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Marijuana linked with most crime by US Drug Czar

Gil Kerlikowske, the White House director of national drug-control policy, said a study by his office showed a strong link between drug use and crime. Eighty percent of the adult males arrested for crimes in Sacramento, Calif., last year tested positive for at least one illegal drug. Marijuana was the most commonly detected drug, found in 54 percent of those…read more →

Prescription Drug Possession in Arizona

The State of Arizona prohibits the possession and/or the use of unauthorized prescription medications. Although certain stipulations may apply in terms of circumstance, malicious intent becomes a huge factor when determining penalties therein and punishments thereafter. While the legal terminology may become a little confusing, the following information is broken down into simpler terms According to Section 13 of the…read more →

California Senate passes new drug sentencing reforms

The Senate today passed legislation authored by Sen. Mark Leno that reforms California’s drug sentencing laws for simple possession. SB 649 allows counties to significantly reduce incarceration costs by giving prosecutors the flexibility to charge low-level, non-violent drug offenses as misdemeanors instead of felonies. The bill also gives judges discretion to deem a non-violent drug possession offense to be either…read more →

Possession of Methamphetamine in Arizona

Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes, the willful possession of a dangerous drug, classified as any prescription narcotic or other drug, other than marijuana, has serious legal implications for those who are accused. Specifically speaking, methamphetamine possession within the Grand Canyon State can result in significant jail time, fines, and the suspension of any professional licenses that the accused may hold…read more →

US Supreme Court says Jamaican man wrongfully deported over ganja

From the Jamaica Observer: The United States Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a Jamaican national who was deported from the United States over possession of a small amount of marijuana. The court, by a seven-two decision, ruled that Adrian Moncrieffe — a long-time US resident should have had the opportunity to contest his deportation. US Supreme Court Justice…read more →

Heroin Possession in Arizona

Possession of Heroin in Arizona Defined The elements of a heroin drug possession violation vary depending upon the state. Arizona defines illegal possession of narcotics, including heroin, in Arizona Revised Statute number 13-3408: The possession, use, administration, acquisition, sale, manufacture or transportation of narcotic drugs. The statute broadly defines illegal possession as knowingly having on your person, either for use…read more →

DUI for Drugs in Arizona

In Arizona, it is unlawful for any person to be in physical control of a vehicle in public while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or vapors. This means that any person who operates a vehicle in public after drinking alcohol or using drugs is subject to being charged with driving under the influence—popularly referred to as DUI. A DUI…read more →

Cocaine Possession in Arizona

In Arizona, cocaine is classified as a narcotic drug. The qualifications and penalties for the possession of a cocaine and the possession of cocaine for sale are listed in the Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) § 13-3408. Any violation of these laws is a criminal offense that could result in prison time and significant fines. What are the qualifications for the…read more →

Arizona Takes Action Against Synthetic Marijuana

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s decision to sign into law a bill banning the use of synthetic marijuana substitutes showcases the growing difficulty state law enforcement agencies are facing regarding the growth in popularity of these dangerous marijuana substitutes. While Brewer claims that this is another tool to assist Arizona law enforcement officers in stopping the use of synthetic substitutes, it…read more →

The Atlantic opinion: The War on Drugs Is Far More Immoral Than Most Drug Use

Interesting article about the War on Drugs at the Atlantic: Denying marijuana to sick people whose suffering it would ease is immoral. When a paramilitary police squad raids a family home, battering down doors without knocking, exploding flash grenades, shooting family pets, and handcuffing children, all to recover a small number of marijuana plants, the officers or the people who…read more →

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