April 15, 2020

Cannabis in Long-Term Care: A Risk Management Assessment

By Pamela S. Kaufmann, Esq., Hanson Bridgett LLP, San Francisco, CA

The trend in the United States is unmistakable:  each year, a few more states legalize the use and possession of cannabis.1  As of January 1, 2020, 33 states plus Washington, D.C. permitted medical cannabis and 11 states plus Washington, D.C. permitted recreational cannabis for adults aged 21 or older.2  The only rub in D.C. is that cannabis is off limits on federal lands!3

This trend is not limited to so-called blue states; several states that may be deemed more politically conservative allow cannabis use to one degree or the other.4  According to Business Insider, a financial and business news website that follows cannabis laws, more states are likely to consider or reconsider legalization in the near future.5  There may also be pressure on our northern border to legalize cannabis:  on October 17, 2018, recreational cannabis use became legal throughout Canada.6

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