April 01, 2017 Features

Altered State of Mind: The Science and Technology of Marijuana

By Peter F. McLaughlin

Welcome to the Spring 2017 edition of The SciTech Lawyer. As you will have seen from this issue’s cover, we have focused our authors’ energies and talents on the rapidly evolving business of combustible herbage, whether for recreational or medicinal purposes. While it has been many years since President Bill Clinton swore he didn’t inhale his toke, in January of this year the staid Forbes had an article detailing that “Marijuana Sales Totaled $6.7 billion in 2016.” The last election cycle included several referenda (dare we say “reeferenda”?) on legalizing Mary Jane in different contexts so that about a dozen states permit it, while the feds continue to prohibit marijuana use and distribution.

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