State v. Reis (Summary)

  Washington State Supreme Court State v. Reis: In a unanimous opinion authored by Justice Wiggins, the court found that the 2011 amendments to RCW 69.51A.040 do not decriminalize the possession of marijuana for medical use because such decriminalization was conditioned upon the establishment of a statewide registry of medical marijuana patients. However, because Governor…

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Case Law Update (February 2015)

The following criminal cases of note were decided during the last two weeks: Federal Law  United States Supreme Court Holt v. Hobbs: Justice Alito, writing for a unanimous Court, held that Arkansas Department of Correction should have provided a reasonable exception to its prohibition against beards to the petitioner, a devout Muslim for whom shaving…

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Case Law Update (August, 2014)

Washington State Law Supreme Court of Washington State v. Homan:  In an opinion authored by Justice Wiggins and joined by Chief Justice Madsen and Justices Fairhurst, J.M. Johnson (P.T.), Stephens, Gonzalez, and Gordon McCloud, the Court found sufficient evidence to uphold Mr. Homan’s conviction of child luring when the evidence demonstrated that Mr. Homan had…

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Be Honest About Marijuana

Lies, Damn Lies and Prohibitionists Debunking the Myths of Marijuana (Again) In recent events, many government agencies have been in the spotlight for their comments on the medical use and recreational use of Marijuana. These agencies include the DEA as well as The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The statements that have ben made…

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Lawyers, Guns & Cannabis: Gun Rights and the Lawful Use of Marijuana

With the medical and recreational use of cannabis being tolerated at many levels of government, there is one constitutional issue that remains undecided. Currently, it is unlawful for and user of illicit drugs to own, purchase, or possess a firearm at both the State and Federal level. Unfortunately, this includes cannabis. Various administrations and courts…

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