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Field & lab testing to rule out industrial hemp – Virginia criminal lawyer

Field testing and lab testing for marijuana ordinarily is essential before a prosecutor can obtain a marijuana possession or dealing conviction, unless the defense stipulates that the substance in fact is marijuana. As a Virginia criminal lawyer, I know that until the recent federal Farm...

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...

Keep federal prosecution out of state laws allowing medical marijuana

Legalize marijuana as much as alcohol is legalized, and our civil liberties will flourish exponentially. Police repeatedly troll for marijuana odor, to seize on such odor as probable cause to search for marijuana and other contraband. The District of Columbia heavily decriminalized marijuana to address...