In Part I of my discussion on the Illinois Medical Cannabis Act we covered the purpose of the Act along with the medical conditions covered by the Act. The full title of the Act is "Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act". A good deal of language was taken directly from the Act so that there was nothing lost to faulty context. In this post, we're going to cover the next section of the Act which covers the general structure for the sale of medical marijuana here in … [Read more...] about Illinois Medical Cannabis Act, Part II
The new year ushered in a group of new laws, including the Illinois Medical Cannabis Act. Codified at 410 ILCS 130 et. seq., the statute's full title is: "Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act." This is going to be the first in a series of posts on this new law. This part will introduce you to the law and some of the "boring" stuff that defines the spirit and mechanics of the law. In a later article, or three, I'll discuss the potential impacts of the law and how it's being … [Read more...] about Illinois Medical Cannabis Act, Part I
A southern California woman was ticketed in October of last year for speeding and using Google Glass while driving. The Google Glass charge was actually for having a video device in front of the driver's headrest. It's a law designed to keep drivers from being distracted while operating a motor vehicle by prohibiting any sort of entertainment displays in the driver's vision. Basically, it's to keep people from watching movies or television programming while driving. The officer reasoned that … [Read more...] about Google Glass While Driving
The first day of 2014 saw a new Illinois cell phone law, codified at 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2. This new law will restrict the use of cell phones in vehicles beyond that in place from last year. In the past, you would be able to drive your car and use your cell phone without any sort of aid. You could hold it up to your ear, in most areas but not all, and there would be no violation. Now, you must use a hands-free device or operate your cell phone in a manner as described in the statute. Specifically, … [Read more...] about Illinois Cell Phone Law – 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2
Illinois courts have consistently condemned prosecutors injecting race into opening statements or closing arguments. However, this still seems to be an issue as evidenced in the Fifth District case of People v. Marshall, 2013 IL App (5th) 110430. In Marshall, the Defendant was charged and, subsequently, convicted of two counts of first-degree murder. Id. at ¶ 3, ¶ 10. The State produced two witnesses, Jodie Lacy and Crystal Blye, who implicated the Defendant in the victim’s murder. Id. at ¶ 4. … [Read more...] about People v. Marshall – Prosecutor’s use of race inappropriate.