Category: Marijuana

Marijuana for personal use?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, September 9, 2016

Two Florida men were arrested last week for possession of marijuana. One of the men claimed the large quantity, more than 20 grams of marijuana according to the charges, was not for resale or distribution, but his personal use. Apparently, he was simply attempting to be thrifty and buy his drugs in bulk. The problem was, when the Florida Highway Patrol trooper left the two men in the back of his patrol car, they continued to talk and the vehicle was equipped with an in-car camera, which recorded their exchange. According to the trooper, they contradicted the statement that they did not realize how much marijuana they had in the vehicle during their conversation. The vehicle stop occurred as many... Read More »

How 2016’s marijuana ballot measures could shape drug policy

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, September 2, 2016

It may seem hard to believe but we are now just a little over two months away from Election Day 2016. While Floridians will be called upon to decide who should hold offices at both the state and federal level on November 8, they will also be called upon to decide a host of ballot measures, including Amendment 2, which calls for the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Interestingly enough, however, Florida won’t be the only state in which voters will determine an important marijuana-related measure. Indeed, eights other states have measures on their ballots that could fundamentally change their respective stances toward marijuana and by extension, America’s longstanding drug policy. Voters in Nevada, California, Massachusetts, Maine and Arizona... Read More »

How long does the juvenile drug court program take?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, July 15, 2016

Drug courts are often used for juvenile offenders, and they typically offer alternatives to jail time. Instead, they focus on rehab. These programs are used, in most cases, when the young people are non-violent offenders who have been accused of possessing drugs for their own personal use, not for sales and distribution. The first thing a lot of offenders — and their parents — are wondering when admitted into the program is how long it will take. The answer is not simple. For every offender, a custom plan can be made that addresses that person’s needs and requirements. Generally speaking, though, it’s going to take anywhere from six to 12 months. Assessments may be made along the way, and this... Read More »

Marijuana being taken from Colorado to Florida

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

As everyone now realizes, marijuana is legal in Colorado under state statutes. There are restrictions on how much can be purchased at one time, but as it is legal for recreational use, it can be bought in shops. The laws were changed to make this possible in 2014, making it one of the first states to allow marijuana for non-medical purposes. When the laws were created, some people voiced a concern that it would lead to an influx of marijuana in nearby states, where the drug still isn’t legal. People would buy it, these opponents said, and then drive it into Utah or New Mexico or many other places. Now, authorities say this is definitely happening, but the drugs are... Read More »

More than 200 pounds of marijuana seized in search warrant raid

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, May 13, 2016

A 24-year-old man was arrested after a search warrant was executed at his residence in St. Petersburg, Florida. Police charged the man with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. His bail was set at $15,000, which he has already posted and been released. Authorities were led to the man’s apartment and his involvement in the drug distribution after police received a tip that the man had large quantities of marijuana in his home. Officers found and seized $87,000 in cash, three guns and 23 pounds of marijuana in the kitchen cabinets. The marijuana was packaged for individual sale. The chief of police in St. Petersburg called the man a “significant... Read More »

The smell test is probable cause for marijuana

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Even if it’s never happened to you, you’ve probably heard stories of police officers using the smell test to find marijuana. Essentially, an officer can pull a car over, and, if he or she smells marijuana when talking to the driver, that is probable cause to search the vehicle and the people in the car to see if they have any on them. In some cases, police dogs are used, as they can be trained to smell different types of drugs. Often, though, officers will do this on their own, without the assistance of a dog. Some have argued that this is not a very good test. For one thing, there are other substances that give off similar smells, so... Read More »

Nixon’s aide says Drug War targeted hippies and African Americans

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, March 24, 2016

A former aide to president Nixon has been making headlines for a very bold statement regarding the Drug War that Nixon started when he was in office. The aide, John Ehrlichman, had been put in jail after the Watergate scandal. The War on Drugs is still going, and has been since 1971. Since it began, there has been a serious increase in the amount of people jailed on drug charges. According to the aide, that was done intentionally, and they specifically targeted African Americans and hippies. Ehrlichman said that the main people who opposed Nixon when he was running and after he was elected were those who were against the war—the hippie movement—and African Americans. The administration wanted to do... Read More »

Would legalizing marijuana save money?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Monday, February 29, 2016

One of the biggest arguments for legalizing marijuana is that it could save the government—and the taxpayers—a lot of money. The police could spend less time arresting suspects, the courts wouldn’t have to try them, and the prisons would not be full of drug offenders; right now, about 30 percent of all drug arrests are tied to marijuana. Are there any facts backing up this argument? It’s hard to know exactly how much would be saved, but there are some numbers that are quite interesting. A third of all drug busts that are connected to marijuana would drop significantly, though they may not be totally eliminated, as there could still be arrests for illegal distribution and other things of this... Read More »

Tampa officials consider decriminalizing marijuana

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, February 4, 2016

Officials in Tampa, Florida, are considering a proposal that would be a step toward the decriminalization of marijuana. Right now, criminal charges can be filed even if people are found with low amounts of marijuana in their possession. The proposal would still allow charges to be used, but they would be civil charges, not criminal ones. This would only apply to those who possessed low amounts, and so it would not decriminalize things like drug trafficking. Additionally, police officers would get to make the call on their own, deciding if they wanted to use criminal charges or civil citations. With the laws the way they are now, those charged with possession of marijuana are given first-degree misdemeanors. They can get... Read More »

What is the status of legalizing marijuana in Florida?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Monday, December 14, 2015

If you have read the newspaper lately, you know what a hot-button issue medical marijuana is. Some are for it; some are against it altogether. In Florida, it is now legal to use medical marijuana. The state recently passed the bill allowing it. The actual buying hasn’t started and several firms are lobbying to be allowed to grow the medical marijuana in this state. This doesn’t mean that you can just go out a buy the drug and use it at will. You have to have a prescription and you have to use it only for the purposes listed on the order from the doctor. Full out legalization may be down the road for Florida; it is a subject that... Read More »