Illinois law is often considered to be among the most strict when it comes to purchasing and handling firearms, and prosecutors are known to pursue charges against people who have illegally used or possessed weapons. State laws regarding firearms are numerous, and it can be confusing if you are charged with one or several weapons…
Although you may have heard the term parole many times, you may not have a full understanding of the process of parole and what life on parole means to persons who are assigned this punishment. Are you currently on parole or headed toward a parole board’s decision about your future? Chicago criminal defense lawyer Michael…
Drug offenses in the State of Illinois are considered serious and treated as such by the law, regardless of whether they involve marijuana possession, drug manufacturing, or drug trafficking. While some offenses are designated by the State as misdemeanors, others are categorized as felony drug crimes and accrue significant penalties to match the severity of…
Misdemeanors are crimes for which the maximum punishment is no more than one year in jail. Additionally, misdemeanor sentencing guidelines in Illinois often require a crime to be punished by a large fine and probation as well. While misdemeanors are not as serious as felonies, it’s important that you do not take a misdemeanor charge…
If you are like most people, you use your cell phone for everything like texting friends, checking your work email, and organizing your schedule. Your phone has a wealth of data about you and your friends and family. Depending on how connected you are, anyone who got ahold of your phone could figure out where…
By: Heidi Urness, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law (@MaryJaneEsquire) I. The Transportation of Hemp in 2019 The transportation of hemp, including interstate transportation of hemp, was previously a highly volatile area of law. Today, however, the transportation of hemp is expressly Congressionally authorized throughout, and across the borders of, all 50 states under Section 10114…
By: Heidi Urness, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law (@MaryJaneEsquire) Prior to the enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill, there was intense conflict and confusion regarding whether or not transporting hemp and CBD across state lines was permitted under state or federal law. However, following the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, and the recent decision…
By: Heidi Urness, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law (@MaryJaneEsquire) The 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law just before the turn of the new year, causing a great stir in the cannabis community. While the 2018 Farm Bill does not affect Federal laws with respect to marijuana, its passage is monumental for the hemp industry:…
By: Fabiola Jimenez, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law The 420 Bills, introduced in Congress by two Senators from Oregon, seeks to overcome one of the greatest uphill battles faced by the cannabis community: the stigma that sometimes attaches to the plant. Despite the fact that the legal marijuana industry has engendered billions of dollars…
By: Sam Mendez, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law The legislative session is still in full swing and the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is busy testifying on numerous proposed bills, but they also released many new policies in December and some of them may have gone under the radar. So we’d like to highlight…