19 May 2015

Law firm sponsors marijuana professorship

A law firm based in Colorado is funding a chair in marijuana law at the University of Denver - a sponsorship which is believed to mark a first in the sector.

By Neasa MacErlean

Marijuana plant

Law firm Vicente Sederberg is giving US$45,000 over three years to help fund the post. Partner Brian Vicente attended the university and also wrote the Colorado constitutional amendment which allowed recreational use of the drug.

Teacher of cannabis law

The first holder of the post has been named as Sam Kamin, a teacher of cannabis law and someone who has been involved in the development of the regulations in the state.

Marijuana law firm

Vicente Sederberg describes itself as 'the marijuana law firm'. According to his website profile, Brian Vicente 'served as the co-director of the Amendment 64 campaign and was one of the primary authors of this historic measure, which resulted in Colorado becoming the first state in the nation – and the first geographic area in the world – to make the possession, use, and regulated distribution of marijuana legal for adults'. Sources: The Gazette and Vicente Soderberg

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