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Hoping for medical pot without THC? The DEA just made it illegal

On behalf of Mastandrea Law posted in Drug Offenses on Friday, January 13, 2017. Evidence continues to mount that marijuana, or compounds found in marijuana, can be an effective treatment for a range of serious conditions ranging from chronic pain to multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. In early studies, according to the American Cancer Society, medical marijuana has been shown to slow or stop the growth of cancerous tumors.

Justice Department releases new guidelines for fair photo lineups

On behalf of Mastandrea Law posted in Criminal Defense on Monday, January 9, 2017. If you’ve followed the criminal law or watched much TV, you’re probably aware of “the lineup.” An eyewitness to a crime stands behind smoked glass and chooses the perpetrator from a line of five or six people. It can also be done using photographs — the witness pages through an array of photographs until he or she recognizes the perp.

Can I get into grad school with a drug charge on my record?

On behalf of Mastandrea Law posted in Drug Offenses on Friday, January 6, 2017. A lot of work has been put into preparing for graduate school. You have spent years studying late nights and dragging your feet to class early mornings. The thought of that being taken away suddenly is heartbreaking. Everyone makes mistakes somewhere along their journey. While a drug charge could be the result of one mistake, the repercussions can follow you for the rest of your life.

Conviction for HIV nondisclosure found ‘fundamentally unfair’

On behalf of Mastandrea Law posted in Sex Crimes on Friday, December 30, 2016. Being unjustly accused of a sex crime would be devastating to anyone. An unfair criminal accusation against a gay, black man with HIV could be immensely upsetting, especially because the accused is dealing with a major medical condition. African Americans and gay men already face societal challenges, and the added stigma often applied to HIV-positive individuals can make life nearly unbearable at times.

3 things you didn’t know about getting caught smoking pot

On behalf of Mastandrea Law posted in Drug Offenses on Friday, December 16, 2016. Some states are decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana, which might make you think that smoking pot is no big deal. Here in Ohio, though, recreational pot smoking is still illegal. What might be legal in other places still carries serious consequences here.