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Douglas Berman

How to clear the air for victims of America’s unjust marijuana prohibition

“There is no limit to how much you can discriminate against a person with a criminal record,” Berman said.

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Douglas Berman

Advocates decry Ohio pharmacy board vote to ban kratom

“The huge fundamental issue is do we want the government saying ‘we’re unsure about this, therefore we prohibit it until we can be sure it’s safe’?” Berman said. “Or do we say ‘some people are benefiting from this, even if there is risk, let it be legal until we get proof that it’s more harmful than healthy?’”

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Ric Simmons

Court filings claiming immunity offer insight into possible defense strategy for accused doctor

“The statute broadly gives immunity for a lot of things. For example, if you’re following the orders or directive of a power of attorney or if you are following reasonable medical care,” Simmons said. “It allows you to give medication if you’re trying to give comfort or to relieve pain but not for the purpose of causing death.”

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Douglas Berman

Bill reintroduced in US Senate to remove cannabis from Controlled Substances Act

“Senator McConnell is a key gatekeeper for Senate votes and passage, and I have no reason to think he wants to see any significant reforms enacted in the coming year, especially after he got hemp reforms passed late last year,” Berman said.

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Why Toledo Just Gave Legal Rights to Lake Erie

Professor Cinnamon Carlarne was quoted in the City Lab article titled, Why Toledo Just Gave Legal Rights to Lake Erie.   “One of the biggest challenges that the [Lake Erie] Bill of Rights will have is moving from vision to […]

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Ric Simmons

Prosecutors, police “vigorously working” on investigation into former Mount Carmel doctor

“It makes it more complicated in a case like this because as you say these medications are often used to some degree on patients like this and there’s always a risk even if you have a perfectly competent doctor who is not committing a crime that death will occur,” Simmons said. “So you have to prove that not just that death occurred but that death occurred because of criminal actions by the defendant.”

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Stephanie Hoffer

Warren’s ‘wealth tax’ to face host of challenges

“It’s clear that they anticipate people trying to minimize the liability, perhaps in creative ways,” Hoffer said. 

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Peter Shane

California’s path to victory in border wall lawsuit is a narrow one, analysts say

“There will be a question raised as to whether a court should get into this quite so early,” Shane said.

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Douglas Berman

New York’s Bodega Owners Want to Sell You (Legal) Weed

“I don’t think anyone can confidently predict where we’re going to be five, ten, or 20 years from now on this,” Berman said. 

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Peter Shane

Thomas Bid to Revisit Touchstone Cases Gains Gorsuch Vote

Undoing the court’s substantive due process analysis is “wildly unlikely given how much Constitutional law has now been built on the foundation of the due process clause,” Shane said.

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Ruth Colker

Work at Home Gets Skeptical Eye From Courts as Disability Issue

“The scale is stacked on the side of the employer,” Colker said.

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Peter Shane

16 States Sue to Stop Trump’s Use of Emergency Powers to Build Border Wall

“Even though Trump’s political maneuver to get around an uncooperative Congress looks like it stretches the Constitution, the questions presented in court will raise ordinary and complicated issues of administrative law,” Shane said. 

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