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Washington State has legalized recreational marijuana for those over the age of 21. Residents can obtain marijuana, legally, at their local dispensary without facing prosecution or charges for possession or purchase. However, some prefer to have their drug of choice delivered to them, which circumvents the protocols the state has put into place requiring that consumers present proper identification to verify their age. How can they do this? Some Washington residents have taken to one particularly clever method of gaming the dispensary. A recent trend that has popped up in Seattle is hiring delivery services to purchase marijuana from a dispensary and bring it to the client. Police caught wind of this trend, and began a sting operation to put it to an end. marijuana_58003945

Seattle Police Department set up a sting, posing as buyers and asking for pot delivered to a motel room. Officers made several arrests over the course of one day. Fortunately for their suspects, the police faced a point of contention with the prosecutor. The prosecutor declined to prosecute, citing that the activity from the sting was “unwarranted” and “disproportionate to the harm caused” and overall “would have little or no impact on the delivery business in Seattle.” The suspects of the marijuana delivery sting would have faced felony charges, had they been prosecuted.

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A trip to the circus is typically a fun-filled and exciting time for friends and family of all ages. Animals, acrobats, clowns, and other acts offer delighting and sometimes frightening entertainment for circus-goers. Unfortunately for one evening of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus in Providence, RI, acrobatic performers performing death-defying stunts suffered serious injuries due to faulty equipment. circus-300

Equipment Failure When It Matters Most

The performance was known as the “human chandelier,” a breath-taking stunt involving performers hanging from a fixture that is suspended at the top of the tent. Naturally, the safety of the performers during this dangerous stunt relies on the dependability of their equipment. When the equipment holding up the performers is defective, only disaster can follow. The “human chandelier” relied on the strength of a metal carabiner to hold the act up. The performers in the middle of their act, high in the air, when disaster struck. The carabiner they were depending on snapped. To the audience’s horror, the stunt in front of them went horribly awry. When this device gave way, the performers fell close to 30 feet to the ground. The incident injured 8 performers, and seriously injured 3 of them. While all of the acrobats suffered severe injuries at the incident, some of them suffered permanent injuries that now limit their ability to continue to work as acrobats.

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Kensington, New Hampshire was recently the site of an early evening DWI-related accident. A Seabrook man ran his car off the road, through a stone wall, and into a utility pole, right in front of the Kensington Police Department headquarters. Police were on the scene immediately. josh-tackett

What they found on scene was one Joshua Tackett, age 29. Tackett only suffered minor injuries, although his car was badly damaged. No official details pertaining to Tackett’s blood alcohol content have been revealed, however, police say that the primary contributing factors to the accident were likely speed and alcohol. While Tackett’s blood alcohol content remains a mystery, a mugshot of a grinning Tackett sporting a shirt bearing the phrase “This Guy Needs A Beer” has appeared in several news stories online. He now faces charges for driving while intoxicated. He was later released on $750 bail. While Tackett’s shirt may have a humorous and ironic role in his tale, the DWI charges he faces are no laughing matter.

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DWI is a crime typically associated with alcohol. Alcohol is legal, readily available, and most of the time it is easily affordable. However, there are 6 states, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington, that currently have specific legislation that imposes a “legal limit” on the amount of THC concentration present in a person’s bloodstream while driving, similar to the legal limit on a person’s blood alcohol concentration for a regular DWI. However, while this may seem like a good idea, a study from AAA Foundation for Safety shows that a legal limit cannot be scientifically justified. Basically, THC concentration cannot be used as a true method of testing someone’s degree of impairment, the way blood alcohol concentration can be. joints_shutterstock-52960849

The Current Laws

Currently, the laws that impose legal limits on THC concentration in a person’s bloodstream are based on arbitrary numbers that legislators developed based on alcohol limits. The truth of the matter is that measuring impairment of marijuana is not as clear cut as it is for alcohol. People often experience the drug differently. An avid user of the drug may be significantly less impaired by the drug than a first-time user. On top of this, because there are several ways to ingest the drug, the effects of the THC can manifest itself in several different ways. Some of these states have laws take into account trace amounts of THC, which can actually remain in a person’s body for several weeks. Essentially, these laws forbid marijuana users from ever driving at all, out of fear that trace amounts that are no longer active in their body will incriminate them when they are not even impaired.

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In recent years, a device that has swept the world by storm is the controversial e-cigarette. An e-cigarette is a battery operated electronic cigarette, or as it is more commonly known, a “vape.” The device creates smoke-like vapor, often laced with nicotine, that can be inhaled and exhaled similar to smoke from a cigarette. This provides the look, feel, and buzz of a cigarette without any of the chemicals associated with traditional tobacco. While this may appear on the surface to be a great help for smokers trying to quit, there are some underlying issues with e-cigarettes that can cause a person to suffer injury or harm. This has caused these devices to be the source of controversy across the nation. e-cigs-rev-5

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Suppose you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. You have contacted an attorney, and the investigation and discovery phase of the case is currently ongoing. You may believe that from here, it will be smooth sailing, and your attorney will be able to handle your case as you go about business as usual. While this is true to an extent, there is one hidden danger you may not be aware of: social media.

Social Media And Your Case

When you are involved in a personal injury case, it is common to hear your attorney tell you to avoid speaking to anyone about the matters of the case unless it is absolutely necessary. Typically, anything you say and do will be misused by the defense to attempt to thwart your case, however, the importance of your social media presence is seldom discussed. This topic cannot be stressed enough. In today’s technologically advanced world, the defense has an array of tools at their disposal to poke holes in your case. If you have a social media profile, the defense may try to use this to their advantage. Pictures, videos, and even simple text posts can all be taken out of context and misused entirely by the defense the same way public statements can be. If you are involved in a personal injury case, and you make regular use of a social media presence, follow these tips below. Social-Media

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 Being involved in a car accident is stressful enough; the confusion, panic and anxiety it comes with are some of the things you will have to deal with. But in the midst of all that you need to preserve all the evidence in a manner that will be presentable in the event your injury claim goes to court. Properly documenting what transpired, especially if you were not at fault for the collision, helps prove liability and demonstrate that you were the victim and not the wrongdoer.  This approach applies weather your case settles out of court or ends up in the hands of a jury to decide.  Once again, properly documenting what transpired is the first critical step to help you recover  fair compensation in line with injury laws. Do your best to provide as much evidence as possible. Car Accident

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The Uber car service has made its way to New Hampshire and many are taking advantage of it. Recently there was a news story where an Uber driver is accused of murdering six of his customers over a weekend. No one is sure what made this driver, who passed all of Uber’s background checks, snap over that long weekend. While many are upset about it, Uber has not said it will change the processes in place already. So what can you do? Do you risk personal injury from an Uber driver? Do you stop taking this service if you’re already a user? Or do you skip using this transportation completely if you’ve never used it in New Hampshire before? Here are a few tips you can use to keep yourself safe. Car Accident

Know Your Driver

The Uber app provides a variety of information about your driver before you get into the car. The app works to connect you with drivers in your immediate area via the GPS settings on your phone. When you find a driver, you can obtain information on them such as their license plate number, photo identification and a picture of their car. Don’t be afraid to verify the identity when they come to pick you up. Check the photo and license information before getting into the car.

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When Hit by a Driver in New Hampshire with No Auto InsuranceWho Pays?

The United States Accident statistics show that Americans average roughly six million car accidents annually. This staggering figure of accidents claims over 40,000 lives and injures three million people yearly. With these statistics, it is prudent to conclude that auto accidents are the leading cause of personal injury in the U.S. alone. It does not mean that because car accidents are common that the cases are always easy to handle. For this reason, you need a New Hampshire injury lawyer that can help you sort out the issues. shutterstock_224496679

Car accidents are  costly, can cause serious personal injuries and they can cause a major change of lifestyle. You may be left with a deformity that can make you unable to perform your normal functions. Auto accidents  in New Hampshire can be complex because the legalities of compensation are different from that of some other states. Victims of vehicle accidents in New Hampshire have rights in regards to the legal options of our state.

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St. Patrick’s Day Fun 2016: What Not To Do

Enjoying St. Patrick’s Day is always a blast in the state of New Hampshire. Many towns such as Manchester offer parades and festivities to celebrate the Irish culture, offering dancing, drinks and more. The 21st Annual Manchester St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be on Sunday, March 29th. When you plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, it can be fun to dress in all green, have a few beers and spend time with family and friends. However, there are aspects of the celebration that can have an unsafe affect, such as drinking and driving. Below are a few tips on what not to do as you celebrate the unique holiday.

Avoid Drinking Too Much