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Florida voters backed a constitutional amendment to approve medical marijuana, which broadens the very limited therapeutic uses lawmakers in the Sunshine State approved two years ago. The current law does grant permission for those with cancer or other serious conditions that cause seizures or spasms to use low-THC derivatives (so long as they aren’t smoked) for treatment of their conditions. Amendment 2 will mean people with many other conditions will be eligible to receive the drug. marijuana

Now, people can get the drug to treat not only cancer or seizures, but also: Epilepsy, AIDS, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder, amytrophic lateral sclerosis, Chrohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. The statute also allows doctors to prescribe marijuana for any similar type of ailment.

The measure was personally backed by a number of criminal defense and personal injury lawyers in the state. It passed with a noteworthy 71 percent of the vote. Still, it is likely to be months before any of the approximately 450,000 people who actually qualify for the drug will be able to get it. Continue reading

Florida’s new death penalty law is unconstitutional, ruled a Miami-Dade judge recently, because jurors aren’t required to agree unanimously on the execution.prison1

The decision in Florida v. Gaiter is the just the latest in legal wrangling over the death penalty in Florida.

Death penalty cases have been on hold since January, when the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Hurst v. Florida. In that case, the court declared Florida’s death sentence system unconstitutional because it didn’t entrust jurors with enough power. For the last several decades, jurors have been responsible for issuing “majority recommendations” when it comes to the death penalty, while it is ultimately the judge who imposes the order of execution. Continue reading

In this age of digital technology, it’s rare to find someone without a Smartphone. According to the Ericsson Mobility Report, it’s estimated that in four years, 70 percent of the global population will use smartphones. That means use will grow by 55 percent per year until then.iphone3

People are heavily reliant on these phones to do everything from track their work appointments to FaceTiming with a cousin overseas to checking their social media accounts and bank balances.

This information has become exceedingly valuable in court cases – both civil and criminal – where this kind of wealth of data can help to verify or disprove a given narrative. But who owns this information? Who can compel it to be brought forth and under what circumstances? How much should be divulged?

These are the kinds of questions being raised in a number of high-profile cases that have cropped up recently. But although they involve big-name technology companies such as Apple and Yahoo, don’t think they don’t involve you. Continue reading