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Stress turns some college students to study drugs

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP May 30, 2018
There is a lot riding on getting good grades in college. Add to this the sheer workload of having multiple classes — with mandatory papers, projects and tests — and it’s no wonder so many college students are completely stressed out. Walk around a campus and you can feel the stress, as students rush...
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AG Sessions: Federal prosecutors won’t prioritize pot possession

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP March 15, 2018
Despite recent moves to make it easier for federal prosecutors to crack down on marijuana crimes, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced that they probably won’t be doing so. That’s because federal law enforcement simply doesn’t have the resources to spend time on “routine cases.” Instead, it will continue to prioritize drug conspiracies and...
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Federal prosecutors may target cannabis in areas where it’s legal

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP January 4, 2018
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has signaled that federal prosecutors may be about to crack down on marijuana use in states and jurisdictions where it has been legalized. Possession and distribution of cannabis remains illegal under federal law, but the previous administration had adopted a hands-off approach when dealing with the drug in Colorado...
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SCOTUS to weigh plea bargains’ effect on sentencing reduction

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP December 21, 2017
Under federal law, sentencing for drug offenses and many other crimes is determined by formulas listed in the federal sentencing guidelines. Those guidelines are promulgated by the U.S. Sentencing Commission in cooperation with Congress. Sometimes, Congress and the Commission determine that the sentences for certain offenses have a tendency to be unduly harsh or...
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re the feds about to crack down on legal marijuana users?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP December 11, 2017
Marijuana is now legal for medical purposes in 29 states and Washington, D.C. It is legal for recreational use in eight states and D.C. Nevertheless, it remains illegal under federal law. So far, the federal government has played along, but for how long? U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has suggested that federal authorities may...
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Trump’s opioid crisis panel calls for greater use of drug courts

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP November 7, 2017
Seven months ago, President Trump launched a commission to develop solutions to the worst drug crisis in American history — opioids. The commission, led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, has just issued its recommendations. Among them are more training for doctors who prescribe the drugs, penalties for insurance companies that fail to pay...
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Should wiretap evidence be allowed when it exceeds jurisdiction?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP October 23, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a 10th Circuit drug case involving wiretap evidence. A federal judge in the District of Kansas issued a wiretap order against two suspects, but the modern wiretap process allowed law enforcement to listen even when the phones were outside that district. Should a...
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