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Drug trafficking versus drug dealing

Drug charges of all kinds are very serious and should be handled with great care. Being convicted of a drug crime can have long-lasting effects, regardless of the nature of the offense. If you are facing drug charges, it is helpful to understand the difference between various kinds of charges, so that you can better build a strong defense and protect your future.

Drug charges can have surprisingly harsh consequences

Marijuana use, especially for medical purposes, is seeing greater and greater acceptance throughout the country, both in public opinion and in the eyes of changing laws. However, in places like Kansas, where use remains prohibited, the penalties for being caught with marijuana remain overwhelmingly strict. One Kansas mother is now fighting not only for her freedom, but also for the custody of her child, after Child Services officials removed the child from her home.

Drug charges require a fierce defense to protect your rights

The public opinion of various drugs and drug use has been a volatile relationship for many years, from the relative wild west approach taken around the turn of the century, to the hardline stance brought about by the War on Drugs of the last several decades. Now, for the last 10 years or so, there has been another sea change, one that tends to view drug use in a somewhat softer light, depending on the drug and the use. Despite the changing tides of public opinion, drug laws remain surprisingly harsh and punishing, leading to the greatest levels of incarceration for non-violent crimes of any class of crimes, worldwide.

Human rights groups call for drug decriminalization

Two prominent human rights groups have recently stepped forward to call for changes to our federal laws that even a decade ago would have seemed unthinkable — the decriminalization of possession and personal use of drugs of all kinds. Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union, two of the most highly-regarded organizations in their field, released a joint statement just days ago insisting that the harsh enforcement of drug laws has done far more to ruin lives and tear apart families than it has done to minimize drug abuse. The two organizations also backed a report detailing findings supporting their claims.

Teenage man shot in drug deal gone bad

Drug related crimes and violent crimes far too often go hand in hand, and the victims are not always those directly involved, unfortunately. A Wichita teen painfully learned this lesson the hard way recently when he was injured while in the vicinity of a drug deal that went sideways.

Understanding the Federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970

The federal laws used during most drug arrests stem from the Federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Since 1970, the government has heavily increased the amount of time, money and effort that is put into making drug-related arrests, in what is often called the War on Drugs.

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