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An exciting new bill introduced in the Senate on Thursday by a group of bipartisan legislators would legalize banking for legalized, regulated marijuana dispensaries.
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As our Palm Beach and Broward County drug crime defense lawyers know, banks have been hesitant (to say the least) about doing business with marijuana businesses. This new bill, if it becomes law, will offer the banks considerable comfort should they choose to conduct marijuana-related business.

Linking legal marijuana businesses with the banking industry will be a safeguard against crime. Without access to business bank accounts, many legal dispensaries are forced to store all of their money in physical cash in the dispensaries, which presents serious risks: the money can easily be lost and the presence of the cash loudly invites crime.
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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.
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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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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.
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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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Despite falling just short of the 60% threshold last November, the strong majority of Floridians have supported medical marijuana for some time. But the tide is turning even further in that a majority of Floridians now support decriminalizing the recreational use of marijuana.
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As our Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale drug crime defense lawyers at Leifert & Leifert know, states across the country are starting to adopt more lenient marijuana laws. While many have approved medical marijuana, some have even made the recreational use of cannibals legal.

Florida may be the next state to do so with more than half of the state’s voters supporting legalization. While it may not meet the standard for a successful ballot initiative, that clear majority has the potential to influence state legislators and this — or the next — governor.
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On Monday, a South Florida man was acquitted by a Broward County jury after claiming that the dozens of marijuana plants he had been growing were used “for his own medical purposes.”
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Our Palm Beach and Broward County marijuana crime defense lawyers know that the legal issue of marijuana possession and production is a controversial one in the State of Florida, especially in a year during which the state legislature plans to debate how to handle medical marijuana.

The case, and more particularly its outcome, was a first for the Sunshine State, and it contributes to the increasingly lenient attitudes toward marijuana expressed by our state’s residents.
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