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September 2015 Archives

Why are more local governments changing their views on marijuana?

When it comes to marijuana, there's really no disputing that things have changed considerably here in the U.S. over the last decade. Indeed, 23 states have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, 19 states have partially or fully decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, and four states have even legalized marijuana for recreational purposes.

Examining the realities of Florida's sex crime registry- III

In a series of ongoing posts, we've spent some time exploring how anyone convicted of a sex crime here in Florida must register as either a sexual predator or sexual offender upon their release, as well as the rather draconian reporting requirements that accompany each of these classifications under state law.

New federal program could provide inmates with a brighter future

Every year more than eight million college students across the U.S. receive much-needed assistance from the federal government in the form of Pell grants. For those unfamiliar with this financial aid, it is essentially an educational gift, not a loan, awarded to deserving students based on factors such as cost of tuition and need.

Examining just how serious Florida's 10-20-Life Law really is

If asked to identify those states with the most draconian criminal laws, meaning those that are the most severe in terms of punishment, there is a very good chance most people would list places like Texas, California and, of course, Florida.

What is the 'schedule' system for controlled substances?

Many people may not know the "schedule" system for controlled substances. In fact, many people may not know what a controlled substance is. To the latter, the answer is very simple: it is any illicit drug that will have a negative impact on a person's welfare, livelihood or health. To the former, the answer is a bit more complex.

Law enforcement officials shifting focus to combating flakka

Over the last few years, the Drug Enforcement Administration has been directing considerable resources to combating the proliferation of synthetic drugs. For those unfamiliar with these drugs, sold under names like spice or salvia, they are designed to mimic the high of other illegal drugs and can prove to be dangerous to the health of users.

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