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. Read the rest »
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. Read the rest »
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? Read the rest »
Most of us are quite familiar with the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal narcotics. However, many people believe that if someone is taking prescription medication then he or she cannot be arrested for DUI. Those people are wrong! Read the rest »
If police find drugs in your car, what happens? Regardless of whether they’re your drugs, in Colorado, they are now officially your problem. Read the rest »
Colorado Amendment 64 made headlines around the world in 2012. The popular ballot initiative made it legal for people aged 21 and over to possess certain amounts of industrial hemp or cannabis (marijuana). Essentially, Amendment 64 legalized the personal recreational use of marijuana much in the same way as alcohol may be used. In addition, the new law allows for the “commercial cultivation, manufacture, and sale” of cannabis. In spite of marijuana’s new legality in Colorado, possession of it may still lead to arrest. It’s important that the finer points of the law be understood by anyone considering using, growing, or purchasing the substance. Read the rest »
A recent report indicates that although the number of charges filed for marijuana possession have dropped dramatically in the past year, charges are still being filed disproportionately against racial minorities, according to an article in the Colorado Springs Gazette.
The report, based on an analysis by the Drug Policy Alliance, found that charges for marijuana possession, distribution, and cultivation dropped from about 39,000 charges filed in 2010 to just over 2,000 filed in 2014. This represents a decrease of about 95 percent, according to the report. Read the rest »
The number of criminal charges filed on suspicion of marijuana-related crime dropped sharply after the state legalized limited possession of the substance for adults 21 and over, according to a recent article by the Denver Post.
An analysis by the news publication found that the number of marijuana-related cases filed in state court dropped by 77 percent between 2012 and 2013. Charges for small amounts of marijuana possession dropped the most: 81 percent fewer cases were filed in 2013 than in 2012. Read the rest »
A man and two women have been arrested on suspicion of drug distribution in Colorado Springs. According to a news report in The Gazette, Colorado Springs police arrested the trio at the Sun Springs Motel on South Nevada Avenue. The arrest occurred after an undercover investigation led officers to the motel where drugs were allegedly being distributed. During the execution of a search warrant, police seized 31 grams of heroin, a gram of cocaine, a loaded .40-caliber handgun and cash. The two 29- and 21-year-old women and the 28-year-old man face felony distribution charges.
You can face serious criminal penalties for possessing drugs in Colorado, but the charges increase dramatically when the authorities determine an intent to sell. It is unlawful to knowingly manufacture, sell, dispense or distribute controlled substances. Read the rest »
In November 2012, Colorado voters approved a measure that legalized the purchase and possession of marijuana for recreational use. When Amendment 64 was passed, retail sales for marijuana were set to begin on January 1, 2014. Since this approval, the Colorado Legislature has been forming the regulations that would accompany the legal purchase and possession of small amounts of marijuana. One of the regulations being voted on by the Colorado Legislature is how marijuana will be taxed.
Taxation of this controversial substance continues to benefit the state of Colorado. The state and county governments have already generated millions of dollars through the taxation of medical marijuana. In 2012, the State of Colorado generated more than $199,000,000 in taxation of medical marijuana retail sales. El Paso County generated almost $35,000,000 in tax revenue. The addition of recreational marijuana sales will substantially increase the amount of money this controversial substance generates for our state. Read the rest »