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Marijuana use at college could mean double the consequences

College students can become caught up in the new freedom of being out from under their parents' rules but still somewhat protected from adult life.

However, if they face charges from marijuana and other drug crimes that occur on a Florida college campus, there are very real consequences.

When marijuana allegations lead to felony charges

Facing felony charges can leave a person very worried about his or her future. A conviction on such charges can lead to many stiff penalties. Also, having a felony conviction on one's record can have many lasting impacts, including an impact on a person's career.

Among the things that could lead to a person having felony charges brought against him or her in Florida is being accused of marijuana crimes.

Felons in Florida seek restoration of the right to vote

The ability to vote is an important part of the civil rights of citizens in the United States, unless you are a felon living in Florida or one of the other states that bars ex-convicts from voting.

There are over six million individuals that are affected by those restrictions. Florida is home to the largest group, numbering over 1.5 million people. However, an advocacy group started by some of those felons in Florida is hoping to change that through legislation that has made it onto the ballot for a decision in November.

Parents: Your college student's penalties for selling Adderall

College proves to be an exciting time for both parents and students. Newfound freedoms lead to increased responsibility, and this responsibility may include managing prescriptions.

Millions of students suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) across the United States and throughout Florida. A remedy for ADHD symptoms includes Adderall, a form of Amphetamine, and if sold, the seller can receive serious penalties. Not only is the drug popular among those affected by ADHD, the depressive drug is popular among unaffected college students.

What is the felony murder rule?

Intentions are supposed to count for quite a lot in the criminal justice system. The intentions behind an act of violence often make the difference between a charge of manslaughter and murder.

That's why the felony murder rules used to convict many defendants of homicide are so troubling. Defendants charged under Florida's felony murder laws are often confused about why they're facing a murder charge in the first place -- because there's absolutely nothing in the law that requires the defendant to have actually committed murder to be convicted.

"Doctor shopping" is dangerous in Florida

You may or may not have ever heard the term "doctor shopping." Essentially, it's used to describe the way that some people go from doctor to doctor until they find one that will give them a prescription for the drugs that they're trying to obtain.

It's definitely not a healthy practice -- and it's also illegal. In Florida, it can even land you in jail. Here's what you should know:

Penalties for minors using Juul devices

The popular e-cigarette brand Juul Labs is under investigation for targeting advertisements toward minors. There have been three recent lawsuits against the $15 billion vaping company alleging the thumb drive e-cigarette caused users to become addicted to nicotine. One of the Juul lawsuits was filed by the parents of 15-year-old Juul user.

As studies show a hike in high-schoolers using e-cigarettes, it’s important that students remember there are legal penalties for any person under 18 years of age who knowingly possesses or attempts to obtain any nicotine product or a nicotine dispensing device.

There's nothing benign about synthetic marijuana

The medical community's growing acceptance of marijuana as a beneficial drug and the increasing availability of marijuana through legal means around the nation have some people confused about the place of synthetic marijuana.

Synthetic marijuana, which is also known as "Spice," "K2" and a host of other names, is not really marijuana. It is also neither safe nor legal.

What is a community control sentence in Florida?

If you've been charged with a felony, you may have an opportunity to receive a community control sentence in lieu of incarceration as part of a plea deal.

While this is an alternative to prison, it's important to understand exactly how community control works -- and how it differs from probation -- before you accept the terms. Otherwise, you may quickly find the sentence intolerable.

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