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Kerr v. Hickenlooper: Exploring the Tenth Circuit's Dubious Legal Reasoning
March 31, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Derek Muller of the Pepperdine University School of Law discusses the shaky legal foundations of the Tenth Circuit's recent decision in Kerr v. Hickenlooper ... A novel judicial opinion written on dubious legal grounds can serve as an empty vessel into which hopeful litigants....... [more]

Colorado high court allows attorneys to advise marijuana businesses
March 25, 2014
The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday ruled that lawyers can advise marijuana businesses in the state without fear of violating state attorney ethics laws. Since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana through a voter initiative in 2012, many attorneys have reportedly expressed concern over invol....... [more]

In the Light Most Favorable: A Wise Rule
February 26, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Hall of Hall & Sethi, PLC argues that the Virginia Supreme Court got it wrong in overturning the Virginia Tech wrongful death verdict...Following the Texas Tower massacre of August 1, 1966 at the University of Texas, the Columbine shootings in Colorado in 1999 and t....... [more]

Couples challenge Colorado same-sex marriage ban
February 20, 2014
Nine same-sex couples on Wednesday filed suit in a state court in Denver, Colorado challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The couples argued that the ban violates their constitutional rights of equal protection and due process. Amendment 43 of Colorado's state constitution, passed by vote....... [more]

Regulated Cannabis Markets Open; Institutional Barriers Crumble
February 2, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Reid Murdoch, University of Michigan Law School Class of 2016, explores the economic and political ramifications with recreational marijuana use being legalized in Colorado and Washington...The legalization of recreational cannabis by Colorado and Washington voters in November....... [more]

ACLU, terror suspect challenge NSA surveillence program
January 30, 2014
The Office of the Federal Public Defender of Colorado and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a motion on behalf of terror suspect Jamshid Muhtorov Wednesday to suppress evidence the National Security Agency (NSA) obtained from surveillance conducted pursuant to the FISA Amendments Act o....... [more]

2014 Will Be A Groundbreaking Year For Marijuana Policy
November 26, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Alex Kreit of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law says that 2014 is going to be a truly groundbreaking year for marijuana policy in the US, when Colorado's and Washington's marijuana legalization takes effect ...It has been a little over a year since voters in Colorado and Wash....... [more]

David Harris explains recent developments in marijuana legalization
November 24, 2013
In this episode, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Professor David Harris discusses the implications of recent successful initiatives in Washington and Colorado to eliminate criminal penalties for the sale, use and possession of marijuana....... [more]

Colorado voters approve tax on recreational marijuana
November 6, 2013
Colorado voters on Tuesday approved Proposition AA, which levies a tax on all sales of recreational marijuana in the state. The tax will consist of a 15 percent excise tax that will go to fund public school construction projects and a 10 percent state sales tax, a portion of which will be directed....... [more]

Colorado couple seeks to overturn state ban on same-sex marriage
November 1, 2013
A Colorado same-sex couple filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the Adams County District Court after they were denied a marriage license from the Adams County Clerk's office in Colorado. The couple, Rebecca Brinkman and Margaret Burd, argues that Colorado's civil union statute violates the Fourteenth Amend....... [more]

States and Marijuana
November 1, 2013
Marijuana is illegal in the US under a variety of federal statutes that criminalize the production, distribution and possession of the substance for any purpose. Regardless of this, laws in 21 states and the District of Columbia permit for some legal use of the substance. This ranges from the legali....... [more]