Sometime this month, Congress is expected to vote on a bill that would decriminalize marijuana altogether. If that happens, it will mark a substantial shift in the nation's "War on Drugs." It could also have huge ramifications both for anybody awaiting trial on marijuana charges and those who have already been convicted on pot charges.
Parents often have no idea that their teenagers have a problem with prescription drugs until their child gets arrested trying to buy or sell the pills. While it will naturally be quite a shock, it's fairly common for young adults and teens to experiment with pills.
In the 1990s, it seemed like a meth bust was featured nearly every night on the evening news. But, then you stopped hearing so much about methamphetamine because all the media outlets began focusing on the heroin problem.
For many years, the United States has been seeking ways to cut back on the use of addictive drugs. While there's no way to completely do this, the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) goes a long way in helping everyone better understand what is legal and illegal in regard to drug use.
During the month of October, law enforcement agencies throughout Tulare County have stepped up their efforts to round up those accused of domestic violence. On Oct. 17 alone, officers from multiple agencies set out to canvass neighborhoods across the county. Law enforcement hoped to serve 291 warrants for arrest that day. By the end of the day, they'd arrested 18 individuals.
Law enforcement authorities are getting desperate in response to the opioid crisis. As a result, many addicts who have done little more than share their drugs with a relative or friend are ending up facing charges from manslaughter to first-degree murder.
When people are caught dealing drugs or using them, the best thing for them isn't always to be sent to prison. In reality, those using drugs often need substance abuse counseling and assistance to get their lives back on track.
The federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) makes it illegal for any organized group of individuals that conspire with one another to engage in any unlawful act. So, too, does the California Control of Profits of Organized Crime Act, Sections 186.2 and 186.3 of the state Penal Code.
Any drug charge, even one that appears minor, can have a major impact on your life. From difficulties securing employment to the many consequences of a conviction, you need to think about the future.
The "Death Diaries," or a project looking at what drugs were most responsible for patient deaths in 2013, has shown a serious problem in California. Amidst the opioid epidemic, this project aimed to find out which drugs caused the most problems to help reduce the ability of individuals to obtain them and to identify how they're obtaining them.