Jurisdiction: Washington

Coronavirus Fallout: April Recreational Sales Rise in Some States, Decline in Others

As we previously discussed on our blog (here, here, and here), the cannabis industry, like most industries, is facing challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic. For example, recreational marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts were not deemed to be essential businesses and were therefore required to close under the state’s emergency order.

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Study Finds No Significant Change in Post-Legalization Crime Rates

A new study published by Justice Quarterly suggests that recreational marijuana legalization did not have a statistically significant impact on violent and property crime rates in Colorado and Washington. The study, titled “The Cannabis Effect on Crime: Time-Series Analysis of Crime in Colorado and Washington State,” was conducted by researchers from Washington State University, Stockton University, and the University of Utah.

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Shifting Landscape: Marijuana Employment Law Starting to Trend in Favor of Employees

Marijuana-related employment lawsuits are on the rise as more workers who have been fired or denied a job over their marijuana use are utilizing litigation to challenge the decisions. This, in turn, is forcing employers to formulate new strategies to balance the risk of litigation against the possibility of impaired employees hurting someone on the job, damaging the business, or possibly even worse.

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