On June 15, 2018, Minneapolis Marijuana Attorney, Thomas Gallagher, presented a Continuing Legal Education course: “Defending Marijuana Cases.” He spoke to 200 of the best defense lawyers in Minnesota; at the 33rd Annual Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice DWI Seminar.
Topics covered by Attorney Thomas Gallagher included:
- Scheduling, both Minnesota and Federal
- Medical marijuana issues
- Medical necessity defense
- Marijuana in a Motor Vehicle defenses
- The small amount “resinous form” technical loophole
- Auto searches based on claimed odor of marijuana as probable cause
- Prolonged detention abuses and remedies
- Drug testing; screening vs. lab tests; false positives, proof of identity
- Weight issues when defending marijuana cases
- Conflicts in law: definitions of marijuana vs. mixture vs. hemp
- Unconstitutional presumption of “intent to sell” based on possession
- Growing charged as sale even though no sale happened
- Circumstantial evidence and “construction possession“
- Circumstantial evidence isn’t enough unless inconsistent with any rational hypothesis except that of guilt
- Passenger vs. driver; mere presence is not enough jury instruction
- The right to present a defense
- Jury nullification and the rule of lenity, when defending marijuana cases
- First Amendment religious freedom defense
- DWI-marijuana cases and their defense
- Half-life of blood THC
- THC vs THC-metabolites
Attorney Thomas Gallagher is a frequent presenter of Continuing Legal Education courses on criminal law topics.
And many know him for his advocacy for the reform of marijuana laws. Attorney Thomas Gallagher writes often on existing marijuana laws as well as proposed legal reforms.
If you are a lawyer, or a person with a question about defending marijuana cases, call Attorney Thomas Gallagher.