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New bill provides viable alternative for drug possession charges

An arrest on drug possession charges and other allegations related to drugs in Ohio can cause significant problems in a person's life. With the possibility of jail time, fines and more, it is a profound negative on the person's record. In addition, the arrest and conviction does little to help those who are suffering from an addiction and need treatment more than they need incarceration. Having a viable defense against drug charges is only part of the process. If there is a drug diversion program available, this can be beneficial.

Major cost barriers exist for medical marijuana patients in Ohio

Medical marijuana was legalized in Ohio in 2016, and many chronic pain sufferers were looking forward to giving legal cannabis a try. Unfortunately, there are still barriers to medical marijuana for many people. One of the biggest barriers is cost. Medical marijuana is not cheap to qualify for and obtain.

What are the penalties for first-time drug possession in Ohio?

For many years, Ohio and other states have been fighting illicit drug use. They are doing this in part by attacking the demand side, penalizing the people who possess and use drugs. Lately there has been discussion of whether this is a wise approach. Still, these drug possession laws remain on the books, and there is a danger that Buckeye State residents may be prosecuted under them.

Two women facing drug possession charges after unrelated stop

Many people do not realize that just because an individual has been charged with or arrested on suspicion of committing a crime, it is not necessarily the case that they have committed it. In fact, everyone has the right to convey their side of the story in a courtroom and one of the steps criminal defense attorneys take is to challenge the elements of the prosecution's case to prove the innocence of their client. When it comes to drug possession charges, one of the tactics could be to challenge the very reason the drugs were discovered in the first place.

Drug possession criminal reform bright light at end of year

Though Issue 1, Ohio's drug crime constitutional amendment, failed at the ballot box in November, Ohio Senate President has started taking steps to make good on his promise to reform drug laws. Though he opposed the failed amendment, he had claimed he would work toward changing the laws and introduced Senate Bill 341 in furtherance of that.

What is drug paraphernalia?

Drug possession arrests and convictions can impose serious penalties on the lives of Ohio residents. Whether their arrests are for allegedly possessing marijuana or narcotics, drug possession charges can be costly and can leave individuals with marks on their criminal records. However, there is a drug charge that may affect an individual that does not even involve the presence of drugs on a person. That charge is possession of drug paraphernalia and this post will briefly discuss what that may mean.

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