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August 9, 2017

Massachusetts Court Protects Medical Marijuana Use by Employees

Massachusetts’ highest court ruled that employers cannot fire employees who have a prescription to use medical marijuana with the sole reason being the employee’s use of the drug. The case arose from the firing of a prescribed patient of medical marijuana testing positive for marijuana on a company drug test. She had just been hired and made the company aware of her medical marijuana use, which the company had said should not be an issue. However, during her second day at the job she was fired for the failed drug...

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August 7, 2017

Pennsylvania Doctors Now Able to Register to Provide Medical Marijuana Prescriptions

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana industry continued to progress forward with the announcement of the practitioner registry becoming operational. The practitioner registry will allow Pennsylvania doctors to register to obtain the necessary training required for them to begin writing medical marijuana prescriptions to qualified patients. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in order to participate in the Medical Marijuana Program, a physician must: • Apply to the department to be registered with...

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August 2, 2017

Colorado Court Says Alert from Drug Sniffing Dog is No Longer Enough to Search Car

In 2012, the State of Colorado made it legal, both criminally and civilly, for any person 21 years of age or older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana for personal use. A recent decision by the Colorado Court of Appeals provides further protection for marijuana users in Colorado. In The People of the State of Colorado v. McKnight, the court addressed the issue of whether or not the deployment of a police dog, trained to detect marijuana, to sniff a legitimately stopped vehicle constituted a “search” in...

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July 27, 2017

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Permits Awarded

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has announced the names of the twenty-seven medical marijuana dispensaries that were granted permits. The dispensaries will receive their product from one of the twelve businesses that were awarded medical marijuana growing permits in Pennsylvania. The dispensaries will then supply the qualified medical marijuana patients. In order to qualify for medical marijuana you must get a certification from a doctor and have one of the seventeen serious medical conditions identified by the...

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June 14, 2016

Arizona’s Highest Court Resolves Questions regarding DUI Convictions of Medical Marijuana Users (Dobson v. McClennen, 238 Ariz. 389 (2015))

The two petitioners were each charged with and convicted of two counts of driving under the influence:  first, driving while impaired to the slightest degree under ARS Sec. 28-1381(A)(1); and second, driving while any amount of an impermissible drug or its metabolite is in the body under ARS Sec. 28-1381(A)(3) (emphasis added). Arizona’s DUI laws identify these as separate offenses. The trial court denied their motions to present their state-issued medical marijuana cards as evidence. The state...

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