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May 2020

Let’s Talk Marijuana and COVID-19

In these unprecedented times where over 95% of the country is under Stay at Home Orders, life, as we know it, has changed (at least for the time being). In these times, many households across the country have suffered economic loss through either layoffs or slowed business. With bills still coming in, but work slow or non-existent, there’s no doubt that stress levels are on the rise. To make matters worse, stay at home orders and the closure of many non-essential businesses across the country has given many Americans “caged bird syndrome”, which, in turn, has caused stress and domestic violence cases to soar. Combatting stress levels, some states like California and Colorado have deemed cannabis dispensaries as “essential” and allowed such businesses to remain open during this pandemic.

While both states boast relaxed recreational and medicinal marijuana laws, more states around the country have also allowed cannabis dispensaries to remain in business during this time. Joining California and Colorado are Alaska, Washington, and Oregon, along with Nevada, Illinois, and Michigan, all of which allow for recreational cannabis usage and have allowed dispensaries to remain open when all other non-essential businesses have been ordered to close. Dispensaries in California and Colorado have seen a spike of up to 159% in sales due to more and more residents turning to cannabis to combat stress and tension.

WHAT ABOUT OKLAHOMA?

In comparison, the state of Oklahoma has also deemed cannabis dispensaries as “essential” but because of state laws, which only allow for the use of cannabis with a medical card, Oklahoma residents without a prescription are left to seek out other stress relievers. However, all hope is not lost. According to a recent interview with Gov. Kevin Stitt, thanks to the damaging economical effects of COVID-19, the state of Oklahoma is facing a $400 million revenue loss for the 2020 fiscal year. Paired with rock bottom fuel prices, which also drive Oklahoma’s economy, Gov. Stitt is looking for other methods of income, and recreational marijuana is a source of income that he is considering. Data says that the implementation of recreational marijuana sales could bring the state an extra $100 million per year, so there is a glimmer of hope for Oklahoma residents. Until then, Oklahoma residents are left to find their own stress-relieving outlets.

If you’ve been charged with drug possession, or are facing other criminal charges, contact the Law Offices of Marcy Fassio and get ahead of your charges.

Our offices are still open! We are considered an essential business, so even in this pandemic, we are still here to fight for you! We are practicing social distancing and are taking all precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we are still taking calls and working on your behalf! Give us a call today!

3 Ways to Boost Your Mental Health and Your Immune System

Boost Your Mood

Our brains and our immune systems are deeply linked to one another. Depressed and saddened individuals are far more likely to come down with an illness than happy and upbeat individuals. Find ways to boost your mood with comedy, entertainment, interaction with friends and loved ones via text, calls, video calls, etc., and you may brighten your mood while strengthening your immune system.

Eat Right

Studies have shown that sugar imbalance, raised blood pressure, and overall poor diet has detrimental effects on how the body responds to mental and physical challenges. In these times of mental and emotional stress, you want to make sure that your body is well equipped to get through these strenuous times. Try to formulate a diet that incorporates plenty of green vegetables, healthy fats like nuts and avocados, and fruits.

Exercise

Physical exercise is an essential way to improve physical and mental health. Exercise has been linked to reduced oxidative stress, improved sleep, and reducing mental fatigue. Try to find fun exercise routines that can be done around the house. You can even make it a game and have the kids join in!

YouTube!

We have started a youtube channel! Although its just in its beginning stages, we will be regularly adding videos to help people know what to expect from the Oklahoma criminal justice system and answer common questions! Check it out and subscribe!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7Xn9wi14Eo_brNF0sOZhWA

Check out our Facebook Page!

Make sure you like and follow our Facebook page! At Fassio Law, our Facebook page isn’t just about law. We share motivational pieces, helpful information and we even have free giveaways! Check us out https://www.facebook.com/FassioLawOKC/

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow.”

Albert Einstein

Bad Dog!“…

According to Florida Law, dog owners are liable if they have a “Beware of Dog” sign on their property and you are bitten by their dog. Sounds normal right? Well, if they switch out the sign for “Bad Dog”, they’re absolved from liability and you’re on your own.

– Title XLV § 767.04

Legal Trivia!

True or False?

Lawyers must report past crimes committed by their clients that they learn about through conversations with that client

Last month’s answers were:

1. D. There are currently 1.35 million lawyers in the United States– and that number continues to grow!

2. A. Arabella Mansfield became the first female lawyer in 1869.

Question of the Month

Marcy Fassio has earned a strong reputation when defending her clients in court.
What do you think distinguishes her from other lawyers in Oklahoma City?