There are several kinds of drug crimes, and each has the potential to threaten your freedoms in different ways. For example, there are drug crime laws related to possession, those related to distribution and drug crime laws to address paraphernalia. Knowing these types of crimes will help you make sure you don't violate the law and end up facing charges.
Every state has its own laws and penalties for drug offenses. As someone new to the state, it's a good idea to know all the pertinent laws and regulations of the area where you live. If you aren't familiar with Virginia's cocaine laws, this should help you understand them better.
News out of Virginia reports that thousands of people who are "low risk" offenders aren't being diverted from prison sentences. That could be costing taxpayers thousands. According to the news, there are thousands of people who have been convicted of property and drug crimes and are considered low-risk. These individuals are being sent to prison while others, many of whom are higher risks to the community, are avoiding prison.
Marijuana in not legal in the state, and it is also illegal federally. How does that apply to people who do use marijuana when it is legal? What happens if you're caught in a state where it isn't? Will you face federal or state charges?
The Fourth Amendment of the United States protects people from unreasonable searches by the government. This protects you in your home, on your property, in your vehicle and in your business. It protects you when you're walking alone, and it protects you during arrests and police stops.
When you come back from battle with wounds that are painful and disabling, the last thing you want is to be left in pain. The way the VA hospitals handled this was by giving out opioids, which are now known to be highly addictive pain medications.
In 2006, products containing ephedrine, phenylpropanolamine and pseudoephedrine were restricted on the market. The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 bans the sale of any over-the-counter cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine. If you want to purchase this drug, it's required that you speak with a pharmacist who then has to release it from behind the counter.
Drug charges impact your life significantly, and if you're caught driving while drugs are in your bloodstream and affecting your abilities, they may not be the only charges you face. If you drive while under the influence of drugs, you could face a DUI along with other drug charges for possession or transporting drugs.
Drug paraphernalia charges are some of the most complicated, because there are so many things that can be considered both paraphernalia and normal items. For example, you could smoke marijuana with a bong but also have one for display purposes or to smoke tobacco. You could have a small spoon for cocaine or heroin or have one to measure with for other purposes.
The possession of marijuana is unlawful in Virginia unless it is obtained with a valid prescription. As someone with an injury but no medical marijuana card, it's important that you go through the proper channels to obtain the drug. If you don't, you could face drug charges even though you're using the drug in the same way as other patients.