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The Year In Cannabis Case Law: Major Pot Rulings From 2019

Law360 (December 20, 2019, 1:39 PM EST) -- The maturation of the cannabis industry has led to a predictable uptick in litigation as business deals have fallen apart, employees have asserted their rights, and diverging federal and state policies on marijuana have come into conflict.

But the body of cannabis case law is still very much in its infancy, attorneys say. A paucity of precedent has left judges, particularly on the federal bench, with broad leeway to decide how to rule — or whether to weigh in at all — in disputes involving businesses that remain federally illegal.

"Not enough cases have made their way through the courts to...

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