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New Law Proposal Would Give Judges More Discretion in Sentencing

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 …

Is Recreational Marijuana Next for Florida?

It took Amendment 2 millions of supporters, the strong backing of $6.2 million, and two turns on the ballot to finally win approval in Florida in 2016. The amendment fully legalized the use of medicinal cannabis in the state as it expanded access to the drug for medical patients and broadened the conditions patients must …

Huge Central Florida Cocaine and Heroin Trafficking Bust, 24 Charged

The Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation cracked a major drug case after concluding a lengthy investigation into two narcotic trafficking operations. They arrested and charged twenty-four suspects tied to illegal drug activity. Charges included racketeering, trafficking in heroin and cocaine, and weapons charges, among others. The suspected leader of the trafficking scheme, 45-year-old Miguel Mercado, imported …

Florida Senator Pushes for Less Restrictive Medical Marijuana Regulations

On Thursday, a prominent Senator, Rob Bradley, proposed a new bill to broadly legalize medical marijuana. The proposal calls would increase the number of marijuana growing licenses and make it easier for doctors to prescribe it for medical treatment. This bill came days after the health officials implemented the constitutional amendment that allowed cannabis to …

METHAMPHETAMINE BUST: Six Arrested in Polk County

Polk County Sheriff, Grady Judd, just revealed that a two-month long drug investigation has resulted in the arrest of six individuals for trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine. Polk County law enforcement officers recovered more than 6 pounds of meth, five guns, and several thousand dollars. Of the six arrested, one was here illegally. Ignacia Munoz-Delgado …

Helping teens facing possession charges through difficult times

One of the inescapable realities of parenthood is that there will come a time when your child makes a mistake that seems completely out of character and which catches you completely off guard. For example, maybe they broke their curfew, earned a poor grade in one of their classes or were issued a speeding ticket. …

Florida man accused of flakka importation avoids conviction

With the manufacture and distribution of synthetic drugs spanning state lines and even continents, law enforcement is often hard-pressed to keep track of the different kinds of drugs being sold. In recent years, however, various synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones (commonly called bath salts) and products sold as Molly have been made illegal on the state …

Marijuana: Legalization vs. Decriminalization

Just a few short years ago, marijuana was seen as an illegal drug. People who were caught with it were penalized accordingly and would acquire a criminal record as a result of possession and consumption. In recent years, however, many states have taken steps to either legalize or decriminalize marijuana, opening it up for either …

Can the police search my car if they smell marijuana? – II

Last week, we started exploring whether law enforcement officials have the right to search a person’s car during the course of a traffic stop if they smell marijuana. Specifically, we started exploring State v. Betz, a case which very much seems to indicate that they can indeed conduct such a search. In today’s post, we’ll continue …

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