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.
As the nation continues passing and considering laws to legalize or decriminalize marijuana, the pleas for some kind of instant test to identify people driving under the influence of pot have been heard. Engineers at Stanford have developed an experimental roadside "spit test" that will identify people under the influence of marijuana.
There has been a growing movement in the United States to decriminalize the use and possession of small amounts of marijuana. In fact, several states have now made it legal for citizens to use marijuana in the privacy of their own home. And, while marijuana use is still not legal in Maryland, penalties for simple possession and use are less severe. But, penalties for having larger amounts of the drug can still qualify for stiff financial punishment and jail time.
While possession and sale of controlled substances are widely known to be crimes, the transportation of illegal drugs across state lines can constitute not only a federal crime, but can be a separate felony under Maryland law as well. Not every amount of of a controlled substance will trigger such a transportation felony, however.
More than mere possession, drug distribution charges are gravely serious. So serious are the charges, in fact, that those accused of drug distribution can potentially face more jail time than those found guilty of some violent crimes. Because of the severity of the punishments in drug distribution cases, defendants must often do the utmost to defend against such charges. With a strong legal strategy in place, however, it is sometimes possible to get these charges reduced or even dismissed.
State police in Maryland released the names of those arrested following a drug bust in Glen Burie. The individuals included four males and one female ranging from 22 to 29- years-old. The accused face several drug charges including possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and the possession of paraphernalia.
Drug arrests can happen in many ways. A person or group of people may be under investigation for months before police officers make an arrest. In other cases, police may get a tip from an individual who believes there is drug activity going on at their neighbor's house. Sometimes, however, drug charges can come from a completely unrelated accident, as one woman recently found out.