

Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a bill impacting Host Community Agreements. These State-required contracts are the lynchpin of the license application process in Massachusetts because marijuana businesses must enter into such agreements with the city or town where they operate.
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January 10, 2020

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) regulations for issuing retail cannabis licenses prohibit, among other things, a retail cannabis business within 1000 feet of the “perimeter of the grounds” of a school.
November 27, 2019

Regional Roundtable Updates from the 2019 EMEA Conference.
November 26, 2019

On November 19, the World Law Group held a webinar on vaping and the legal issues related to the current controversy in the U.S., and anticipated developments in Europe. Listen to Josh Ashby and Pilar French’s insight on the legal issues regarding: Legal distinctions between tobacco and cannabis with respect to vaping; How different U.S.......
November 19, 2019

WLG's Cannabis Practice Group hosted a webinar on The Vaping Health Controversy. View the recording and materials here.
November 14, 2019

Lewis Horowitz of Lane Powell in Seattle has been instrumental in launching the WLG’s Cannabis Group. We have been on many (very early morning) WLG webinars. Having the chance to pick his brain about the growth of his law firm’s cannabis practice (and other issues) has been invaluable.
November 14, 2019

Join the World Law Group for an upcoming webinar on vaping and the legal issues related to the current controversy in the U.S. and anticipated developments in Europe—all WLG members, lawyers and clients are welcome to join us on November 19, 2019, from 8 – 9 a.m. PST,. The webinar will focus on legal issues,... Continue Reading…
November 7, 2019

As we discussed last week, the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) released their interim final rules for hemp manufacturing, and those rules were published in the Federal Register on Thursday, October 31. Hemp growers should note the rules on testing within the 0.3% limit that dictate whether the produced crop is classified as...
October 30, 2019

You're invited to attend a webinar hosted by the WLG Cannabis Practice Group. Group members will discuss the Vaping Health Controversy November 19th at 16:00 UTC.
October 21, 2019

On September 25, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1595, also known as the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which aims “to increase public safety by ensuring access to financial services to cannabis-related legitimate businesses and service providers and reducing the amount of cash at such businesses,” as stated in its purpose. The bill......
April 3, 2019

World Law Group members recently hosted a series of Cannabis Legalization Webinars. View the recordings, listen to the audio tracks and download the PDF presentations.
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