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Category: Drug Offenses

Grandma Arrested for Possession of CBD

Disney World is everyone’s idea of a dream vacation. Awesome roller coasters, exciting  attractions, and endless fun—it’s a must-experience trip that you’ll remember for a lifetime … kind of like the way a trip to jail is an experience that stays with you forever. But don’t ask us; ask Hester Burkhalter. What started as a …

Florida Approves Smoking Medical Marijuana

The debate over legalizing marijuana continues to be a polarizing political issues in America today. Despite this polarization, sweeping reforms have been made across the county, particularly as it relates to medical marijuana. States like California and several others have either partially legalized marijuana by allowing its use in a medical context or have fully-legalized …

Is Vaping Medical Marijuana Legal in Florida?

The complicated subject of Florida’s medical marijuana laws continues to plague its public. In 2016, voters approved amending the state constitution to allow medical marijuana use. This law outlined specific requirements for individuals seeking low-THC cannabis prescriptions for qualifying conditions. In addition to only being able to receive a medical cannabis card from a doctor …

Man Found with Weapons in Orange County Jail

Earlier in February, Orange County police reported arresting a  man who had loaded weapons and drugs on his person. After transporting him to the jail, an additional third loaded weapon was found in the man’s pant leg while undergoing a body scan. This incident has raised questions about the protocol officers follow during an arrest, and …

Should Florida Adopt the Marijuana Justice Initiative?

Recently the Marijuana Justice Initiative was introduced by the governor of Washington state. The legislation intends to permit clemency applications for a couple thousand individuals with single instances of misdemeanor possession convictions. Governor Jay Inslee introduced this initiative to the public at a cannabis industry conference. Adult use of marijuana has been legal in Washington …

Seminole Deputies Bust Fentanyl and Heroin Distribution Ring

Police deputies reported that they took down two major distribution rings famous for dealing fentanyl and heroin in the Seminole County, Florida area. The police made 19 felony arrests as they took down two of the deadliest drug trafficking rings in the state. The bust happened at the end of November 2018, but the investigation …

Which Charges Cannot be Sealed in Florida?

Sealing and expunging arrests and criminal convictions helps many offenders move on with their lives after they have paid their debts to society. Those who have been arrested or convicted of certain offenses may be eligible to seal or expunge their criminal records, depending on the facts of the case. In Florida, offenders have limited …

Pros and Cons of Orlando Drug Court Programs

The United States criminal justice system does not always serve justice fairly. Indeed, while many reforms are needed, the courts do recognize that the perpetrators of alcohol and drug crimes often suffer from addiction. To avoid punishing those who need treatment, a defendant for a drug offense in Orlando may be eligible to attend Drug …

New Law Proposal Would Give Judges More Discretion in Sentencing

The Florida Legislature is considering a bill brought forth by Senator Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg which seeks to provide judges more discretion when issuing a sentence for drug trafficking. As of today, anyone caught trafficking drugs in Florida faces a minimum sentence of three years imprisonment. Whether the defendant is a regular trafficker or …

Orlando Airport Blocks Medical Marijuana

Millions cheered when the Florida House approved Amendment 2 opening the gates for legal medical marijuana; yet, despite recent legalization, one Florida airport is explicitly restricting the possession of medical marijuana on its premises. Around the same time that new medical marijuana laws went into effect, the Orlando International Airport in Orange County banned legal …

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