In this quiz, criminal defense attorney William Moore describes a scenario whereby a client has been charged with domestic violence against the victim his wife. Before trial however, the wife leaves the state and fails to tell prosecutors of her whereabouts. She is not present on the day of trial and no excuse for absent has been given by any party. Prosecutors remind you that they have and intend to use sworn statements obtained by the wife prior to her departure which outlined in great detail in a violent act committed upon her by her husband.
Will the state be able to obtain a guilty verdict, or will they be precluded from going forward without a victim. Watch crime quiz three now to find out.
Diversion programs offer first-time offenders an opportunity to have their case dismissed after completing a relatively simple class or program successfully. Recently even first-time DUI offenders have enjoyed the benefits of such intervention opportunities in most counties throughout the United States. Opponents to DUI diversion programs allege that a County’s elected state attorney will only resort to offering dismissals for dangerous DUI offenders when they are unable to competently prosecute the number of cases resulting from their jurisdiction’s police force.
the days where an attorney could expect that nine out of every 10 DUIs would be dismissed in Dade County are distant memory. Their traffic criminal justice system was entirely ineffective before diversion programs were offered to first-time offenders. Palm Beach County has also begun diversion programs although there has been no evidence in decades that West Palm Beach prosecutors were unable to handle the misdemeanor case docket.
Recently an even more surprising is the decision to allow marijuana users to be ticketed and fined rather than criminally prosecuted in South Florida. Broward is the exception and that the elected assistant state attorney is unlikely to ever offer breaks for such a dangerous and serious offense according to his spokesperson years ago. I think that local criminal defense attorneys understand and respect him for that. He’s never lost control or had the number of this jurisdictions misdemeanor or felony case files out run his prosecutors.
Harry J Anslinger was the Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of narcotics. This evangelist had in vigorously attacking the drug, anyone associated with its use, sale or cultivation. While Anslinger was more successful than any before and some would even say after him in criminalizing marijuana.
Quite a remarkable accomplishment depending on which side of the debate you were on back then. Looking back to Anslinger’s time and for quite a while thereafter, there weren’t many people on the marijuana side. As it turns out Anslinger is more famous in today’s day and age for his methodical and opportunistic propaganda and brainwashing of the American people.
We certainly have different acceptance level with regard to marijuana use. I’m not talking about just medical marijuana either. Recreational marijuana use is seeing a tolerance increase at a rate faster than ever before. One respected survey reported that almost 90% of Floridians approve of medical marijuana for their state which if accurate is about the most unanimous vote you could get on any debatable topic, not just in Florida but the nation.
That I said recreational use is seeing a tolerance. We have all grown up experiencing a level of tolerance to the drug. It’s the only misdemeanor drug crime. It’s accepted in many social circles regardless of class. Unless of course you’re a minority are in the system. African-Americans are arrested for marijuana possession and related charges over 10 times more frequently than white Americans. This fluctuates geographically throughout the nation but one thing that doesn’t fluctuate is the fact that there are no jurisdictions reporting an arrest rate of white males in excess of 10 times of any other race or ethnicity. That’s politics, the political nature of the crime and things that we’ve already talked to death.
… That’s exactly my point, because now the system is going to give you the equivalent of a traffic ticket if you’re caught with under 20 g of marijuana. Except the fines less and you don’t get points on your license. Major cities such as Miami and West Palm Beach have already adopted this. It’s practically the legalization of marijuana for medical marijuana is even approved. The doctors that want to make killing off prescribing the stuff must be so frustrated.
What two things frustrate physicians who want to write prescriptions for medical marijuana and have worked at meeting the requirements for licensure?
It’s practically already legal to use recreationally and medical marijuana is intended to be cultivated to an extremely low potency strain. Who needs week medical marijuana when you can get hydroponically grown rocket fuel with a lower level of risk than if you were speeding in order to catch the big came by kickoff.
The race to grow low potency marijuana & the slow pace of researchers who want to know why smoking it makes people feel better. The first step proposed by Florida lawmakers was to all but eliminate the compound responsible for inducing a pleasurable state after “being prescribed” the controversial substance.
We already know what recent polls have confirmed; a vast majority of Floridians will support medical marijuana when it is readdressed in 2016. The fact is by this time next year, marijuana will be widely doled out by physicians carrying the special license required to prescribe it.
Currently, the state is considering a low potency form of the drug only. The goal is to minimize the euphoric effects commonly experienced by recreational pot smokers and produce a low THC pharmaceutical grade product. Contrary to popular belief, prescription marijuana is to be grown within the state of Florida and under strict guidelines. “Only five nurseries will be licensed to grow cannabis” claims Drug Crime Defense Lawyer William Moore. The cost of an administrative agency to oversee the production phase is expected to cost several million dollars annually. The revenue to the will be in the billions.
Over 100 nurseries have applied for the handful of growing licenses that will be issued based on predetermined geographical regions. The Florida State Health Department will only consider long-standing businesses with decades of experience and a history of legal commercial plant production. Applicants will have to show a history of almost a half-million plants grown annually. The fee for application is in excess of $50,000.00. Nurseries selected will be licensed to grow strains that are low in Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Advocates for the legalization of marijuana argue that THC, the compound responsible for the euphoric effect of marijuana, is the active ingredient required by patients expected to be prescribed the drug.
Little is understood about what it is exactly about marijuana that alleviates pain and promotes appetite for those suffering from debilitating illnesses. Cannabis has been classified by the United States federal government as a drug without any medical use for decades. Very little research has been conducted with regard to if, how or why it helps patients suffering from serious conditions… the legalization of medical marijuana in certain states throughout the nation has started the ever-so-slow process of researching just what it is about smoking pot that seems to alleviate pain suffered by those who have been diagnosed with cancer, epilepsy or similar conditions.
It may seem strange but the FDA has not approved marijuana as a safe and effective drug for any medical condition. In a formal statement however, the organization publicly stated that it is aware that there is considerable interest in its use to attempt to treat a number of medical conditions.
“Good to know that the Food & Drug Administration is aware that people who have known only sickness and suffering are interested in smoking some pot. Years from now perhaps a scientist in a lab coat conducting FDA supported research is going to look up from a bubbling beaker and suggest to the rest of the team ‘Hey guys, I really think it’s the THC that made these patients feel better… now if we could only find out what brought on the sudden appetite for buffalo wings and pizza.” – William R. Moore, Marijuana Defense Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale.
Author Alexandria Klimowicz