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Law firms hedge bets on marijuana being legalized nationwide

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 21, 2017 4:20 PM
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(Philadelphia) -- A number of Philadelphia-area law firms are setting up practices to serve the cannabis industry, despite concerns they face an uncertain future.

Many of the city's biggest law firms, including Duane Morris and Cozen O'Connor, have recently established practices to serve the cannabis industry as Pennsylvania gears up to make medical marijuana available to patients by early 2018.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the uncertainty comes from the apparent disconnect between state and federal laws.

Marijuana has been legalized by legislatures in 26 states, but the federal government continues to view it as dangerous.

Joseph Bedwick, a partner at Cozen O'Connor, says there is a lot of uncertainty at the moment for new cannabis law practices.

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