Property Journal Symposium Discusses Effects of State Marijuana Legalization

October 28, 2015

JPL-blunt-truth-sympThe Texas A&M Journal of Property Law hosted a symposium, “The Blunt Truth: Looking at the Effects of Marijuana Law on Property Interests,” on Oct. 16 at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth.

Legal scholars gathered from across the country to discuss the “often overlooked legal and logistical issues” resulting from state marijuana legalization. Specifically, the speakers explored the impacts on real and intellectual property, environment, securities, and patents, among others. The symposium offered a forum for experts to exchange ideas and advance the collective understanding of these issues.

Mitch Monthie, third-year law student and the Journal’s symposia editor, said, “The symposium's conversations will be embodied in our upcoming publication in what promises to be a valuable resource toward ensuring that these issues are effectively resolved.”

The distinguished panel of guest speakers, Sean O’Connor from University of Washington School of Law, Alex Kreit from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Donald Kochan from Chapman University Fowler School of Law, and Jessica Owley from State University of New York Law School, led the insightful discussion.


In addition to the panel, the speakers judged the student poster contest. Professor Gina Warren, faculty adviser to the Journal and moderator for the symposium, said the poster competition was a great success, eliciting seven "amazing entries.”

The speakers selected third-year law student Jessica Foster’s poster on societal and legal obstacles facing industrial hemp cultivation as the winner. Foster won a $500 gift card and will receive recognition in the Journal’s symposium edition.

Monthie said in a statement that the Journal received reports on how people were impressed with the symposium, school, students and faculty organizers. “We are extraordinarily happy to have received such positive feedback, and would like to thank everyone whose efforts made the event successful,” he said.

Warren said the Texas A&M Journal of Property Law should “be proud for putting together such an excellent symposium.”


- Article by Jennifer Nassar, Communications Specialist, Texas A&M University School of Law