Marijuana

  • Hilary Bricken

    Marijuana, Native Americans

    Mixed Smoke Signals For Tribal Marijuana From DOJ

    Why have so many Tribal marijuana experiments been met with DOJ resistance? Is the DOJ treating Tribes more harshly than it treats the states?

    / Nov 16, 2015 at 4:20 PM
  • Hilary Bricken

    Marijuana, Politics

    O-High-O Says ‘No’ to Marijuana, But Don’t Sweat It

    Don’t sweat this loss when it comes to the future of legalization.

    / Nov 9, 2015 at 4:20 PM
  • Book dunce

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.06.15

    * Law school admissions standards have plummeted and bar exam passage rates are circling the drain. This can only mean one thing: an army of dumb would-be lawyers whose degrees aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on will “become criminals themselves — robbing liquor stores, grabbing old ladies’ handbags, selling derivatives.” [Wall Street Journal]

    * A Pennsylvania attorney was charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography after it was discovered that he was downloading the images at his law firm. Protip: Don’t leave pictures of nude boys engaged in sexual acts in the copier tray. [The Reporter]

    * Law firms where older partners refuse to pass the baton may be in trouble. “Some law firms could crumble after this generation because they don’t have a lot to sell to the next generation.” Only 3% of managing partners belong to Generation X. [New York Times]

    * DLA Piper’s London office launched a review of its pay structure in an effort to remunerate partners based on more than just billable hours alone. One wonders if this meritocracy will make its way across the pond to us here in America. [Legal Business]

    * According to a landmark decision from the Mexico Supreme Court, it’s a constitutional right for people to be able to grow and smoke their own marijuana. Of course, this ruling only applies to the petitioners, but it’s a step in the right direction. [Los Angeles Times]

    41 Comments / / Nov 6, 2015 at 9:01 AM
  • Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.04.15

    * Fans of this man’s dopey mugshot grin will be sad if they’re deprived of another jailhouse picture, but lawyers for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton want their client’s securities fraud indictment to be tossed over what they claim was a faulty grand jury investigation. [Reuters]

    * Friday is apparently “Love Your Lawyer Day,” and the ABA recently passed a resolution to commemorate this special day every year. Biglaw firms can show their love for lawyers by announcing bigger, better bonuses! [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Alabama thinks the legal fees and costs that are being requested by attorneys in the state’s landmark same-sex marriage decision are “entirely excessive” and should be “cut dramatically.” It’s not like these lawyers had to “reinvent the wheel” or anything. [AL.com]

    * “I may be known in tiny corners of the tubes of the Internet, but I am not well-known to the American public generally.” One-issue Democratic candidate Professor Lawrence Lessig of Harvard Law School is dropping out of the presidential race. [Boston Globe]

    * It’s high time you joined the green rush, lawyers: although Ohioans voted against legalizing marijuana yesterday, more and more states are adding ballot measures for the legalization of marijuana or medical marijuana to be voted on in 2016. [Washington Post]

    * “I’m glad Houston led tonight to end this constant political-correctness attack.” In other election news, voters in Texas repealed an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance that would’ve prevented bias related to several important areas in life. [New York Times]

    14 Comments / / Nov 4, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • Hilary Bricken

    Marijuana, Technology

    Marijuana And Technology Combine For Reefer Radness

    The exciting combination of marijuana and tech is helping to normalize the industry one megabyte at a time.

    / Nov 2, 2015 at 4:20 PM
  • 'I'll get you in court, my pretty!'

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.29.15

    * It’s almost Halloween, so members of the legal profession had to have expected some spooky legal proceedings to occur this week. It seems that Lori Sforza, a witch priestess from Salem, has been granted a protective order against a well-known warlock. [Associated Press]

    * Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders would like to remove marijuana from the list of dangerous controlled substances that are regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, which would free up states to legalize it on their own terms. Stoners are really feeling the “Bern” now, in more ways than one. [Washington Post]

    * Four federal lawyers spent weeks nailing down the legalities behind the killing of Osama bin Laden, and they weren’t allowed to ask Attorney General Eric Holder for help for fear of leaks to the press. They even had to do the legal research themselves! [New York Times]

    * According to a new report by the National Association of Women Lawyers, there’s been no “appreciable progress” made for women in the nation’s largest law firms since at least 2006. This is extremely disheartening. Please do better, Biglaw. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * You know Walgreens is buying Rite Aid for $9.4B, but you might not have known which law firms were prescribing advice in the mega pharmacy merger. Skadden, Jones Day, Simpson Thacher, and Weil Gotshal got billable scripts. [DealBook / New York Times]

    20 Comments / / Oct 29, 2015 at 8:56 AM
  • Ca-Bar-Exam

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.26.15

    * More bar exam results! Which school saw its passage rate take a 15 point hit? [Bar Exam Stats]

    * This is the right way to break up a protest at Planned Parenthood: with a smiling clit cartoon. [Slate]

    * How we can rethink the history of slavery and the Constitution. [Berkeley News]

    * Maybe Judge Stevens is onto something — the Supreme Court to take on the issue of racial bias in jury selection. [Gawker]

    * Hillary wants to keep marijuana illegal — is this her version of she “didn’t inhale?” [Al-Jazeera]

    * Kickstarter class actions. What hell hath we wrought? [Associates Mind]

    * In this corner we have the Oregon Attorney General. In the other we have vitamin giant GNC. Who will win this battle royale? Not so fast — it’s a trick question since one side’s dietary supplements were laced with illegal drugs. [Vox]

    * The latest in The Atlantic’s series on the Reconstruction. [The Atlantic]

    / Oct 26, 2015 at 5:43 PM
  • Hilary Bricken

    Department of Justice, Marijuana

    DOJ Gets (Majorly) Smoked In Federal Court

    What does this case mean for medical marijuana defendants?

    / Oct 26, 2015 at 4:20 PM
  • marijuana gavel

    Legal Ethics, Marijuana

    Lawyer Gets Paid In Weed, Keeps His Law License

    You may be able to adhere to Snoop Dogg’s edict and smoke weed every day (if you don’t get caught), but you should never get involved in a drug trade.

    11 Comments / / Oct 26, 2015 at 11:39 AM
  • Legally Blonde Poster

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.26.15

    * “Cases swing. I don’t.” Justice Anthony Kennedy would really like it if folks would stop referring to him as the high court’s swinger swing vote. In other news, the Supreme jurist thinks Legally Blonde is a “pretty good movie.” [Harvard Gazette]

    * Hey, everyone, it’s high time we did something about this law school debt crisis. Have you somehow never heard about or experienced this before (despite reading Above the Law for eons)? Not to worry, because the New York Times is on it! [New York Times]

    * “She’ll still be fighting for the things she cares about. But this time, she’ll be asking us to join her.” Irin Camron, co-author of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (affiliate link), thinks we’ll see more Badass Bader this Term. [New York Times]

    * The Pennsylvania Senate is trying to kick embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane out of office because she’s working with a suspended law license. Come on, it must be pretty embarrassing when your AG can’t even refer to herself as a lawyer. [Morning Call]

    * According to Professor Paul Campos, the law school scam will keep on trucking thanks to the for-profit institutions — Arizona Summit Law, Charlotte Law, and Florida Coastal Law — that are run by InfiLaw. Well, at least they’re good at one thing, right? [The Atlantic]

    * Toke the vote! The next states that will likely legalize recreational marijuana by ballot referendum come November 2016 include California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada. Vermont, on the other hand, may pass marijuana-friendly legislation. [Rolling Stone]

    24 Comments / / Oct 26, 2015 at 8:57 AM
  • Money in the hand

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.23.15

    * Any day Cadwalader can avoid damages in a huge, multimillion-dollar malpractice case is a great day. Yesterday, the New York Court of Appeals dismissed a never-ending suit filed against the firm by a former client over a failed commercial mortgage-backed securitization. Phew! [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Say hello to Northwestern Pritzker Law: In case you missed it, Northwestern Law recently received a $100 million donation, the largest single gift ever made to a law school. For that much money, you’re damn right the school has a new name. [Chicago Tribune]

    * This must’ve been a huge blow to his ego… U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara had to dismiss insider trading charges against seven defendants thanks to a Second Circuit decision that made it harder to prosecute certain financial crimes. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Charleston Law fired back against professors who sued the school by saying in its answer it wouldn’t be in such dire straits if they hadn’t “sabotaged the transfer of the school to InfiLaw.” Take that back, they did a good deed. [Charleston Regional Business Journal]

    * “Sorry, not sorry, narcs,” says Judge Breyer. Earlier this week, a California judge informed the DEA that it needed to stop harshing medical marijuana patients’ mellows by shutting down medical pot dispensaries that were operating within state laws. [TIME]

    41 Comments / / Oct 23, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • marijuana pot cannabis

    White-Collar Crime

    Weed And White-Collar Crime

    Prosecutorial discretion swings both ways and that can be a problem.

    50 Comments / / Oct 22, 2015 at 11:53 AM
  • Hilary Bricken

    Marijuana, Real Estate

    Going To Pot: Marijuana And Land Use Disputes

    Be sure to prepare accordingly as local governments continue to change how they regulate marijuana businesses in states with legalized cannabis.

    / Oct 19, 2015 at 4:20 PM
  • 800px-Lion_in_masai_mara

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.13.15

    * Zimbabwe officials won’t charge Dr. Walter Palmer in the slaying of Cecil the lion since he had proper paperwork, but he likely won’t be allowed to hunt if he ever returns. This will not stand. It’s now time for the American vigilante animal-lover justice team to assemble. [Reuters]

    * Per the results of two new surveys, Biglaw firms can stop worrying about their work drying up thanks to in-house law departments keeping matters in-house. Outside spending on legal counsel is flat as opposed to in the negative, and that’s apparently something to celebrate. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * This school puts the “duh” in Flori-duh: As we mentioned previously, Ave Maria School of Law was the caboose on the trainwreck that was the July 2015 administration of the Florida bar exam, and now people can’t stop staring at the wreckage. [Naples Daily News]

    * The Cannabis Law and Policy Project, a new group at the University of Washington School of Law, will spend the next year researching existing and emerging markets for marijuana. We can’t wait for them to puff, puff, pass on their knowledge. [UW Today]

    * If you’re planning to take the LSAT with testing accommodations, there are a few things that you need to know. Find out what types of accommodations are available, and be sure to file your — OMG, SQUIRREL! [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    46 Comments / / Oct 13, 2015 at 8:56 AM
  • Hilary Bricken

    California, Marijuana

    An Overview Of California’s New (And Improved) Medical Marijuana Laws

    California is going to have one of the most comprehensive and complicated medical marijuana licensing regimes in the country, as marijuana law columnist Hilary Bricken explains.

    / Oct 12, 2015 at 4:20 PM
  • Bob McCulloch

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.09.15

    * Bob McCulloch, the prosecutor who handled (mishandled?) the Michael Brown / Darren Wilson case in Ferguson, Missouri, was recently named as “Prosecutor of the Year” by the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. This probably wasn’t a good idea. [Slate]

    * American Apparel filed for bankruptcy, and rather than Biglaw firms representing the embattled clothier, they’re trying to snatch up fees. Skadden, White & Case, and Paul Hastings are each owed quite the pretty penny. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * Which law school dean was just named as senior counsel at Dentons, the largest law firm in the world? That would be Nicholas Allard of Brooklyn Law School. Perhaps this law dean’s academic cash flow wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be. [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]

    * “Unless the industry cleans itself up, we can expect more lawsuits like this in the future.” In an interesting turn of events, the marijuana industry is now seeing its first product liability suit. A protip for growers: No one wants to smoke fungicide. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Just when you thought patent trolls couldn’t get any worse, they started to harass members of the fashion industry. Copyright trolls (i.e., Stephen Doniger and Scott Alan Burroughs) are suing over textile prints left and right, and that’s so last season. [Fortune]

    64 Comments / / Oct 9, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • Hilary Bricken

    Marijuana

    This Is Your Brain On Drug War Rhetoric

    Today’s anti-cannabis ad campaigns feel like the last vestige of a rapidly shrinking subset of society that wants to keep cannabis criminalized.

    / Oct 5, 2015 at 4:20 PM
  • Hilary Bricken

    Drinking, Marijuana

    A Drink And A Toke: Can Alcohol And Marijuana Just Get Along?

    When it comes to the “King of Bud,” alcohol and marijuana will likely stay in their respective industry corners for now.

    / Sep 28, 2015 at 4:20 PM