Cannabis in the United Kingdom Book Consult Now Cannabis in the United Kingdom Is cannabis legal in the UK? The UK does have a medical marijuana program but you’ll be surprised (or maybe not) to find out how many people are actually patients under the program. Elliott Rolfe and Nick Earles from Mackrell.Solicitors join us to discuss cannabis in the UK. We also discuss the cannabis culture in the UK and find out where the term “skunk” comes from.   Listen to it on your podcasting app or watch the video on Cannabis in the United Kingdom on YouTube.  …
How to Start a Legal Grow Op How to Start a Legal Grow Op How to Start a Legal Grow Op How to start a legal grow op might be the first question you ask yourself if legalization comes to your state. If you’ve ever grown your own cannabis plant at home you already know it’s not a walk in the park. Imagine taking that one plant and multiplying it by the hundreds. While this may seem like a great opportunity to cash in on the legal market, every entrepreneur needs to remind themselves that growth does come at different…
How to Open a Dispensary in Oklahoma Book Consult Now How to Open a Dispensary in Oklahoma To open a dispensary in Oklahoma the start-up costs are significantly lower than many other legal states. For you to open a dispensary in Oklahoma, it is necessary to get the right information and consider some of the essential regulatory rules. Opening a dispensary in Oklahoma might be slightly different than in other states. However, a dispensary opening will work just fine if you apply for an application form and comply with the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority regulations. The opportunities are promising. According…
On June 30, 2020, ISBE issued an FAQ document with the purpose of assisting school districts in the transition to in-person instruction. This document, which supplements ISBE’s general guidance on return to in-person instruction during Phase 4, does not include waivers or offer flexibility on existing rules. Rather, it summarizes past and current recommendations in a potpourri of categories including (1) ESY, (2) compensatory services, (3) evaluations, (4) class sizes, (5) homebound services, (6) health and safety factors, (7) IEP meetings/mediations/hearings, (8) delivery of special education instruction and related service, and (9) rules related to private special education schools. An…
ISBE and IDPH recently released their guidance related to Starting the 2020-21 School Year. The guidance addresses a broad range of topics, including some suggestions related to special education. The following week ISBE issued an FAQ targeting special education issues.  While many details remain to be worked out at the local level, here are our key takeaways related to placing a high priority on returning students with disabilities to in-person instruction, addressing the needs of medically fragile students, continued remote learning versus homebound instruction, face coverings, and the many demands and challenges facing IEP teams. First, ISBE states that…
The federal CARES Act established a $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund for states and eligible local governments with more than 500,000 in population. In Illinois, those direct recipients include the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, and Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and Will counties. While announcements from other counties are expected soon, last week Cook County announced applications are now available to pass through Coronavirus Relief Funds to its suburban municipalities, townships, and fire protection districts. Additionally, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced initial details for its Local Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (or Local CURE)
The federal CARES Act established a $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund for states and eligible local governments with more than 500,000 in population. In Illinois, those direct recipients include the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, and Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and Will counties. While announcements from other counties are expected soon, last week Cook County announced applications are now available to pass through Coronavirus Relief Funds to its suburban municipalities, townships, and fire protection districts. Additionally, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced initial details for its Local Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (or Local CURE)
If you have ever seen any kind of crime drama movie or TV show, you have probably seen some sort of heated scene take place in a courtroom where the main character’s attorney fights for his or her client’s freedom by attempting to prove his or her innocence. In reality, more than 97 percent of criminal cases are resolved by plea bargains, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). Plea bargains were created in response to a number of issues faced during criminal trials, such as the length of time it takes to go through a trial…
Coronavirus has affected millions of people all over the world. The global pandemic caused many non-essential businesses to temporarily shut down in states’ efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Here in Illinois, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order that has been in effect for the past several months. As a result, the typically congested Chicagoland area roads have been much emptier. However, despite fewer people commuting to work or for extracurricular activities, there has been an increase in the number of traffic accidents. Studies show there may be various reasons for these statistics, namely traffic violations.   Illinois…
Symphony of Morgan Park releases COVID-19 statistics showing 194 COVID infections and 22 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19. On June 5, 2020, Symphony of Morgan Park, located in Chicago, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 194 infections and 22 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak. Quarterly Reports: Continue reading ›
March patent filings were relatively low. The NPEs also had to shelter in place for a bit before starting the typical recessionary increase in patent filings. Frequent filers included Cedar Lane, Coding Technologies, Internet Media Interactive, Landmark Technology, Rothschild, and Symbology. As usual, I prepared the report in partnership with and using Docket Navigator and its powerful database.  Docket Navigator is a valuable resource, and the place to go if you want to keep track of new patent litigation filings or want to know what is happening in particular cases, how your judge has historically handled a particular type of…
Divorce is about unwinding two people’s professional and personal relationship. Each party to the divorce keeps certain assets and is assigned responsibility for certain debts. But some things are either both an asset and a debt or kind of neither, like a timeshare.  So, what happens to a timeshare in an Illinois divorce? What Is A Timeshare? A timeshare is the partial ownership of a property (or group of properties) where the division of the value of the timeshare is divided amongst the various owners by their right to occupy that property.  Usually each owner is allotted a…
Divorce is financially stressful.  Two incomes used to support one household before the divorce.  After the divorce, one income often supports two households. On top of those household expenses are the divorce attorneys’ fees.  Often the only way to pay these expenses is to get a second job or overtime hours. But, how does a second job or overtime affect an Illinois divorce? Second Jobs and Overtime During an Illinois Divorce If you have children and are getting a divorce, child support will be ordered at some stage during the divorce process. “[T]he court may order either or…
A Judgment For Dissolution Of Marriage is the final written document at the end of the divorce process. A married couple in Illinois remains married until the final Judgment For Dissolution Of Marriage is entered by an Illinois court with the words “the bonds of matrimony existing between Petitioner and Respondent are hereby dissolved.” What Is A Judgment In An Illinois Divorce A judgment is “the official and authentic decision of a court of justice upon the respective rights and claims of the parties to an action or suit therein litigated” Black’s Law Dictionary 970 (10th ed. 2014) In Illinois,…
The answer is yes, if the search falls under the “automobile exception” to the warrant requirement. Because automobiles are mobile, a driver could easily take off with the evidence before police have time to get a warrant. Therefore, the automobile exception allows officers to search your car without a warrant if the officer has probable cause to believe your car contains evidence of criminal activity. The search may include any interior compartment of the vehicle that might reasonably contain a particular type of contraband. For example, an officer looking for open alcohol cannot search a coin box. If you have…
The answer is yes. Given the right circumstances, you can petition the governor to reduce a life sentence, and such petitions have been granted. The governor of Illinois has full power to commute any sentence or issue a pardon for any petitioner he or she deems is worthy. Current governor J.B. Pritzker has already commuted sentences of convicted felons in a number of cases, including some that were very serious. During the COVID-19 crisis, some requests have even been expedited. After filing a petition with the Prisoner Review Board, you will have an opportunity to present witnesses at a hearing,…