Published: October 18, 2019

This week, Pennsylvania Senators Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) introduced a bill, the “Adult-Use Cannabis Act” (Senate Bill 350), that would legalize adult-use (i.e., recreational) cannabis in the Commonwealth.

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Published: September 27, 2019

On September 25, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act (SAFE Act) by vote of 321 to 103.

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Published: September 18, 2019

On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, in response to a number of highly-publicized vaping-related deaths and illnesses, the Trump Administration (the Administration) announced its intention to ban most flavored e-cigarette products.  While the Administration’s proposal would target nicotine-containing e-cigarettes, regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) as tobacco products, it is not yet clear that these are the products that have been causing vaping-related deaths and illnesses across the country.  Although federal and state regulators continue to investigate what is behind these health-related issues, initial results suggest that many, if not all events have been caused by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing products purchased illegally (i.e., not at state-regulated cannabis dispensaries).  While FDA has not yet identified the source of the illnesses, all samples tested by New York State have reportedly contained vitamin E acetate, an oil-based preparation of vitamin E.

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Published: August 16, 2019

On August 15, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) published a court-ordered proposed rule that, if finalized, would mandate graphic health warnings for cigarette packaging and advertisements to "promote greater public understanding of the negative health consequences of smoking." 

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Published: August 13, 2019

On August 9, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed A5322 into law, making the Garden State the latest to establish a permanent program for the cultivation, handling, processing, transport, and sale of hemp and hemp-derived products.

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