The federal government broke its medical-marijuana promise

Despite many states legalizing the use of medical marijuana, the federal government still considers marijuana a Schedule I substance which makes possession of it completely illegal.  Furthermore, promises to remove some of the procedural red tape which has been making it difficult for legal dispensaries to operate have not been fulfilled. There are also many […]

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Can a Police Officer Validly Detect Whether or Not You Have Been Smoking Marijuana?

Driving under the influence of marijuana is a serious crime. Getting caught can mean penalties like jail time, fines and license suspension.   We’ve been asked many times before about the possibility of a cop smelling marijuana on you. Below are some considerations in view of this: Just because someone smells of smoke doesn’t necessarily mean […]

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How smoking legal weed in another state can get you a DUI in Pennsylvania

With marijuana becoming legal in more and more states, it is important to discuss how those laws affect all those who drive in Pennsylvania. Under Pennsylvania law, driving with any level of Delta-9-THC (THC), 11-Hydroxy-Delta-9-THC (THC-OH), and/or 11-Nor-9-Carboxy-Delta-9-THC (THC-COOH) [beyond the published Department of Health minimal detectable levels] in your system is illegal and you can […]

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Does the Cop smelling marijuana really mean anything?

Another attorney recently emailed me asking me about what a cop smelling marijuana really means.  It is a very interesting question because smell often comes up in cases involving alcohol and marijuana.  Here are some thoughts: Just because someone’s clothes smell like marijuana (assuming that the cop identified it correctly which is not exactly a […]

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Does what happen in Colorado Stay in Colorado? How Smoking Weed Legally Can Land You a Pennsylvania DUI

As of January 1, 2014, the state of Colorado became the first state to legalize marijuana possession and recreational use under certain circumstances. People can now buy marijuana like alcohol. If you are 21 or older, you can buy up to an ounce at a licensed store, as long as you have a Colorado ID. […]

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A single packet of synthetic marijuana can land you in jail

Hershey Stadium Concert Series

With the upcoming concert series and festivities announced at Hershey Giant Stadium, I thought it would be good to discuss some of the common charges people are arrested for at such events. Underage Drinking The penalties for underage drinking in Pennsylvania include: Up to 90 days in jail First offense – 90 day  driver’s license […]

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