Continuing Legal Education

Medical cannabis laws are vastly changing legislation and regulations across the country and will have a direct impact on other areas of the law including traffic, specifically DUI, employment, firearms, family law,business, cultivating and zoning.

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With over 24 states allowing the use of medical cannabis, Attorney’s, Paralegals, Social Workers, Police Officers and State officials who stay abreast of the new laws and regulations will be doing their constituents and clients a great service.

My Compassion through our affiliation with West LegalEd Center provides access to the most current up to date CLE courses in the country. Legal education courses on cannabis will provide an excellent overview of what the legal profession should know when consulting and representing others on medical cannabis concerns. Leading attorneys that specialize in this field of law provide a variety of online syllabus on the following topics: 

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Lending to Marijuana Businesses 

Better Understand How to Advise Your Marijuana Client's Business. In order to best assist your marijuana clients, you need to be well versed on the specific laws, regulations, recent legislation and requirements that surround commercial lending to marijuana businesses. In this program, experienced faculty who know the in's and out's of this niche industry will detangle credit risks, FinCEN guidance and applicable drug laws so that you can overcome common obstacles that frequently arise.

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The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act: The Implications for Employers
A review of the developing legal landscape for employers throughout the country; A discussion of the AMMA’s comprehensive non-discrimination provision; The post AMMA revisions to Arizona’s drug-testing statute; Compliance tips for employers to help them address medical marijuana in the workplace.
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Marijuana Business Property Purchasing and Leasing

Handle Marijuana Business Property Purchasing and Leasing Issues with Finesse! Conflicts between state marijuana laws and federal prohibitions present some unique challenges to the marijuana industry, especially in regard to purchasing and leasing commercial properties. How can legal marijuana businesses convince bankers and landlords to engage in business transactions? How can bankers and landlords mitigate the potential risks of such deals? 

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Will the Marijuana Industry Spread to Indian Country?

Policy and legal implications of the recent USDOJ memo regarding the enforcement of federal marijuana laws in Indian Country. State, Tribal and Federal officials will address topics such as recommendations the federal government might make to tribes prior to implementing a medical or recreational marijuana program.  The panel will also discuss how to address the potential conflicts between tribes and states with differing marijuana policies.

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The Tax Consequence of the Legalization of Mari·juana

Federal law makes the distribution of marijuana a crime. Some state laws say otherwise. The convergence of federal and state law in the world of the legalization of marijuana has raised interesting tax and compliance issues. Topics to be discussed include whether banks can engage in financial transactions with marijuana dispensaries, what cash and SAR reporting obligations are there for dispensaries and the nontraditional banks they engage with, and how are the IRS / dispensaries reacting to the Tax Court decisions disallowing a dispensary’s tax deductions for operating expenses under IRC § 280E.
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Medical Marijuana Legal Issues

A Concise Guide to the Latest Medical Marijuana Issues: Medical marijuana creates difficult legal questions for employers, patients and cannabis dispensary owners. It also raises numerous issues for attorneys who advise them. What is the proper way to discipline employees for medical marijuana use? What restrictions are in place for health care providers who prescribe marijuana? Get the answers to these questions and more.
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Gone to Pot? Illinois New Medical Marijuana Law and Regulations, and the Potential Impact on Other Areas of the Law

AN OVERVIEW OF THE NEW MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAW AND REGULATIONS:  A discussion of Illinois’ new medical marijuana law and regulations, and how they impact dispensaries, cultivation centers, and patients.  A discussion of how the new medical marijuana laws could impact other areas of the law, including issues such as traffic laws (specifically DUI), interstate travel (travel between states that have different laws regarding marijuana use), and employment (potential impact on employer policies concerning drug use and drug testing policies)
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Indian Law and Order Commission Report Update, and Legalized Marijuana Update

Tom Gede, a member of the Indian Law and Order Commission, provides an update on the status of the report issued by the Commission, the findings of the Commission regarding the status of law and order in Indian country and legislation that may result from the Commission’s work. A discussion between Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty and Mr. Gede of the unique situation in Alaska regarding the history of Indian country and the rural nature of Alaska Native culture is provided. 
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Marijuana Business Legal Considerations

An Overview of the Regulatory Issues Legitimate Marijuana Businesses Face Legalized marijuana has created profitable business opportunities in an increasing number of states. Due to the position of the federal government and banking institutions, prospective cannabis business owners face a number of legal and financial hurdles when starting a business. This information-packed teleconference offers a practical overview of the legal requirements for creating and operating a legitimate marijuana business.

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Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: What Have We Learned and Where Do We Go from Here?

This CLE is for attorneys who work with employers, attorneys who have employees and in-house counsel. The program will review Arizona's Medical Marijuana Act and what obligations it imposes on employers; how the Medical Marijuana Act interacts with other state and federal laws, including an employer's obligations under  the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act; implication of positive test results and disciplinary issues; and workplace safety issues. The program will also briefly review workplace issues nationwide involving medical marijuana.
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Medical Marijuana Meets Massachusetts Real Estate Law

This program analyzes the aspects of Massachusettss medical marijuana law pertinent to real estate practitioners-such as those relating to zoning and land use, licensing and permitting, housing, leasing, and financing-and features discussion of applicable Federal law and risk considerations. Hear from expert panelists who provide the context to successfully navigate the complex issues arising from medical marijuana in the real estate setting.
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You Can Fire Me for That? Smoking, Medical Marijuana and the Off Duty Employee Conduct that Can Lead to Termination 

Employers learned long ago that it is wise to establish written policies which set forth the standards of conduct expected of their employees in the workplace.  However, advances in technology and changes in workplace dynamics have increased the ease and ability of employers to monitor or otherwise become aware of the off-duty conduct of their employees.  Can an employer establish and enforce policies that dictate what its employees can and cannot do outside working hours and off-premises? 
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Marijuana in the Workplace

Get The Latest Developments on Medical Marijuana in the Workplace Confusion is mounting for employers over the ever-increasing number of medical marijuana laws across the country, which is leaving them scrambling for answers. To what extent can employees be disciplined for using medicinal cannabis? What essential policies should employers have in place to protect themselves from potential legal problems?
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Banking for Marijuana Business – An Update

Get up to speed on banking for marijuana businesses! Learn about the Justice Department's efforts to craft guidance for banks that work with marijuana businesses and how banking views those efforts. Learn what bank regulators, who aren't bound by Justice Department actions, are doing.  Are banks still at risk of racketeering charges if they knowingly handle money made from the sale of marijuana? Hear obstacles, potential solutions and potential best practices. 
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New Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct 1.2: Marijuana Law Update

Colorado Court of Appeals Judge John Webb, Attorney Regulation Counsel Jamie Sudler and Attorney Alec Rothrock will present a lively discussion on this issue focusing on enforcement, advice and personal conduct.
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Marijuana and Driving: Debunking the Myths

Twenty states and the District of Columbia currently have medical marijuana laws and six states are slated to join them. Two states have recreational marijuana laws with four states posturing to follow suit.  As more and more states legalize the use of marijuana, new over-the-counter businesses are vying for the rights to manufacture and sell it.  It may be a matter of time before marijuana sale and consumption may resemble that of alcohol. This is a major change in the U.S. and presents challenges to those who deal with drugged-driving issues. 
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Lawyer Ethics and the Business of Marijuana

Four states have legalized recreational marijuana use while others have legalized medicinal marijuana use.  Other jurisdictions look to decriminalize it.  With these changes in law, entrepreneurs are stepping in to seek out new opportunities.  In this program, we will look at the ethics surrounding marijuana.
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Implementing the Medical Marijuana Law: What Lawyers Need to Know

Learn about the rapidly-advancing implementation of the voter-enacted Massachusetts law that authorizes state licensing of companies to produce and sell marijuana products for medical purposes. Speakers discuss the regulatory system that is being developed and implemented by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to review applications and grant licenses to “dispensaries”.
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Clearing the Haze of Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: What In-House Employment Lawyers Should Know

Many employers are confused and concerned regarding how to handle employees and their use of medical marijuana. This program, geared to in-house employment lawyers, addresses various state medical marijuana laws and interpretive case law, drug testing and implications of positive tests for marijuana, the duty to accommodate under the ADA, disciplining employees for medical marijuana use, and safety concerns related to medical marijuana.
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The Business of Marijuana

What are the tax, accounting and legal implications for people involved in marijuana-related businesses in Colorado? Accounting/Tax Issues - The medical marijuana business model in Colorado, What vertical integration really means, Accounting for the fully integrated medical marijuana business, Tax issues, 280E issues, important tax cases related to the marijuana industry, Recent IRS audit findings, Tax planning opportunities in light of Olive v. Commissioner IRS rules and regulations. Legal Issues - Landlord/tenant relationships, Employment, Licensing, Business formation, Civil and criminal liability issues, Operating agreements, Business regulations.

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Marijuana Regulation

Colorado and Washington voters have approved legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana, with limits. Explore how they will implement the new laws and the potential impacts on other levels of government.
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Up in Smoke: Drug Testing and the Marijuana Legalization Movement

Employee drug testing policies have always been governed primarily by state law, making multi-state compliance a challenge. Now, more than 15 states have active "medical marijuana" programs, Washington and Colorado have enacted legislation that will legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, and additional states are considering similar legislation. At the same time, employers are increasingly required to assure their customers that their employees are drug-free, and state tort law may punish an employer who knowingly employs drug abusers. What's an employer to do?
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