Marijuana citation rules expand in Central Florida, but some say not enough
Six months have passed since Orlando permitted police officers to issue citations instead of filing criminal charges for small amounts of marijuana, but so far the option is being used sparingly.
Officers were allowed to start writing tickets — similar to traffic citations — in October but had issued only 67 as of March 20. Penalties are $100 for first-time offenders and $200 for a second offense.
“I would have thought it had been a little more,” said Michael Barber, a criminal defense attorney at the Umansky law firm in Orlando. “I can tell you I see a lot of possession of cannabis cases coming through criminally … It seems they are not using their discretion.”
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Poll: Have Marijuana Laws Affected Your Education?
Marijuana charges can interfere with education as students caught with pot often lose access to scholarships and loans. In fact, drug offenses are the only crimes that must be reported on federal student-aid applications. Depending on the school, students caught with pot can lose access to university housing, be expelled or even be turned over to local authorities and arrested.
The War on Drugs has impacted the lives of countless students who have had to give up on higher education after being busted for a marijuana-related offense.
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Shady Pharma Company Sabotages Legal Weed and Gets DEA Approval for Synthetic THC
Insys Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company that poured lots of money into opposing weed legalization in Arizona last year just got its payoff—thank you very much.
That payoff came in the form of this week’s preliminary approval from the DEA for its synthetic marijuana drug, Syndros.
Just A Little Reminder
Insys forked over a cool half-million dollars to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, which represented roughly 10 percent of all money the anti-pot group raised to scuttle Arizona’s popular Prop 205 to legalize weed.
Insys was the only pharmaceutical company known to be giving money to oppose legalization last year, according to a Washington Post analysis of campaign finance records.
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