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Category: Drug Crimes


MAY  4 2017
Florida House Passes New Mandatory Minimums for Drug Crimes
Florida House Passes New Mandatory Minimums for Drug Crimes

With the legalization of marijuana in the state of Florida, one might think that the “War on Drugs” is starting to come to an end – but apparently no one has told the Florida House of Representatives.

 

Earlier this month, the House passed HB 477, a 167-page bill that would place new mandatory minimums on individuals who are convicted of trafficking fentanyl and other synthetic opioids that have taken hold of Florida citizens. The bill will also name these drugs as Schedule I. Federal law currently lists fentanyl as a Schedule II drug. Marijuana is still a Schedule I …

FEB. 21 2017
Will Trump Reverse Florida’s 2016 Criminal Justice Reforms?
Will Trump Reverse Florida’s 2016 Criminal Justice Reforms?

Whether you see eye-to-eye with our new President’s views or not, everyone can agree that there is a shift in the direction our country is going. The Trump administration wants to eliminate Obamacare. Employment discrimination for LGBT people may soon be legal throughout the country.

 

Then there’s the criminal justice system. During the Obama administration, many reforms were made, including granting clemency to hundreds of drug offenders. Florida also made many reforms to our state’s criminal justice system in recent years, including some big moves in 2016 alone.

 

These actions may be viewed by the Trump administration as …

JAN. 9 2017
Not Even Santa Is Safe From Florida Drug Possession Laws
Not Even Santa Is Safe From Florida Drug Possession Laws

Whether you were caught partying with drugs during the holidays or buying drugs for personal use, you probably know that drug possession charges can quickly become a very serious matter, and that Florida police are not inclined to look the other way due to the forgiving nature of the season in general.

 

In fact, this year not even Santa was safe from our state’s drug laws. In mid-December, a Santa from Jacksonville was arrested recently for delivering a… different kind of gift.

 

You Better Watch Out

 

A few weeks ago, Jacksonville Police were conducting a drug-related investigation …

SEP. 28 2016
Nearly 1 in 10 Prisoners Granted Clemency by Obama from Florida
Nearly 1 in 10 Prisoners Granted Clemency by Obama from Florida

Barack Obama has had a historical run as the president of our nation for many different reasons. One of the ways he’s made history is by granting clemency, or commuting (shortening) the prison sentences of many individuals who were sent behind bars on very harsh sentences.

 

The individuals were all sent to jail after committing nonviolent crimes while the War on Drugs was raging in America. Why offer clemency to these prisoners?

 

There have been many legal reforms as to how we sentence drug criminals in recent years. If convicted today, the individuals in question would have received …

JULY  27 2016
As Flakka Decreases, Heroin Deaths Rise in Florida
As Flakka Decreases, Heroin Deaths Rise in Florida

Almost as fast as the cheap, insanely addictive bath salts component known as “flakka” flooded the streets of South Florida more than two years ago, the drug seems to have vanished from the local scene thanks to an unprecedented coordination between federal, state, and local resources.

 

Nicknamed the “Devil’s Drug,” flakka is a synthetic crystal imported from China that, for a few months late last year, was sending dozens of Florida residents to the hospital every day. The drug is extremely addictive, and extremely cheap. It costs only $5, and users could experience a high that lasted …

APR. 11 2016
Understanding Florida Drug Trafficking Laws and Penalties
Understanding Florida Drug Trafficking Laws and Penalties

Florida is a prime target for the import and export of illegal drugs into the United States. Since our state is surrounded by water on three sides, we have over a dozen ports, many of them major shipping ports. And as you might imagine, traffickers are actively trying to use these ports to get drugs into, and out of, the country.

 

United States Customs and Border Protection agents are well aware of this issue, and in February they had a particularly big month. Agents discovered 154 pounds of cocaine – worth an estimated $2 million – at Port Everglades …

FEB. 23 2016
Legalization May Be on the Horizon, but Marijuana Still a Crime
Legalization May Be on the Horizon, but Marijuana Still a Crime
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As of right now, medical marijuana is legal in 23 states and Washington DC. If Florida decides to legalize it as well come November, the Sunshine State will become the 24th state with medical marijuana.

 

According to United for Care – a campaign run by People United for Medical Marijuana – over 70 percent of Floridians support the legalization of marijuana. That support has helped the campaign in receiving enough signatures on an initiative petition to put a medical marijuana amendment on the next election ballot this November.

 

Although marijuana possession and use is still a crime in …

FEB. 15 2016
A Comprehensive Guide to Florida’s Drug Possession Laws
A Comprehensive Guide to Florida’s Drug Possession Laws

Despite the federal government’s warnings and it’s “War on Drugs,” every year thousands of Americans are arrested on drug possession charges. Many of them end up behind bars for the possession of very small amounts of illegal substances, and when aggravating circumstances are present (such as the possession of illegal drugs near or around children), a misdemeanor can rapidly turn into a felony – which means jail time, hefty fines, and a slew of serious repercussions.

 

Unfortunately for Floridians in this situation, our state has the dubious reputation of having some of the harshest drug possession laws in the …