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As an increasing number of states legalize marijuana, it is easy to forget that federal law still outlaws it. Where does this leave citizens, local government, and attorneys who work in the cannabis industry? In the latest episode of the legal affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we discuss this issue with three guests:

  • Brian Vicente, a Colorado criminal defense attorney and founding partner of Vicente Sederberg, “The Marijuana Law Firm.” He also serves as executive director of Sensible Colorado, chairs the Denver mayor’s Marijuana Policy Review Panel, and coordinates the Colorado Bar Association’s Drug Policy Project.
  • Dan Riffle is a former assistant prosecutor for Vinton County, Ohio, who has turned lobbyist on Capitol Hill. He currently serves as the director of Federal Policies for Marijuana Policy Project and helped shepherd 2013 legislation through Illinois making it the second largest medical marijuana state.
  • Kathy Haddock is the senior assistant city attorney for Boulder, Colorado. She is primarily responsible for advising finance, records, elections, airport, special districts, and special projects including medical and recreational marijuana. She has also been responsible for drafting the laws that license and govern medical marijuana businesses in Boulder.

Listen to the show at the Legal Talk Network or use the Soundcloud link above.

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.