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October 2016 Archives

Is marijuana legal in Florida?

For decades, marijuana has been classified as an illegal substance by the federal government. Penalties for possession and use often included fines and heavy sentences. Also, the substance had a negative stigma attached to it that made it socially unacceptable to many. Research has changed the minds of some government officials and lawmakers in many states across the country, especially in Florida. However, it is currently still illegal for many people to possess and own marijuana.

Defense options are often present in drug cases

We recently discussed how a new synthetic opioid is illegal in Florida. That is only one of the many illegal substances that can lead to criminal charges in this state. For people who are facing drug charges of any sort, learning about their defense options is a priority. We can help you learn about what options you might have.

New synthetic opioid already illegal in Florida

It seems like every time we turn around, there's a new type of dangerous drug that's becoming widely available. Among the latest is something called "Pink." The synthetic opioid, also known as U-47700, is more powerful than heroin. It's gaining popularity among teens in particular, via social media. It can be obtained for just $5 plus shipping online.

Hundreds of pounds of marijuana found on the Florida coast

Between the beginning of September and October of 2016, the Border Patrol and the United States Coast Guard discovered approximately 400 pounds of marijuana floating in the water near Eastern Florida and the Florida Keys. Although there have been several hurricanes and major storms in these months, the 15 separate incidents where these drugs were found floating and washed up on shore indicate that drug trafficking is still a problem in Florida. It's believed that the overall haul would have produced around $306,400 dollars in revenue for the sellers.

Fight back against Florida drug possession charges

If you are found to have drugs of any sort in your possession, you might end up facing drug possession charges. These charges can be very serious, so you need to fight back against them. We know that there are sometimes circumstances behind drug charges that can't really be helped.

Amphetamine abuse is increasing in Florida and nationwide

A good deal of media attention has been given recently to the abuse of prescription painkillers. However, less has been given to another type of prescription drug that is being abused -- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication. These medications include popular drugs like Adderall, which is an amphetamine used to treat ADHD.

Is marijuana safer than alcohol?

Across America, the doobie debate continues. In fact, this November an unprecedented number of states will vote on whether to ease up on marijuana restrictions, including Florida. Currently, four states and the District of Columbia already allow the use of weed as a form of recreation.

What kinds of drug crimes are there?

There are several different kinds of prescription drug crimes that can be committed. The main three include possession, distribution and use. If you're accused of any of these crimes in Florida, it's important to look into your legal options immediately. Your reputation is on the line, and your attorney may be able to help you successfully defend yourself.

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