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Marijuana Enforcement in Florida – A Haze of Confusion

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
Aug. 26 2019

At the intersection of illegal cannabis, legal hemp, and medical marijuana Florida is in a haze of legal confusion. What is Legal? Medical Marijuana In 2016, 71 percent of Floridians voted to legalize medical marijuana.  The 2017 bill signed into law by then-governor Scott says “a licensed medical marijuana treatment center shall cultivate, process, transport…
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Attorney Melinda Morris AGAIN rated one of the Top 3 Criminal Lawyers in St. Petersburg for 2019!

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
Jan. 25 2019

St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay, Florida Attorney Melinda Morris of the Morris Law Firm has AGAIN been rated one of the Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyers in St. Petersburg by ThreeBestRated.com for 2019. The ThreeBestRated review team selected Melinda Morris for the accolade using a 50-Point Inspection that includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, ratings,…
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This is NOT the Memorial Day SALE You Are Looking For:

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
May. 28 2018

This is not the 2018 Memorial Day Sale you are looking for: The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is conducting Operation S.A.L.E. for the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend. Using the Sheriff’s Traffic Unit, DUI Unit, Marine Unit, and Flight Unit, the operation will be targeting speeding, aggressive driving, and the impaired operation of vehicles and vessels….
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Can You Legally Record the Police in Florida?

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Jun. 01 2017

We recently reported on the potential rise of body cameras being used by law enforcement in the Tampa Bay Area.  While Pasco County utilizes body cameras for every officer, other Tampa Bay law enforcement agencies have yet to implement the technology in any form.  Notably, the St. Petersburg Police department has waffled on the issue…
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2017 Memorial Day Weekend DUI Enforcement and DUI Wolf Pack Follow-Up

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
May. 29 2017

We recently reported on the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office leading another “Wolf Pack” operation focusing on apprehending drivers suspected of driving under the influence (DUI).  While the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has not officially announced another DUI Wolf Pack for the 2017 Memorial Day holiday weekend, there is no doubt that enforcement efforts will be…
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Voters Can Legalize Medical Marijuana on Election Day

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Nov. 02 2016

The video above features Dr. Gregory Gerdeman, a neuroscientist and Assistant Professor of Biology at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. In the video, Dr. Gerdeman describes why he supports the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, or Amendment 2, which will be on the ballot this Tuesday. He says in conclusion, “Cannabis is safe and it’s…
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No Jail Time for Minor Marijuana Offenses in Pinellas County

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Sep. 15 2016

Starting in October, individuals found with small amounts of marijuana can complete community service instead of being arrested. Pinellas County has launched a new program called the Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion Program. Under this new program, individuals who commit minor offenses, including marijuana possession, underage possession of alcohol, and petty theft may complete community service and…
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