Decriminalization of Marijuana

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Northwestern/Harvard Research on Effects of “Casual” Marijuana Use Points to Need for More Research

As states, including California, continue to grapple with the medical marijuana/decriminalization question, scientific evidence continues to trickle in concerning the negative health effects of marijuana use. According to...more

Could SB 1262 be Implemented Before the 2016 Marijuana Decriminalization Push?

SB 1262 is the bill to watch for marijuana reform as it is the only strong contender for passage. The leading decriminalization effort was pushed to 2016 for money and voter turnout reasons, and no other well-funded (or well...more

Decriminalization and Legalization of Marijuana

At the start of this year, Colorado was the first state to implement the legal use of recreational marijuana. It is a huge milestone and an ongoing battle to make weed decriminalized and legal in the United States. While the...more

Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure Delay a Strategic Move by Backers

With an established track record of measured success in other states, the backers of the marijuana decriminalization initiative most likely to pass in California called a halt to the effort, as this Los Angeles Times article...more

First Glance: Obama Administration's Marijuana Guidelines 'Cold Comfort' For Banks

As long as possession of marihuana remains a federal crime, banks won't touch those businesses with a ten foot pole....more

Wild, Wild West: The Legalization of Marijuana Brings Lots Of Regulatory Concerns

The beginning of 2014 has brought many new laws into effect and we have written on a number of them. But few laws have received more mainstream media exposure than Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana. Of more...more

The Legalized Marijuana Industry’s Evolution Is An Exercise In Banking Compliance

On Jan. 1, recreational marijuana officially went on sale in Colorado, marking the first state in the Union to permit the recreational sale and use of marijuana. For the last year — following the passage of Amendment 64,...more

Rocky Mountain High: Colorado High Court to Weigh in on Employers’ Ability to Enforce Drug Policies in the Face of...

Last week the Colorado Supreme Court decided to review a 2013 appellate court decision holding that Colorado employers may lawfully terminate employees for their off-duty use of medical marijuana even if they are not impaired...more

What Marijuana Legalization Means for Your Drug-Free Workplace Policies

Drug-free workplace policies are in place to help ensure that employees come to work ready and able to work, and that they don’t endanger others while they are working. But beyond that, the issues become more complex, and...more

What Employers Need to Know About Marijuana Legalization in Colorado and Washington

Employers should brace for a number of lawsuits trying to expand these laws into something the courts have already said they're not: a right to have marijuana in one's system at work....more

How Will Marijuana Legalization In Colorado & Washington Affect Employers?

Employers are not required to accommodate an employee’s current use of illegal drugs, including marijuana. Moreover, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, an employer can prohibit the illegal use of drugs (including...more

What Are the Penalties for Marijuana Possession in California?

While recreational marijuana legalization has come to Colorado and Washington State, it may seem odd that it remains possible to be arrested for pot possession in California. But the defeat of Proposition 19 by voter...more

Making it Legal - Washington State’s New Pot Laws Finally Finalized

Finally, after almost one year of planning, debate, and hearings, Washington State adopted new regulations related to the growth, sales, and regulation of marijuana. Residents of Washington at last have the information they...more

Nevada’s New Medical Marijuana Law—Now What?

Despite the unsettled nature of federal enforcement of the federal criminal drug laws in the context of state medical marijuana laws, the Nevada Legislature enacted Senate Bill No. 374 during its recently completed 77th...more

Illinois Becomes The 20th State To Legalize Medical Marijuana; Will Drug-Free Workplace Policies Go Up In Smoke?

On August 1, 2013, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, making Illinois the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana. This law goes into effect on January 1,...more

DOT Clarifies Position After States Permit Recreational Use of Marijuana

On December 3, 2012, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Director, Jim Swart, with the Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance, issued a letter responding to inquires about the impact to DOT regulations after the...more

What Employers Should Know About Colorado’s New Marijuana Use Law

On November 6, 2012, Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 to the Colorado Constitution by a 55 to 45 percent margin, making Colorado one of the first states in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Prior to...more

The Times They Are a-Changin’: What Employers Need to Know Now About Legislative Developments, NLRB Activities and the EEOC’s...

Prompted by many inquiries from employers about recent significant developments in workplace laws, Lane Powell provides the following overview on the Marriage Equality Act and the recreational marijuana initiative passed by...more

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