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Decriminalizing and Legalizing Pot [Podcast]

  What’s the difference between the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana? Listen in on Lawyers.com reporter Matt Plessner’s podcast. He interviews San Francisco attorney, Matt Kumin, who explains the current laws regarding pot. Kumin tells you what decriminalizing and legalizing weed means and the laws of different jurisdictions. Kumin is the founder of Medical Cannabis Counsel, which defends patient rights and conducts medical marijuana compliance workshops throughout the country. He has litigated the only U.S. tax case on income taxation …

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Posted 1 year ago in Crime Government Marijuana by Betsy Kim  
More Arrests for Pot than Violent Crimes [Infographic]

In the United States, the number of arrests for marijuana possession now exceeds the number of arrests for all violent crimes combined. The Huffington Post infographic below illustrates the surprising statistics provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Read today’s Lawyers.com article, “States Around the Country Consider Legalizing Marijuana,” It provides a comprehensive report on the current status of marijuana laws, with a preview of upcoming legislation. With today’s views and laws, do all of these arrests make sense? Share …

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Posted 1 year ago in Crime Editors Picks Government Marijuana by Josh Crank  
States Across the Nation Consider Legalizing Marijuana

Numerous states are considering bills to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, building on the momentum of historic legalization measures approved by voters in Colorado and Washington. Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina and Oklahoma all have medical marijuana legalization bills pending in the current legislative session. Though some of the efforts have stalled early — Kansas’ bill likely won’t get a hearing due to lack of support on the Senate Health …

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Posted 1 year ago in Crime Marijuana by Aaron Kase  
Medical Pot Vendor Gets 10 Years In Federal Prison

A medical marijuana dispensary owner in California was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison this month for drug dealing, even though he wasn’t breaking any state laws. Aaron Sandusky, 43, operated three G3 Holistics stores in Southern California that provided medicinal marijuana for 17,000 patients. Drug Enforcement Agency operatives raided Sandusky’s shops in 2011 and arrested him on a number of federal manufacturing and distribution charges. Medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996 and Sandusky was not …

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Posted 1 year ago in Labor and Employment Marijuana by Michele Bowman  
Can You Be Fired for Using Medical Marijuana?

In two recent cases, the EEOC settled with employers who had fired workers because of positive drug tests for prescription drugs. But in states where medical marijuana is legal, can employers fire employees who test positive but have prescriptions for the drug?   Drug Tests & Disability Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), of course, employers are forbidden from discriminating against workers based on their disabilities. Nor can an employer discriminate against an employee based on its perception – …

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