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Mugwort And Its Use As A Legal High

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) is a common plant that has a wide natural habitat covering much of the northern hemisphere’s temperate regions. The plant is considered a weed in most US states and many European countries, and gardeners have little love for it.

Mugwort – also called Wild Wormwood, Chrysanthemum Weed, Old uncle Henry, Sailor’s Tobacco and Naughty Man  – is a perennial plant that grows to around six feet in height and produces small flowers.

The English name Mugwort is believed to derive from the Old English ‘mycg’ (midge) and ‘wyrt’ (root or plant). One of Mugwort’s more traditional uses was as an insect repellent, and it seems likely that its main name comes from this use.

Mugworts have been used for several medicinal and culinary purposes through the ages. As well as being used as insect repellents, Mugworts were frequently used as anthelminthics (parasitic worm removers), to abort pregnancies (in traditional Chinese medicine, using a large dose), to correct breech presentations (also in Chinese medicine, using smaller doses) and as a general purpose remedy for minor heart conditions (in Ayurveda).

Because the plant contains mildly psychoactive compounds called ‘thujones’ it is often used today in herbal smoking mixtures (legal weeds). Thujones produce a similar effect to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC – the active ingredient of cannabis) although the effect is generally considered to be less pronounced. Mugwort is rarely used on its own as a legal weed but is usually blended with other herbs such as Lion’s tail.

Mugwort was also an important herb in the practice of medieval witchcraft, because of its mildly psychoactive action and because it was believed to be lucky. The plant has also been used to aid lucid dreaming and remains an important herb for those who believe these dreams to be astral projections. It is said that sleeping with a sprig of Mugwort beside or within your pillow enhances dreaming, giving the sleeper greater control over their dreams and aiding recollection upon awakening.

Because thujones can be toxic in large enough quantities it is strongly recommended that expecting or lactating mothers avoid using the plant in order to avoid any potential harm to their unborn or newborn babies.

The Process to Handle Legal Tenant Evictions

Handling tenant eviction is never a landlord’s favorite duty, but you can make it easier on yourself by knowing the process and the laws. Tenant eviction can happen for several reasons, for example, you sell your property and the new landlord wants to rent or lease to different people.

Other times evicting a tenant can become a long, drawn-out process especially if the tenant is angry about having to move or is doing something illegal like selling drugs out of your property. Then your situation can become dangerous and you must take precautionary steps to ensure your own safety.

You definitely need to know and follow the proper, legal steps to evict a tenant so that you are not slapped with any kind of wrongful eviction lawsuit. Here we will outline the proper steps to take in order to evict your tenant legally and protect yourself from repercussion.

1.File with the county courthouse a Notice to Quit Possession (you can Google samples if you need one). This is the first step in legally evicting a person or persons from your property. You fill out the form at the courthouse with all the property information included and the names of each adult tenant that you want evicted.

You are required to give a reason why you want them evicted, for example non-payment of rent, non-renewal of lease, destruction of property, etc. You are required to give them at least three (3) full days to vacate the premises on the Notice to Quit. This notice is then served to your tenants via a state marshal.

2.If the tenant has not moved by midnight of the day you requested that they vacate the premises as outlined in the Notice to Quit, you will then need to file a Summons and Complaint order. The tenant will be required to appear in court, and they have two (2) full days after receiving this order to file an Appearance to contest the eviction. If they do not, you as the landlord have the right to request a Default Judgment for Failure to Appear against them and rule in your favor. If the tenant files a response to your Summons and Complaint order, then you have to go to court for a trial hearing on your case.

3.At the court hearing you and the tenant will meet with a Housing Specialist who is trained in mediating cases concerning landlord and tenant affairs. They will discuss the case with both of you and will assist you in working out a fair settlement. If a fair settlement is obtained, the judge will review it and then approve or deny it based on the information he or she has before them. You do not have to settle the case. You can push it to trial where the judge will preside over the case and make a decision based on the evidence that is presented.

4.If the judge rules in your favor, the tenant has five days – called a Stay of Execution – to vacate the premises unless the case is for non-payment of rent only, in which case the tenant can apply to get up to three months to stay if the full amount of back rent is paid to the court within five days of the judgment being rendered. If the judgment is based on a termination of lease by lapse of time, the tenant can apply for an additional six months Stay of Execution from the hearing date.

5.Once the judgment has been rendered, the tenant has a set amount of time to vacate the premises – either the five (5) day Stay of Execution awarded by the courts or a longer period of time applied for Stay of Execution. If the tenant has not left your property by midnight on that last day, you can apply for a Summary Process Execution which gives the tenant 24 hours to vacate the premises or else they will be removed by physical force.

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Why Do Some People Prefer Hiring Mid Sized Legal Firms

The legal world is very large and extremely competitive. There are large swanky firms with large and spacious offices and then there are the small and mid-sized firms. Since there are many levels of law firms in the market today, it is easy to get lost and not know which firm to choose. The fact is that most Australian businesses are turning towards smaller and medium sized Sydney law firms for the personalized services they get from them. 

One of the main reasons why you should look at mid-sized Sydney law firms is that they usually tend to have an excellent range of commercial practice. They also maintain a long and impressive list of clients that they are able to shower personal attention to. Unlike some of the larger firms that are only concerned with building billable hours, these smaller firms are able to build long term personal relationship with their clients. While their experience and expertise may be confined to specific regions and they may have a lot of individual clients, this certainly does not mean that they lack in experience and expertise. 

Here are some of the advantages of hiring such a firm.

Personal Care and Attention 

One of the most obvious advantages of mid-sized law firms is their personal attention and care. These firms always value their clients and take proper care of each of them and so you can always count on them to give you the best possible legal advice. 

More Experienced Lawyers 

Big law firms generally tend to have one lawyer handle only one type of legal issues. However, this is not the case with smaller firms. Here, you will find one lawyer handling all kinds of legal cases, ranging from estate disputes to family law. This means, they have more experienced lawyers who may have handled a variety of legal issues.

Flexibility 

Another important thing to consider with mid-sized Sydney law firms is the flexibility these firms offer. They work flexible hours and give you personal care. You can always talk to them even outside of office hours. 

Friendly Staff 

If you are looking for that human touch that lawyers may not always be known for, you should be looking at a smaller law firm. A law firm with friendly staff can really make all the difference. You will never feel out of place and will always have a smiling face listening to your most pressing problems.