Federal Hiring Rules vs. State Marijuana Laws

In many states across the country, marijuana use is becoming more and more accepted; laws in various states now allow recreational and/or medical use of marijuana or have eased the penalties associated with using the drug once criminalized throughout the country.

But as our Delray Beach and Hollywood drug crime defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert know, marijuana remains illegal as far as the U.S. government is concerned, and that poses a unique problem from those aspiring to certain jobs within the federal government.

As the New York Times discussed in an article published yesterday, federal agencies have a grim message for those who enjoy using marijuana legally in their home state: stop using marijuana or you can forget about a career with government agencies like the CIA and the FBI.
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Supreme Court Approves Continued Use of Problematic Execution Drug

Yesterday, in the case of Glossip v. Gross, the United States Supreme Court ruled against three death row inmates who were seeking to prevent the use of a certain lethal injection drug that can cause excruciating pain.

The majority opinion, written by Justice Alito, articulated that the inmates failed to identify a viable alternative method of execution and that the petitioners didn’t succeed in proving that the drug in question, midazolam, presents “an unacceptable risk of severe pain.”

As our West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert know, the highly anticipated ruling in this case has far-reaching implications. For instance, here in Florida, midazolam is a listed option for use in lethal injections. With this ruling, it appears this dangerous drug will continue to be administered in the Sunshine State.
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Supreme Court Rules in Facebook “Threatening Messages” Case

Yesterday, the Supreme Court kicked-off rulings season by issuing a number of key opinions, one of which dealt with a man who had been convicted of violating a federal threat law after posting what the government deemed to be threatening messages on Facebook.

As our West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers know, technology has created many dilemmas in today’s society; one of the most complex has been determining the extent to which free speech applies in the realm of social media.

Thankfully, with their ruling, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the strength of our First Amendment by siding with Anthony Elonis in his case against the government. The Court held that “negligence alone is not sufficient to support a conviction.”
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The 411 on Florida’s Felony Murder Law

“Murder” is a widely used and commonly applied word, especially in discussion of high-profile criminal cases. Based on the popular understanding of the crime of murder, you might think that anyone charged with murder is simply facing the consequences of having set out to unlawfully kill somebody (and having succeeded).

As our West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers know, that belief is just not true. Florida’s so-called felony murder law, for instance, enables prosecutors to charge someone with murder even if they had no direct involvement in that person’s death.

As we will explore in this blog post, the Florida State Statutes can be truly unforgiving and sometimes outright unreasonable. According to state law, if someone is killed during the commission of a crime that you are a part of in any capacity, then depending on the crime being committed, you can be charged with murder.
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South Florida Man Arrested After Advertising Marijuana on Craigslist

As states across the country begin to legalize recreational pot use and permit medicinal use of marijuana, the Sunshine State refuses to alter — and continues to enforce — its seemingly draconian drug laws.

As our West Palm Beach and Hollywood drug crime defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert know, possessing and/or selling marijuana in Florida is still a very serious crime.

One man from Miami was reminded of this harsh reality this past week, after he was arrested for attempting to sell marijuana after advertising it on Craigslist.
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