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A Very Brief Overview of the Medical Marijuana Act

Act 16 of 2016, the Medical Marijuana Act (MMA), 35 Pa.C.S.A. §10231.101, et seq., effective May 17, 2016, puts Pennsylvania among the growing number of states permitting the use of marijuana for prescribed medicinal purposes. The MMA, like all state laws purporting to “legalize” marijuana use, squarely conflicts with federal law, which still considers marijuana to be a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act with no legitimate medical uses, see 21 U.S.C. Sections 812(b)(1)(A)-(C); 844(a).

The MMA acknowledges: “Nothing in this act shall require an employer to commit any act that would put the employer or any person acting on its behalf in violation of federal law.” The MMA creates uncertainty with respect to the application and enforceability of employer “zero tolerance” and similar policies against the use of illegal drugs, injects new risks into the workplace and adds still more potential claims to the ever-growing list of employment-related causes of action.

The Medical Marijuana Act (“MMA”) provides for a system through which individuals suffering from one of seventeen “serious medical conditions” (e.g., cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease) can obtain and use medical marijuana for treatment. It governs the growth, processing, and dispensing of medical marijuana to eligible individuals.
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Creative Solutions Available through Mediation

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One of the most significant benefits to mediation is the ability for the parties to tailor creative solutions to resolve their legal problem. This makes mediation an attractive option for a number of different types of situations. Some solutions that have arisen in the realm of mediation include the following:

New Repayment Options
In foreclosure or creditor mediation, parties may agree to a new repayment plan. Debtors may have gotten behind on a debt because of job loss, illness or other unforeseen circumstances. New repayment options may include a temporary forbearance on payments, a longer period of time to repay.

New Contracts
In contract cases, the parties may agree to restructure the existing contract. The parties may not have anticipated certain problems arising, or the contract may not be as feasible under current circumstances. They may make a new contract or may agree to use each other for new business opportunities that arise in the future.

Recommendations
Sometimes the parties may decide to part ways but may agree to provide a positive recommendation for a party involved. This may occur in situations involving employment disputes in which the employer does not want to continue the employment relationship but wants to satisfy the employee’s claim.

Work/Life Balance

Back to School Hacks to Save You Time and Money

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Start the new school year off right by trying a few of these hacks geared to save you time and money.

  • Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Rather than being sleep-deprived, you may be dehydrated so drinking water will give you an instant energy boost.
  • Activate the speech function on your phone or laptop if you are getting tired of reading, especially if you are auditory learner.
  • Add post its to a board or wall to have an easy reminder of your to-do list. When you finish a task, simply remove it. When the board is clear, you have accomplished everything on your list!
  • Leave a few pages blank at the beginning of your notebook so that you can later add a table of contents for your notes.
  • Put your phone on airplane mode when you have an important test or presentation tomorrow.

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Health

Back to School Health Tips

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Easing back into the school routine can be difficult, but you can make sure that you and your kids are healthier this year by incorporating the following tips into your life:

  • Stick to a sleep schedule: The kids might have stayed up all night during the summer, but you can start easing them back into their regular routine in the weeks leading up to the new school year. Most people – kids and adults alike – don’t get enough sleep. Aim for a solid eight hours.
  • Check on the diet – Summer may have also meant reckless abandon to healthy eating. Check with the school or work cafeteria to see what is on the menu. If you don’t like what’s being served, pack a healthy brown bag.
  • Opt for wheels – Backpacks can easily weigh over 20 pounds. Switch out the shoulder straps for backpacks on wheels.

Humor

Funny Things Kids Say
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Here is a sampling from the web with funny kid quotes that should give you a new perspective on life:

  • When you want something pricey, forget the parents and go straight for the greats!
  • Save some time by sleeping in your clothes so you will be ready in the morning!
  • When your mom is mad and asks you if she looks stupid, just . . . don’t . . . answer.
  • Never tell your mother her diet isn’t working.
  • Only show your dad your bad grades when he’s on a work call.
  • Never trust a dog to watch over your food.
  • Don’t try to hide broccoli in a glass of milk.
  • When your parents are doing their taxes, hide!
  • The worst time to pick on your sister is when she’s holding a baseball bat.

Fields of Law

Here’s an overview of the fields of law our attorneys practice.

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