202104.06
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When THC Is THC Isn’t THC (Or Something)

Arizona voters approved recreational marijuana last November, and sales have been climbing as 2021 proceeds.  As we have previously discussed, Arizona’s Prop 207 had a number of effects, from legalizing possession of an ounce or less to expunging many marijuana-related felony convictions.  What’s still not legal?  Driving while impaired by marijuana, possession of more than…

202005.01
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Cocktails and Coronavirus

“I can’t wait until things go back to normal.”  This is probably one thought we can all agree upon in one way or another.  Whether it’s schools reopening, being able to go out to eat and have someone else do the dishes, or simply give your friend who you haven’t seen in months a hug,…

201906.07
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Medical Marijuana Is Not a Crime–but Could It Be?

While still contemplating the advent of a marijuana breathalyzer and the complex nature of THC and impairment, attorneys in Arizona, one of the 33 states that have legalized marijuana for medical use only, now have to brush up on their botany.  Or is it chemistry?  You know we went to law school because of math…

201904.22
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Cannabis Be the Future?

Well, folks, it is finally here.  With the contemporary “reefer madness” showing no signs of slowing, the minds at Hound Labs, an Oakland based, scientific instrument research start-up, have recently released a marijuana breathalyzer machine!  Say what?!!  Yes, in all seriousness, this company states that it has developed a machine to detect marijuana use “within…

201812.10
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Unlikely Allies for Criminal Defendants

A tale of two judges perceived to be polar opposites.  Sonya Sotomayor—the liberal Democratic nominee of the Obama administration and Neil Gorsuch—the conservative republican nominee of the Trump administration do not seem like likely allies.  When most of us envision Supreme Court justices hotly debating issues, we imagine a split largely down party lines.  After…

201703.02
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What’s On Deck, Legally?

Springtime—it’s our favorite time of year in the Valley of the Sun, filled with spring training games, music festivals, and this year, the NCAA basketball finals!  It’s also a time for fresh changes and new ideas, and our Arizona state legislators are busy trying to make decisions on proposed amendments to our laws.  As criminal…