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July 10, 2018

New York State Bar Association Journal: A New York State of Marijuana

Sara Payne, cannabis team leader and counsel, co-authored "Medical Marijuana: A Current Look at Cannabis Law in the Workplace" and "Medical Marijuana: Where We've Been and Where We're Going" in the marijuana-focused July/August New York State Bar Association Journal issue.

"Twenty-nine states, including New York, plus the District of Columbia, have legalized medical marijuana. Because marijuana remains an illegal substance under federal law, its legal use under state law raises a number of issues. These issues are playing out with increasing frequency in courts across the country."-excerpt from "Medical Marijuana: A Current Look at Cannabis Law in the Workplace" (p. 8)

"Signed into law in 2014, the Compassionate Care Act (CCA) allows New Yorkers to access medical marijuana. The act was implemented by the Department of Health (DOH) through regulations finalized in April 2015, and legal medical marijuana was available for sale beginning July 2016. Although New York was the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana, the regulatory framework was widely labeled as the most restrictive in the country of all time."-excerpt from "Medical Marijuana: Where We've Been and Where We're Going" (p. 16)

NYSBA Journal subscribers can read Payne's articles and the full issue here.

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