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Vice President Biden's still confuses use with abuse. Instead of all illegal drug use as crime, now all illegal drug use is abuse. He's supported large systems, a national drug czar, joint task forces, swelling prisons, court ordered treatment.

Not Enough To Be Tough

By Bailey Hirschburg     No one personifies politicians change from eager drug warriors to cautious semi-reformers like Joseph "Joe" Biden. Elected to the U.S. Senate from Delaware in 1972, Biden stayed there until becoming vice president in 2009. Over more than 35 years of service, he has … Read full article...

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Cities and Counties Banning Cannabis: Why Not Let The People Decide?

By Hilary Bricken Washington State cities and counties continue to implement bans and temporary moratoria to prevent recreational marijuana from becoming a reality within their borders. How can these local governments even opt out of I-502? According to municipalities, they can prohibit I-502 for the following reasons:+ The opinion from the office of the State Attorney General (AG) regarding I-502 + Inherent police powers + Federal prohibition We briefly analyze each of these alleged sources of banning power in the context of I-502 as follows: The State AG’s opinion. In January 2014, the AG’s office formally opined that, among other things, nothing in I-502 prevents local authorities from banning I-502 facilities. In turn, cities and counties have used that opinion to justify prohibiting State-licensed marijuana businesses. We sued Wenatchee over its ban (which is based almost entirely on the AG’s opinion) and we are confident that this will not be the last anti-marijuana city against which one of our clients takes legal action. Though the A/G’s opinion is influential, it is certainly notbinding and it has no legal power. It is one attorney’s … Read the full article

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Cities and Counties Banning Cannabis: Why Not Let The People Decide?

By Hilary Bricken Washington State cities and counties continue to implement bans and temporary moratoria to prevent recreational marijuana from becoming a reality within their borders. How can these local governments even opt out of I-502? According to municipalities, they can prohibit I-502 for the following reasons:+ The opinion from the office of the State Attorney General (AG) regarding I-502 + Inherent police powers + Federal … Read the full article...

The conflict boils down to a few lines in the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct, basically an ethics guide for lawyers in the state.

Minnesota Lawyers Petition Supreme Court To Get In On Medical Cannabis

MINNESOTA:  Medical cannabis is quickly becoming a lucrative business in Minnesota, with potential manufacturers and consulting companies wanting to get in on the action. But one group — lawyers — is being locked out of the market so far by their own code of ethics, and they’re trying to get it fixed as soon as possible. The law firm Thompson Hall sent a petition to the Minnesota Supreme Court last week looking to change the state’s rules for lawyers. … Read the full article...