Although Texas has yet to legalize recreational marijuana use, the national trend is leaning in that direction. Many states have legalized marijuana for either medical or recreational use, creating interesting legal scenarios for states that are dragging their feet on the process.
Prescription medications are being abused and misused at a staggering rate by today's youth. While the illegal consumption of prescription medication has been an issue for as long as the government has tried to control their use, abuse and deaths due to overdose have been on the rise for several years. 2016 was the first time in the United States that deaths from heroin, opiates and opioids were higher than deaths due to firearms.
Many people who cultivate, or grow, marijuana in their home or another facility do so to treat a medical condition. In some cases, that condition could be a severe health issue, like childhood epilepsy in one of their children. In others, the person growing the marijuana is the one with the medical condition. Unfortunately, the state of Texas has highly restrictive rules on the use of medical marijuana, and the average marijuana plant will have too much THC to be considered medicinal under state law.
Drug charges come with a social stigma that can't be denied. Even if your case doesn't result in a conviction, the fact that you were accused of these charges can often mean that you are branded socially. When you are working on a defense strategy for drug possession charges, you should make sure that you fully understand the charges and the effects they can have on your life.
As more states decriminalize marijuana and medical marijuana laws are becoming increasingly popular, it's easy for people to think of marijuana possession charges as no big deal. That perception will shift instantly if you're caught by law enforcement with any amount of marijuana on your person.
Authorities say that they found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside of a home belonging to a 47-year-old man on Jan. 3 in the Houston County city of Crockett, . Police first made contact with the man during a traffic stop and executed a search warrant after finding probable cause to suspect that he had large quantities of drugs inside his residence.
Texas residents might have heard about federal drug investigations involving high-level officials in Venezuela. On Dec. 15, a source said that the head of the country's national guard will be charged. Another general in the national guard, who has also held a position in the country's anti-drug office, will be charged as well.
On Nov. 21, two Texas women were arrested on drug charges in Friendswood. One of the suspects faces additional charges for allegedly spitting in a police officer's face. The incident happened shortly before 11 p.m.
On Nov. 9, a 19-year-old Texas woman was reportedly taken into custody after authorities found drugs inside her College Station apartment. In addition to five different types of drugs, police also allegedly found drug packaging material and a drug price list in the woman's bedroom.
According to the Bureau of Prisons, there were nearly 200,000 people in federal prison in 2012, and over 50 percent of them were serving time for drug offenses. Of those drug convictions, nearly all of them involved trafficking, and 35 percent of the defendants had no prior imprisonments or had minimal criminal histories. However, some Texas residents might be curious as to what drugs and type of people are most often involved.