Steven Cash, co-chair of Day Pitney's Regulated Substances practice group, co-authored a resolution for the American Bar Association (ABA), Tort Trial and Insurance Section, urging Congress "to enact legislation to clarify and explicitly ensure that it shall not constitute a federal crime for lawyers, consistent with state, territorial, and tribal ethical rules, to provide legal advice and services to clients regarding marijuana-related activities that are in compliance with state, territorial, and tribal law."
Resolution 103B was drafted amid lawyers' growing concerns over providing legal services to cannabis industry clients in states where marijuana has been legalized although it is still in violation of federal criminal law. Cash told Law360, which reported on the resolution, that "The firm [Day Pitney], like other firms, has a real concern about engaging in conduct that might be a 'technical' violation of law," adding, "A lot of lawyers have that concern."
The resolution will be considered by the ABA's House of Delegates at their bi-annual meeting in Austin, TX on February 16.
On February 16, at the American Bar Association (ABA) midyear meeting, the ABA House of Delegates adopted Resolution 103B, co-authored by Steven Cash, urging federal legislation to protect lawyers from criminal liability for providing services to state-legalized marijuana businesses.
Francine Esposito, Naju Lathia and James Leva authored an article, "Marijuana Update: Must New Jersey Employers Accommodate Medical Use?," published in the October 2019 edition of Employee Benefit Plan Review, a Wolters Kluwer publication.
On September 19, Steven Cash, co-chair of the firm's Regulated Substances practice group, will be speaking at the American Bar Association cannabis law conference, "From Regs to Riches: Navigating the Rapidly Emerging Fields of Cannabis and Hemp Law," hosted by the Tort Trial and Insurance Law Practice Section (TIPS) in Chicago, IL.
Michael Rave and Megan Bedell authored an article, "Banking the Marijuana Business: Legal or Not?," published by the New Jersey Law Journal.
Steven Cash is featured in a Q&A article, "Cannabis Corner: An Ex-Prosecutor Keeps Firm's Risk At Bay," published by Law360.
Ryan Osterweil was quoted in an article, "'It Isn't Illegal If It Doesn't Exist yet': Patent Laws Pose Challenges for the Cannabis Industry," which was published by Cannabis Wire and reports on a recent New York City Bar Association program where he served as a panelist.
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