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What are the penalties for drug possession in Maryland?

Heroin and other opiate use is becoming more prevalent in Maryland and across the nation. A 2016 poll conducted by the Washington Post and University of Maryland reported that three out of every 10 people in the state have a close friend or relative who has an opioid addiction. Therefore, it is important for residents of Maryland to understand the state's drug laws with regards to the opioid epidemic and the penalties associated with them.

Addicts in Maryland may benefit from drug court program

Drug addiction, such a heroin addiction, is a big problem in Maryland and throughout the nation. People who are addicted to drugs are oftentimes accused of committing drug offenses. However, what they really need is help getting and staying sober, something that may not be available to them should they be sent to jail. Therefore, for some, drug courts may be a more beneficial option.

Teenagers facing drug charges need to protect their future

Teenagers may not always exercise the best judgment when it comes to drugs. They may be curious about what it's like to be "high," which could lead to experimentation. Other young people are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when a drug offense takes place. Unfortunately, prosecutors in Maryland will not go easy on anyone they suspect committed a drug crime, no matter what that person's age is.

I've been charged with the distribution of drugs: What now?

Laws regarding the distribution or trafficking of drugs in the state of Maryland penalize those who sell, transport and illegally import unlawful controlled substances. These substances include illegal drugs such as methamphetamines, heroin, cocaine and marijuana. Punishments for the distribution of drugs vary depending on multiple factors, such as the drug amount involved, the type of drug, the geographic area in which the distribution took place and if you were targeting children.

Are you facing a prescription-related problem?

Did you know approximately 20 percent of the nation's current population have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons? Minimal research into the money trail regarding pharmaceuticals and drug use in this country provides evidence that it's a tremendous money-making industry. In recent years, however, vast numbers of people have run into various problems related to prescription drugs, including addiction, overdose and legal trouble associated with criminal charges.

Is medical marijuana legal in Maryland?

If you have a chronic medical condition or certain disorder, you may be like the thousands of Americans who are searching for alternatives to traditional treatment. In many states, these individuals find relief with medical marijuana, but, unfortunately, this is not yet an option for residents of Maryland.

President Obama commutes nearly 1,400 drug sentences

In continuing what appears to be a trend towards more allowance of drugs in the United States, former President Barack Obama, in one of his final moves while in office, granted clemency for 209 federal prisoners last Tuesday, January 17, 2017, a vast majority of whom were serving time for non-violent drug related crimes. To date, President Obama had nearly 1,400 sentences commuted, the most for any President.

Phasing out mandatory sentencing for drug crimes in Maryland

Because you already have a felony conviction on your record, your latest arrest may have you concerned. In Maryland, like many states, the justice system has established mandatory sentences for repeat offenders, especially those convicted of drug crimes.

A look at the legalization of marijuana throughout the U.S.

A few weeks ago during the elections, nine states had votes to extend marijuana use, whether for medicinal or recreational use, including Maryland, which voted to legalize medicinal marijuana use. What does this mean for Maryland residents?

Cops find 124 pounds of marijuana in stop on I-95

A simple stop for speeding while travelling north on Route I-95 in White Marsh, Maryland, led to a surprising find for officers on Saturday, October 22. Upon initial inspection the vehicle, Maryland State Police noticed what they described as "several indicators of illegal activity" and called for a K-9 unit to further investigate.

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