Monthly Archives: September 2014

Marijuana Entrepreneurs Becoming Political Donors

The entrepreneurs of the young U.S. marijuana industry are taking another step into the mainstream, becoming political donors who use some of their profits to support cannabis-friendly candidates and ballot questions that could bring legal pot to more states. The political activity includes swanky fundraisers at Four Seasons hotels and art auctions at law firms.… Continue Reading »

Ban Smoking Pot in Cars? It is Only a Matter of Time.

Under Revised Code of Washington 46.61.519 it is unlawful to drink or have an open alcohol container in a vehicle while on a Washington roadway, and soon it may be unlawful to smoke or have an open marijuana package inside a vehicle too. This is so because state officials want the Legislature to tweak the… Continue Reading »

The Law of Hailey and the Unfortunate Impound

Under Washington law if a person is arrested for Driving Under the Influence, the car being driven will be towed away by a private tow company, and it will cost a ‘pretty penny’ to get the car out of the tow lot. Why you may ask … well … because of Hailey’s Law. What is… Continue Reading »

Petey to Dismiss All Seattle Marijuana Tickets

Seattle’s elected prosecutor says he’s dropping all tickets issued for the public use of marijuana through the first seven months of this year, because most of them were issued by a single police officer who disagrees with the legal pot law. In a briefing to the City Council on Monday, City Attorney Pete Holmes said… Continue Reading »

IID Required, It Is The Law

Getting stopped, arrested and charged with DUI is undoubtedly a traumatic experience. There a plethora of consequences that immediately arise while the DUI case is pending in the courts. To name just a few, a person faces the prospect of possibly spending time in jail, posting bail, wearing an ankle bracelet that has sensors to detect… Continue Reading »

Grow Operations in WA In Need of More Power

As more marijuana producers move their plants indoors over the next two decades, the grow operations in Washington state are expected to need as much electricity each year as what a small Northwest city consumes, according to an energy forecast by regional power planners. Demands on the Northwest electrical grid would grow further if Oregon… Continue Reading »

Plea Bargain Away!

When is it a good time to plea bargain on a driving under the influence case? This is a fair question, and the answer is it is always good to see what the prosecutor is willing to do to resolve a DUI case. A defendant does not have to accept a deal or an offer,… Continue Reading »

Got DUI Probation?

On probation with the court for a DUI conviction? If so, you best ‘toe-the-line’. Washington State’s DUI laws require that a probation violation be dealt with very harshly. By law, a judge is required to impose a number of conditions of probation which will be in effect for ‘up to’ a five-year term of probation. These… Continue Reading »

Studies Show Traffic Deaths Won’t Rise as States Legalize Marijuana

As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana’s effects show that the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking, all of which are… Continue Reading »

Driving While Suspended – It is Possible to do Legally!

A common question we at SQ Attorneys get asked is: ‘Can I drive a vehicle if my driver’s license gets suspended due to a DUI?’ Well, in Washington State the answer is simple – ‘yes’ … so long as you take the appropriate steps with the Department of Licensing. This is so because there are… Continue Reading »