Legal Research Blog
A new generation of pirates has emerged, threatening trade and disturbing the world’s navies successfully. Armed with grenade launchers and assault rifles, pirates in the Gulf of Aden are currently holding 13 vessels. It is a story that keeps re-emerging – This spring, a German Navy warship, Emden, encountered pirate vessels attacking a Japanese tanker. Emden was not allowed to intervene with the attack, as the act of piracy is not legally deemed terrorism.
A recently-approved Michigan law allows patients with HIV, AIDS, cancer, glaucoma and other diseases to use marijuana for medicinal purposes on a doctor’s recommendation. Once registered with the state, qualifying patients will receive ID cards, which will allow them to legally acquire, possess, transport and even grow up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. But, possession of marijuana will not be legalized for medicinal purposes until the Department of Community Health introduces application and fee guidelines. The expected date for these guidelines is April 4, 2009. Until then, anyone possessing marijuana – for any purpose – can be arrested and prosecuted. However, the new law allows patients to use a medical-justification defense at trial.