“Our daily updates feature essential information related to the state’s commercial cannabis regulations and guidelines …”
That introduction to the California Cannabis Portal illustrates only too well the changing nature of the States’ cannabis laws and licensing.
It comes as no surprise to Micha Mesure, a third-year California Western student who began in the cannabis industry while an undergrad. “During my masters, I studied the impact of cannabis and the incarceration rate,” says Mesure. “After grad school, I became involved in the cultivation industry as a consultant.”
Earlier in the year, Mesure, who also works as a Legal Assistant for Los Angeles-based Wake Law Group, decided to sign up for California Western Prof. Robert Bohrer’s spring Food and Drug Administration (FDA) class.
“I signed up for Prof. Bohrer’s class because I wanted to learn more about the FDA,” says Mesure. “Cannabis companies often have many questions regarding their products, and often, the FDA regulates their product in part.”
During the class, Prof. Bohrer suggested Mesure compare other countries to the U.S., and after some research, she decided to focus on Israel as an example of a country that has a successful infrastructure for developing and manufacturing cannabis-derived drugs.
“Prof. Bohrer’s class gave me the freedom to incorporate the history of the barriers the U.S. poses to cannabis and research, as well as to explore Israel and propose a solution to the problems here,” explains Mesure.
Mesure’s paper led her to participate in the recent Food and Drug Law Journal 2018 Symposium, What is the Path Forward for Federal Regulation of Cannabis, put on by the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI).
“It was an amazing experience to present at the FDLI symposium in Washington, D.C.,” says Mesure. “The symposium was very enlightening and incorporated many issues and perspectives that pertain to the cannabis industry. My paper proposes an alternative for researchers and companies in the U.S.”
On a related note, California Western is one of a few law schools that will offer a cannabis law course starting this spring.
Retired Denver County Court Judge Mary Celeste, who will teach the course, explains, “This course offers students a historical perspective of the science, toxicology, and legalities of marijuana followed by a snapshot of the real-world legal issues related to the current marijuana laws.”
The course will focus on the impact that these laws are having on American Jurisprudence including on the roadways; in the workplace; on the Constitution; in the courts; civil matters; criminal matters; youth issues; regulations; and the interplay between the federal, state, and local jurisdictions.
As California cannabis laws evolve, interest from law students will grow as will courses such as the one Judge Celeste will be teaching at California Western.