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Hash Oil Extraction License

Hash Oil Extraction License – What you need to know   Many are surprised that there is such as thing (or will be) as a hash oil extraction license.  By now you may already know that the cultivation, selling, transportation, and manufacturing of cannabis related products will be a legal and regulated activity in California.  Therefore, the hash oil extraction license will be available. But until January of 2018, this activity remains illegal. What you need to know is that these licenses will be very specific and the requirements in obtaining them will necessitate strict compliance.   Before we jump into the topic however, know...

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Can the Police Search My Car for Marijuana or Alcohol?

Marijuana and a gavel together for many legal concepts on the drug.

If you are a California resident, you no doubt have heard by now that California voters have legalized the recreational use and possession of small amounts of marijuana, effective immediately. And alcohol has of course been legal since the end of Prohibition. So why would a police officer ever have reason to search your car or vehicle for evidence of marijuana or alcohol? Because numerous situations remain in which you might face criminal charges based on the presence of alcohol or marijuana in your vehicle, including: Driving while intoxicated Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) Open container laws Possession...

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6 Things DUI Cops Won’t Tell You

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="195"] Photo By Charles Roberts from Plano, United States (Plano Police Motorcycle Officer) [CC BY 2.0[/caption] This post used to say "5 Things DUI Cops Won't Tell You", however, new trends and created new issue in the field of DUI law.  Despite law enforcement's efforts to curb impaired driving, trends related to drug-influenced driving ("drugged driving") have sprouted in the last four years.  This has influenced the ways in which DUI officers have investigated their cases. It’s sometimes hard to grasp how complex DUI (“Driving Under the Influence”) arrests can get. Most people don’t really know what it feels...

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Why Humans Drink & Get High

Why Humans Drink & Get High Before undertaking this kind of topic, a few things need to be clarified.  The medical, treatment, and law enforcement communities can disagree about the different ranges between alcohol or drug "use," "abuse," and "addiction."  Not all people who have tried alcohol or drugs have "abused" them.  And not all individuals who have used mind-altering chemicals have experienced "addiction".  Thus, this discussion postulates the multifaceted reasons why humans as a species are drawn to these experiences in the first place.  For a long time now, the notion that "getting high" to have fun or "running away...

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Criminal Charges on Your Record

Criminal Charges On Your Record The real consequences that come with having criminal charges on your record are very misunderstood. What most believe about their criminal record is motivated by their fear of the unknown. Like credit reports, we have no idea how much our lives will be effected by the decisions we have made or the challenges we have faced—and we may never get the chance to explain ourselves to the people that may be judging us for it. Information technology has changed everyone’s lives and it will continue to do so. Knowing who can access your criminal files and how it’s...

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Concentrates and Extraction Law; Are they All Drug Labs?

Concentrates and Extraction Law As the cannabis industry continues to evolve, so do the definitions of "drug labs".  Recently, a highly-regarded testing lab was raided in Pasadena--resulting in two arrests for the illegal manufacturing of concentrates.  If the arrests had anything to do with illegal concentrates and extraction methods, does that mean everyone who makes dabs fall under California's manufacturing lab statute? This brings up several questions that have many in the industry wondering where is the line between professional concentrates makers, cannabis testing labs, and BHO labs. Where Medicine and the Law Crash To put this problem into a larger context, consider the following:  Patients that are...

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Do Drug Charges Show on Criminal Background Checks?

Criminal Background Checks California's Central Criminal Records Repository All fifty states, including California, has a central repository where criminal records are stored. Upon arrest or conviction, local law enforcement agencies and courts are supposed to transmit the information to the repository. California's central records repository is located at the Department of Justice. The repository is tasked with maintaining the records and limiting their dissemination to the public, as laws have been passed in California to greatly limit access with few exceptions. Private employers still often want to check the background of employees and many procure records in other ways. A recent survey revealed...

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Do Heroin Charges Carry Bigger Challenges Compared to Other Drugs?

Maybe. But fighting heroin charges definitely doesn’t make a criminal case any easier. Your first impression of the drug is only partly to blame. The rest is hidden underneath. The reasons some people begin abusing controlled substances can get lengthy. When it comes to using heroin it’s no different. For some reason, however, the courts have always placed a special stigma on heroin drug charges. When facing any kind of drug offenses there are several critical issues that could determine the outcome of the case (jail versus rehab, sales versus possession counts, to name a few). When it comes to heroin, there...

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Drug Possession Charged as Sales: How Much is Too Much?

One thing that is all-too-common in drug crimes is the possession case that is charged as a sales case.  Many clients are outraged and terrified to learn they are being accused of being a "Drug Dealer" when they have only engaged in personal uses of a controlled substance. There are a few reasons why these cases end up being charged as "sales cases" and many clients seem to experience at least one of these patterns. Amount: More Than One Would Normally "Use" On Their Own Taking a look at the elements of Possession for Sales charge, you will not find any reference to...

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