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The Crossroads of Cannabis, Federal Law and the States

Los Angeles—Federal law continues to ban medical or recreational marijuana, which means states have to navigate carefully through any legalization efforts. However, notable developments this year might make it easier to regulate cannabis, Vanderbilt law professor Robert Mikos told a session of NCSL's Legislative Summit.

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Supreme Court Rules States May Authorize Sports Gambling

If you took the "over" on the U.S. Supreme Court vote to legalize sports sports gambling, you won!

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Baby Boomers: Unprepared and 'Unretiring'

Baby boomers began turning 65 in 2011. More than 26 million have hit the mark so far. Happy birthday to the 10,000 boomers who turn 65 every day between now and 2030.

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SCOTUS to Hear Landmark Internet State Tax Case April 17

Since 1992, Quill v. North Dakota, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that prohibits a state from requiring out-of-state sellers to collect and remit the state’s sales tax, has been the law of the land.  In a few months, that may no longer be the case.

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Millennial Savings for a Comfortable Retirement (Avocado Toast and All)

Stereotypes about millennials’ sense of entitlement and lack of financial sophistication abound. While new research debunks some myths about this generation, it paints a less than rosy picture of millennials’ prospects for a secure retirement.

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Ongoing Efforts for Financial Literacy

April is Financial Literacy Month. Financial literacy focuses on the specific knowledge and concepts consumers need to manage their money and build wealth, depending on an individual’s situation.

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Fighting Financial Abuse of the Elderly

Why do people prey financially on the elderly? Corey Carlisle cited the Willie Sutton analogy: "Because that's where the money is."

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Is a Swipe Considered Speech?

Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, like most First Amendment cases, is about much more than its mere facts, here disallowing retailers to pass on credit-card swipe fees to consumers. It raises a more fundamental question over what exactly is speech.

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What States Can Do for Retirement Readiness

Estimates are that more than a third of the American workforce lacks access to a pension system from their employer and many businesses, especially smaller ones, can't afford to underwrite one for their employees, who may have to depend on Social Security for much of their retirement income.

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Big 7 to SCOTUS: Wait for Right Internet Sales Tax Case

Not all internet sales tax cases are created equal.

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