Any time that a Texas resident faces a drug offense, it's a serious matter. However, when the charge involves selling illegal drugs in a drug-free zone, the charges - and potential penalties - are even steeper.
Adults are not the only ones who have succumbed to the nationwide prescription drug crisis; drug use among children and teenagers is also on the rise. Amidst today's tense atmosphere regarding the topic, Texas lawmakers and locals alike have considered a number of approaches to combatting overdose.
While a widely reported topic, especially on the dangers of addiction, the realities of methamphetamine use in America are much more grim. An overwhelming number of Americans have reported using the drug, and specific areas in the country have high concentrations of meth use and manufacturing sites. Texas has seen an increase in meth use over recent years, which has led state officials and health experts alike to ponder the availability of the drug and the severity of its effects on users.
For many years now, law enforcement officials and the judicial system have adoptede a very punitive approach with people who have been charged with various drug crimes in Texas. This has actually been the case around the nation despite different laws in each state. At the same time, the nation and the state have been seeing a virtual explosion in the number of people developing serious addictions to opioid substances.
Texas is hardly the first state in which lawmakers are reconsidering marijuana regulations. Yet those regulations largely revolve around the topic of medical needs instead of mere recreational purposes. Regardless of the specific purpose, marijuana possession laws in the state have long been strict and costly. Although the drug has recently been under close scrutiny nationwide, what are the consequences for those caught in possession of this controversial substance?
The controversy surrounding marijuana legalization in America has taken the spotlight in regards to attitudes towards the drug as a whole. As for Texas, legalization has yet to take place, yet lawmakers are recently reconsidering the legal penalties for possession. There currently exist a number of penalties and fines for marijuana possession, but the growing number of those incarcerated as a result has caused many to reassess the ways society views the drug, and the crippling costs to support those behind bars for posession.
Texas residents who believe that sometimes the current criminal justice system does not always feel so just are not alone. A survey conducted on behalf of the Texas Smart-on-Crime Coalition shows strong support for some changes. Interestingly, many of the changes evaluated in the survey are actually being considered by the state legislature currently.
Many young people purchase synthetic drugs because they believe that these substances, often sold in stores and online, are safer than traditional street drugs. Many people also mistakenly believe that these drugs are legal, when, in fact, they are not.
When you face drug charges, you quite literally face a turning point where your life may go any number of directions -- and most of them are unfavorable. A drug conviction can make living a healthy, productive, safe life much more difficult.
Texas residents are using a variety of synthetic substances -- like K2 and "pinky" -- for recreational and intoxicating purposes. Some of these substances are more dangerous to the health and body than others. Nevertheless, the chemical components of these substances are largely unregulated, so police have had a difficult time combatting them.