Marijuana has been in the news a lot lately, especially since many places in California have legalized not only medicinal marijuana, but marijuana for recreational use. However, marijuana in mass quantities or with the intent to distribute outside the terms of the law, is still prohibited. Recently, a man from a Sacramento suburb was arrested and found in possession of nearly 100 pounds of marijuana.
Being accused of a drug crime can range in severity and impact depending on the situation. Some accusations of drug crimes are more mild, such as possession of paraphernalia or contraband, and some more serious, like intent to distribute.
The police have the task of enforcing the laws of Sacramento, of California and of the country we live in. Laws are put in place in the hope of keeping people in the community safe and out of trouble. Sometimes, people break the law or engage in activities that could put them at risk with the law. Those people have a right to build a criminal defense against the charges they are accused of.
With the landscape of legal and illegal drugs changing rapidly, it leaves some wondering about the status of one drug in particular. Marijuana has been the subject of much discussion and research into its health benefits and the potential risk for user abuse. With more being learned about this drug, legislation is starting to come forward in the state allowing the legal sale and use of this drug, under special circumstances. However, it hasn't been completely legalized yet, with thousands of marijuana plants seized in Sacramento neighborhoods around the area.
With marijuana in different stages of legalization in a handful of American states, many are beginning to think it might not be long until marijuana is as legal as say, alcohol. However, while the mindset regarding marijuana may be changing, the laws, for the most part, have not. Several people were arrested in connection with a grow house in a Sacramento suburb, recently. The police allegedly seized an estimated $1.17M in marijuana in two homes in the area.
When many people think of illicit drugs, they think of street drugs like heroin, methamphetamine or even marijuana. However, the impact of another category of drugs has been affecting our Sacramento communities. These drugs are what's known as prescription drugs, oftentimes opioids or painkillers. While abusing prescription pills can carry dangers for a person's health, they can also carry serious penalties with the law.
Everyone makes mistakes sometimes. Sometimes it is very easy to get caught up in something that isn't necessarily good for us and it can result in legal trouble. It's happened to many Sacramento residents when they are accused of drug crimes or related offenses. Many accused of drug crimes aren't familiar with the legal process or what could result with being charged with misdemeanor or felony drug offenses.
When a person in Sacramento is addicted to drugs, such as heroin, they need help conquering their addiction rather than being charged with drug crimes. In fact, even if an addict is arrested on drug charges, he or she may continue to use drugs in the future. For this reason, some countries have provided citizens with "supervised injection centers." At these centers, which are sanctioned by the government, drug users are provided with a safe place to use drugs, where they can be assured that they will not be arrested for using drugs, and they can be provided with a measure of safety from an accidental overdose.
Possession and use of marijuana may be legal in California in certain circumstances, but that hasn't closed the door on the issue of whether or not one can be charged with a drug crime involving marijuana in California. This is because, despite what California law says, marijuana use and possession is still against federal law.
Many Californians are familiar with the decades-old War on Drugs. The campaign included a push to incarcerate those who committed even minor drug crimes. However, policy has changed over time, and in recent years, the Justice Department sought to reform the way courts sentenced people convicted of drug charges. However, the new Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Sessions, has ordered federal prosecutors to return to the harshest sentencing guidelines of the War on Drugs, including increased use of mandatory minimum sentences.