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Cannabis Litigation: How Effective Are Motions to Dismiss?

HarrisBricken

Last month, I wrote this post on the latest development in the trademark infringement lawsuit filed by Veritas Fine Cannabis (“VFC”) against Veritas Farms. Unfortunately for VFC, Magistrate Judge Michael E.

Myanmar law students take protective precautions ahead of Sunday Milk Tea Alliance protests against military junta

JURIST

JURIST EXCLUSIVE – Law students will join many thousands of other protesters in Myanmar and across the ASEAN countries of the so-called Milk Tea Alliance in mass pro-democracy demonstrations against the Myanmar military coup on Sunday.

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California May Decriminalize Psychedelics

HarrisBricken

On February 17, 2021, California Senator Scott Wiener introduced SB-519 , a bill that if passed, would decriminalize a host of both natural and synthetic psychedelic drugs. In this post, I’ll unpack what the law would do in its current form.

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Mandalay death toll rises after Myanmar police, soldiers open fire on protesters

JURIST

JURIST EXCLUSIVE – The death toll from protests in Mandalay on Saturday when police and soldiers opened fire on protesters has now increased to seven, with many more reported injured.

Grammar Giggle – Hot Mess Memories – Part 2

ProofThatBlog

After I posted the original Grammar Giggle on this photo , I had several people comment that I had missed some errors. I don’t always point out all of the errors–both to give the author some credit and so it doesn’t overwhelm the reader and make it seem worse than it really is.

The Supreme Court Issues a (Possibly) Landmark Ruling on Qualified Immunity

EvidenceProf Blog

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court issued a summary disposition in McCoy v. Alamu that could end up being a landmark ruling on qualified immunity. So, what is qualified immunity? As the Supreme Court explained in Mullenix v. Luna, 577

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Kyrgyzstan convicted official detained on new corruption charges

JURIST

The Pervomaisky District Court of Bishkek announced Saturday that former Kyrgyz customs official Raimbek Matraimov, who was found guilty of corruption earlier this month, is being detained on fresh money laundering charges. .

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Do All Titles Require a Period?

ProofThatBlog

A friend recently emailed me asking if the rules for the use of “Mr.” ” had changed so that it did not require a period. I thought it was kind of a no-brainer and of course it needed the period. However, researching the topic shows me that I was wrong–kind of.

Court of Appeals of Arizona Finds Character Isn't "In Issue" in a Third Party Culpability Case

EvidenceProf Blog

Similar to its federal counterpart, Arizona Rule of Evidence 405(b) provides that When a person's character or character trait is an essential element of a charge, claim, or defense, or pursuant to Rule 404(c), the character or trait may also

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I couldn’t have done it — wouldn’t have dreamed of even trying — without you and Jay. You’re the very best!

Diane Drain

“I couldn’t have done it — wouldn’t have dreamed of even trying — without you and Jay. You’re the very best!

California Cannabis Supply Chain Contracts: Termination

HarrisBricken

I will continue publishing a series of posts identifying common issues with cannabis supply chain contracts in California over the next few months.

Myanmar: police open fire on protesters in Yangon as law students march to denounce judiciary in Mandalay

JURIST

JURIST EXCLUSIVE – Police in a district of Yangon, the old capital of Myanmar, opened fire on peaceful protesters Thursday in the second instance of armed violence by agents of the ruling military junta against unarmed protesters in less than a week.

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Grammar Giggle – Hot Mess Memories

ProofThatBlog

My brother sent this to me from a local newspaper remembering a drive-in theatre in Mesa. “It’s” is one of those words that does not follow the normal possession rules. The only time to use “it’s” is as a contraction of “it is.”

Military Court Applies Forfeiture by Wrongdoing Exception in Murder Case

EvidenceProf Blog

Similar to its federal counterpart, Military Rule of Evidence 804(b)(6) provides an exception to the rule against hearsay for A statement offered against a party that wrongfully caused or acquiesced in wrongfully causing the declarant’s unavailability as a witness, and

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A Court Public Data Access Proposal – Yes, but…

CourtTechBulletin

My friend Bob Ambrogi asked for comment during last Friday’s Legaltech Week Journalists’ Roundtable (an excellent discussion every week about our court customers).

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Interview With an Arizona Cannabis Expert – Peter Davis, CPA, ABV, CFF, CIRA, CTP, CFE

HarrisBricken

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and interview Peter Davis. Most people in the Arizona cannabis industry know Peter. Peter was one of the first receivers appointed over a dispensary in the United States. Since then, Peter has built a very reputable cannabis practice.

US appeals court rejects request to revive 48-hour waiting period before abortion

JURIST

In a 2-1 decision on Friday, the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a request to revive a Tennessee law requiring a 48-hour waiting period before abortions while the court hears an appeal of the district court’s decision that ruled the law unconstitutional.

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Chicago Faces 135% Increase In Carjackings. So Legislator Seeks To Ban “Grand Theft Auto”

JonathanTurley

My home city of Chicago continues to reel from soaring crime rates. Among the categories of increasing crime is a 135% spike in carjackings. One would think that the legislators would be focused on better policing and other programs. Marcus Evans Jr. (D,

Court of Appeals of Indiana Finds Child Molestation Victim's Forensic Interview Was Admissible as a Recorded Recollection

EvidenceProf Blog

Similar to its federal counterpart, Indiana Rule of Evidence 803(5) provides an exception to the rule against hearsay for A record that: (A) is on a matter the witness once knew about but now cannot recall well enough to testify

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Justices hear argument on whether “hot pursuit” for misdemeanors allows police to enter home without a warrant

SCOTUSBlog

The Supreme Court heard oral argument on Wednesday in the case of Arthur Lange, a northern California man convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. The evidence used to convict Lange was obtained by a California highway patrol officer, who had followed Lange in.

Will the FTC Adopt Less Stringent Substantiation Requirements for CBD Claims?

HarrisBricken

If you follow our blog, you know we keep a close eye on enforcement actions taken by the Food and Drug Administration (the FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (the FTC or the Commission) against companies selling and marketing cannabidiol (CBD) products.

Indiana House approves legislation to eliminate handgun licensing

JURIST

The Indiana House of Representatives approved legislation Monday that would eliminate handgun licensing in the state. Current Indiana law requires individuals to apply for a handgun license.

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“Not All TV News Sources Are The Same”: Congress And The Slippery Slope Of Censorship

JonathanTurley

Below is my column in the Hill on yesterday’s hearing on possible private and public limitations on free speech and the free press, including a letter from Democratic members asking companies why they do not remove Fox News and networks from cable. I recently responded to comments made by Rep.

My New Essay: "The End of Comparative Qualified Immunity"

EvidenceProf Blog

I have posted my new essay, "The End of Comparative Qualified Immunity," on SSRN. Here is the abstract: Critics have called qualified immunity an “unqualified disgrace,” an “abomination,” and “a scourge that closes courthouse doors to people whose constitutional rights

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In interstate water dispute, two stories, conflicting evidence and an uncertain outcome

SCOTUSBlog

Two competing stories took center stage during Monday’s oral argument in Florida v. Georgia, the second time this case has appeared before the Supreme Court. As noted in the preview, the question is whether the court should issue an equitable apportionment decree that requires Georgia.

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Federal Cannabis Lobbying: Altria Has Entered the Chat

HarrisBricken

In my experience, lobbying is truly an art and not a science, and a very important art at that. And there’s been no shortage of cannabis lobbying over the years on both the state and federal level.

New Zealand to outlaw conversion therapy practices

JURIST

The New Zealand government announced Sunday that it will pass legislation banning conversion therapy practices in the country by the end of this year or February next year at the latest.

Amazon Under Fire For Blocking An Anti-Transgender Book

JonathanTurley

We often discuss the deafening silence of professors and writers in the face of campaigns to cancel or censor conservative writers. Indeed, many have supported blacklisting and censorship.

Eleventh Circuit Finds Computer-Generated Maps Made With Human Input Were Hearsay

EvidenceProf Blog

Federal Rule of Evidence 801(c) states that “Hearsay” means a statement that: (1) the declarant does not make while testifying at the current trial or hearing; and (2) a party offers in evidence to prove the truth of the matter

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Court clears way for indoor worship services in northern California

SCOTUSBlog

In the latest of a line of challenges to restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court ordered a California county to allow churches to hold indoor worship services. In a brief order on Friday night, the justices granted a request to block county.

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Washington Cannabis: Buckle Up for a Brisk 2021 in M&A Activity

HarrisBricken

The year 2020 was a shock for all of us from both personal and business perspectives, but 2021 is shaping up to look much better, especially for Washington cannabis companies.

Dozens of NGOs sign open letter calling for global arms embargo against Myanmar

JURIST

Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) from 31 countries issued an open letter on Wednesday calling for the UN Security Council to institute a global arms embargo against the military regime in Myanmar.

“Big Oil’s ‘Hail Mary’ may roil U.S. climate cases”

HowAppealing

“Big Oil’s ‘Hail Mary’ may roil U.S. climate cases”: Maxine Joselow of E&E News has this report

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Supreme Court of Arkansas Finds Evidentiary About Face on Eve of Trial Did Not Require Reversal

EvidenceProf Blog

In Bedell v. Williams, 386 S.W.3d 493 (Ark. 2012), the Supreme Court of Arkansas implied that a judge changing a prior evidentiary ruling on the eve of trial can be grounds for a new trial, even if the new ruling

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