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Retroactive Bill Could Free Hundreds Of Inmates Serving Sentences For Minor Drug Possession

Retroactive Bill Could Free Hundreds Of Inmates Serving Sentences For Minor Drug Possession

House Bill 1269 would require the resentencing of drug offenders convicted before State Question 780 went into effect on July 1, 2017. The bill would apply to inmates whose crimes were reclassified from felonies to misdemeanors by the referendum. There are around 1,300 Oklahomans currently incarcerated for simple drug possession. What does this mean for Oklahomans – the average cost of incarcerati ...[Read More]

Supreme Court Significantly Limits Civil Forfeiture In Unanimous Decision

Supreme Court Significantly Limits Civil Forfeiture In Unanimous Decision

The US Supreme Court has applied the 8th Amendment to states and prohibits excessive fines and restricts civil forfeitures: The Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion that the 8th Amendment’s ban of “excessive fines” applies to states and local agencies, not just the federal government. This decision limits the power of local law enforcement agencies to seize cash, cars, boats, and o ...[Read More]

OSBI to Enforce Laws Prohibiting Weapons for Marijuana Users

OSBI to Enforce Laws Prohibiting Weapons for Marijuana Users

The application window is open for a medical marijuana card or a business license. I’ve posted in the past about the potential repercussions for a card or license holder who also owns a gun or has a self-defense (concealed carry) permit. 788 has specific language that says a person who has a concealed carry permit cannot lose their license or be negatively affected merely because they also h ...[Read More]

788 passed. What do you do if caught with weed and you don’t have a medical marijuana card?

788 passed. What do you do if caught with weed and you don’t have a medical marijuana card?

788 passed and medical marijuana will be here before we know it (if the government will stop jamming us up). In the meantime, a person who is caught with 1.5oz or less of marijuana and can state a medical condition, but not in possession of a state-issued medical marijuana card, is only looking at up to a $400 fine if convicted. That sounds great, but a conviction for possession of marijuana can s ...[Read More]