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September 2019 Archives

Virginia's ongoing push to decriminalize pot

All around the United States, the move to decriminalize the use of marijuana seems to be gaining momentum. Multiple states in all parts of the country and the District of Columbia now legally allow adults at least 21 years of age to possess and use pot in accordance with their area's laws. Along with this, many states have removed criminal charges associated with pot possession and even retroactively expunged the records of some people previously charged with these offenses. In Virginia, there have been multiple attempts to do these things, but all have failed thus far.

Retailers move forward to ban open carry

For many residents in Virginia and around the United States, the right granted to them by the U.S. Constitution to bear arms is one that is integral to being an American citizen. However, it may feel to many people that this right is under siege today. The continuing and disturbing number of mass shootings has led to several calls for changes in the nation's gun laws. To date, no major amendments have been made from a legal standpoint, however.

New diversion program for marijuana offenses

Over the past several years, many states across the national have passed laws that have legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Colorado led the way as the first state to do this and was quickly followed by all three west coast states. The movement has moved beyond the west and, today, even the District of Columbia allows legal use of recreational pot. For the time being, however, such use is still illegal in Virginia.

What is the difference between aggressive driving and road rage?

By now, almost everyone in Virginia and elsewhere knows about road rage. With so many drivers sharing the roads and being stressed out or in a hurry, it can be easy to lose control in traffic. However, you should understand that there is a difference between driving aggressively and a true act of road rage, especially if you are facing road rage charges.

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