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Legalizing Marijuana

Medical Marijuana vs. The ADA: A Legal Minefield
Medical Marijuana vs. The ADA: A Legal Minefield

For quite a while, I have wanted to tackle the issue of medical marijuana and how it should be handled under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), but finding definitive information on the topic is hard. There are tons of questions, and very few clear answers. I’ve questioned many people and I have done a lot of reading. Now I think I have finally found some information worth sharing.

Two New Bills Could End Federal Control Over Marijuana
Two New Bills Could End Federal Control Over Marijuana

Some lawmakers in DC are making a big push for states’ rights when it comes to the issue of marijuana. Two bills have been recently introduced that would end federal control over marijuana and tax it, as well. Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) sponsored the two House Resolutions.

Historic Marijuana Bill Unveiled on Capitol Hill
Historic Marijuana Bill Unveiled on Capitol Hill

Three US senators unveiled what many are calling an historic bill to address medical marijuana. Senators Rand Paul (R- KY), Corey Booker (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) presented the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act (CARERS) during a press conference on Capitol Hill earlier this week.

D.C. bans employers from drug testing job applicants
D.C. bans employers from drug testing job applicants

The District of Columbia has been wrestling with several issues regarding legal marijuana.  A majority of voters passed Initiative 71 during the mid-term elections, which was intended to make recreational marijuana legal, but Congress is withholding funds needed to make legalization a complete reality. Now, the D.C. Council has passed a new temporary law that will ban employers from drug testing job applicants.   

Marijuana: Why Oregon Lost the College Football Playoff Championship?
Marijuana: Why Oregon Lost the College Football Playoff Championship?

Two of the Ducks most lauded players, Darren Carrington and Ayele Forde were banned from Monday’s game after failing an NCAA drug test that was administered at the Rose Bowl.  This team has seemed unstoppable all season.  According to Sports Illustrated they averaged 49 points over their last nine games… but ultimately finished their run by getting trounced by Ohio State 42-20.

Marijuana: The New Frontier for Law Schools
Marijuana: The New Frontier for Law Schools

Until recently, the topic of marijuana only came up in law school classes during discussions about criminal or constitutional law. Now, some schools across the country are adding courses that hope to tackle some of the challenges facing the nation as states begin legalizing the drug.

Workers’ Comp Required to Pay for Medical Marijuana?
Workers’ Comp Required to Pay for Medical Marijuana?

As of today, 23 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized pot for medical purposes. The list of ramifications for employers is long and complicated, and new issues seem to crop up every day.  One of the many interesting questions has to do with who pays for this “medicine” that is still illegal according to the federal government?  Earlier this year, a New Mexico Court of Appeals answered, and their decision might surprise you.  

The New Halloween Boogie Man… Pot
The New Halloween Boogie Man… Pot

When I was little, I remember my parents searching through my Halloween candy, throwing away anything that wasn’t wrapped or looked odd.  For years working in TV news I told parents to check everything even get it x-rayed -- before letting their child dig in.  Back then the worries were based on urban legends about creepy people messing with the treats. If you live in Colorado or Washington State, that boogie man might be real. Now that marijuana is legal in ALL its forms, police are warning parents in those areas that pot-infused candy looks a lot like the real thing. 

Background Checks Affecting Marijuana Dispensaries in MA
Background Checks Affecting Marijuana Dispensaries in MA

Back in 2008, Massachusetts voters decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Four years later, the state became the 18th to legalize medical marijuana. The Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative took effect on January 1, 2013. The law allows for 35 state-licensed, non-profit dispensaries, but now the state says they will only allow up to 11.

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