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Cannabis and the Legal Industry: New Rules, New Risks, New Opportunities

The state-by-state legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use has created a complicated legal landscape—and with it new demands for lawyers to responsibly advise cannabis clients and companies in adjacent industries. This special report features Law.com's in-depth coverage of emerging legal issues, key regulatory developments, and the lawyers who are helping to shape a new industry.

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Employers in the state-licensed cannabis industry must still pay their workers overtime in compliance with federal labor laws even though marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit said Friday.

A unanimous three-judge panel affirmed a Colorado federal district court ruling allowing the Fair Labor Standards Act claims of marijuana security worker Robert Kenney to proceed against his former employer, Helix TCS Inc.


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Kenney has alleged he and other employees regularly worked more than 40 hours a week, but Helix refused to pay overtime because they worked at Colorado-sanctioned marijuana outlets, which are considered illegal operations under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

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Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller, based in Sacramento, covers the state legislature and emerging industries, including autonomous vehicles and marijuana. She authors the weekly cannabis newsletter Higher Law. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @CapitalAccounts

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