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Legalization of marijuana to become a Virginia drug law reality

Legalization of marijuana to become part of Virginia criminal law starting July 1, 2021 Legalization of marijuana in Virginia is a dream come true. As a Fairfax drug defense lawyer, I say that not because I want to use pot, but because legalizing cannabis helps...

Marijuana Odor to No Longer Allow VA Police Searches

Marijuana odor detection is a favorite of law enforcement to justify detaining and arresting people; searching them, their vehicles and their other property; and obtaining search warrants to seek further evidence of criminal activity. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer and civil libertarian, I am overjoyed...

420 Marks Marijuana & My Blog Anniversary

420 is another word for marijuana, referencing a 4:20 p.m. time to toke and today's 4/20 date to celebrate. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer. I  spiritedly defend against marijuana and other drug prosecutions, running from simple possession to multiple plants and distribution / possession with...

Mandamus relief denied for dismissing Virginia marijuana prosecutions

  Mandamus relief is not available to Virginia prosecutors seeking marijuana case dismissals Mandamus relief is not forthcoming in response to Norfolk, Virginia, Circuit Court judges refusing the commonwealth attorney’s office’s seeking dismissal of misdemeanor marijuana cases that get appealed from the District Court. A...

Dismissing misdemeanor marijuana cases in 2 Virginia courthouses

Dismissing or not prosecuting misdemeanor marijuana possession cases is now the policy of the chief prosecutors in Portsmouth (except for likely still prosecuting juveniles for possessing marijuana) and Norfolk Virginia. As a Fairfax drug lawyer and civil libertarian, I applaud this move and encourage a...

Rescheduling marijuana is essential says Fairfax criminal lawyer

Rescheduling marijuana away from being a Schedule I or even Schedule II drug, federally, is essential. A federal Schedule I controlled substance is a dangerous drug that has no recognized medicinal benefits; that is how marijuana currently is scheduled in federal law. A Schedule II...