Brandon Coats (image:Matthew Staver for The New York Times)
It took the Colorado Supreme Court a year to come up with the ruling, issued on Monday, that upheld the firing of a man who used medical marijuana legally under state law to help ease the pain he has suffered since a car accident left him paralyzed. A lot of that time had to be devoted to twisting the logic behind the decision.
There has been a lot of speculation about what the ruling means for Colorados legal marijuana industry, and other states that have permitted the use of marijuana for medical, and in a few cases, recreational, purposes.
But really it only makes one ....
Its Time To Enact Appropriate Job Protections For Those Who Legally Use Marijuana
Many observers were shocked and saddened when Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic who is authorized to use medical marijuana under Colorado state law, was fired from his job with Dish Network in 2010 after a positive drug test. Dish failed to make an exception for Coats, who used marijuana while off duty to control his seizures, and the company insisted on his being fired, leaving Coats no choice but to challenge this issue in court.
Specifically, Coats claimed that his conduct should have been permitted under the states Lawful Off-Duty Activities Statute, which makes it an unfa....
Presidential Candidate Rand Paul To Hold Reception At Marijuana Industry Event
It wasnt that long ago that expressing support for marijuana reform was considered to be political suicide. Thats not to say that there werent political candidates that supported marijuana reform in the past, because there certainly were. However, those candidates were considered to be so far in the minority that they were on the fringe at best. That all changed in 2012. In 2012 two states legalized marijuana, and the game changed forever.
Zoom forward to 2015, and candidates are not only expressing support for reform, they are trying to push legislation that will help the....
The Denver Post | Jun 10, 2015 The newly launched National Cannabis Bar Association will officially launch with an NCIA event in Denver on June 30
National Cannabis Bar Association: Weed attorneys, unite
If a prominent American law school has a professorship for marijuana law and policy sponsored by a successful law firm focusing primarily on cannabis law, why shouldnt there be a weed-only bar association for said practicing attorneys?
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Marijuana law, at law school: Law firm sponsors professorship for pot law, policy at prestigious college
Talk show: Watch attorney Josh Kappel of the Vicente Sederberg law firm on The Cannabist Show
Blissed Out on Owl Farm:: Inside NORMLs Legal Seminar party on Hunter S. Thompsons land
Is this legal? Is it ever legal to b....
Having just spent the last few days attending the annual NORML Aspen Legal Seminar, I wanted to share some observations about the experience of spending time in a state that no longer cares if I smoke marijuana or not. And as you might expect, it feels wonderful.
No longer must I deal with the fear of being arrested and jailed treated like some dangerous or undesirable person who needs to be restrained to protect the good citizens who do not smoke. That, obviously, is the most important change.
Second, I no longer have to deal with the uncertainties and dangers of engagi....
| May 29, 2015 Cultural snapshot: High in the mountains of Colorado, a film festival works to integrate cannabis into the mainstream
Getting high at altitude: How weed was legally woven into a film festival
The first Cannabis & Conversation panel at Telluride Mountainfilm with, from left, journalist Rob Story, The Cannabists Ricardo Baca, Alpine Wellness Geneva Shaunette and Rolling Papers director Mitch Dickman. (image:Gus Gusciora)
Alright, its time to light it up, said David Holbrooke, wrapped in a Mountainfilm parka while standing atop a scenic rooftop looking out on the towering box canyon walls protecting the high-altitude Colorado resort town Telluride.
Holbrooke is the festival director of Telluride Mountainfilm, the beloved 36-year-old documentary film festival known for its progressive, socially conscious and integrative celebration in one of Colorados most jaw-dropping settings. The festival and its iconic Tibetan prayer flags took over Telluride on Memorial Day Weekend, and I was there to s....
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