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Facing Charges Related to Fentanyl?

By Timothy Bussey on June 25, 2022

Fentanyl is an extremely powerful synthetic opioid that was developed to manage high levels of pain in medical patients. However, it has also become a recreational drug that is not used for pain management. Fentanyl’s popularity rests in it taking very little of the substance to obtain a high.

Adding to the fentanyl crisis is the fact that numerous other drugs such as heroin and MDMA are being cut with fentanyl to increase the potency of the high, leading to many people unintentionally ingesting the drug. It is a dangerous problem that is putting many lives at risk.

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Marijuana—What’s Legal in Colorado

By Timothy Bussey on April 19, 2022

It is legal for adults over the age of 21 to possess or grow small amounts of marijuana for their own personal use. But there are still many things you can’t do, such as selling marijuana without a license, consuming it in public, or having an open package of marijuana in your car. It’s important to be aware of the current marijuana laws and penalties to stay out of trouble in Colorado.

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Charged with Growing Too Many Marijuana Plants in Colorado?

By Timothy Bussey on February 11, 2022

If you are age 21 or older, you can grow marijuana for personal use in your home under Colorado state law. The maximum number of plants you are allowed to grow is six per adult in the residence, with no more than three plants flowering at one time. If you have too many marijuana plants, you can be charged with a drug crime, punishable by imprisonment and fines. Cultivation of more than six but not more than 30 plants is a level 3 felony that carries possible penalties of six months to two years in prison and a fine of $1,000 to $100,000.

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What You Need to Know About Synthetic Drugs

By Timothy Bussey on March 26, 2021

Synthetic drugs may sound safer than natural substances, such as cocaine and opium, but the truth is that these manmade drugs can pose a huge health risk to users. That is why the Colorado State government is eager to crack down on synthetic drug crimes, even if it means innocent people end up in jail.

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Schedule I and II Drugs No Longer Carry Felony Charges in CO

By Timothy Bussey on July 28, 2020

A new Colorado law went into effect at the beginning of March 2020. House Bill 19-1263, which was signed into law by the governor in May 2019, essentially defelonizes the possession of small amounts of Schedule I and II substances, such as cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl. Under the new law, if you are caught in possession of a small amount of these drugs, you will be charged with a misdemeanor rather than a felony.

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Drug Classification: What You Should Know

By Timothy Bussey on July 11, 2020

In the 1970’s, our government declared war on drugs. In an effort to end drug addictions and keep Americans happy and healthy, the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) was signed into law. The law laid out a new labeling system for drugs, as well as what penalties users and distributors should face. This system sorts drugs by how addictive they are and how useful they are medically into different “schedules.” The highest labeled is Schedule I, where the most dangerous and addictive drugs are sorted, and the lowest is Schedule V.

The CSA is subject to state laws, however. Some states have chosen to modify the system, changing where certain drugs are placed, as well as what punishments those found in possession of or selling the drugs should be given. Other states, however, stick to what the federal government laid out in the 1970’s.

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How do Police Officers Test for Marijuana DUI’s?

By Timothy Bussey on March 10, 2020

If you have been pulled over at a DUI checkpoint or for a driving violation, you may be at risk of being charged with a marijuana DUI. Recreational use of cannabis products is legal in Colorado – but driving under the influence is another matter entirely.

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April 20th Is Coming Up – Are You Prepared to Be Pulled Over for Drugged Driving?

By Timothy Bussey on April 15, 2019

April 20th is fast approaching. To most people, this is just another day. But for a certain segment of the population that enjoys recreational cannabis, 4/20 has a special significance. There has been a long tradition of associating cannabis with the number 420, so there will be many celebrations and events on that day. If you’re unfamiliar, a good analogy is the increase in alcohol consumption on St. Patrick’s Day.

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How Trace Drugs in Crime Labs Can Affect Evidence

By Timothy Bussey on December 16, 2018

In today’s criminal cases, prosecutors and the courts rely heavily on forensic testing in order to prove a case. Use of lab testing is seen as an objective alternative to other types of evidence, such as eyewitness testimony, which have been proven to be unreliable.

However, a recent study found that forensic chemists’ handling of illegal drugs can cause detectable levels of drugs in the lab environment.

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Can You Bring Marijuana on Colorado Campuses?

By Timothy Bussey on March 30, 2018

For college students, campus plays a big role in their day-to-day lives as they work towards their degrees and establish a social life. While universities are given some latitude regarding the rules they establish for students, ultimately, everyone must follow all applicable local, state, and federal laws while on campus.

Since recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado, one of the most frequent questions we get is whether it’s legal to consume cannabis on college campuses if you are over 21. Can universities create policies that differ from the state law?

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