One of the highlights of the October 2014 Section meeting in Denver was “Reefer Madness: Recreational and Medical Cannabis Issues for Local Government Lawyers,” a panel moderated by Dwight H. Merriam with a special guest appearance by D. Scott Martinez, City Attorney, City and County of Denver. Although 21 states and the District of Columbia make cannabis legal as a matter of state and district law for medical use, and Colorado and Washington State permit recreational use, it is still a violation of federal law to cultivate, dispense, possess, and use cannabis. The panel considered the planning, regulation, leasing, conveyancing, property management, financing, banking, and ethical issues raised by this legal conundrum.
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