Monday, July 28, 2014

Advocates Want Warning Labels on Edibles

With marijuana officially legal and available to all Washington adults, there is now a growing call for the marijuana industry to do more to warn people about what's actually in the edible pot-infused products they're buying.

Seattle's City Attorney Pete Holmes is calling on the State Liquor Control Board to strengthen its rules on requiring edibles to show servings per container on the packaging itself.

"As people imbibe, they don't feel the immediate effect. Then they continue to imbibe, only to find that after they've ingested too much that the delayed onset effect has gotten them to a place they didn't want to be," Holmes said.

Holmes said the Washington Poison Center has seen a spike in children consuming edible marijuana since recreational sales began earlier this month.

Holmes also wants a ban on marijuana advertising on commercial vehicles and an increase in retail licenses to make sure people have enough to buy legally rather than turning to the illegal trade.

  If you or a loved one is in a bind as a result of a DUI, immediately contact a Seattle DUI attorney. A DUI lawyer is not going to judge you, and understands that everyone makes mistakes. Hiring a Seattle DUI lawyer to help can – at a minimum – reduce those penalties, and can help direct people on how to best deal with their DUI charge. So it should go without saying that someone cited for DUI should hire a qualified Seattle DUI lawyer as soon as possible. Driving Under the Influence charges can cause havoc on a person’s personal and professional life. Anyone charged with DUI in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Seattle DUI lawyer.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Marijuana Retailer Files Law Suit Against WA Liquor Control Board

A would-be Washington marijuana seller is suing the state Liquor Control Board over his failure to obtain a retail license.

Pete O'Neil, the owner of C & C Shops, wants a license to operate in the Seattle suburb of Lynnwood, WA but in a lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court on Thursday he says officials refused to process his online application over a signature issue.

His attorney, Nancy Pacharzina, says he signed the application electronically while at the same time apparently clicking a box by mistake that said he would provide a paper copy.

The board has an unallocated retail license for Lynnwood, so O'Neil says that if he meets all other requirements, the license should be his.

Liquor Control Board spokesman Mikhail Carpenter says the agency has not yet seen the lawsuit and can't comment.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Ads Target Marijuana DUI

With marijuana retail stores now open, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) wants to make it clear that while marijuana use may be legal, driving under its influence is not.

To remind people that driving high is illegal, the commission is launching an advertising campaign called “Drive High, Get a DUI.” The 30-second television commercials show people attempting common activities while high. On-screen text tells viewers that while it is legal to do these things under the influence of marijuana, it is still not legal to drive under the influence.

The campaign coincides with the kickoff of State Patrol DUI-emphasis patrols. Starting July 1, state troopers have had extra patrols out on the highways. The campaign and the extra patrols are part of Target Zero, a program that strives to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. The most common drug found in drug-impaired fatal and serious-injury crashes is marijuana, according to a State Patrol marijuana fact sheet.

Initiative 502, approved by voters in 2012, did not provide funding for public education before legalization, but WTSC sees this campaign as critical to prevent DUIs.

The ad campaign and extra patrols are paid for by the commission. The Colorado Department of Transportation produced and aired the commercials earlier this year in Colorado, where marijuana has been legal for more than five months.

Under Initiative 502, adults age 21 and older in Washington may legally posses one ounce or less of marijuana, 16 ounces of a marijuana-infused product in solid form and 72 ounces of a marijuana-infused product in liquid form. Consuming marijuana in view of the general public is still a civil infraction.
A DUI offender serves at least one day in jail and may be fined up to $5,000.

 If you or a loved one is in a bind as a result of a DUI, immediately contact a Seattle DUI attorney. A DUI lawyer is not going to judge you, and understands that everyone makes mistakes. Hiring a Seattle DUI lawyer to help can – at a minimum – reduce those penalties, and can help direct people on how to best deal with their DUI charge. So it should go without saying that someone cited for DUI should hire a qualified Seattle DUI lawyer as soon as possible. Driving Under the Influence charges can cause havoc on a person’s personal and professional life. Anyone charged with DUI in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Seattle DUI lawyer.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

WA State Issues First Licenses for Marijuana Retail Stores

As Washington state prepares to issue the first licenses for marijuana retail stores, Washington state leaders on Tuesday announced a coordinated campaign to make sure pot stays out of the hands of minors once products start hitting store shelves next month.

Different state agencies are working together to make sure the public has the information they need to make healthy decisions and the tools that they need to keep our kids safe. The Liquor Control Board will issue about 20 retail licenses on July 7, and the stores that are ready can open the next day. More stores will get licensed in the following days.

During a news conference on Tuesday, officials with the state Liquor Control Board, which has been overseeing the implementation of the state's recreational marijuana law, said that they are poised to adopt emergency rules Wednesday to do three things concerning edible marijuana: require all marijuana-infused products to be labeled clearly as containing marijuana; require all products to be scored in such a way that a serving size is easily identified by the consumer; and requiring marijuana-infused products to be approved by the board before sale.

Previously adopted rules already require marijuana-infused products to be stored behind a counter or other barrier, and to be child-resistant. Officials stressed that no product will approved if it has a label that is appealing to kids.

Edibles won't be available right away once stores open because a commercial kitchen is required, and, so far, no processors with commercial kitchens have been licensed.

The state has launched a $400,000 statewide radio and online campaign by the Department of Health this week that urges parents to talk with their children about the health risks of using marijuana. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission also launched a "Drive High, Get a DUI" campaign. State Patrol has said that troopers have been trained to recognize signs of stoned driving.

At the end of 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize possession of recreational marijuana by adults 21 and older. The voters also called for the establishment of systems of state-licensed pot growers, processors and retail stores. Sales have already begun in Colorado.

 If you or a loved one is in a bind as a result of a DUI, immediately contact a Seattle DUI attorney. A DUI attorney is not going to judge you, and understands that everyone makes mistakes. Hiring a Seattle DUI attorney to help can – at a minimum – reduce those penalties, and can help direct people on how to best deal with their DUI charge. So it should go without saying that someone cited for DUI should hire a qualified Seattle DUI attorney as soon as possible. Driving Under the Influence charges can cause havoc on a person’s personal and professional life. Anyone charged with DUI in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Seattle DUI lawyer.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

King County Sheriff's Deputy Arrested for DUI

A King County sheriff's deputy who crashed his patrol car while on duty in February has been charged with hit and run and driving under the influence.

Deputy Mark Rockwood had just started his shift before 7 a.m. on February 28 when dispatchers began getting calls about his driving. Rockwood, who was in a Shoreline police car, was driving erratically, running stop lights and stopping in the middle of intersections while driving northbound on Highway 99 in Lynnwood, according to charging papers.

He eventually rear-ended a driver and came to a stop near NE 132nd Street and State Route 527. Officers from several jurisdictions soon arrived on scene and began interviewing Rockwood.

Police say the 47-year-old appeared extremely confused and disoriented. He was wearing his King County Sheriff's Office jumpsuit, but he was disheveled and the suit was unzipped in the front with his bulletproof vest showing, according to court documents.

Police say Rockwood had difficulty standing and had wobbly legs. Officers noticed he was wearing his gun belt, but his gun was missing. He said he didn't know where the gun was and didn't appear concerned about its whereabouts, according to police.

Officers didn't smell alcohol on Rockwood, so they called in a drug recognition expert from the Washington State Patrol. The trooper drove Rockwood to a nearby police station and said the deputy fell asleep in the car during the short trip.

At the station, Rockwood failed several sobriety tests and fell asleep again during another test.

He told the trooper he had taken at least four Ambien sleeping pills between midnight and 2 a.m. He also said he had taken a medication for acid reflux, another for foot fungus, Lorazepam, Xanax, Lamisyl, acetaminophen, Oxyperoly and Celexa, which is an antidepressant, according to charging documents.

Rockwood was then arrested for suspicion of DUI. A blood test later showed he had taken Celexa, a cold medication and Ambien.

Officers found Rockwood's personal car parked at a nearby fire station. It was damaged, and police searched the area and found a stop sign that had been hit with a car and knocked over. Investigators say the paint transfer shows that Rockwood's car could have hit the sign.

The deputy is a 19-year-veteran of the sheriff's office. He was placed on administrative leave during the investigation, but is currently back on duty and working patrol, according to the sheriff's office.

 Now more than ever, one cited for DUI is well advised to hire a qualified Seattle DUI attorney as soon as possible. Driving Under the Influence allegations in Washington State are extremely serious, and can cause havoc on a person’s personal and professional life. Anyone charged with DUI in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Seattle DUI lawyer. The Seattle DUI attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified and reputable Seattle DUI defense lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those arrested for DUI in Western Washington. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

PA Lawyer Accepts Oral Sex as Fee

Applying a new Pennsylvania legal ethics rule for the first time, the state's supreme court has OK'd a one-year law license suspension for a suburban Philadelphia lawyer who admitted he accepted oral sex as a fee for representing a client in a driving-under-the-influence case.

David H. Knight agreed to the attorney disciplinary sanction and was given a lesser penalty than he might otherwise have received because of his cooperation.

According to the disciplinary petition, this is the first time a lawyer has been sanctioned in the state for violating Pennsylvania Rule of Professional Conduct 1.8(j), which became effective in 2005. It flatly prohibits sex with a client, regardless of whether there is consent or the client is prejudiced as a result. Washington rules of professional conduct (RPC) strictly prohibits a lawyer from engaging in sexual contact with any client.

The old standard, Rule 1.7, states that "a lawyer shall not represent a client if the representation involves a concurrent conflict of interest." It appears that no lawyer had been sanctioned under the old rule, either, the legal publication says.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

AZ Supreme Court Rules No THC No Conviction

Drivers whose blood carries trace amounts of a metabolite of marijuana can not be found guilty of driving while intoxicated unless there’s actual evidence that the drug impaired them, the Arizona Supreme Court found on Tuesday.

A trial judge dismissed the charges against the man, who in a pretrial motion argued that the blood test did not reveal the presence of THC, or "its metabolite," Hydroxy-THC. The state, which according to the opinion presented expert witness testimony that it did not test for that because it doesn’t “exist in the blood for very long” and converts quickly to Carboxy-THC, filed an appeal. According to Capital Media services, Carboxy-THC can remain in someone's bloodstream for up to 30 days.

The opinion provides protection for Arizona's more than 40,000 medical marijuana users and for drivers visiting from Washington or Colorado, where recreational marijuana use is legal, the article states.

Arizona legalized medical marijuana in 2010. The Arizona Supreme Court opinion does not mention whether the defendant had a prescription for medical marijuana, but does note that the state’s position could be problematic for residents who use the drug legally.

If you or a loved one is in a bind as a result of a DUI, immediately contact a Seattle DUI attorney. A DUI lawyer is not going to judge you, and understands that everyone makes mistakes. Hiring a Seattle DUI lawyer to help can – at a minimum – reduce those penalties, and can help direct people on how to best deal with their DUI charge. So it should go without saying that someone cited for DUI should hire a qualified Seattle DUI lawyer as soon as possible. Driving Under the Influence charges can cause havoc on a person’s personal and professional life. Anyone charged with DUI in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Seattle DUI lawyer.