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Category: Drug Charges

Out of State Medical Marijuana Cards in Florida

February 8, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

Marijuana has started to become more openly accepted across the United States. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) it’s now recreationally legal in 18 states and legal for medical reasons in 37 states, including Florida. However, marijuana—also referred to as weed—is still considered a controlled substance under federal law. This means getting caught with marijuana can still …

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Medical Marijuana and DUIs – Are There Special Rules?

January 11, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, Drunk Driving/DUI

Currently, federal law prohibits the use of marijuana. However, 36 states have legalized the use of medical marijuana, including Florida. Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also referred to as Amendment 2, was a constitutional amendment that was approved by 72% of voters on November 8, 2016. Amendment 2 “allows a variety of medical marijuana products, such as food, tinctures, aerosols, …

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Drugs & Music – A Deadly Combo on the Rise

January 4, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

Live music has always been a great source to bring a crowd together. As popular are concerts are, in recent years festivals have started to spread across the nation. Throughout all months of the year, you can find music festivals that last anywhere from two to five days. Since they tend to last longer than one day, camping is often …

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Recent First District Case Covers the Fourth Amendment Protections of Motel Rooms

October 21, 2021 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

Summary The First District Court of Appeal recently decided Robinson v. State, a case arising out of trafficking and possession convictions. The Appellant, Gregory Pernell Robinson, was convicted for trafficking fourteen grams or more of methamphetamine, possession of hydrocodone, and possession of paraphernalia. He appealed his sentence, challenging the trial court’s denial of his motion to suppress. The First District …

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GHB Crimes in Florida

October 9, 2021 College, Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, Sex Crimes

What is GHB? GHB, scientifically known as gamma-hydroxybutyrate, is a depressant that affects the central nervous system. It is a common “date rape” or “club drug” used to cause symptoms like euphoria, increased sexual libido, decreased critical thinking, dizziness, loss of consciousness, and hallucinations to those who are drugged. While GHB is a chemical produced in the brain and other …

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Bill Proposes Enhanced Penalties for Selling Drugs Near Rehab Facilities

October 7, 2021 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

On September 13, State Representative Scott Plakon filed HB 95 which revises elements that constitute capital offense of first-degree murder, defines “substantial factor,” and prohibits specified activities involving controlled substances within 1,000 feet of mental health facilities. An identical measure, SB 190, was filed the following day by Senator Jason Brodeur. What Would These Bills Do? First, the bills would …

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Florida’s New Problem Fentanyl-Laced Marijuana

September 15, 2021 Drug Charges, News & Announcements

What is Fentanyl? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse , Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. It is a Schedule II prescription drug often used to treat patients with severe pain or manage the pain after surgery. In the past, fentanyl was commonly added to …

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Routine Traffic Stops Involving K-9 Drug Dogs

August 26, 2021 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

Getting pulled over is already an extremely stressful situation. Spotting the red and blue lights in your rearview mirror never produces a good feeling. No one wishes to be in trouble with the law, however, these things happen. A missed stop sign, running a red light, or driving with too-dark tint on your windows. These are all valid reasons for …

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Federal Study Reports that THC Level Testing is Unreliable in Assessing Marijuana Intoxication

July 8, 2021 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, Drunk Driving/DUI, News & Announcements

Marijuana DUI Florida

Marijuana has been a hot topic in the press and political spheres for years now due to the rapidly changing laws surrounding the drug. Many states are repealing or amending their marijuana laws in light of studies and social consciousness that promote the plant’s benefits[1], like reducing pain for those suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, and migraines, managing anxiety, epilepsy, …

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