For at least the past decade, federal bankruptcy courts have routinely prohibited cannabis businesses from seeking protection under federal bankruptcy law, regardless of whether a cannabis business is legally operating under state law. The reason is that cannabis remains illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which, in addition to criminalizing the direct growing
Slates C. Veazey
Slates is a member of Bradley’s Cannabis Industry team, advising clients on a variety of cannabis issues and in a wide range of sectors. From individuals and entities interested in participating in the new Mississippi medical cannabis program to non-plant-touching companies impacted by that emerging market, Slates and his partners provide the full suite of services that Bradley offers to its many other clients -- but with a specific understanding of the ever-changing cannabis industry. His work has been featured in The National Law Journal, JD Supra, and the Cannabis Business Executive. Slates also has been quoted by the Mississippi Business Journal and Mississippi Today regarding Mississippi’s medical cannabis program.
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes – Mississippi Legislature Makes Key Amendments to Medical Cannabis Act
A revamped Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act heads to Gov. Tate Reeves’s desk after both chambers amended the law in several key respects, most notably to help improve patient count numbers that have created quite a bit of apprehension in the state’s new medical cannabis program.
Rep. Lee Yancey and Rep. De’Keither Stamps’s H.B. 1158 passed…
Insurance Options for Cannabis Businesses Slowly Improving
Obtaining adequate and affordable insurance coverage remains one of the many challenges in the cannabis industry. Most large insurance carriers – adverse to the risk posed by unfavorable federal law – have so far chosen to leave millions of dollars in potential annual premiums that cannabis industry businesses are willing to pay on the table.
You Can Go Your Own Way: Washington’s Cannabis License Residency Requirement Upheld, Breaking the Chain of Contrary Decisions
Oh Daddy! It’s not “Rumours” or one of your “Dreams” – although it may be “Second Hand News” to our most knowledgeable readers: A federal court in Washington recently upheld the state’s cannabis residency requirement for operators.
The Federal Government’s Current Position
If you’re reading this, you surely already know: Marijuana is a…
Is Texas Getting Ready to Expand Its Compassionate Use Program?
Yesterday, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Regulatory Services Division (RSD) announced it would begin accepting new applications for medical cannabis dispensaries in Texas, under the Lone Star State’s Compassionate Use Program. The application window will run until 5:00 p.m. CT on April 28, 2023, and the application form can be submitted through the…
Mississippi Medical Cannabis, Charles Dickens Style
As we turn the calendar to another year, and because we run a cannabis law blog, it seems fitting to write about year one of Mississippi’s medical cannabis program and to preview what 2023 may have in store as the program finally launches. And what better way to frame this article than follow Charles Dickens’…
Mississippi Department of Health Releases Proposed Modifications to Medical Cannabis Regulations
In the gift-giving spirit of the season, the Mississippi Department of Health has dropped proposed additions and revisions to the agency’s regulations for medical cannabis cultivators, processors, testing facilities, transportation entities, disposal entities, and regarding work permits, advertising and marketing, and registry/ID cards. The public can address the proposed changes via the department’s public comment…
Like a Steam Locomotive, Rolling Down the Track: Biden Signs Marijuana Research Bill
For decades, the federal government only allowed scientists to research marijuana grown on the campus of the University of Mississippi. While Mississippi-grown cannabis will continue to be the subject of federally sanctioned research, the Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act, which President Biden signed into law on December 2, 2022, will significantly expand the…
Bipartisan “Reef-orm”: Calls to Deschedule Marijuana Abound on Capitol Hill at Bipartisan Congressional Hearing
“Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness… Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
– George Santayana, The Life of Reason
We originally aimed to quote Santana rather than Santayana to eloquently say history has a way of repeating itself, but our lyrical recall failed us. Welcome back to…
Editors’ Roundtable: A New Biden Doctrine?
Welcome to the third installment of the Editors’ Roundtable, in which our editors – Whitt Steineker, Jay Wright, Hunter Robinson, and Slates Veazey – discuss cannabis issues in the news and take a stab at where the cannabis industry is going in the future.
Whitt Steineker (WS): Well look at President Joe…