Anyone who was convicted in Seattle of misdemeanor marijuana possession prior to 2012 may have their convictions vacated. That would be true if the mayor and city attorney have their request for that to happen granted. The final decision would be made by the courts, and convictions would be removed automatically if action is taken. The mayor acknowledged that such a conviction could create problems for those who are looking for housing, for work or to go to school.
Rose McGowan has charmed television and movie fans in Washington for years, but law enforcement had little sympathy for her alleged drug possession. The actress turned herself into authorities on the East Coast because of an arrest warrant issued by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department.
Washington is one of several states to have legalized marijuana for recreational use, but this has not been enough to curtail the war on drugs or reduce the number of people arrested on minor narcotics charges. The FBI's latest Uniform Crime Report reveals that drug arrests rose by 5.63 percent in 2016 to more than 1.57 million, and an overwhelming 84.6 percent of those taken into custody were charged with simple possession. This works out to one drug arrest every 25 seconds.
Washington residents might like to know more about controlled substances and their legality. Controlled substances can negatively influence people's welfare and health, so local and federal governments regulate if and when these substancescan be used.
Two individuals were taken into custody for possession of narcotics after a Washington deputy found drugs sitting in plain view in a rented vehicle. The drug bust occurred at a 24-hour Safeway in Poulsbo at around 2 a.m. on Sept. 24.
Seattle authorities charged a man with possession of cocaine on Aug. 22. The arrest occurred after the police found the man sleeping behind the wheel of a car.
When a person is accused and convicted of drug crimes, one of the main penalties used in the U.S. court system is time in prison. Many people believe that there are better alternatives to placing those who abuse or use drugs into prison. Instead, these individuals may benefit from substance abuse counseling and alternative solutions.
Washington residents might be charged with a variety of drug offenses if they are caught in possession of certain controlled substances. The state's drug laws are modeled on the federal categories that are outlined in the Controlled Substances Act. State drug laws must comply with the federal law's mandates but may be narrower in their focus.
The legalization of marijuana for recreational and medical use in Washington is confusing to many residents. While you may think that you can't be arrested for pot-related charges, that is not the case. It is important for you to understand what you can and cannot do.
Hip-hop fans in Washington and around the country will probably know that Chris Brown has had several high-profile brushes with the law during his turbulent career, and the 27-year-old rapper made headlines again on April 6 when federal investigators announced that he had become a person of interest in a major narcotics investigation. Investigators want to know why Brown allegedly transferred $15,000 into the bank account of a Miami music producer accused of dealing drugs to celebrities in order to fuel his lavish lifestyle.