In previous posts, we've discussed how it's extremely important for Florida residents not to underestimate the severity of certain marijuana-related charges. In particular, we've discussed this in the context of possession for personal use, one of the more commonly charged drug crimes here in the Sunshine State.
In Florida and practically every other state, there are continual concerns about the overcrowding of prisons. At the center of the debate is whether convictions for drug-related crimes are to blame.
Broward County is a popular vacation spot for visitors. Nevertheless, its recent media attention is one that local residents would like to see disappear. Broward County is the nation’s leading location for drug cases involving the synthetic drug, flakka. However, a recent cooperative effort between the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Chinese government, where the primary ingredient for the drug is said to derive from, may put a kink in the drug’s production and distribution.
In recognition of the need to combat the altogether staggering number of fatalities here in Florida attributable to heroin and prescription opiate overdoses, state lawmakers took the bold step of passing the Emergency Treatment and Recovery Act.
In a previous post, we discussed how the U.S. Controlled Substances Act classifies drugs and other chemicals into five separate classes based on 1) their accepted medical use, and 2) their potential for dependency or abuse.
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.
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.
At the outset of his second term, President Obama made it very clear that one of his priorities was going to be introducing reform to the federal criminal justice system -- with or without support from Capitol Hill.