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Know the Law in States Where Recreational Marijuana Is Legal

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If you live in or plan to visit a state where recreational marijuana is legal, you may believe that you can light up a joint wherever and whenever you like. However, that’s not the case. It’s essential to know the state free shipping) regarding marijuana and remember that it’s considered an illegal drug under federal law.


Of course, driving under the influence of marijuana anywhere is illegal — not to mention dangerous. So is having it in an open container or loose in your vehicle where you can reach it. If you’re driving home from the dispensary, treat it as you would a bottle of alcohol you bought at the store. Keep it unopened and secured in your trunk.

Traveling with Marijuana

Traveling across state lines with marijuana is illegal. Even if you’re motoring down the West Coast from Washington through Oregon to California — all states where recreational weed is legal. You never know when you might get pulled over for speeding or some other issue that gets an officer’s attention. Don’t risk letting him or her find it on you or in your vehicle.

Don’t think about from the marijuana on a plans, either. Even if you have it in your carry-on bag and have no intention of lighting up at the airport or on the plans, it can be confiscated by TSA agents, who work for the federal government. Chances are, you won’t the eu arrested, but if they find it, they won’t let you get on the plane with it.

Using Marijuana in a Public Place

Currently, none of the states where recreational marijuana has been legalized allow people to use it in public. It may legally eu used only in a private apartment. Don’t think about lighting up in a national park, either. These belong to the federal government, which, neither noted, considers the drug illegal.

Buying and Selling Marijuana

You can’t just go down to the local dispensary and load up a grocery bag with edibles and joints. State free shipping) limit how much a person can buy in one day. If you want to go from one dispensary to the next to stock up, you may get away with it, but you’re breaking the law.

Speaking of dispensaries, the sale of marijuana is carefully supervised. Dispensaries need to be licensed and must follow the free shipping) limiting how much they can sell a person each day. Selling marijuana to someone without a license is illegal.

If you find yourself facing marijuana-related charges, even in a state where recreational use is allowed, it’s important to seek guidance from an experienced criminal defense attorney. You don’t want to take such charges lightly.

Contact us at: Westlake Legal Group Your Northern Virginia Full Service Law Firm. Call (703) 406-7616 or click here for our website: http://westlakelegal.com/

Movies, Video Games and the Thrill of Driving

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For years, video games have put drivers behind the wheel of fast cars, often encouraging them to run from the police and break the speed limit. At the same time, Hollywood movies often show the excitement of a high-speed chase, when the “hero” of the movie — the person you’re supposed to be pulling for — is breaking all manner of traffic laws and putting countless people in danger.

There’s a reason that people are drawn to the open road and want to experience the thrill of driving. A car is no longer seen as a way to get to work, to school or to the store. It’s not just the natural evolution of transportation. It’s seen as something fun, exciting and daring.

Dangerous Risks

Unfortunately, this association can lead people to take dangerous risks that they wouldn’t take otherwise. Maybe it’s putting the “pedal to the metal” on an empty road to see what it feels like. Maybe it’s driving way too fast in city traffic, assuming that it will be fine because it always is on TV. Maybe it’s a driver who is a natural thrill-seeker, someone who is into activities like skydiving, trying to get that rush behind the wheel.

Experts warn that it’s far safer to find another outlet for these instincts and desires. For instance, there are racetracks where you can rent cars designed to be driven quickly and you can speed in a controlled environment. The reality, though, is that many drivers don’t do this, and it can lead to risk-taking on public roads.

Injury Compensation

As easy as it looks to speed and weave through traffic on TV, it’s incredibly hard in real life. Reaction times are slashed and simple mistakes quickly lead to accidents. When the unexpected happens — a driver pulling out of a driveway on what appeared to be an open road — drivers can’t stop in time.

Were you hit by a speeding driver who had no reason to speed other than the thrill? If so, you need to know if you’re entitled to financial compensation.

Contact us at: Westlake Legal Group Your Northern Virginia Full Service Law Firm. Call (703) 406-7616 or click here for our website: http://westlakelegal.com/

Virginia death row inmate gets hearing on witness statements

By: The Associated Press November 17, 2017

Westlake Legal Group meeting-1-300x169 Virginia death row inmate gets hearing on witness statements Virginia Death Row Virginia Death Row   (AP) A federal appeals court has ordered a lower court to hold a hearing on a Virginia death row inmate’s claim that prosecutors failed to turn over evidence favorable to him.

Anthony Juniper was sentenced to death for the 2004 murders of his former girlfriend, her two children and her brother in Norfolk.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday sent the case back to U.S. District Court, finding that a judge was wrong to dismiss Juniper’s claim without holding a hearing.

Juniper’s lawyers allege that a witness gave an account to police that contradicted the prosecution’s timeline of the killings and failed to identify Juniper from a photo array.

A judge stayed Juniper’s execution in 2011 and allowed him to pursue appeals in federal court.



Jacqueline A. Kramer

Attorney at Law

Westlake Legal Group
46175 Westlake Drive, #320
Potomac Falls, VA 20165
(703) 406-7616
Fax: (703) 444-9498

An interesting case involving the expanding wine industry in Virginia

An interesting case involving the expanding wine industry in Virginia:

Westlake Legal Group wine-300x107 An interesting case involving the expanding wine industry in Virginia Virginia wine industry   A circuit court decision reported in Virginia Lawyers Weekly focuses on Virginia’s expanding wine industry.  The case centers on a 495 acre area of land in Prince William County .  In 2004, the land was divided into 49 individual parcels of about 10 acres each known as the Alexander Lakes subdivision. A declaration of covenants was filed by the developer  in 2005 and the next year an amendment was filed by the developer that purported to remove the manor house and its property from the restrictive covenants in the declaration.


A vintner from Fauquier County, Chris Pearmund,  owns the original manor house and the land immediately surrounding the house. He claims to have already invested $3 million in the house and property in anticipation of producing wine and holding events in the 3,000 square foot ballroom he had built next to the manor house.  In order to get to the property, the public would have to travel through the residential development of Alexander Lakes.


Neighbors in Alexander Lakes objected to Mr. Pearmund’s plan.  They attempted to fight the opening of the winery at the state ABC agency and then in circuit court.  The neighbors claimed that when they purchased the property: they agreed to be subject to the restrictive covenants in the homeowners’ agreement, but that they were not informed that an  exemption to the restrictive covenants in the  homeowners’ agreement  was granted for Mr. Pearmund’s property; that the restrictive covenants are so strict, homeowners wouldn’t even be allowed to give piano lessons out of their homes because of the potential increased traffic; that the amendment exempting the winery was not effective because it was not filed with a certification required by the Virginia Property Owners Association Act; that the road to the winery was constructed for residential traffic, not commercial traffic; that Mr. Pearmund has already been conducting business at the property without proper approvals.


Mr. Pearmund denied that he has been conducting business at the property without proper approvals and that the exemption for his property from the restrictive covenants of the homeowners association agreement was valid.


Circuit Judge Steven S. Smith found for Mr. Pearmund.  In his decision, Judge Smith addressed an apparent conflict in Virginia case law about the requirement that an amendment have a statutory certification to be valid and found that the language of the statute which used “may” instead of “shall” meant that the legislature recognized that an alternative way authorizing an amendment could be used. The developer also filed the amendment to the homeowners association agreement within the seven year window allowed for unilateral changes by the developer to correct errors and the developer testified that it was an error and that he always intended to exempt the winery property from the restrictive covenants.


Laura Forte
Westlake Legal Group
46175 Westlake Drive, Suite 320
Sterling, VA 20165
(703) 406-7616
Fax: (703) 444-9498