-The Obama administration, as most of our readers know, sought to minimize the incarceration rates and the severity of penalties for people convicted only of minor drug crimes --- particularly those involving marijuana.
Officials in Baltimore County say they hope that a 40-year prison sentence handed down to a Maryland man will send a "strong message to others who deal large amounts of drugs.
Last year, Maryland lawmakers passed and Gov. Larry Hogan signed the Justice Reinvestment Act. The intent of the law, which received bipartisan support, was to lessen the number of people behind bars for nonviolent drug crimes and redirect funds to providing treatment for those convicted of these crimes.
Sometimes family conflicts lead to much more severe legal consequences than anyone may anticipate. That was the case here in Salisbury earlier this month.
The Pew Research Center just released a very interesting analysis of recent trends in federal prosecutions. Specifically, the respected nonpartisan fact tank found that Department of Justice activity peaked in 2011 but then began to drop. Today, the Justice Department is prosecuting drug charges, property offenses, immigration violations and other crimes at the lowest level in 20 years -- while at the same time, crime itself is at the lowest rate since 2006.
One the signature promises of the Trump Campaign was the construction of a border wall along the southern border with Mexico. The details on the wall were noticeably sparse however it appears the Administration is taking concrete steps to secure the southern border. The Administration is allocating funds for border security and increasing the number of border agents. But, it appears that the wall overlooks critical sources of illegal immigration and may not slow the flow of drug trafficking over the border.
Drug possession is considered a major felony in the U.S. In Salisbury, Maryland, culprits are liable to hefty penalties as well as considerable time behind bars. Not only is your reputation tarnished, but your freedom is significantly limited in various ways. Contrary to common belief, crimes related to drug violations do not necessarily put the proverbial nail in your coffin. With the aid of a prominent drug charge attorney, your acquittal can be guaranteed in a matter of days.
In our previous blog post, we discussed how you must be careful about marijuana usage in Maryland because only medical marijuana is legal in this state, and only for very limited uses. If you aren't able to possess marijuana for the legal reasons, you will likely face criminal charges if you are found to have some in your possession.
It's no secret that heroin and opioid prescription drugs have become major killers in Maryland. The past year saw a 21 percent increase in deaths statewide, for a total of 1,259. Opioid overdose death rates nationwide quadrupled between 1999 and 2014.
Ever since Colorado and Washington voted to legalize the recreational use and sale of marijuana in 2012, there has been a sharp increase in the public's interest in how their individual state laws may be changing in light of shifting attitudes toward this controlled substance. In Maryland, some forms of marijuana possession have been reduced from criminal to civil offenses.