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Enhanced Penalties for Certain Drug Offenses

Earlier this month D.C. voters passed Ballot Initiative 71, legalizing personal use and home cultivation of marijuana. In January, Congress will evaluate the bill as it does for all new D.C. laws. If Congress does not object, the new rules could go into effect early next year. For more on Ballot Initiative 71 and a summary of current Virginia and D.C. marijuana laws and penalties, see our recent blog post here. This post will provide some additional information regarding circumstances that can lead to enhanced penalties for marijuana-related crimes. InRead More …


Marijuana in Washington, D.C., and Virginia

At the polls on November 4, D.C. residents will decide whether to legalize marijuana use in the District. Initiative 71, as it is known, would legalize the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana for personal use. It would also permit D.C. residents to grow up to six cannabis plants–no more than three of which can be mature–and give up to an ounce of marijuana to another adult without payment. The sale and use of marijuana-related drug paraphernalia would also be legal. (Remember, however, that even if the ballot initiativeRead More …


Virginia Uncontested Divorces and Separation Agreements

The Law Office is expanding its practice areas to include Virginia uncontested divorces and separation agreements.  Virginia residents and servicemembers or spouses stationed in Virginia should contact the Law Office to discuss any separation and divorce issues that may be resolved amicably and without the need for protracted litigation.  Virginia recognizes two forms of no-fault uncontested divorce: (1) the spouses have been living apart for at least six months, with no minor children and a separation agreement; or (2) the spouses have been living apart for at least twelve months. Read More …