In a first-of-its-kind decision, the Cass County Circuit Court has ruled in favor of HRP Cassopolis, LLC, a Michigan-based cannabis business, in their dispute with the LaGrange Township assessor. A potential milestone for the cannabis industry, this ruling sheds light on the legal classification of cannabis cultivation and its eligibility for agricultural tax-related benefits. Dykema attorneys Carl Rashid, Jr. and Mark Magyar were proud to deliver this victory for HRP.Continue Reading Michigan Court Recognizes Cannabis Cultivation as Agricultural Operation

While more and more states move to legalize various uses of cannabis, a recent decision on an application for U.S. citizenship demonstrates its possession, use, and distribution remain illegal under federal law and can have significant consequences.Continue Reading Cannabis Continues to Demonstrate Major Differences Between State and Federal Law

On May 30, 2023, Governor Tim Walz signed legislation to legalize recreational use of marijuana for persons 21 years of age and older. The bill legalizes the production and sale of marijuana flower concentrates, topical and edible products, immature cannabis plants and seeds, and hemp-derived THC products.Continue Reading Minnesota Legalizes Marijuana For Recreational Use

After advancing through 13 committees and narrowly winning a 34-33 vote, Minnesota’s State Senate finally approved a bill to legalize adult-use cannabis on April 28th. But before it reaches the desk of Governor Tom Walz (who has pledged to sign it), the bill with have to move to a conference with the State House to reconcile differences with a companion reform measure passed three days prior. With the session ending on May 22nd, the clock is running for lawmakers to get the final bill in front of the governor. Here’s what sets the two versions apart:Continue Reading Cannabis is (Almost) Legal in Minnesota: Here’s What You Need to Know

The state of Texas has a long history of regulating cannabis use. Since 1915, when the first city ordinance was passed banning cannabis in El Paso,[i] the legal landscape in Texas and the rest of the country continues to evolve at different rates. This has resulted in widely varying defined legal guidelines and consequences from the use and possession of cannabis. These legal guidelines/laws related to cannabis continue to be enacted, repealed, and debated in the Texas Legislature today, evidencing strong public sentiment for more accepted, legally permissible uses of cannabis and cannabis products. In recent years, most major cities in Texas have launched programs and adopted policies that reduce, or even eliminate, penalties for the possession of cannabis.[ii] While the Texas Legislature has been slow in changing its position formally in the enactment of laws, a number of bills in the Texas House and Senate being considered during the 2023 session show that a spark continues to create a legal landscape that would foster the participation of Texans and the State of Texas in the lucrative and public-serving cannabis industry.Continue Reading High Hopes on 4/20: The Current Status of Cannabis Laws in Texas