Colorado’s laws allowing for the possession and use of marijuana continue to provide the legal profession with enhanced income opportunities – and this is likely to continue.
That’s in part because federal law still criminalizes marijuana and President Donald Trump and his new attorney general, Jeff Sessions, have said they intend to hot-up the enforcement of federal law, at least with regard to recreational marijuana. Furthermore, as a general proposition, federal law pre-empts (trumps?) conflicting state law. A case coming out of Colorado Springs and decided in January by the Colorado Supreme Court illustrates the state-versus-federal law problem, and may be the tip of a legal iceberg.