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December 2014 Archives

Medical Marijuana? An Attorney's Ethical Considerations

The Federal Legislature in 1970 enacted the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. Section 811, et. seq. (hereafter "CSA") which defined marijuana as a "Schedule I" drug and makes it illegal to "manufacture, distribute, or dispense, or possess with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense," marijuana in any form. In fact, CSA expressly states that there is "no currently accepted medical use in treatment" for marijuana. In spite of the federal government's blanket prohibition on the use of marijuana some twenty (20) states and Washington D.C. have already passed state laws allowing the use of marijuana for medical treatment in certain circumstances.

Not Your Typical Holiday Shopping -- Dram Shop - ping? During the Holidays

The holidays are often times synonymous with an increase in alcohol consumption. Whether celebrating with friends and family around a big bowl of eggnog or taking the edge off family drama with a glass of wine, alcohol is practically inescapable around the holidays. So what does this increase in alcohol consumption mean to you if you're a bar or restaurant owner or even if you're hosting a holiday event?

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