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ISSAQUAH LAW GROUP

Issaquah Law Group: Experienced Counsel; Client Focus

PHILOSOPHY: Formed in 2014, Issaquah Law Group is a law firm with one focus: providing businesses and insurers with high quality legal representation with the responsiveness of a smaller firm. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built upon clear and consistent communication. 

LITIGATION: We work closely with our clients to fully and accurately understand their goals, work collaboratively to formulate specific legal strategies, and execute the agreed plan of action utilizing methods most likely to result in the efficient and effective resolution of the matter. ILG attorneys have a broad base of litigation experience to draw on in all Federal and State courts from on-the-ground investigations to Supreme Court appeals in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, product liability, commercial general liability, labor & employment, construction litigation, and catastrophic losses due to fire and explosion.

BUSINESS LAW: Rarely is the path from point A to point B a straight line, so our role in a business law practice is to find alternatives, devise workable strategies, and keep your business ideas, goals and objectives moving toward realization. ILG’s business attorneys help clients achieve their goals with respect to business formation, intellectual property, labor and employment, CAN-SPAM, copyright and trademark

COMMUNITY: In addition, the Lawyers at Issaquah Law Group remain active in the legal and civic community. A core commitment of our Issaquah Attorneys is community service. Our attorneys' civic involvement includes the King County Civil Rights Commission; the City of Issaquah Planning Policy Commission; the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, service as a pro tem judge. We live and work in the Pacific Northwest, and we aim to make it a better place.

In addition, through The Amateur Law Professor Blog and LinkedIn postings, we share pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as the pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Courts of Appeal so that our clients can be as update to date on cutting legal issues as we are.

WA Legal Roundup: Division II

State v. Otis

Otis appeals his conviction of manufacturing marijuana.  He argues that the trial court erred in denying his motion to assert a medical marijuana caregiver affirmative defense.  Otis argues that he was growing the marijuana for a qualified patient under the Medical Use Marijuana Act. 

The trial court failed to issue findings of fact and conclusions required of bench trials under CrR 6.1.  The appellate court reversed Otis’s judgment and sentence based on the same.  The appellate court will not review issues raised on appeal absent findings of fact, however, here, the court found that the record was adequate to address his challenge relating to trial courts order precluding him to present an affirmative defense based on medical marijuana. 

At trial Otis offered the court evidence of his affirmative defense by way of a letter written to the court from the doctor that issued the patient Otis was a caregiver to the medical marijuana prescription.  He also gave medical records and history or the past medications tried but failed and evidence that the marijuana was effective in treating the symptoms.  The trial court granted the State’s motion to preclude Otis from presenting evidence relating to medical marijuana. 

The court found that the letter from the doctor was sufficient in meeting the statute’s “valid documentation” requirement.  Further, the court found that Otis presented enough evidence relating to his medical marijuana defense that would allow a jury to consider the defense and thus the trial court should not have precluded the evidence.  The appellate court reversed his conviction and remanded for another trial. 

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