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medical, medical use, Illinois criminal defense attorneyDespite going into effect in January of 2014, the Illinois pilot program regarding the medical use of marijuana has yet to get off the ground. This week, the state Senate approved a measure that would extend the program for two more years so that a full evaluation of the effort’s viability can be conducted. The future of the extension, however, remains uncertain as Governor Bruce Rauner has not indicated that he is likely to sign the bill.

Pilot Program History

In 2014, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act took effect making the medical use of marijuana legal in the state for appropriately registered individuals with specified conditions. Registration for the program is handled by the state, as is licensing for approved marijuana dispensaries. Delays in licensing and other concerns, however, have left registered cardholders, numbering in excess of 2000 as of April 2015, unable to legally acquire marijuana.

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rolling-meadows-dui-defense-lawyerRolling Meadows criminal defense lawyer, DUI defense The Illinois State Police Department has joined with the state’s Department of Transportation with renewed efforts to reduce the number of drunk driving incidents on the road. Their campaign “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” focuses on raising awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving.

The most recent twist on the campaign involves a familiar face for fans of the popular tv show “The Walking Dead.” Social media also plays a big part in these efforts to share the message with drivers commonly associated with drunk driving incidents, such as college students.

The number of fatal drunk driving accidents have reduced since last year, according to a DOT law enforcement representative, but there has still be an estimated 1,000 people over the past fours years who have died as a result of alcohol-related crashes in Illinois.

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The Encarta Dictionary defines hazing and the "persecution or torture of a person in a subordinate position, especially a first-year military academy cadet or a fraternity pledge." According to a CBS Chicago report, that is just what the mother of a Plano basketball player said happened to her son.

Five students attending Plano High School have been charged with sexual assault and battery over incidents that are considered hazing. This particular incident took place in February when the basketball player told his mother that he had been assaulted. He stated that other members of the basketball team sodomized him.

Subsequently, the mother of the student filed a civil suit against the Plano School District 88. After a lengthy investigation, it was also revealed that two football players had the same thing happen to them. They both stated that it was considered a part of becoming a member of the team.

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Illegal drug charges in Lake County, Illinois. LakeCounty drug offense attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt discusses what options you may have in court.

If you have been arrested for a drug crime in Lake County, Illinois, you have rights. It’s important that you have a skilled and experienced criminal law attorney to fight for those rights. At the Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, P.C., we are experienced in defending clients charged with drug offenses. A former prosecutor, Attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt understands how prosecutors build their cases. We know how to identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and how to use those weaknesses to effectively advocate for our clients.

Our firm specializes in Lake County, Illinois drug offense cases like yours. You have many options at your disposal and do not have to settle for a conviction on your record. Cases of this type have many defenses and can often be defeated through evidentiary motions or trial.

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Illegal drug charges in Cook County, Illinois. CookCounty drug offense attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt discusses what options you may have in court.

If you have been arrested for a drug crime in Cook County, Illinois, you have rights. It’s important that you have a skilled and experienced criminal law attorney to fight for those rights. At the Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, P.C., we are experienced in defending clients charged with drug offenses. A former prosecutor, Attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt understands how prosecutors build their cases. We know how to identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and how to use those weaknesses to effectively advocate for our clients.

Our firm specializes in Cook County, Illinois drug offense cases like yours. You have many options at your disposal and do not have to settle for a conviction on your record. Cases of this type have many defenses and can often be defeated through evidentiary motions or trial.

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