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Richard Y. Cheng’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, regulatory, compliance matters and administrative appeals. A member of Dykema's Health Care group and resident in the Firm's Dallas office, Richard has an extensive health care law practice, with particular concentration representing skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home health agencies, community hospitals, physician groups, hospices, labs, pharmacies, medical spas, wellness providers, regulated products providers (e.g. medicinal cannabis) and rehabilitation providers. In this area, Richard counsels clients regarding corporate transactions, health care regulatory, compliance matters, and administrative appeals.

Coauthored by Dykema Summer Associate Shaun Sullivan-Towler.

For financial institutions interested in banking state-legal marijuana businesses, 2018 has been a rollercoaster. In January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Obama-era policy of lenient federal enforcement, creating new confusion for banks and credit unions about the future of marijuana-related banking. Many feared that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) would withdraw or amend its guidance as well, thereby eliminating the only federal guidance directed to financial institutions on banking marijuana businesses. But FinCEN has since been clear that its guidance remains in place and announced that, as of March 31, 2018, a total of 411 banks and credit unions now provide services to marijuana-related businesses, up from 365 a year ago. Continue Reading The STATES Act, Rooted in Federalism, Would Address Systemic Risk in Cannabis-Related Banking