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L.A. Sues Unlicensed Pot Shop for $20,000 Per Day

We’ve spent the last month writing about state regulations from the Bureau of Cannabis Control. But on Thursday, the L.A. Times reminded us that cities and counties have a lot to say about pot, too. The city of Los Angeles, for example, has sued an unlicensed shop whose pot may have contained an illegal pesticide. The lawsuit Read More

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The Eighth Amendment Applies to the States in Full

The Eighth Amendment consists of one sentence: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” Until Wednesday, it wasn’t clear if the part about excessive fines applied to the individual states. In fact, you may not know this, but the entire Bill of Rights applied only to Read More

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New California Criminal Laws: Part Trois

For our third installment of notable new laws, here are two concerning juvenile justice. We’re gonna prosecute fewer kids as adults. This is Senate Bill 1391. It amends the Welfare and Institutions Code to eliminate the prosecution of 14- and 15-year-olds as adults. Going forward, these cases must always remain in the juvenile system. Before, Read More

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Privacy Across the Pond

We’re fresh off a conference on how privacy laws in Europe affect life and business in the United States. So we tip our hat to the law firm that spotted this case about just that. The background is that one business had sued another in England and won. Then it had sued again here to collect on the Read More

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California Just Says No to Medical Pot Prosecutions

Last week pit state law against federal law. This week, it’s state law versus local law in the cities or counties. Under state law, there is a defense to criminal prosecution for a medical-marijuana collective or dispensary that is run on a nonprofit basis for people who have state medical-marijuana cards or a physician’s recommendation. Read More

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Don’t Grow Pot on Federal Property

It may go without saying, but then ask these guys. In 2012, the three of them were growing pot east of Sacramento, California when local police served a search warrant for their property. They readily told police they were using the property to grow pot under state law, but it turned out their actual grow Read More

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Make PAGA Great Again

Say what? PAGA refers to a California law that allows employees to sue their employer for labor-code violations on behalf of all fellow employees. It means one person can sue for all violations an employer has committed, even if they only affected other people, as long as at least one affected him or her personally. It’s Read More

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Game On, Sports Gambling

No, the U.S. Supreme Court didn’t just legalize sports betting this week. But it did pave the way for your state to legalize it if it wants to. Before Monday, a federal law from 1992 barred any state from doing that. The only exceptions were Nevada, Oregon, Delaware, and Montana because their laws were grandfathered Read More

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Iran Sanctions Look to Snap Back

By now you’ve heard the news, and it’s pretty much what it sounds like. Following a wind-down period of 90 or 180 days, the U.S. government will restore the economic sanctions that it lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. These sanctions generally affect foreign businesses who do business with Iran. After the wind-down periods, they Read More

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The Truth About Facebook

Ask this expert on data science what Congress should have asked Mark Zuckerberg last week, and she’ll say, nothing. If that surprises you, please understand that these hearings are not designed to deliver the truth. They’re designed to tell the public that, if there’s a problem, the government is doing something about it. So you’re not gonna Read More

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