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    Word in the Courts

  • Scrapping marijuana raps are a daunting task for an unprepared system

    New York's new decriminalization law presents challenges to the court system, and will likely take a while to implement.

    July 1, 2019

    This story was originally published on JUNE 28, 2019 by THE CITY.

    New York state lawmakers last week voted to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and expunge thousands of low-level charges — but exactly how that process will work is hazy.

  • Cannabis advocates sue AG Sessions and the federal government

    A diverse group of plaintiffs are challenging marijuana's Schedule I status in the CSA

    July 27, 2017

    On July 25, a group of advocates gathered in New York to announce a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The night before, lawyers representing a diverse group of five plaintiffs filed a federal complaint against attorney general Jeff Sessions, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S.

  • Rhode Island medical marijuana patient wins in court

    A judge ruled that off-duty medical marijuana use shouldn't matter.

    June 22, 2017

    On May 23, a Rhode Island court ruled in favor of medical-marijuana patient Christine Callaghan, arguing that a company discriminated against her for off-duty medical cannabis use.

    The ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of Callaghan in 2014 after the University of Rhode Island graduate student was denied a summer internship at Darlington Fabrics in Westerly,