In honor of 4/20, (okay, maybe a little after 4/20…) Brandt Criminal Defense is here to explain the differences between legalized marijuana, decriminalized marijuana, and medical marijuana so you can celebrate responsibly. It is important to know that, as of now, only medical marijuana is legal in Minnesota; however, Minnesota has also decriminalized marijuana to some extent. This means that,...
In Minnesota, it’s illegal to possess marijuana, but not hemp. So what’s the difference? Basically, both hemp and marijuana come from cannabis plants. Hemp is marijuana with low-levels of THC, which is tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive part of the cannabis plant. In Minnesota, hemp is cannabis with a THC concentration at or below 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis....
Over the last few years, there have been news reports about the benefits of CBD. Some people think this is a form of “marijuana” or “THC” oil. It is not; here is the difference. CBD stands for cannabidiol. THC stands for tetrahydrocannaboil. Both of these are two natural compounds found in cannabis plants. The defining difference between the two is...
The short answer is no, not unless “impaired” driving can be proven. According to Minnesota Statute 169A.53 subd. 3(i), relating to license revocation, if you are lawfully prescribed medications from a healthcare professional, an affirmative defense to the implied consent law is established. This means that the presence of a substance I or II controlled substance given in accordance with...
The short answer is yes, as well as in many other circumstances. In Minnesota, all personal property is subject to forfeiture if it was used or intended to be used to commit a designated offense. Designated offenses include a felony violation of the following: Unlawful Transfer or Sale of Recordings (Minn. Stat. § 325E.17); Unlawful Identity of Transferor (Minn. Stat....
The debate over legalizing recreational marijuana is coming to Minnesota. The Minnesota House of Representatives indicated they may take up the issue of marijuana this year, focusing on: broadening the medical marijuana program, reforming criminal justice to lessen penalties for nonviolent drug offenders, and "highly regulated" legalization of recreational use marijuana, in that order of priority. There is also potential...
Yes! Wax is a concentrated version of marijuana made from a butane extraction. The higher levels of Tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) content make it more potent than traditional marijuana and lead to intense highs, all without creating an odor. Possession of weed or marijuana (the dried green, leafy buds) up to 42.5 grams is only a petty misdemeanor in Minnesota. However, possession...
“I’m just smoking weed tonight, I’ll be your designated driver.” Perhaps you or a friend has said this before. The problem is that one can still get a DWI if he or she is smoking weed, even without drinking a drop of alcohol. In Minnesota, marijuana is an illegal controlled substance without a medical prescription. But in order to be...
Who knows?! The constitutionality of license plate readers has yet to be challenged head on. Federal courts have decided that scans by license plate readers are constitutional searches that do not require a warrant because the plates are out in public, plain view and so there is no reasonable expectation of privacy. U.S. v. Diaz-Castaneda, 494 F.3d 1146, (9th Cir....
A source of confusion in Expungement cases has been how to classify felony drug possession cases resolved with a statutory stay of adjudication pursuant to Minn. Stat. §152.18. If the court considers the case eligible for expungement pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 609A.02, Subd. 1, which explicitly allows for expungement of 152.18 cases, the petitioner is immediately eligible for statutory...
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