On November 19, a key legislative request, L.R. 2547, sponsored by Rep. Henry E.M. Beck (D-Waterville), will be up for vote by the Legislative Council. The measure, entitled "Resolve, To Clarify Inspections of Caregivers under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act," seeks to require the legislature and DHHS to clarify and pass laws and…
As this creative 2010 Craigslist listing reveals, efforts to exchange cannabis for cash or something else of value – even when the law doesn’t permit it – are nothing new. As Mainers without medical cards patiently await the day when they can walk into a retail cannabis store and buy a brownie or an eighth…
The City of Wichita’s DUI ordinance prohibiting operation of a vehicle under certain circumstances, when the element of “vehicle” is defined more broadly than the “vehicle” element in the state DUI statute, it cannot be used to elevate a person’s later violation of the State of Kansas DUI statute. So what does that mean for…
Industrial hemp may be coming soon to a field near you. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry is now accepting applications to grow outdoor industrial hemp for the 2017 growing season, according to a release emailed by the Department yesterday. However, the limited availability of certified hemp seeds may complicate matters for would-be…
The long-awaited effective date of a sweeping medical marijuana reform bill arrives Thursday, December 13, and will bring about numerous changes to the legal rights and responsibilities of Maine medical marijuana patients, caregivers, and others. The reform bill, LD 1539, passed on July 9, 2018 when the legislature overrode Governor Paul LePage’s veto; however, as…
Drinking, Driving & the Holiday Season The holiday season is again upon us which means drinking and driving becomes more prevalent. Each year, I give many presentations and write articles reminding people that the only way to avoid a DUI is to not drink and drive. While many listen, few take my advice seriously. Recently…
When you’re arrested on drug possession charges, knowing the stakes of a conviction can help you fight back and prepare for your Florida case. However, some charges may change, depending on the severity of the situation. As such, your drug possession case could range from a first-degree misdemeanor to a first-degree felony. When is drug…
When you’re arrested for a DUI (driving under the influence) in Florida, you’ll need to fight back to avoid serious consequences. A DUI is a major offense, and you could lose your license for some time, along with receiving heavy fines, possible jail time, and an ignition interlock device. Defending yourself in court can help…
After a contentious campaign, Question 1, Maine’s initiative to legalize retail marijuana, has passed by a narrow margin. Maine joins the seven other states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington) and the District of Columbia in making retail cannabis available to adults. While the law’s general principle – allowing for the possession, cultivation,…
When you see those lights flashing in your rearview mirror, you’re probably a little worried about your license. That’s especially true if you believe the officer will charge you with speeding, which can come with serious penalties at higher speeds. You’ll probably have several questions about speeding tickets going through your head, including one especially…