Home-Grown Trends: The state of marijuana legalization [Infographic]
Posted on 04-18-2016 by amanda-alge-bales

Marijuana legalization measures have been appearing frequently in petitions and on ballots across the country and the world, but opinions vary. Currently 10 bills are under consideration at the state level regarding marijuana’ legalization. What do you think? Which is a better path for marijuana... Read More

Medical marijuana pits feds vs. states, ensnaring 100s & spotlighting a legal wild card
Posted on 07-21-2015 by Tracie Morris

Have you ever found yourself in a tough situation where your actions can get you in trouble for multiple reasons. It’s kind of like “pick your poison” or a “choose your own adventure” except you know the outcome already. Charles C. Lynch, is just one of many found caught... Read More

Pot and the Banks: How banks are serving as the “front-line” for law enforcement
Posted on 07-14-2015 by Ted Zwayer

Recreational marijuana is now legal in four states and DC, with medical marijuana legal in 19 more. These have been profitable ventures. Overall, according to a report by The ArcView Group, a cannabis industry research and investment firm in San Francisco, the marijuana industry took in over $2.7 billion... Read More

Legislative Considerations & Oregon’s New Pot Laws [Infographic]
Posted on 07-01-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

In Oregon, the citizen initiative Measure 91 passed with 56.11 percent of the vote, Oregon legislators are considering two separate bills that would include some regulations and limits around the current law. And, widespread rumors suggest HB 3400 and HB 2014 are very likely to pass in the next week... Read More

Top 10 Interesting Facts about the Now Legal, Recreational Marijuana Use in Oregon
Posted on 06-30-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

Effective July 1, 2015, the state of Oregon is jumping on the legalized, marijuana band wagon with approval of Measure 91, which passed with 56.11 percent of the vote. Ballot Measure 91, better known as the “Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act of 2014,”... Read More

A Review: Decriminalization or legalization? Which is the better path for marijuana? Find out what your colleagues are saying on this topic.
Posted on 06-11-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

Legalizing marijuana – the concept is a struggle since Americans are accustomed to knowing marijuana as a powerful and dangerous drug that can potentially lead to deaths and criminal behavior if it was allowed in their community. The past decade has really opened up a lot of people’s eyes... Read More

Marijuana packaging: How legal pot ponders child safety, mg measurements & marketing
Posted on 06-04-2015 by Tracie Morris

With the rise of legal use and distribution of marijuana, Colorado has issued new laws regarding packing and measurements. According to Fast Company , here are ways some companies are addressing child safety issues relating to packaging, as well as appropriate branding, marketing and measurements without... Read More

7 States That Would (or Could) Earn the Most Money by Legalizing Marijuana
Posted on 05-28-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

The legalization of marijuana has been a source of disagreement between users and the government. In fact, a recent LexTalk discussion about which is a better path for marijuana – decriminalization or legalization – has sparked a rampant debate a variety of opinions being shared. While... Read More

Decriminalization or legalization? Which is the better path for marijuana?
Posted on 05-05-2015 by amanda-alge-bales

If you think legalizing marijuana is a simple “yes” or “no” question, think again. It’s easy to argue “yes” in light of marijuana’s upside. For example, Business Insider lists 23 health benefits of marijuana, including the treatment of glaucoma, epilepsy... Read More

Survey says 6 In 10 Young Republicans Favor Legal Marijuana
Posted on 03-12-2015 by Ted Zwayer

The debate regarding the legalization of marijuana has been a hot topic as of late. According to NPR and a survey by Pew Research Center six out of ten GOP-leaning millennials say they favored legalizing marijuana. Pew Research Center noted: "The debate over marijuana also comes ahead of the... Read More

How “legalizing it” really works: Risks & insights when drug laws & employment collide [CLE Webinar]
Posted on 03-03-2015 by Vanessa Lloyd

As drug laws evolve from state to state, employers are put in a Catch 22 that could leave them vulnerable to lawsuits, penalties and many other risks. Your state may say marijuana is legal with a prescription, but your employee handbook is clear: cannabis use is strictly prohibited. On top of that... Read More

Legal marijuana byproduct - exploding homes?
Posted on 02-09-2015 by Chad Troyan

It’s been two years since Colorado legalized marijuana and I can’t imagine that firefighters expected to be responding to calls of exploding homes. Unfortunately, that seems to be the case according to the New York Times . As amateur alchemists continue to extract marijuana concentrate... Read More

Marijuana breathalyzer being developed to determine drivers’ sobriety sans blood test
Posted on 12-17-2014 by amanda-alge-bales

If drinking and driving is against the law then it would make sense that the same would apply after smoking pot. While medical and recreational marijuana use is legal in 4 states (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington), users cannot drive if they have more than 5 nanograms of THC per millimeter of... Read More

Marijuana merges with law school as Strum College of Law adds cannabis law class
Posted on 12-09-2014 by Christina Alge

Marijuana has come a long ways. The once condemned drug in the eyes of many finds itself allowed for use by selective people for medical reasons and most recently has been legalized for use in Colorado. So what’s next in this “rags to riches” story for this drug- how about a class on... Read More

States have billions to gain from legalizing pot
Posted on 10-20-2014 by Doug Esten

Collectively, State and local governments across the nation stand to gain over $3 billion a year in tax revenues by legalizing the sale of marijuana, according to NerdWallet. By the personal finance website's calculations, which are based in part on data on marijuana use in each state from the Substance... Read More

The legalization of medical marijuana: What this means to Workers’ Compensation
Posted on 08-28-2014 by Tracie Morris

Since 1970, marijuana has been listed as a Schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act, making the possession and usage of marijuana illegal under federal law. Employers have traditionally relied on this classification of marijuana as an illegal drug when setting policies designed... Read More

What are the top challenges marijuana legalization poses for employers? Find out what our experts say.
Posted on 08-21-2014 by amanda-alge-bales

The recent emergence of “medical marijuana” legislation, and marijuana legalization has created some confusion for employers who want to maintain a drug-free work place and has left many employers asking the question – can they still fully enforce their drug-free policy? Because the... Read More

Shocking Prediction #5: Marijuana Will Be Fast Tracked For 50-State Legalization In 2015
Posted on 08-15-2014 by Doug Esten

It's that time of the year again... Game-Changing Stocks editor Andy Obermueller has just released his annual "shocking predictions report" for 2015. As StreetAuthority's resident expert in what he calls "the next big thing," it's Andy's job to track down and find... Read More

Exclusive State Net® Jurisdictional Summary & Client Reports about the Drug Law Evolution & Workplace
Posted on 08-13-2014 by Vorheean

In 2014, there have been 661 active bills about marijuana possession and legalization at a state-by-state level, as well as 44 active bills in various state legislatures about employee drug screening (all since August 1, 2014). This information is according to exclusive State Net® Jurisdictional... Read More

America v. Marijuana – The Economy Of Medical Marijuana [Infographic]
Posted on 08-12-2014 by Ted Zwayer

Marijuana legalization measures have been appearing frequently in petitions and on ballots across the country and the world, but opinions vary. Currently 16 states and Washington D.C. have made medical marijuana available to certain patients. Read More

New York Enacts Law Enabling Some Chronically Ill Workers to Use Medical Marijuana on the Job
Posted on 08-08-2014 by Doug Esten

On July 7, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York Compassionate Care Act, N.Y. State Senate Bill S07923 , N.Y. State Assembly Bill A06357E (the “NYCCA” or the “Act”), which, effective immediately, legalizes and comprehensively regulates the manufacture... Read More

Marijuana might be legal, but Washington employers can still prohibit workers from using it
Posted on 08-06-2014 by Vanessa Lloyd

While recreational marijuana may now be legal in Washington state, but that doesn’t mean anyone can use the drug and still get a job. Though marijuana is now legal in this state, employers don’t have to allow employees to use it – even if it’s outside the workplace. Washington... Read More

Managing Workplace Risks & the Drug Law Evolution: Find Out What Your Colleagues Are Saying About This Topic
Posted on 08-05-2014 by amanda-alge-bales

Thanks for the lively discussion around the issue. While Mark and Bert are no longer moderating this discussion, please continue to share your thoughts and ideas with the rest of the community. To join in the discussion, register to LexTalk and prepare your comments within the ‘Join The Conversation’... Read More

Waiting to Exhale: Employee Firing for Off-Duty Medical Marijuana Use
Posted on 07-31-2014 by Robin E. Kobayashi

How will the Colorado Supreme Court decide Coats v. Dish Network ? In a case being closely watched nationwide, the Colorado Supreme Court will address for the first time an important issue for employers and employees in the state: whether an employer may terminate an employee for the off-duty use of... Read More

If marijuana is legal, then how can you get fired for buying marijuana? Believe it or not!
Posted on 07-30-2014 by Doug Esten

The day before marijuana sales became legal in the state of Washington, Spokane security guard Michael Kelly Boyer put on his tie-dyed tee, went to the Green Leaf with his sleeping bag, and camped out in front of the store so that he’d be first in the city to purchase the newly-legal weed. While... Read More