Laura Crane

Laura Crane

Best Best & Krieger LLP

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DEA Raids and Other Tools for Illegal Dispensary Eradication

California cities that have chosen to ban or limit marijuana dispensaries seem to have found some common tools for ousting those dispensaries continuing to operate illegally. The first city actions seeking to force the...more

3/20/2014 - DEA Marijuana Marijuana Cultivation Raids

Amendments to Welfare & Institutions Code Section 8102 Change Petition and Disposition Procedure

Overview: Welfare and Institutions Code section 8102 requires a law enforcement agency to confiscate all firearms or other deadly weapons owned or controlled by someone who has been placed on a mental health hold under...more

3/17/2014 - Firearms Law Enforcement Mental Health Mental Illness

Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure Delay a Strategic Move by Backers

With an established track record of measured success in other states, the backers of the marijuana decriminalization initiative most likely to pass in California called a halt to the effort, as this Los Angeles Times article...more

2/28/2014 - Decriminalization of Marijuana Political Campaigns

BB&K Police Bulletin: Firearms Ban: Lifetime Firearms Ban on Domestic Violence Misdemeanants Constitutional

Overview: The Ninth Circuit recently upheld a federal law that bans misdemeanor domestic violence offenders from possessing firearms for life. A gun owner convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence in 1996 claimed that he was...more

12/2/2013 - Domestic Violence Firearms

Up in Smoke

In This Presentation: *What are e-cigarettes? • Battery powered tube like device, typically built to look like a cigarette • Release water vapor laced with "e juice" from container • "e juice" typically...more

11/18/2013 - Smokers

Court Rejects Marijuana Retail Sale Defense: Medical Marijuana Program and Compassionate Use Act Ban Sales for Profit

A California appellate court recently held that neither the Compassionate Use Act (CUA) nor the Medical Marijuana Program Act (MMPA) allows the sale of marijuana for profit and provided clarification on how to determine...more

11/1/2013 - Co-Op Compassionate Use Act Medical Marijuana Medical Mariuana Program Act Profits

BB&K Police Bulletin: Firearms Forfeiture - Police Seize and Destroy Firearms of Woman Detained for Mental Condition

Overview: A California appellate court recently upheld Welfare and Institutions Code Section 8102, which authorized the seizure and destruction of firearms belonging to a woman admitted to a mental health facility under...more

7/4/2013 - Firearms Forfeiture Fourteenth Amendment Mental Illness Second Amendment

BB&K Police Bulletin: Medical Marijuana Defense - No Compassionate Use Defense for “Co-Op” Selling Marijuana for Profit

Overview: A California appellate court recently rejected the compassionate use defense invoked by three California growers claiming to operate a medical marijuana collective serving 1,700 members. ...more

6/19/2013 - Co-Op Compassionate Use Act Medical Marijuana

Little-Used State Laws in California Can Help Keep Weapons Off the Street - BB&K Attorney Laura Crane and Law Enforcement...

Gun violence is rampant in the news. The Columbine High School massacre in Colorado that left 12 students and one teacher dead, set the scene for school shootings in 1999, and we have seen them continue through the Newtown,...more

5/15/2013 - Firearms Gun Laws Law Enforcement

New Law Provides Resources to Identify Persons Prohibited from Having Firearms - Effective Immediately, Bill Appropriates $24...

Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that provides $24 million to fund the Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS), the only state database to cross-reference all handgun and assault-weapon owners against...more

5/3/2013 - APPS Act Firearms Gun Laws New Legislation

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