​The Law of Weed

Marijuana currently is legalized for recreational use in two U.S. states – Colorado and Washington – and Oregon and Alaska are set to allow recreational pot in 2016. Overall, 37 states permit legalized medical marijuana or have decriminalized weed possession. Texas is one of 23 states that continue to ban marijuana for all purposes.

The growth of the marijuana industry is rising rapidly, and some experts are predicting U.S. sales to top $8 billion by 2018. As a result, more and more growers, salespeople and others (even lawyers) are finding work in the burgeoning field. Now, an increasing number of law schools are getting involved in legal marijuana by offering specialized courses designed to give prospective attorneys a leg up as they enter the legal marketplace.

The cannabis courses will cover such topics as potential restrictions on marijuana advertising, potential tax issues, driving while high, employee testing and other areas where pot and the law are already intersecting or are expected to do so. On the ethics front, some classes also will deal with the sticky wicket of how and whether attorneys should represent marijuana clients.

With the proliferation of marijuana-friendly laws and the prospects of a multibillion-dollar industry, expect even more law schools to begin educating students on the ins and outs of legal pot. Jeff Spicoli could not be happier.

 

Posted: 2/23/2015 4:30:35 PM by TCLE Editor | with 0 comments

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