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When the Smoke Clears: The Impact of Legalized Marijuana on Lawyers

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Recreational and medical marijuana introduce a wide breadth of challenging legal questions for a variety of clientele—even in states that have not legalized. Facilitated by a panel of experts, this program will introduce lawyers to several of these legal issues and implications, in order to help lawyers issue spot and proactively counsel clients.

  • A panel of lawyers and experts will discuss the current landscape of legalized marijuana in the United States, illuminating the trends and legal issues that have already arisen in this emerging arena.
  • The panel will then discuss a diverse range of legal issues stemming from legal marijuana, including business and employment-related issues, drug testing policy considerations, business, criminal, family-law, and constitutional related issue, and the intersection with federal rights and laws, including the right to bear arms.



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11:00-12:00am   Understanding the Context 
With a deeper understanding of the evolution of social and economic trends regarding legalized marijuana, lawyers will be better able to anticipate the evolving legal implications and how they impact their clients. In this section, lawyers will learn how today’s marijuana affects: health, wellness, crime, courts, taxes and the economy.

Identifying the Issues 
Legalization of marijuana affects a lot more than the criminal code. In this segment, lawyers will discover the far-reaching impact that legalized marijuana has had on individuals, businesses, and their lawyers, including: business and commercial implications (real estate transactions, landlord concerns, corporate drug testing policies), and the impact on individuals (employment security, DUI, federal gun and housing rights, child custody and physician relationships).


Jeffrey Stec

Jeffrey Stec, J.D. has been a licensed lawyer since 1992, having practiced in the area of complex-family matters, including estate, divorce, and child custody disputes. Jeff developed his collaborative skills by becoming a certified mediator and strategic planning facilitator, specializing in family issues. Jeff has developed an expertise in the collaborative resolution of disputes, and in addition to his work with The Likeable Lawyer, he is currently a sought-after consultant who works with non-profits and municipalities to fashion solutions to complex organizational and community issues. Jeffrey graduated with honors from the University of Michigan Law School, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with high honors from the University of Michigan.

Dan Riffle

As director of federal policies, Dan executes MPP’s lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill. Prior to his promotion to this position, Dan served for 3.5 years as a legislative analyst in the State Policies department. In 2011, Dan was instrumental in expanding Vermont’s medical marijuana law to include state-regulated dispensaries and led the lobbying effort to provide patients with debilitating medical conditions in Maryland with an affirmative defense against charges of marijuana possession. In 2013, he shepherded medical marijuana legislation through the Illinois Legislature, making it the second largest medical marijuana state and capping off a 10-year lobbying effort by MPP, as well as expanding Maryland’s legal protections to caregivers and establishing a statewide medical marijuana research program. Before working at MPP, Dan practiced law as an assistant prosecutor in Vinton County, Ohio. He has also worked in the office of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, the Ohio EPA, and Columbus Legal Aid Society and was a founding partner of Viridis Law Group in southern California. He is a graduate of the Ohio State University and received his J.D. from Capital University Law School.

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