A USC senior recently beat marijuana DUI charges with a 9-3 verdict. Her defense attorney demonstrated she could operate a motor vehicle with the same caution characteristic of a sober person, challenged the subjective nature of the field sobriety tests (based primarily on a police officer’s observations), and presented evidence that 8 ng/ml of THC in her bloodstream does not establish impairment.
Tag: Legal Decisions (75 posts)
Colorado employers can legally fire marijuana users from their jobs, the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in a 2-1 decision. Although the case was brought by a medical marijuana user, the ruling will have any even broader impact given that the state has now legalized marijuana for all... Read More »
Special to Drug War Chronicle by Clarence Walker, firstname.lastname@example.org When the tech world news web site CNET published excerpts of a leaked DEA memo explaining how, during an investigation, the agency was unable to access the messages of drug dealers using the Apple iMessage system built into a Verizon cell phone, it... Read More »
Special to Drug War Chronicle by Clarence Walker, email@example.com Blocked by a Supreme Court decision from using GPS tracking devices without a warrant, federal investigators and other law enforcement agencies are turning to a new, more powerful and more threatening technology in their bid to spy more freely on those... Read More »
An NYPD inspector parsed words over whether he set “quotas” or “performance goals” for the number of people he wanted arrested or summonsed, in a trial challenging the police tactic. Deputy Inspector Michael Marino testified Friday in Floyd v. The City of New York, a class action filed by... Read More »
A Michigan judge, William Collette, has overturned a state commission denying unemployment benefits to a medical marijuana patient that was fired after failing a drug test. Jenine Kemp, formerly a hospital employee, suffers from Lupus and neuropathy, and previously informed her employers of her medical marijuana use.
special to Drug War Chronicle by Clarence Walker, firstname.lastname@example.org America’s war on drugs overseas was dealt a heavy blow in the federal courts late last year. In November, the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta handed prosecutors a crushing defeat by reversing the multiple drug convictions of four... Read More »
A high school basketball star caught selling marijuana off campus cannot sue the police for arresting him at school, though a federal judge was “deeply troubled” by the officers’ conduct. According to the ruling in Philadelphia Federal Court, Pius X High School varsity ballplayer Sean P. O’Neill was arrested... Read More »
Barred from stopping the shutdown of a medical marijuana dispensary, the city of Oakland asked a federal judge to stay proceedings pending its appeal. U.S. Magistrate Maria Elena James found earlier this month that Oakland lacked standing to challenge an attempt by the U.S. government to seize the Oakland... Read More »
The Supreme Court on Tuesday shut down opponents of the U.S. government’s warrantless surveillance program, finding they lack standing. It is an admitted fact that the government claims to have the authority to monitor people who are in regular and sometimes privileged contact with individuals whom it considers “persons... Read More »