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April 21, 2017

Heading out to speak at 2017 World Medical Cannabis Conference & Expo

Blogging in this space will be light over the next few days because I am about to travel to Pittsburgh to attend and participate in the 2017 World Medical Cannabis Conference & Expo.   As this schedule details, I am speaking tomorrow afternoon (Saturday) on a panel titled "Higher Education & Its Role in the Industry." Here is how the panel is previewed:

The cannabis industry is set to create more jobs than established industries like manufacturing by 2020.  However, there is still no clear path to getting involved in the industry or clear educational path.  Students need more courses and curriculum that teaches the fundamentals of the industry.  These include all areas of the industry including business, agriculture, research, etc.  This panel will talk about what courses are currently available for students and what still needs to be offered as well as how higher education can translate their findings into commercial services and products the industry can use to advance itself.

This preview post for this even proves a useful and timely excuse to highlight some recent posts from my Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform blog. Here is just a sample of some April postings from that space:

April 21, 2017 at 08:52 AM | Permalink


You may best help people entering the business by analyzing the hurdles, then the legal minefield that remain in this subject.

Posted by: David Behar | Apr 21, 2017 11:55:41 AM

Most should be in a good mood at conf - expo would think.

Posted by: MidWestGuy | Apr 21, 2017 12:25:22 PM

I remember the start of the legalization movement in the 1970's. I remember making up my mind in favor of legalization, in the 1980's, after a brief review of the medical literature. The cataclysmal harms of alcohol and of tobacco were also a settled subject in the 1940's, and definitely in the 1950's.

Why does it take so long to adopt changes in the law that are self evident, and are settled in other specialties? Example? It was settled that slavery was wrong among the educated class in the 1750's.

It appears, one has to wait for the lawyer hierarchy to die, before any substantive change in the law can take place.

I propose to accelerate the process of continual improvement in the law by arresting, trying, and summarily executing the entire lawyer hierarchy every 10 years, instead of waiting decades for their natural deaths. That is about 20,000 internal traitors in out of control, all out insurrection against our constitution. No law need be enacted or modified, only prosecution of the current law prohibiting their crimes.

Posted by: David Behar | Apr 21, 2017 12:30:25 PM

So, tell us, good doctor, how the lawyer hierarchy is responsible for the low-fat, high carb diet that medicine crammed down our collective throats for the last 30 years, resulting in the fattest population on earth?

Posted by: Fat Bastard | Apr 21, 2017 8:59:49 PM

Exploring all the new cannabis business networks and VC funds has been an interesting activity for me over the past few weeks. The complexion of the opportunities in this new industry is complicated. The competition is now filtering up the ladder. I'm particularly interested in it as it relates to the political scene.

It appears to me that there will be no security until marijuana is no longer on the schedule of the Controlled Substance Act. That could be accomplished administratively without involving Congress. Until that time, there could be many stumbling blocks for those enterprises that are not well funded or politically connected.

The Cannabis Entrepreneurs are becoming more sophisticated by the day.

The billions of dollars that could be saved simply by de scheduling marijuana should be an incentive for those who would like to spend on infrastructure. There are over 400,000 arrests per year just for marijuana - some put the number at over 600,000 - down from 800,000 at it's peak. The total cost per year has been estimated to be $42 billion per year. The savings associated with de scheduling plus the tax money collected could build lots of bridges.

I just working on a slogan.

Posted by: beth | Apr 21, 2017 9:26:17 PM

Beth, good post and I agree with you. Lets move forward and rebuild it takes lots of green stuff. Money, got ya, just a little.

Posted by: MidWestGuy | Apr 21, 2017 9:34:42 PM

Fat. Please, stay on topic, unless you are claiming cannabis causes a craving for carbohydrates.

Posted by: David Behar | Apr 21, 2017 11:18:45 PM

Supremacy, Everytime I see your post I thought it was about rent seeking, over paid low life, controlling dictatorial self serving profession? Am I getting warm? I would think your animosity would dimish over the yrs.

So did you succeed in getting squashed from facebook again. Hmm, see any patterns.

Your a smart guy would worthwhile content if the rent seeking garbage could be strained out of your posts. What do ya ghink, give it a try.

Do some pushups, situps, burpees, then a slow 30 min jog, before signing on. I bet it changes your attitude bigtime. I know when my wife asks me if I expect her to make supper, boy I get friendlier. Works, for me.

Posted by: MidWestGuy | Apr 22, 2017 3:34:40 PM

Mid. You are not a lawyer. I have no dispute with you. I respect your opinion. Have a blessed day.

Posted by: David Behar | Apr 22, 2017 3:50:21 PM

Prof. Berman needs to address this massive conflict of laws, and a lawyers' delight and huge payday from multi-state employers. These conflicts are from every direction, and not just criminal.

This is yet another lawyer scam to plunder the assets of productive entities. The lawyer profession must be crushed if this country is to be saved.


Posted by: David Behar | Apr 23, 2017 10:24:46 AM

You are right, David, that complicated marijuana laws are "useful" to lawyers more than to many others. But same is true, as you surely realize, the confusing realities that attend just about every other complicated area of law from advertising to business to copyright to drugs to environmental to franchise.... And as MidWest highlights, your persistent anti-lawyer screeds too often lead folks to tune out your other points.

Posted by: Doug B. | Apr 23, 2017 2:54:30 PM

The lawyer knows I am the best friend the profession ever had. I am going to save it, make it thrive and prosper, in money, in achievement of its valuable service, and in public esteem. I am going to pull it by the collar from 1275 AD to 2017 AD.

Posted by: David Behar | Apr 23, 2017 3:52:49 PM

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