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Medical Marijuana Legalized In New Hampshire


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Medical Marijuana Legalized In New Hampshire, making it the last state in New England to legalize medical marijuana.

Tuesday July 23rd , New Hampshire became the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana when Governor Maggie Hassan signed a new bill into law.

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The law was overwhelmingly approved by state lawmakers in both legislative houses, making New Hampshire the last state in New England to legalize medical marijuana.

“Allowing doctors to provide relief to patients through the use of appropriately regulated and dispensed medical marijuana is the compassionate and right policy for the state of New Hampshire, and this legislation ensures that we approach this policy in the right way with measures to prevent abuse,” Hassan said in a statement.

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As a result, patients with “chronic or terminal disease” or “debilitating medical conditions” can be written prescriptions for marijuana. These patients will be allowed to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana, which they can obtain from a nonprofit marijuana dispensary.

“This legislation is long overdue and comes as a relief to the many seriously ill patients throughout New Hampshire who will benefit from safe access to medical marijuana,” Matt Simon, a New Hampshire-based legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement. “Those suffering from debilitating conditions like cancer and multiple sclerosis deserve legal, safe and reliable access to medical marijuana.”

The initial version of the bill allowed patients to grow their own marijuana at home, but Gov. Hassan removed that provision. Also, the law requires patients to obtain the prescription from a medical provider that they have been seeing for at least 90 days. This provision ensures that patients have tried other solutions to their ailments and displayed ongoing symptoms before resorting to marijuana use.

New Hampshire legalizes Medical Marijuana.

New Hampshire legalizes Medical Marijuana.

Under the new law, up to four marijuana dispensaries can grow a maximum of 80 marijuana plants and possess 80 ounces of marijuana, or 6 ounces per patient.

(Related: People v Koon: Michigan Supreme Court Rules Must Prove MMMA Patient is “Under The Influence” )

“By providing strong regulatory oversight and clear dispensing guidelines, this bill addresses many of the concerns that were expressed throughout the legislative process,” the governor said. “[The bill] legalizes the use of medical marijuana in a way that makes sense for the state of New Hampshire and gives health providers another option to help New Hampshire’s seriously ill patients.”

Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are currently considering similar measures.

“The vast majority of Americans recognize the medical benefits of marijuana and believe people with serious illnesses should have safe and legal access to it,” Simon said. “We applaud our elected officials for enacting a law to protect patients, and we hope legislators in other states will follow suit.”

Rudoi Law can defend you against unconstitutional legislation and improper law enforcement. Whether you have been recommended for medical marijuana in Michigan or are a registered caregiver or grower, we can defend your rights.

 

Read more: https://rt.com/usa/new-hampshire-medical-marijuana-542/

 


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DUI Related Traffic Deaths Deterred by MDOT’s New Effort


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DUI related traffic deaths hope to be deterred by messages on Dynamic Message Sign.

A new statewide Michigan safety campaign will display the number of traffic fatalities on Michigan roadways thus far in 2013 on electronic signs.

The Michigan Department of Transportation hopes the signs, which will go up Wednesday and runs through November, will be noticed by motorists and reduce DUI and other traffic related casualties.

One day per month the message will be displayed on signs along road including interstates and highways.

According to MDOT, the current number of traffic deaths in Michigan is 440. State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle says that is a “startling statistic.”

Dynamic Message Signs are being used in the effort. These type of signs are typically used to display construction information or road closings. MDOT says the message on the signs is a simple and inexpensive way MDOT can contribute to a “Toward Zero Deaths” effort.

MDOT says a number of other states use similar messages on signs for the same effect.

In 2011, there were 889 DUI related fatalities in Michigan, down from 942 in 2010. One in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime. Almost every 90 seconds, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. In 2011, 9,878 people died in drunk driving crashes in the U.S. – one every 53 minutes. Every day in America, another 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.

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In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher, although motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer feels they are impaired. Under the state’s high BAC law, motorists face enhanced penalties if a first-time arrest is for a .17 BAC or higher.

Read more: https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/safety-campaign-to-display-number-of-traffic-deaths-on-michigan-roadways-on-electronic-signs/-/1719418/21141012/-/bmb4uh/-/index.html

Driving while under the influence of alcohol can have devastating consequences. It is important for drivers to remain calm, and it is beneficial if a person is knowledgeable of the DUI laws in Michigan.

This is not the time to experiment with self-representation or plead to the charges “just to get it over with.” You need the expertise of a lawyer that specializes in OWI and DUI cases.

Michigan is a state with very strict drunk driving laws. According to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning the average cost of a DUI / OWI conviction in Michigan is $15,680.00.

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Drunk Driving Crack Down Leads to 131 Arrests


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Drunk driving is a serious offense with serious consequences.

According to state police a crackdown on Drunk Driving put extra officers on Michigan roads around the Fourth of July holiday and lead to 131 drunken driving arrests.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Overcrackdown ran July 1 to 7 and police announced the arrest totals on Wednesday. Police reported that they also arrested an additional 45 motorists for drug-related offenses and nabbed 110 fugitives.

Drunk driving is a serious offense with serious consequences. The stepped-up patrols will be on the lookout for drunk drivers to ensure those drivers are off the road,” said Michael L. Prince, OHSP director. “Make sure the only flashing lights you see this Fourth of July are fireworks. Plan ahead and designate a sober driver before you start drinking.”

During the 2012 July Fourth holiday period, four people were killed in four traffic crashes. Although none of the crashes involved alcohol, alcohol-related traffic deaths and serious injuries increase during the summer months, with July and August being the highest. During a five-year period (2008-2012), alcohol involvement resulted in 743 deaths and incapacitating injuries during the month of July and 753 deaths and serious injuries during the month of August. A second statewide drunk driving crackdown is slated Aug. 16-Sept. 2.

In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher, although motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer feels they are impaired. Under the state’s high BAC law, motorists face enhanced penalties if a first-time arrest is for a .17 BAC or higher.

Overtime drunk driving enforcement is part of Michigan’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in February 2013.

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says the crackdown involved law enforcement officers from dozens of agencies and was paid for by federal funds.

Michigan State Police played their role in the effort.

Also involved in the crackdown were agencies in the folowing counties: Allegan, Berrien, Calhoun, Chippewa, Delta, Eaton, Genesee, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Marquette, Monroe, Muskegon, Oakland, Ogemaw, Ottawa, Saginaw, St. Clair, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne.

There were 156 different agencies in 26 counties who gave a combined 4,800 hours of additional enforcement planned for the July 1-7, 2013 enforcement.

Last year during the same period, the additional officers made 3,700 traffic stops and arrested 126 drunk drivers.

Read more: https://www.wzzm13.com/news/article/262605/2/Michigan-4th-of-July—131-drunk-driving-arrests

Driving while under the influence of alcohol can have devastating consequences. It is important for drivers to remain calm, and it is beneficial if a person is knowledgeable of the DUI laws in Michigan.

This is not the time to experiment with self-representation or plead to the charges “just to get it over with.” You need the expertise of a lawyer that specializes in OWI and DUI cases.

Michigan is a state with very strict drunk driving laws. According to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning the average cost of a DUI / OWI conviction in Michigan is $15,680.00.

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Michigan Police Officer Charged With DUI


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A Michigan police officer with a BAC of 0.13 had his case dismissed on a technicality. Do you still think all DUI attorneys are the same?

No one is above the law or safe from being charged with DUI/OWI charges. This Michigan state police commander was recently arrested for OWI after being found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.13 after crashing his vehicle. In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher, although motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer feels they are impaired. Under the state’s high BAC law, motorists face enhanced penalties if a first-time arrest is for a .17 BAC or higher.

Last year, the Michigan police officer’s drunk driving case was dismissed due to a technicality. The BAC reading was obtained through use of a warrant. However, the warrant was signed by a court employee who was relieved of her duties earlier in the year due to mental health problems. The officer’s defense argued that the BAC reading should be thrown out since the warrant was not valid. As a result, she was not with the authority to approve the warrant used to obtain the BAC reading. The court was forced to throw out the evidence.

This case demonstrates the value of an experienced DUI criminal defense attorney. There are a number of defenses available for an OWI charge. When used successfully, these defenses can result in the reduction or even dismissal of charges.

Enforcement officers must adhere to the law for a drunk driving charge to be legal. For example, an officer must have a legal reason to have made a stop before administering tests to determine the driver’s BAC levels. If the officer is unable to produce a reason for why he stopped the driver, the stop itself may be illegal and the charges could be dismissed.

Provided that the stop is legal, the process by which the driver’s BAC was taken must be by the book.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol can have devastating consequences. It is important for drivers to remain calm, and it is beneficial if a person is knowledgeable of the DUI laws in Michigan.

This is not the time to experiment with self-representation or plead to the charges “just to get it over with.” You need the expertise of a lawyer that specializes in OWI and DUI cases.

Michigan is a state with very strict drunk driving laws. According to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning the average cost of a DUI / OWI conviction in Michigan is $15,680.00.

Penalties for a DUI Conviction are extensive for those who choose to ignore the laws set forth by the state. If you are a first-time offender, you are subject to any of the following penalties:

  • A fine of up to $500

  • Jail time of up to 93 days

  • Community service duty up to 360 hours

  • Your driver’s license can be assessed up to six points

  • Suspended license for up to six months, with the potential for a restricted license after the first 30 days

The Michigan Driver Responsibility Program potentially means that an individual who is convicted of a DUI could potentially face a fine of $1,000 for two consecutive years to the Secretary of State. There is also the potential penalty of $500 for two consecutive years. Beyond the fees paid to the state, you will also have to deal with any court costs and attorney fees.

Many people assume that they can avoid potential prosecution by simply refusing to have their breath tested for alcohol. In reality, the law states that those refusing to take the chemical test upon arrest can have their license automatically suspended for a year and six points assessed to their driving record. These consequences are in addition to any other penalties you will receive upon being convicted of drunk driving.

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