K&M Cannabis Law Articles and Resource Blog


The Green Elephant in the Room: Legal limbo in the US cannabis industry

May 18, 2017

The fact of the matter is that the cannabis industry only exists as a legal fiction. Lawyers and lay folk alike recognize that marijuana (or “marihuana” if you are a federal bureaucrat) is a federally illegal, controlled substance with no accepted medical use; nevertheless, the industry that thrives from this plant is given express protection [...]

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Open enrollment begins for patients in Maryland

April 25, 2017

The open enrollment period for patients to register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) registry began on Monday.  In a press release, the MMCC reminded patients that  medical marijuana is still illegal in Maryland, but that it “anticipates that medicine should be available to patients from a licensed Dispensary in late Summer 2017, depending [...]

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The East Coast Cannabis Industry is Making Moves

April 20, 2017

The East Coast may be the next frontier for cannabis entrepreneurs and enthusiasts. Jurisdictions up and down the coast are set to rollout medical marijuana programs, expand existing programs, and/or are piecing together legislation to create the regulatory structure for adult-use. Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Rhode Island and Delaware are all poised to [...]

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D.C. is Getting a 6th Medical Marijuana Dispensary

March 27, 2017

More than two years after the District rolled out its medical marijuana program, the Department of Health will be accepting applications for a license to operate a 6th dispensary, east of the Anacostia in either Ward 7 or 8.  In the District, there are two stages of the application process, first, applicants must submit a [...]

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Help the medicine go down

March 27, 2017

Multi-colored flowers, exotic waxes, odiferous oils, savory or sweet edibles and milky topical creams are among the several marijuana offerings which line the shelves of the illuminated display cases at your friendly, neighborhood medical marijuana dispensary. Each product provides patients with a diverse method of application, dosage and sensation. The menu at a dispensary usually [...]

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Kinner & McGowan assists New York attorney with a win in Federal Court

March 15, 2017

Kinner & McGowan, acting as local counsel and Gary Greenberg, a New York attorney representing plaintiff Zvi Shtauber, received a favorable decision from US District Court Judge John Bates.  Dr. Shtauber, an Israeli national and former Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom sued prominent D.C. Attorney Allen Gerson for breach of contract among other claims. [...]

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Is marijuana ​really legal in D.C.?

February 20, 2017

The District of Columbia legalized adult-use marijuana by ballot initiative in November 2014. Ballot Initiative 71, which 70% of District voters supported, was intended to set the stage for the sort of revenue generating adult-use market enjoyed by states like Colorado and Washington. The District’s arcane legislative process, coupled with Congressional meddling in District affairs, [...]

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At long last, the green rush has reached Maryland

January 18, 2017

The wait is over – Maryland is finally rolling out its medical cannabis program. On December 9, 2016, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission released its final round of license pre-approvals for dispensary applicants – only 11 months past the date the Commission was originally projected to announce which entities will be the first allowed to [...]

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Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission update

November 19, 2016

The MMCC announced that its meeting, originally scheduled for November 21st, will be postponed until November 28th. At the public meeting, the Commission will “blind” vote on the dispensary applicants that will receive license pre-approval. On December 9th the Commission will release the names of the companies that received pre-approval on its website. [...]

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The cannabis industry sizes Trump’s pick for Attorney General

November 19, 2016

Earlier today, president elect Donald Trump announced that Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions is his pick for Attorney General. During the campaign Sessions acted as a close advisor to Trump and was the first senator to hop on the Trump train. And now Sessions will ride that train straight to the top spot at the Department [...]

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