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BE CAREFUL – Missouri 4/20 DWI crackdown

BE CAREFUL THIS WEEKEND! Missouri cops will be on the lookout for cannabis users. If you’re stopped by the police DO NOT admit consuming cannabis before driving. If you get busted call or text me at 314-494-9729.

From the Missouri Department of Transportation press release: “Law enforcement will be out in full force April 19-20 to crack down on drugged driving offenders. “Driving drug-impaired or riding with someone who is drug-impaired is not worth the risk,” said Jon Nelson, MoDOT assistant to the state highway safety and traffic engineer. “Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while substance-impaired can be significant. The consequences are serious and real.””

Drive High, Get a DUI Missouri launches first 420 drugged-driving enforcement campaign

Warrant Canary – not really doing that anymore

Warrant canaries are good in theory, but I don’t update this page enough to make it work. I have never been served with any sort of warrant or subpoena or anything for any client data or anything at all, ever. And if I ever am I figure I’ll come up with some way to be transparent about it.

Warrant Canary November 2018

As of November 13, 2018 attorney Joseph Welch has not been the subject of
any search warrants, subpoenas, retention notices, national security
letters or any other legal process that might compromise client
confidentiality or otherwise seek information regarding client
representation, including client identities.

The first commercial cannabis license deadline coming up in January 2019

On December 6, 2018 Missouri’s new medical cannabis law will take effect, and although applications to grow, infuse, or dispense medical cannabis commercially won’t be available until as late as June 4, 2019, those interested in this industry need to pay attention to an often overlooked deadline – January 4, 2019 will be the first day to prepay the nonrefundable license application fee for the limited number of commercial licenses.

Amendment 2 allows the Department of Health and Senior Services to collect a nonrefundable license fee of $10,000 for each commercial growing facility license, $6,000 for each infusion facility license, and $6,000 for each dispensary license. An entity can hold as many as 3 growing, 3 infusion, and 5 dispensary licenses – the combined application fees for holding these 11 licenses would be $78,000.

Prepaying these fees isn’t just as simple as sending a check for $78,000 to the DHSS – those interested in seeking licenses need to keep in mind the complex scoring algorithm the DHSS will use to award licenses to applicants. Successful license applicants will maximize their score by vesting control in a board composed of experienced cannabis industry professionals and Missouri residents with related experience. Any entity holding licenses must be majority controlled by persons who have resided in Missouri for at least one year prior to the application date. Creating an entity with a small initial board of directors or incorporaters composed of 1 experienced industry professional and 2 Missouri residents with industry related experience to make the January 4, 2019 deadline while adding additional directors with relevant experience and qualifications (keeping majority control in the hands of Missouri residents) as the June application deadline approaches will be the winning strategy.

Medical Cannabis coming to Missouri

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Missouri voters approved Amendment 2 by almost 70% – medical cannabis received more support on the balance than any other proposition or candidate.

As of December 6, 2018 this new law will take effect and allow patients with valid medical marijuana cards from other states to possess a limited amount of cannabis. Missouri ID cards will not be available until possibly June 2019, depending on when the Department of Health and Senior Services starts accepting applications. Patients will not be able to grow cannabis until Missouri patient cultivator cards are available, even if they have a valid out of state card right now.

Anyone interested in owning a license to commercially grow, infuse, or dispense medical cannabis will have to take part in an intensively competitive application process for the limited amount of commercial licenses that will be available and needs to get started immediately. While the applications might not be available until as late as June 4, 2019, entities interested in applying may prepay their application fees to the Department of Health and Senior Services as early as January 4, 2019.

Interested in applying for a license to operate a commercial facility?

Warrant Canary August 2018

As of August 22, 2018 attorney Joseph Welch has not been the subject of
any search warrants, subpoenas, retention notices, national security
letters or any other legal process that might compromise client
confidentiality or otherwise seek information regarding client
representation, including client identities.

Warrant Canary February 2018

As of February 2, 2018 attorney Joseph Welch has not been the subject of
any search warrants, subpoenas, retention notices, national security
letters or any other legal process that might compromise client
confidentiality or otherwise seek information regarding client
representation, including client identities.

Warrant Canary December 2017

As of December 1, 2017 attorney Joseph Welch has not been the subject of
any search warrants, subpoenas, retention notices, national security
letters or any other legal process that might compromise client
confidentiality or otherwise seek information regarding client
representation, including client identities.

It’s been awhile since we’ve updated the warrant canary – it’s been a busy year!

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Marijuana use being used to deport legal immigrants

The new administration has started denying visas and removing non-citizens for even legal marijuana use. If you are not a citizen, whether you’re in the country legally or not, any evidence of marijuana use can be grounds for removal.

According to Leafly.com immigrants, visitors, and any non-citizens should:

– Refrain from all cannabis use, including for state-legal medical purposes
– Not seek employment in the cannabis industry
– Remain silent when asked about past cannabis use
– Scrub mobile phones and social media accounts of any mention of cannabis

Read more at www.leafly.com/news/politics/under-trump-legal-cannabis-is-a-deportable-offense