Bob Hoban, Cannabis Attorney
Every year, the United States spends an estimated $58 billion in the war on drugs, according to the Drug Policy Alliance. In 2017, more than 1.6 million arrests were made in the United States, 85.4 percent of which were only for possession. More than 600,000 were arrested for cannabis law violations, and 90.8 percent were for possession. It is not surprising that the United States has had the highest incarceration population in the world. But cannabis laws have been changing for the better. More than 30 states allow medical use, and ten have legalized recreational use of cannabis, namely, Alaska, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and the District of Columbia.
This progress would not be possible without the hard work of those in the legal sector. Bob Hoban says that over the past ten years, many attorneys and law firms have dedicated themselves toward practicing cannabis law. When asked whether there is a shortage of legal resources available to the industry, he says there really are not. “There is absolutely a shortage of education and understanding of the law in our court system, however, which creates an uphill battle for cannabis industry owners who find themselves in court for what would otherwise be a routine business dispute. This is especially true regarding federal court.”