April 05, 2019 business of law

The Grass Grows Greener for the Cannabis Legal Market, Despite Risks

As marijuana continues to be illegal at the federal level, practitioners in states that have eased restrictions face a patchwork of laws

By Daniel S. Wittenberg

With a growing trend toward the legalization of cannabis, the opportunities for lawyers serving that market are also getting … higher.

Practitioners in the cannabis industry should be mindful that marijuana continues to be illegal at the federal level

Practitioners in the cannabis industry should be mindful that marijuana continues to be illegal at the federal level

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The potential upsides do not come without risk, however. Marijuana continues to be illegal at the federal level, and practitioners face a patchwork of laws for those states that have eased restrictions—not to mention ethical minefields and other traps for the unwary. Is the grass really greener on the other side?

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