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Marijuana Charge Expungement Begins in Arizona

In November 2020, Arizona voters passed Prop 207, which legalized recreational marijuana use for adult users.  Another benefit to this new legislation?  Those people who were convicted of certain marijuana possession or marijuana paraphernalia felonies can apply to have their convictions expunged beginning on July 12, 2021. Here’s a quick run-down on what Arizona’s law…

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…

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…

201607.20
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The Power of Science

Science. What does this word bring to your mind?  Maybe you think of test tubes and lab coats.  Maybe you imagine Albert Einstein and other brilliant, if eccentric individuals.  You see the double-helix from DNA, electrons clouding around a nucleus, microscopes showing organisms that are otherwise an invisible mystery. Amy Albritton’s life was dismantled by…

201603.30
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No Alcohol, No Interlock?

On March 17, 2016, Senate Bill 1228 passed with 43 AYES, 13 NAYS and on Thursday, March 24, 2016, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed the bill into law.  The full text of the bill can be read at: http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/52leg/2r/laws/0057.pdf.  The passage of this bill is a definite YAY for the criminal defense world and those…

201504.20
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Marijuana and Driving: DUHigh?

There are dozens of studies and decades of research indicating how alcohol affects the human body and at what blood alcohol concentrations a person can no longer safely operate a vehicle. However, there has been a proliferation of drug-related DUIs in the past decade, and with many states legalizing or creating a controlled pharmaceutical system…

201404.26
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Arizona’s Highest Court Gets it Right; a Landmark Decision Affecting Marijuana DUIs

Imagine that your friend “George” has cancer and got a medical marijuana card, and he utilizes the card as intended by his treating physician.  He’s extremely cautious about when and how he ingests marijuana because he knows that it can affect his ability to drive and perform certain tasks.  If he smoked marijuana, he always…

201301.25
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Unexpected Impairment: Prescription Drugs and DUI

It may not surprise you to hear that alcohol is not the only substance that can impair you and cause a DUI charge. Driving under the influence of illegal drugs such as cocaine, various hallucinogens, and so on is illegal, although the ongoing controversy is beginning to create a legal grey area over medical marijuana….