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Seeking relief for medical marijuana patients on probation and parole

January 2020

Empire State NORML et al. v. New York State Department of Corrections and Community Services et al.:  David filed an action seeking declaratory and other relief for certified medical marijuana patients who are also probationers and parolees.  The Plaintiffs are a nurse practitioner, and several state-registered patients.  The lawsuit contends that the DOCCS and its subsidiaries violate state law by prohibiting petitioners access to cannabis while they serve out their term of probation supervision. The complaint alleges that they have been deprived of their rights under the Compassionate Care Act and the specific protection that they may not be discriminated against for such medical patient status.

Practice area(s): Civil Litigation, Constitutional Law

David Holland

As Executive Director of Empire State NORML and President of the New York City Cannabis Industry Association, David has been a leading advocate in the cannabis space for over 20 years. He has represented clients in marijuana related proceedings everywhere from traffic court to the United States Supreme Court, and he helped obtain clemency for five elderly prisoners servicing life without parole for marijuana. David also handles complex civil and criminal litigation in other areas including employment, First Amendment, and business.

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