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Category Archives: Drug Crimes

Guilt by Association in Drug Cases

If you’re like most people, hearing the phrase “drug possession” brings to mind someone caught with drugs in their hand, in their jacket pocket or even hidden in their shoes. It’s relatively easy to understand — the person had drugs on them when they were arrested. But did you know that a person can be… Read More »

Understanding Pennsylvania’s Marijuana Laws

Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law in 2016. That means certain people can legally purchase and consume marijuana for medicinal use, but it is still illegal for recreational use, while driving and for purchase or sale outside of an approved dispensary. When is marijuana legal under Pennsylvania law? The Medical Marijuana Program allows… Read More »

If You Provide Drugs to a Person Who Dies, You Face Homicide Charges

Under Pennsylvania law, “Drug Delivery Resulting in Death” (DDRD) is considered a homicide, carrying a potential prison sentence of 40 years — and higher if the victim is under 13. While the statute was aimed at drug dealers, anyone who provides another person with drugs — whether or not for profit — can be charged… Read More »

Can You Get a Marijuana DUI in Pennsylvania?

Medical marijuana is legal in the state of Pennsylvania but it is illegal to operate a vehicle under the influence of the drug, regardless of why you took it. According to Pennsylvania law, if your ability to drive safely is allegedly impaired due to marijuana use, you can be prosecuted for DUI. Pennsylvania applies a… Read More »

A Look at Pennsylvania Drug Crimes, Failures of the War on Drugs

Pennsylvania, like many states across the country, has been dealing with rapidly rising rates of opioid abuse. This problem doesn’t just manifest itself in rising drug-related crime. It’s also apparent when looking at overdose rates. According to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdose deaths in the country as a… Read More »

PA Lawmaker Wants to Reduce Penalties for Pot Possession

As marijuana laws have been changing rapidly throughout the country, Pennsylvania has remained steadfast in its opposition to the substance. Who could have imagined that a 71-year-old Republican lawmaker and former Pennsylvania State Trooper would be the one leading the movement to reform the law by lessening penalties for possession? Early in 2017, Rep. Barry… Read More »