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Can You Fight Marijuana Laws with RICO Suits?
April 6, 2015
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....... [more]

Lujan Eliminates Plaintiffs' Standing In New Marijuana Cases
March 30, 2015
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....... [more]

Colorado AG asks Supreme Court to throw out marijuana case
March 30, 2015
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman on Friday filed a brief urging the US Supreme Court to throw out a lawsuit by Nebraska and Oklahoma challenging Colorado's marijuana legalization law. Nebraska and Oklahoma argue that the legal sale of marijuana in Colorado has caused the piping of marijuan....... [more]

Is the Nebraska/Oklahoma Pot Suit Preempted?
March 17, 2015
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 in the US Supreme Court askin....... [more]

Sheriffs challenge Colorado marijuana law
March 5, 2015
Sheriffs from Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska filed a lawsuit 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....... [more]

Guatemala ex-president released from US jail
February 26, 2015
Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo was released from a US prison on Wednesday after serving a sentence for taking bribes from Taiwan. Federal prosecutors charged Portillo with using US banks and institutions to launder money. Portillo was arrested in 2010 on embezzlement charges and extrad....... [more]

Supreme Court orders Nebraska to compensate Kansas in water dispute
February 24, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state of Nebraska to pay Kansas $5.5 million, settling a long dispute over water use from the Republican River. The river originates in Colorado, runs through Nebraska and ends in Kansas. In a compact reached in 1943, 49 percent of the river's water was al....... [more]

Alaska becomes third state to allow recreational marijuana use
February 24, 2015
Alaska's voter initiative legalizing marijuana use takes effect Tuesday, making it the third state, along with Colorado and Washington, to legalize recreational marijuana. The ballot, which was approved by voters in November, allows adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and up t....... [more]

Colorado residents file lawsuits challenging recreational marijuana market
February 21, 2015
Colorado residents filed two lawsuits Thursday in the US District Court for the District of Colorado seeking federal action to close the recreational marijuana market. The lawsuits mark the first in-state legal action opposing the legalization of marijuana. The actions were filed by owners of a hors....... [more]

Colorado lawmakers decline to pass assisted suicide bill
February 7, 2015
Colorado lawmakers on Friday declined to pass a bill that would have permitted medically assisted suicide for terminally-ill patients. If Colorado had enacted this law, it would have required two physicians to confirm that a patient was terminally ill. Further, patients would have been required to s....... [more]

EU grants governments more power regarding use of GMOs
January 13, 2015
The European Parliament on Tuesday approved legislation that gives governments increased power in deciding whether to "restrict or ban the cultivation of" genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The new legislation has come "in response to Europeans' growing concerns about GMOs," and is aimed at "fur....... [more]




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