Bizarre Laws Archive

Florida Service Animal Laws

service animals lawService animals have become an incredibly common thing in recent years, and they aren’t just for those who are blind, deaf, or have issues with seizures. Anxiety service animals are more common than they used to be, as are service animals for those with autism spectrum disorders. All that being said, because there are more animals out there to deal with more health issues, there are also a lot more people who are being fraudulent with their pets.

Florida has decided to step in and try to put a stop to this issue, by charging people with fraud if they are caught being fraudulent with an animal, claiming for it to be a service animal. Now, of course, they put in a provision where that a person cannot be asked for their papers in order to prove that their service dog is a service dog, but there are plenty of other ways for them to figure it out, including digging through and looking through any evidence that may indicate that their service animal really doesn’t do anything for them except provide companionship.

What does this mean for those who have service animals legitimately? Absolutely nothing, to be honest. Florida made the laws lenient enough so that people would not have to worry if their animals are actually considered to be service animals and have the training and the certification to do so. That being said, for those who have been fraudulent with their pets and calling them service animals, it’s time to rethink how you’re taking care of things – there are a number of people who legitimately need the help of furry friends to get through their daily life, and it could make it harder on them if people keep being fraudulent with their supposed service animals.

What do you think about Florida’s attempts to make it so that people cannot fake whether or not their pet is a service animal? Do you believe it’s the right direction, or does something more need to be able to happen to ensure that this doesn’t become a bigger issue?

 

The Church of Cannabis in Indiana?

There was a lot of discussion about the laws that came down the pipe in Indiana, specifically the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which many assumed to be against the LGBT community and their ability to get services for weddings and other such things. Anyhow, there were a few people that tried to get creative with the whole thing, including Mr. Bill Levin, who decided to take advantage of the law and develop a “Church of Cannabis” in order to express his religious freedom.

The whole concept is unique and, because of everything that the RFRA put into effect, it made it totally legal for him to present his views and develop a church that has the main goal of helping people to enjoy the journey of life together, just with the help of a little bit of weed in the process. Some people say that the whole thing was a bit crazy, but they actually had a decent attendance during their first service, and they’re planning on expanding as time goes on.

If you’re an immigrant in the U.S. who’s been charged with a crime, you’d be best off by getting in touch with an immigration lawyer to handle deferred action.

church of cannabisAnyhow, how does this play into anything? Basically, the founders of the Church of Cannabis say that, because of RFRA, that they can legally use marijuana, which is currently illegal throughout the entire state of Indiana at this point in time. Why? Because RFRA says that their religious freedoms can’t be infringed upon. Isn’t that an interesting way to look at the law? For as long as laws have been in place, people have tried to find and manipulate loopholes so that they can get whatever it is that they want to get out of it.

What do you think about this whole conversation? Do you feel like Mr. Levin is in the right in proving the point that he’s trying to bring across (both about the LGBT community and about the legalization of marijuana)? Or do you believe that he may be a little off in the way that he’s considering going about the entire process? What do you think this could end up turning into for the state of Indiana for the future?