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Archive for July, 2016

The Impact of Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act on Custody & Support Cases

By: Lindsay Hanifan Childs, Esquire *As published in Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Volume 38, Issue No. 2. at page 97. There had been signs that a statewide change would be coming to Pennsylvania regarding laws on marijuana use and possession. In addition to increased lobbying and public support for the legalization of marijuana, local governments had been laying the groundwork for such legislation. On October 1, 2014, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana was decriminalized in Philadelphia by ordinance signed by Mayor Michael Nutter.  That ordinance replaced criminal penalties with a civil fine of $25 for such possession.  Next, on December 22, 2015, Pittsburgh’s Mayor, Bill Peduto, signed a law that reduced the penalties for possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana.  That law provides for a civil fine of up to $100, instead of a misdemeanor criminal charge.

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Vetrano Law’s Wayne family lawyer appointed to the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Lindsay Hanifan Childs, Esquire, of Vetrano|Vetrano & Feinman LLC has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (“LASP”).  She will serve a three-year term.  LASP serves low-income and vulnerable individuals in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties by providing legal representation in a wide range of civil practice areas, including family law, housing, elder law and public benefits.  The organization also seeks to provide legal education to the community and to alter local systems that lead to poverty.  

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