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Thursday Buzz: A Cannabis-Flavored Bar Association

By / Jun 11, 2015 (iStock/Thinkstock)

Marijuana law gets its own bar association. Plus: Twitter gives users more control of who they block.

The association space just got a little bit bigger—thanks to the latest group focused on the growing marijuana field.

The National Cannabis Bar Association (NCBA), the country’s first professional body for medical marijuana, will focus on “educating and connecting cannabis industry lawyers to promote excellent, ethical, and advanced legal assistance to this growing industry,” according to the association’s website.

So far, 23 states and the District of Columbia have moved on laws related to medical marijuana, decriminalization, or legalization. NCBA’s 10-member board aims to help organizations and businesses figure out the complicated legislative and regulatory environment that’s emerged.

“As more and more states decriminalize or legalize cannabis—and set up their own regulatory structures—the legal conditions cannabis industry clients and their attorneys face are likely to get even more complex before they get simpler,” NCBA President and Executive Director Shabnam Malek said in a statement. “The NCBA will offer support and advocacy for attorneys working with businesses in this rapidly changing, swiftly emerging industry.”

Most of the board members are based in the western U.S., where legalization efforts have been more successful, though there are a few members in Florida and New York.

Dues are $150 per year for lawyers and $50 for nonlawyers. The association plans to officially launch at an event in Denver on June 30.

Changes in Twitter Blocking

You can now share your block lists with other Twitter users. How could this affect you?

If you or your association has had to block users on the micro-blogging social network, you definitely have a block list. And now that list can now be exported and shared with other accounts—and vice versa.

Twitter says the goal is to improve safety for all. It can help when accounts or communities deal with an onslaught of unwanted or abusive tweets. Could this help solve Twitter’s troll problem?

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Patrick deHahn

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