May 2017

Jail Custody Death Cases

In May 2012 twenty four year old Nathan Cooper died while in custody in the Cottage Grove (Oregon) Municipal Jail of complications from pneumonia. In April 2015, after almost three years of investigation and litigation, including successfully opposing the City of Cottage Grove's Motion for Summary Judgment, Janssen Malloy LLP partners Michael Crowley and Megan Yarnall obtained $450,000 for the wrongful death of Nathan Cooper on behalf of a surviving family member.


Marijuana in the Workplace

With the passage of Proposition 64, the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act,” employers may have some concern about whether the new law affects their right to enforce drug-free workplace policies.  While employers should always make employment decisions with great care, the Act clearly preserves the rights of private employers to maintain drug free workplaces.  The actual language for that preservation of employer rights is currently found at California’s Health and Safety Code section 11362.45(f).  Nothing about California’s new recreational use law requires an employer to permit the use of marijuana


Proposed Cannabis Regulations Released

On Friday, April 28th, the California Department of Food and Agriculture released the initial draft of its medical cannabis cultivation regulations. There will now be a 45-day comment period on the draft.
The proposed rules regulate how to apply for licenses to cultivate, the type of licenses that will be available, vertical integration, site requirements, cannabis waste management, cleanliness standards for cultivation sites, processing, records and reporting requirements, inspections, investigations, and audits, and enforcement.