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California Cannabis Website Invokes CDA

The roll-out on California's recreational marijuana laws is a bit like rolling a joint. It's not as easy as it looks.

The Bureau of Cannabis Control, the state entity that oversees the new marijuana market, is trying to weed out some trouble spots. The bureau recently sent a letter to one of the bigger players in the market, saying it was advertising unlicensed pot growers.

Weedmaps, an online directory of marijuana businesses, responded that it was not subject to the agency. Tommy Chong, the marijuana activist and comedy actor, couldn't have said it better.

The new SpaceX project, Heavy, which was recently successfully tested, is proof positive that Elon Musk's revolutionary company is making huge strides for the space industry.

Notably, SpaceX has been able to do what NASA never could, cut costs. Where the vendors for NASA never were pressured to reduce costs due to the lack of alternatives, SpaceX has turned to in house manufacturing where vendors couldn't meet their cost demands. Given the legal industry's reluctance to cut costs, perhaps there may be a lesson law firms can learn from SpaceX.

Headlines were made over the weekend when one Tesla driver made history on San Francisco's Bay Bridge after being arrested for a DUI. While that alone isn't so epic, allegedly, the driver was found asleep, with the car stopped on the bridge, and he is alleged to have claimed that he wasn't driving, but rather had the vehicle's autopilot engaged

This delightful DUI actually raises quite a few legal questions about the use of driverless cars. Currently, the law permits the use of the Tesla autopilot and other similar features so long as the driver is present and can take over control. Unfortunately for the inebriated, for the time being, the law does not permit individuals to autopilot under the influence either. If the limited facts known are true, the case probably isn't a winner, but it'd sure be interesting.

Drones Working for Border Patrol

It may take a few years for President Trump to put up his wall, but in the meantime the Border Patrol is upping its game with flying drones.

On a clear day, the drones can be seen patolling the skies along the border between the United States and Mexico. They help agents see where they cannot go so easily -- the unpaved miles of desert, cactus, scrub brush, and gangly trees.

Actually, there are only three drones at work so far in the test program. But they are already covering a lot more ground than a wannabe wall, and they are a whole lot cheaper.

Despite the endless advertising and generally consistent service, internet service providers are rarely liked by their customers. Additionally, in some markets, the costs of service can often be prohibitive for many, especially when there is no competition in the market to drive down prices. In recent years, some local governments have stepped up to the plate to provide internet services when competition was lacking.

In markets with a lack of competition, if available, consumers can be even more likely to jump ship from a big ISP to a government owned local ISP, often referred to as municipal broadband. Typically, because municipal broadband will be government subsidized, it can capture significant market share based on its lower costs alone.

Being one of those tech savvy lawyers can often be overwhelming due to all the questions from the non-tech savvy lawyers. ("What do you mean it wasn't plugged in?" ... "Wait, I can turn my iPhone off?" ... "How do I not reply all?")

But when the tech savvy lawyers have questions, the answers tend to involve a bit more nuance than a Homer Simpson original invention. Below, you'll find five common questions that tech-savvy lawyers have asked.

Mystery at the FBI: Crime Report Missing Most of Its Data Tables

Critical information is missing from an FBI report.

According to analysts, the information is considered "the gold standard of crime data." The Uniform Crime Reporting Program contains crime, arrest, and police data from around the country.

But almost 70 percent of the data tables are gone from the latest report. Why did the FBI eliminate the tables?

In the state of Minnesota, an appeal to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals is likely inspiring the state's residents to make the switch from traditional landline telephones to VoIP telephones. The state has posed the following (potentially hyperbolic) question that the court will likely avoid answering: Whether the rule of law may be rendered obsolete by technological innovation.

For individuals who already pay for high-speed internet access, tacking on VoIP services can be done rather cheaply, and are almost always a better deal than traditional landline services. This is partly due to a loophole that allows standalone, interconnected, VoIP providers to avoid stringent state consumer protection rules.

However, the case pending before the Eighth Circuit could change everything, as the state is asking the court to declare VoIP providers as telecoms covered by the FCC. And interestingly, the FCC decided to step into the appellate fray by filing an amicus brief discussing how VoIP services live in a sort of FCC-limbo.

Buying into new technology will probably make you better at lawyering, though it might not make you a better lawyer, per se. You'll be able to get more done, be more organized, do things on your own that would've taken whole teams just a few years ago. But, when going to court, some lawyers think that all the new tech just gets in the way.

However, ignoring technological advancements that have been made over the past two decades, especially when going to court, is a dangerous game. After all, if your opposing counsel has the latest tech, you need to be prepared for it, and may even need to be able to respond in kind.

Below, you'll find five FAQs about using tech in the courtroom that will hopefully convince you to get over your courtroom technophobia.

Imagine this, if you will: You wake up in the morning, have your breakfast, take the dog for a walk, sit down on your sofa, grab your VR headset from the wireless charging pad, put your VR headset on, and commute to the office at the speed of the internet. The virtual reality office could be a real boon for law firms and clients, big and small.

Early adopters may be chanting "take my money," but sadly this is still in the fantasyland of early production. A San Francisco based startup, named Meta, however, is keen on getting us to the fantasyland dream of showing up to court as a fully suited up lawyer hologram, while really just eating cereal in our pajamas on the couch. Meta makes an augmented virtual reality office space to transform office empty spaces into offices filled with every necessary piece of software, hardware, scale models, and more.