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  • Is CBD Legal in Ohio? The Lesser Known Cannabinoid & State, Federal Laws
    Is CBD Legal in Ohio? The Lesser Known Cannabinoid & State, Federal Laws

    Ohio is one of 33 states, along with the District of Columbia, to permit the medical use of cannabis with a doctor’s recommendation, but is not among the 11 states (plus DC, and soon Illinois come ...

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  • State and Federal Hate Crime Laws in Ohio: Ethnic Intimidation, Enhancements & Elevated Penalties
    State and Federal Hate Crime Laws in Ohio: Ethnic Intimidation, Enhancements & Elevated Penalties

    Hate crimes are not new, but they have become an increasingly larger focus for state and federal law enforcement. Since the first federal hate crimes statute was signed into law in 1968, statutory ...

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  • USSG § 2b1.1: How Do Sentencing Guidelines Work in Federal Fraud Cases?
    USSG § 2b1.1: How Do Sentencing Guidelines Work in Federal Fraud Cases?

    Fraud and financial crimes are big targets for law enforcement, especially at the federal level. Be it a financially motivated cybercrime offense or a more “traditional” fraud that falls under federal ...

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  • The First Step Act: Why the Federal Justice System is Still Tough on Crime
    The First Step Act: Why the Federal Justice System is Still Tough on Crime

    On Tuesday, December 18, the Senate passed the nation's most significant federal criminal justice reform in history by voting 87-12 in favor of the First Step Act. While that's a major and ...

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  • Crypto Crime in 2019: How Law Enforcement is Targeting Digital Currency
    Crypto Crime in 2019: How Law Enforcement is Targeting Digital Currency

    The end of 2018 may have seen the value of cryptocurrencies plummet from their unprecedented high the previous year, but sell-offs and market fluctuations haven't reduced interest in the future ...

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  • 18 U.S.C. § 1503: What Exactly is Obstruction of Justice?
    18 U.S.C. § 1503: What Exactly is Obstruction of Justice?

    “Obstruction of Justice” has become the buzz word of the day, particularly in light of speculation about what’s to come of the infamous Mueller Report and the debate over potential criminal charges ...

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