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Brian Vicente: Establishing Global Cannabis Policy

Episode Summary

Midterm elections are drawing closer while voters are preparing for ballot initiatives on cannabis in Maryland, Arkansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri and Oklahoma. The upcoming votes may carry large implications when forecasting the future for the legalization of cannabis in the United States. What’s the next move for U.S. policymakers if cannabis becomes legal in 25 states? In this episode, Brian Vicente, Founding Partner of Vicente Sederberg LLP, discusses lessons learned from his time writing the legislation that brought cannabis legalization to Colorado in 2012 and explains how his firm grew to be one of the largest in cannabis law. He also offers insights on this year’s November ballot initiatives and tells us why the opening of adult-use stores in New York is a major milestone for cannabis policy worldwide.