Boca Raton, August 6, 2017
Discussion Group: Growing Cannabis Law: When Grass Becomes Cash
Cannabis a/k/a marijuana, grass, pot, weed law-reforms are sprouting throughout the country. Many states now permit restricted medicinal or recreational use, possession, sale, cultivation, and transportation, creating a cash-crop business opportunity. Yet federal law still prohibits cannabis activities. If a state passes a law to decriminalize cannabis, however, the federal government permits it so as long as a state regulation system is in place. This discussion group explores the many facets of law relating to cannabis such as property, commercial, and criminal law. We examine vexing issues including state-federal conflicts and discriminatory effects as well as whether decriminalization promotes substance abuse. We also consider banking, tax, bankruptcy, intellectual property, insurance, international trade, interstate transportation, and antitrust implications.
Moderator: Professor Mitchell Crusto, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Discussants: Professor Mark Bauer, Stetson University College of Law; Professor Brannon Denning, Samford University Cumberland School of Law; Professor Julie Hill, The University of Alabama School of Law; Professor Sam Kamin, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law; Professor Alex Kreit, Thomas Jefferson School of Law; Professor Arnold Loewy, Texas Tech University School of Law; Ms. Andrea Moseley, DiMuroGinsberg PC; Mr. Patrick Oglesby, The Center for New Revenue; Professor Mark Osler, St. Thomas University School of Law; Professor Melanie Reid, Lincoln Memorial University, Duncan School of Law; Professor Michael Vitiello, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law; Professor Russell Weaver, University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law