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January 2017 Archives

Law enforcement at a crossroads after Prop. 64 vote

On Nov. 8, California residents chose to make the recreational use of marijuana legal in the state by voting in favor of Proposition 64. While news of the vote was likely welcomed by many Californians, the state's law enforcement agencies may have been less than happy. This is because there is currently no reliable way to determine whether a motorist is impaired by marijuana.

Man admits to embezzling $4.8 million from Alanis Morissette

A former partner at a leading California financial management company has admitted to embezzling more than $6.5 million from a number of clients including the Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Alanis Morissette. The admission was made in papers filed as part of the man's plea arrangement on Jan. 18. The man is facing a raft of white-collar crime charges including wire fraud and filing a falsified personal tax return.

About auto-brewery syndrome

California drivers may be interested to know about auto-brewery syndrome, a condition that occurs when too much yeast is trapped in the digestive system and is turned into alcohol. An individual who has the condition can consume a food or drink containing starch, and the carbohydrates will be fermented into ethanol by his or her body. It is a rare condition that occurs primarily in Japan, but there have been some cases in the United States that have confused medical experts.

New proposed bill aims to close marijuana loophole

In response to an apparent loophole in California's law that legalizes the recreational use of marijuana, a state representative has proposed a new bill that would close it. Currently, the law prohibits people from having an open container of marijuana in their vehicles while they are driving, which is similar to the open-container laws for alcohol.

Survey shows declining numbers of impaired drivers

California drivers could be sharing the roads with fewer drunk drivers than in the past, according to survey data. A national survey for 2014 showed a record low number of drunk drivers across the country. The survey has shown decreasing numbers of drunk drivers since 2002, but the data is dependent on the honest and accurate responses of the people who take part.

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