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Prop 64 and Trump's win send mixed signals to marijuana advocates

During the recent elections, California voters passed Proposition 64, which legalized the use of cannabis for recreational purposes. So, the issue is settled, and now Californians are free to enjoy marijuana at their leisure, right? Well, not so fast. Other election results could have a profound effect on a citizen's right to both use and sell marijuana for personal, and even medical purposes.

Role of the DEA in drug cases

The United States government takes drug crimes seriously, and federal drug laws are strict. There are several organizations that work together on this issue. The most important controlling authority is the Drug Enforcement Administration. It was created to deal with the alarming increase in drug use and drug-related crime. It is part of the Department of Justice and is the most efficient anti-drug department in the world. If you have been charged with a drug-related crime, it is quite possible that the DEA was involved and are the ones pressing charges against you.

Search and seizure laws under the Fourth Amendment

The Fourth Amendment protects all United States citizens from unlawful search or seizure of their property. This is your fundamental right, and it is important to understand situations in which it is being violated. In many drug-related cases, the prosecution presses charges based on something that has been seized from the defendant. There are cases in which the seizure was illegal according to the Fourth Amendment rights of the defendant. Defense attorney's use this law and argue that the search conducted was illegal thus, whatever was recovered is inadmissible in court.

Dealing with drug paraphernalia charges

Drug paraphernalia is a charge related to the possession of items that can be connected to illegal drugs. Although drugs like heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine are deemed illegal by the federal and state governments, they are still being manufactured. Sometimes law enforcement agencies try to reduce the production of these drugs by charging people with drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia can be special items used in the drug manufacturing, or common household items connected to illegal drugs.

Dealing with methamphetamine possession charges

The federal government has severe punishments for those caught manufacturing and trafficking drugs. But exact sentences depend on the amount and type of drugs. One of these drugs is methamphetamine. It is a Schedule 2 controlled drug in the United States. Though it is approved for rare medical conditions, it is usually frowned upon elsewhere. The most common use of methamphetamine is as a recreational drug. It is being manufactured in secret labs all over the country, which is why stopping the production has been difficult for law enforcement agencies.

California cocaine laws

Cocaine is one of the most dangerous drugs being used in the United States. It provides arguably the most profits for traffickers and drug cartels. Federal laws are very strict towards those involved in the manufacturing and transportation of cocaine. States have their own laws as well, and each state deals with drug traffickers differently.

Medical marijuana laws and defenses

Medical marijuana is the use of marijuana and possession of marijuana for medical purposes only. Some people who suffer from painful diseases or regular seizures may use marijuana for pain relief. Medical marijuana is the same as that used as a drug. Some states have legalized marijuana to be used for medical purposes. Marijuana has been one of the most controversial drugs because of its use in medicine.

How do attorneys deal with drug possession charges?

Drug possession charges are difficult to deal with and might lead to severe punishment if you are found guilty. It is important to have the right defense strategy to help you overcome the charges. Attorneys use different defense mechanisms when defending their clients against drug possession charges.

Dealing with drug trafficking charges

Drug laws in the United States have become strict as the government continues to try and control the production, transportation and marketing of banned substances. The exact punishment for drug offenses depends on the type and quantity of drug you are caught with. The most common forms include marijuana, cocaine and heroin.

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