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Liability suits on the way for marijuana industry

While almost all eyes are on the Republican and Democratic nominees as the election date draws closer, the effects of other ballot initiatives are also just behind that door, regardless of who wins the highest office in the land. California leads eight other states who feature a vote to legalize the use of marijuana, either medically or recreationally, and with it could finally bring about a most surprising consequence — marijuana product liability suits.

Public opinion on marijuana has seen a huge sea change in recent years. Just a few months ago, Louisiana surprised many of its citizens by legalizing the drug for medicinal use, possibly setting a trend in the traditionally conservative deep south. But, regardless of how legal marijuana may or may not become, it is still a substance that holds innate risks for its users by impairing their faculties.

As formal acceptance of the drug expands, so does formal regulation, and the ability to sue for faulty products. One can only imagine the breadth of variety in these kinds of cases, from side-effect complications and misleading marketing, to unsafe growing practices.

Of particular interest to many speculating on the emerging sector are marijuana-infused edibles, which trade off the dangers any smoke inhalation poses to the lungs for the relatively misunderstood data behind processing the product with the stomach and liver. Furthermore, the regulatory agencies and legislation needed to keep these products safely manufactured and spread knowledge on how to use them safely are still well behind the turning tide of public opinion on general or medical use of marijuana.

It is still to be seen which kinds of product liability suits will have the first swings at this emerging market, but it is only a matter of time before they become a reality. If you have been injured because of a defective product, regardless of the industry that created it, you deserve to be fairly compensated for your suffering and losses. With the assistance of an experienced attorney, you can safely explore your options as you pursue justice.

Source: Bloomberg Business News, "Pot Product Liability Suits Coming," Julie A. Steinberg, Nov. 02, 2016

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