October 15, 2014

Couple Arrested for Facebook Marijuana Business

Despite more states decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana for medical use and distribution, the fact remains that marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Medical marijuana business owners must be wary of state regulations as well as federal policies to avoid liability. Even when in compliance, these business owners may still risk criminal prosecution. In a recent case, a Massachusetts couple has been charged by local authorities for selling medical marijuana and edibles over the internet. Now the young couple, in their 20s could face federal charges, even jail time.
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Whether you are an existing marijuana business owner or you are considering a foray in the medical marijuana market, it is important to have a clear understanding of your rights and obligations. You should also be wary of the pitfalls in the marijuana industry when up against complex state regulations and overarching federal laws. Our Orange County medical marijuana attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of our individual and business clients. We are dedicated to staying abreast of evolving marijuana laws and in helping defend our clients in the event of a criminal investigation.

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October 13, 2014

Sprint Car Driver "Impaired" by Marijuana When Killed

Opponents of legalization often point to public safety as a reason to continue to enforce laws against recreational use. Whether you are a marijuana advocate or against legalization, cases involving driving under the influence are critical to the debate. According to recent reports, the sprint car driver, Kevin Ward Jr., was under the influence of marijuana when he was struck and killed by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. The recent toxicology report sheds new light on the case, casting doubt on the actions of the victim and releasing the driver from any culpability.
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In any accident case that results in a casualty, law enforcement officials will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause and identify responsible parties. Our Orange County marijuana attorneys are experienced in all angles of marijuana law, from regulatory and compliance issues through criminal defense. In addition to staying abreast of local and state developments in marijuana law, we also stay current on changing marijuana laws by state at the federal level.

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October 13, 2014

Revenues Could Top $3 Billion if All States Legalize

One of the leading arguments for legalization of recreational marijuana use is the potential for state and federal tax revenues. According to recent reports, if all states moved to legalize marijuana for recreational use, they could be collecting over $3 billion per year in tax revenues. The NerdWallet report projected a total of $3.1 billion per year. Of all the states, California is forecasted to benefit the most from recreational use legalization. According to their projections, California could rake in more than $519 million per year through recreational use marijuana taxation.

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Whether you are pro-legalization, a medical marijuana card holder, or marijuana dispensary owner, it is important to understand the potential tax benefits and regulatory changes that could take place in the state of California. Our Orange County marijuana dispensary attorneys are committed to staying abreast of all legal chances and in providing strategic and committed advocacy to California residents. In addition to helping individuals and businesses ensure compliance with the law, we are also abreast of regulatory changes and can represent clients who are under investigation or charged in a criminal matter.

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October 12, 2014

San Diego Man Arrested for Shipping and Selling Marijuana

Illegal distribution and sale of marijuana can result in significant state or federal criminal charges. Penalties may range from fines to an extended jail sentence depending on the severity of the offense. In a recent case a San Diego man was arrested and charged with shipping and selling marijuana in Manitowoc. According to reports, the 67-year-old defendant was arrested and charged with one felony count of delivering marijuana over 10,000 grams and two felony counts of delivering between 2,500 and 10,000 grams. He was booked in Manitowoc and his bail was set at $150,000 cash.
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Despite loosening marijuana laws and decriminalization in many states, criminal charges remain a threat to those in the marijuana business. Our Orange County marijuana dispensary attorneys are dedicated to raising awareness to protect the rights and interests of individuals and business owners throughout Southern California. In addition to providing strategic criminal defense, we are also prepared to help dispensary owners establish legally compliant business operations. In the event of a criminal investigation or charge, any defendant should consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

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October 11, 2014

Strict Regulations Make Legal Marijuana Scarce in Washington

For recreational pot enthusiasts, one of the benefits of legalization is easy access and sale of marijuana. Despite the legalization of marijuana in Washington State, a recent USA Today report indicates that it is difficult to find pot shops in Seattle. Investigative reports found only one legal marijuana shop open in the city and finding the shop meant trekking outside of downtown into an industrial area. Even once the reporters found the pot shop, there wasn't enough pot to fill the shelves. According to pot shop owners in Seattle, state regulations have made it difficult for growers and retailers to streamline the business.
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Under Washington State licensing laws, only 60 marijuana licenses have been granted and not all of them have opened up for business. According to industry insiders, the marijuana business is tough because state laws make it challenging to grow and distribute to proper channels. In short, the legal supply is low, keeping much of the trade in the black market to avoid paying taxes. Our Orange County marijuana law attorneys are abreast of developments in the marijuana industry throughout California and nationwide. We are abreast of changes in regulations and developments in the marijuana business.

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October 10, 2014

Homeless Flock to Colorado for Marijuana Jobs

The marijuana industry is drawing interest from investors and business entrepreneurs nationwide. Another group that has been attracted to the financial prospects of marijuana sales are members of the homeless population. According to recent reports, homeless people from around the country have been flocking to Colorado in an attempt to find work in the ever-growing marijuana industry. As the first state to legalize recreational use, Colorado offers both a safe haven for users as well as economic possibilities for those who are homeless or out of work.

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The legalization of recreational marijuana has already inspired "weed tourism" attracting pot smokers from neighboring states and nationwide. Those who come to Colorado to partake can smoke without facing criminal charges. Among those who have reaped the benefits of recreational pot use without the potential for criminal liabilities are members of the homeless community, many of whom are also looking for work. Our Orange County marijuana law attorneys are dedicated to raising awareness to protect the rights of individuals involved in the marijuana business. We are abreast of legal changes in California and nationwide, as well as trends in the marijuana market.

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October 8, 2014

Colorado Rolls Out Tighter Regulations in 30 Rules

The U.S. Justice Department issued a statement earlier this year that it would not prosecute in states where marijuana was legal so long as the industry is adequately regulated. Now Colorado marijuana users, growers, distributors, and other members of the marijuana industry will be forced to comply with an additional 30 rules related to all aspects of the business. In late September, the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED), released a new set of rules related to licensing, cultivation, protection, edibles, sales, training and product testing.
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While the new rules may initially slow some operations, authorities report that the marijuana business in Colorado is a work in progress and the new standards are simply a modification to the original law. Our Orange County marijuana attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of marijuana card holders, dispensary owners, and others in the marijuana business. In addition to protecting the rights of our local clients, we are also abreast of legal changes in Colorado and nationwide. The ever-evolving marijuana regulations are a reminder that current laws are in flux and all users and industry members should stay abreast of regulatory changes to prevent liability.

According to recent reports, the new changes make sense and will help with consumer education and to ensure vendor responsibility. One of the new rules was a revision of an earlier proposed rule that would have limited the number of plants to be grown in indoor operations. The new rules do not distinguish between indoor or outdoor growing facilities, allowing 3,600 plants for cultivation. Industry insiders assert that the state legislators responded to the testimony of greenhouse workers to a suitable compromise.

Currently, the state has issued 18,666 marijuana occupational licenses. Under the new rules individuals with licenses will be required to perform "responsible vendor training' requirements to ensure public health and safety. These rules also apply to the production and distribution of edible marijuana products. There are 496 medical shops, 242 recreational stores, and an additional 177 applications for operational and stores pending.

According to legislators, the rules are intended to improve safety, consumer education, and to make the marijuana industry transparent. Consumers should know what to expect and vendors should have clear guideposts to ensure compliance. In addition to health and safety training, the new rules will also reduce the amount of marijuana found in any edible product. Under the new rules, a single serving cannot contain more than 10 milligrams of THC. Products must also be easily identified. Adjusting the serving size rule is meant to ensure safe consumption and to prevent accidental over consumption by children, teens, or adults.

The new rules will also change testing requirements, requiring tests on the potency of edibles, as well as to test for pesticides or fungi. Though marijuana business owners see the positive aspects of the regulation, they are also concerned about the increase in expenses, licensing, testing, and taxation. Safety advocates are also concerned that the new rules do not go far enough in regulating the industry.

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October 7, 2014

Road Safety Experts Concerned About Impact of Legalization

While users, industry leaders, and medical experts tout the benefits of marijuana use, many safety advocates have voiced concern about the potential risks of legalization. From teen brain damage to the dangers of edibles, safety advocates have continued to warn of the potential risks of recreational use. Road safety experts are now getting involved in the debate, concerned about the impact of legalization. According to a USA Today report, public safety advocates are concerned that highway rules for pot DUI are not sufficiently established, which could increase the rate of fatal accidents.

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As states have paved the way for medical use and recreational legalization, federal laws have remained stagnant. Currently, medical marijuana is legal in 23 states and both Washington and Colorado have legalized recreational use. There are also 16 states (and Washington D.C.), that have decriminalized the use or possession of marijuana. According to some safety experts, all of this slackening of marijuana laws makes it more likely that drivers will be smoking before getting behind the wheel. Our Orange County marijuana law attorneys are dedicated to staying abreast of legal trends and in protecting the rights of our clients. In addition to keeping our business and individual clients informed, we are also aware of the development of marijuana laws nationwide.

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October 5, 2014

Operation Grow 4 Vets Donates Marijuana to Veterans

Veterans returning from combat often suffer from a host of mental and physical ailments. In addition to the disabilities, loss of limb, and other physical injuries that can result in severe pain and suffering, many veterans also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder which can result in depression, personality disorders, anxiety and other mental afflictions. For many veterans, medical marijuana helps to alleviate these symptoms. In late September, over 1,000 veterans congregated in a Colorado Springs hotel for Operation Grow 4 Vets to participate in a marijuana giveaway. The organization is dedicated to delivering cannabis-based treatments to veterans.

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In the giveaway that donated to veterans from throughout Colorado and out-of-state, participants were given a bag of items, including cannabis oil, marijuana chocolate, and seeds to grow their own marijuana plants. Our Orange County medical marijuana attorneys are dedicated to raising awareness to protect the rights of individual marijuana users, cultivators, and dispensary owners in California. In addition to staying abreast of marijuana law in our own backyard, we are also committed to following trends and stories related to marijuana use nationwide. Our legal team is prepared to protect the rights and interests of medical marijuana users, including veterans, as well as medical dispensary operators and others involved in the marijuana industry.

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October 3, 2014

Polls: Are Colorado Voters Losing Enthusiasm for Legalization?

With the majority of voters in Colorado approving legalization in 2012, it may come as a surprise that two recent polls show that support has waned. According to the two polls, Colorado residents are discontent with the way that regulations have been handled by state legislators. According to a poll conducted by Suffolk University and USA Today, approximately half of Colorado residents are dissatisfied with the new marijuana laws and their administration. Though the polls show a 50-50 split, the number of supporters are down since the law has gone into effect.

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The new poll indicate that women oppose the new law 56 to 41 percent. There has also been increasing opposition from older voters (over the age of 55). Our Orange County medical marijuana attorneys are abreast of legal changes in California and nationwide. Our firm also tracks trends and changes related to medical marijuana and legalization interest nationwide. In addition to following marijuana developments, our firm offers continued and ongoing support to medical marijuana card holders, dispensary owners, and other marijuana industry leaders in California.

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October 1, 2014

Legalization 2016 Campaign Effort Begins in California

Though California was the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use, it has trailed behind Colorado and Washington in paving the way towards legalization for recreational use. Now a national advocacy group in San Francisco is taking necessary steps to raise money for a campaign to legalize recreational pot in California. The shift is a policy change in the state, but could potentially influence the 2016 presidential election. According to USA Today, the advocacy group, known as the Marijuana Policy Project, filed necessary paper work with the secretary of state, registering a campaign to start accepting campaign contributions for a recreational pot initiative on the November 2016 ballot.

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If the measure is passed, it would legalize the commercial sale of pot for recreational use to all adults over the age of 21. Our Orange County medical marijuana attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of card holders, dispensary owners, and others in the marijuana industry. We are abreast of legal and policy changes that impact the rights of users and business owners. When under investigation, facing compliance or regulatory issues, or you have been charged with a marijuana related crime, our legal team is prepared to protect your rights.

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September 28, 2014

Retail Sales Surpass Medical Marijuana Sales in Colorado

Since recreational pot shops opened in Colorado in January, sales have topped medical marijuana sales for the first time. According to recent tax figures released by the Colorado Department of Revenue, the state received $838,711 from a 2.9% tax on medical marijuana and $2.97 million from the 10% sales tax on retail marijuana. According to the report, retail sales were estimated at $29.7 million and medical sales approximately $28.9 million. The report has been considered a victory for legalization advocates who predicted that the revenues from retail priced marijuana would be profitable for the state.

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Still, some reports indicate that the revenues have lagged behind some earlier projections. Regardless, the massive revenues have been a guidepost for other states considering the potential benefits of legalization. Our Orange County medical marijuana attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of users, dispensary owners, and others involved in the marijuana business. Our firm has continued to track legal trends and developments in California, Colorado and nationwide. In addition to staying abreast of local trends in marijuana law, we also provide strategic advocacy to protect the rights of our clients who are under investigation or charged with marijuana crimes. We can also help to insulate individuals and business owners by helping to ensure regulatory compliance.

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September 26, 2014

Berkeley Ordinance Mandates "Welfare Weed"

Berkeley City Council has passed an ordinance that will require medical marijuana dispensaries to distribute 2 percent of their stash to those making less than $32,000 per year or $46,000 per family.

Those residents with a prescription who meet the annual income minimums will be eligible for what has been dubbed "welfare weed." According to the New York Times, the ordinance was approved unanimously with the hope of making medical marijuana affordable and available for all residents. The 'charity cannabis' mandate has significant support throughout the city and region, though it has also been mocked in the city known for its liberal leanings.

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While many say the ordinance will help residents get access to the drug they may need for pain relief and other medical symptoms, other critics say that more access to weed is not going to help them get out of economically difficult situation. Our Orange County medical marijuana attorneys are abreast of the legal changes in marijuana law in Southern California and nationwide. In addition to keeping up with trends in sales and regulatory matters, we also represent individual marijuana users, dispensary owners, and others involved with the industry. We can help ensure compliance and protect our clients against liability.

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September 24, 2014

Pot Brownies Send San Francisco Students to Hospital

Parents, school officials, health care advocates, as well as legislators have pointed to the dangers of edible products when ingested by children and teens. While regulatory changes and some precautions can be taken to keep edibles safe and out of the hands of underage users, there are still health risks in California and nationwide.

According to a recent report, five students from a high school in the San Francisco Bay Area fell seriously ill and were taken to an area hospital after consuming pot brownies brought to school by another student. Two of the students had to be hospitalized after falling unconscious from consuming the brownies.

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Police reports indicated that a 17-year-old senior brought and sold the pot brownies on the schoo premises for $3 each or $5 for two. While the students knew that they were "pot brownies" they likely did not know the dosages or that the brownies were a health risk. Our Orange County medical marijuana attorneys are abreast of the legal and safety issues impacting residents of California. In addition to representing marijuana users, dispensary owners, and advocates, we are also concerned with local issues and cases that may impact marijuana law.

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September 22, 2014

Colorado Pot Seized by U.S. Postal Service on the Rise

As the state leading in marijuana growing, sales, and distribution, it isn't surprising that entrepreneurs in Colorado are seeking new avenues for profits. Though marijuana has been legalized throughout the state, it is still illegal to transport, ship, and sell the product across state lines. According to The Guardian, the U.S. Postal Service has seized more than 493 pounds of pot from packages in 2013, up from 57 pounds in 2010. The statistics were released by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Packages were most often intercepted between Colorado and Florida, Maryland, and Illinois.

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The report did not take into consideration packages shipped throughout 2014 since recreational pot shops were opened in the state. Research suggests that more people are shipping pot by mail, though it is possible that the postal service is becoming more proactive in pursuing investigations. Our Orange County marijuana dispensary attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients, including medical card holders, dispensary owners, and others involved in the marijuana business. Our attorneys are abreast of changes in marijuana law and can help to ensure compliance as well as prevent criminal liability.

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