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Legal News
20 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Delaware Governor Jack Markell [official website] on Thursday signed into law House Bill 39 [materials], a measure that decriminalizes the possession and use of small amounts of marijuana. The bill, which was given final legislative approval [Delaware Online report] by the state's senate Thursday and signed by the governor … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jun 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The New York Senate [official website] on Monday passed a medical marijuana bill [materials] that would expedite access to marijuana for emergency medical purposes. The bill, passed [Capital report] by a Republican-led Senate in a 50-12 vote, would allow people with "progressive and degenerative" diseases or whose lives are … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Colorado Supreme Court [official website] on Monday unanimously affirmed [opinion, PDF] a lower court decision that employers' zero tolerance drug policies are not pre-empted by Colorado's legalization of medical marijuana. The court held that an employee can legally be discharged for consuming marijuana off-duty, as a plain meaning … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] unanimously ruled [judgment] Thursday that a law restricting the medical use of marijuana to smoking the dried plant was unconstitutional. Under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act [text], smoking marijuana for medical purposes was permitted, but uses of the plant's extracts in other … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Louisiana House of Representatives [official website] approved a medical marijuana bill [legislative materials] on Thursday and sent the bill as amended back to the Senate for concurrence. The Senate previously approved the bill that seeks to provide a legal way to supply therapeutic marijuana to patients who need … [read more]


Legal News
13 May 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Senate [official website] voted Tuesday to approve a bill [SB 3 materials] that could bring medical marijuana to the state. The bill will now head to the House [official website] for consideration where proponents are optimistic it will have more success this year than the bill's predecessor … [read more]


Legal News
4 May 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] and consolidated a pair of cases that concern the scope of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authority to regulate demand response [FERC backgrounder] technology based on its impact on wholesale electricity rates under the Federal … [read more]


Legal News
4 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla [official website, in Spanish] on Sunday signed an executive order [press release, in Spanish] legalizing medical marijuana. The order refers to several US studies that show the therapeutic use of the plant in treating different medical conditions including pain associated with AIDS, glaucoma, … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Georgia Governor Nathan Deal [official profile] signed House Bill 1 [text] on Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the US state of Georgia. The approved legislation is effective immediately and allows for patients suffering from cancer, Crohn's disease, glaucoma and other serious ailments to receive 20 fluid ounces or … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in two separate decisions that courts cannot prohibit parolees from using medical marijuana when used for medical purposes under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA). The AMMA was passed by the legislature in 2010, and both plaintiffs obtained registry identification cards because of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
6 Apr 2015
by Sam Kamin of University of Denver Sturm College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Sam Kamin of University of Denver Sturm College of Law evaluates the success of the marijuana suits brought by private businesses in recent months and argues that possible RICO suits will face obstacles due to the difficulty of showing actual damages from marijuana businesses...Colorado has been the … [read more]


Professional Commentary
30 Mar 2015
by Roxane Peyser of Law Office of Roxane Peyser

JURIST Guest Columnist Roxane Peyser of the Law Office of Roxane Peyser in Lyons, Colorado discusses the issues in question concerning challenges to Colorado's legalization of marijuana...The requirement that a plaintiff have standing is derived from Article III of the Constitution, limiting federal courts to adjudicate actual cases and controversies. … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman [official website] on Friday filed a brief [motion, PDF] urging the US Supreme Court [official website] to throw out a lawsuit by Nebraska and Oklahoma challenging Colorado's marijuana legalization law. Nebraska and Oklahoma argue [JURIST report] that the legal sale of marijuana in Colorado … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Georgia General Assembly [official website] approved a bill [HB 885, PDF] on Wednesday legalizing marijuana for limited medical purposes. The proposed legislation is expected to be signed into law shortly by Governor Nathan Deal [official website]. The bill, also known as Haleigh's Hope Act, would specifically allow for … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A bipartisan bill [text, PDF] seeking to change the US federal government's approach to medicinal marijuana was introduced in the US House of Representatives [official website] Tuesday. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act of 2015, or CARERS Act, was introduced by Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 Mar 2015
by W. David Ball of Santa Clara Law

JURIST Guest Columnist W. David Ball of Santa Clara Law, discusses the legal framework behind the Nebraska and Oklahoma law suit against Colorado to invalidate Colorado's marijuana law...In December 2014, Oklahoma and Nebraska took the unusual step of filing a complaint [PDF] in the US Supreme Court asking for a … [read more]


Legal News
10 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A bipartisan group of three US Senators on Tuesday announced legislation to end the federal ban on medical marijuana. The bill, called the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, was announced by senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) [official websites]. If … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Sheriffs from Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Thursday challenging Colorado's recreational marijuana law. The sheriffs are asking the court to strike down Amendment 64, the legislation legalizing the sale of recreational marijuana, and to close Colorado's licensed marijuana retailers. Plaintiffs argue that the amendment is … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe [official website] on Thursday signed a legislative measure [HB 1445] aimed at permitting use of medical marijuana oils for individuals suffering from severe forms of epilepsy. The bill permits the use of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THC-A) oils by providing an affirmative defense to … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The District of Columbia (DC) [official website] on Thursday disregarded pressures from Congress and went forward with legalizing possession of marijuana after a voter-approved initiative. Notwithstanding warnings of repercussions by leaders in Congress, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser [official website] affirmed that marijuana would be legalized as approved [text] by … [read more]

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