Congress votes to halt DOJ from spending to interfere with state medical marijuana laws

Medical cannabis patients scored another big victory today when the US House of Representatives voted 242 to 186 (the largest Congressional vote for medical cannabis yet) to prevent the Department of Justice from spending any money to interfere in the implementation of state medical cannabis laws. When approved by the Senate and signed by the…

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Monthly Mortgage Payments About to Increase for HAMP Recipients

If you received a loan modification under the 2009 Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), beware!  Your mortgage payments are about to increase. Earlier this year, the feds issued a quarterly report entitled the Special Inspector General of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or (SIGTARP), stating that around 782,748 homeowners who participated in HAMP will eventually…

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Seven Requirements for Running a Lawful California Medical Marijuana Collective

The Medial Marijuana Program Act (MMPA) provides for a defense against criminal prosecution for someone operating a medical marijuana collective or cooperative in California.  But such business operators must follow a strict set of guidelines in order to stay within the bounds of this law.  A recent California court decision analyzed the important set of…

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Robosigning

Robosigning “Robosigning” is a term created and popularized in light of the recent scandals involving the mortgage foreclosure crisis.  As a new term, it does not have an official legal definition, but refers to the process of “mass signing” forged or fraudulent documents relating to mortgage foreclosure.  Notaries have been involved in robosigning by acknowledging…

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