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Thanks to the Virginia legislators supporting legalization of medical marijuana

The District of Columbia and Maryland have decriminalized marijuana. The two jurisdictions have also moved forward in their own peculiar ways in giving limited protection to medical marijuana use. Neighboring Virginia lags far behind. For marijuana consumers working in and near Washington, D.C., Virginia’s disadvantageous...

Landlord pleads guilty for renting to medical marijuana grower

Medical marijuana may be lawful under several states’ laws. However, federal law is undisturbed by such state laws, and federal prosecutors are displaying a retrenchment — as we come closer to the 2012 presidential election — from Attorney General Holder’s early 2009 assurances that  curtailing federal...

Legalize medical marijuana now

Thanks to these medical marijuana users for admitting to their use of marijuana in urging that Maryland’s governor not veto medical marijuana legalization legislation. Thanks to Maryland Delegates Dan Morhaim and Cheryl Glenn for joining this pro-medical marijuana video.

Using medical marijuana as an affirmative defense and sentencing defense in Maryland

Image from public domain. Since mid-2011 in Maryland, medical marijuana went statutorily from being available as a sentencing defense for convictions for possessing marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia, to also being an affirmative defense against a conviction for possessing the same. Here are further details: My general analysis...

Federal prosecutors waste dollars and harm lives on medical marijuana prosecutions

Image from public domain. Unfortunately, as we get closer to the next presidential election, President Obama will likely look even more like Tweedledum to the Republicans’ Tweedledee on criminal prosecutions, national security, and counterterrorism, lest he rattle independents to vote for the Republican nominee.   Whether or not that has motivated...

Medical marijuana is now also an affirmative criminal defense in Maryland

Image from public domain. Medical marijuana now is not only a possible sentencing defense in Maryland, but also a possible affirmative defense against a conviction, effective June 1. 2011. Here is the Marijuana Policy Project’s May 17, 2011, report on the law. The Maryland legislature’s webpage provides...

Here is the final text of D.C.’s medical marijuana law

Image from public domain. Last week, I blogged about the D.C. City Council’s final passage of a medical marijuana law, for Mayor Fenty’s expected signature. Not having found the final law’s text on Google, I obtained it from the D.C. City Council website, which is...