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Potential Addiction Treatment Still Considered Illegal in the United States

By Michael Guisti on June 11, 2021

Blue and white pills on white backgroundCalifornia and many other states have shifted to treating addiction rather than punishing non-violent offenders, but our country is still struggling to find a reliable means of preventing repeat abuse. Millions of individuals have been unfairly mistreated by our criminal justice system when they needed medical and psychiatric care to deal with their conditions. Given the stigma that comes with drug addiction and the difficulties of finding reliable treatment, some addicts have looked outside the United States for new treatments.

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How Do Officers Test for Drugs on the Road?

By Michael Guisti on January 26, 2021

Being accused of using drugs can be a damaging experience. You may be afraid of the criminal implications of these accusations, how they will affect your job, and the impact on your relationships. When you are asked to take a drug test by the police after being pulled over, you may be even more worried by the prospect of a false positive. In fact, if the tests are not handled properly, they could seriously impact your case. That’s why you call a lawyer no matter what.

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Florida Cops Mistook Doughnut for Meth

By Michael Guisti on January 12, 2018

glazed-donut-992767_1920You read that right. It sounds like a scene from a comedy with Seth Rogen and James Franco, but it was very real for 64-year-old Daniel Rushing of Orlando, Florida.

And the icing on the cake (doughnut)? This isn’t the only time cops have mistaken a harmless substance for drugs! A similar situation happened again to another Floridian, Karlos Cashe, earlier in 2017. Read the rest »

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In 2018, You’re Free to Smoke Marijuana…Sort Of

By Michael Guisti on January 2, 2018

weed-837125_1280Marijuana is now legal for recreational use as of January 1, 2018. Before you go on a free-for-all, keep these rules in mind. Read the rest »

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OC Church Vandals: Were Drugs or Mental Illness Involved?

By Michael Guisti on September 10, 2017

graffiti-2724511_1920Toward the end of August, two brothers barricaded themselves inside Harvest Orange County, the famed home church of Pastor Greg Laurie. The East Bay Times reports that the men entered the church at night and began to vandalize the grounds. They smashed a glass door and caused minor damage to other rooms. The men also brought a replica rifle, but their reasoning is unclear. Read the rest »

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Common Orange County Drug Crime Charges

By Michael Guisti on June 2, 2016

In Orange County, drug crimes span a wide range of potential charges and penalties that all vary depending on the type of drug found, the amount of the drug discovered, what the defendant intended to do with it, and the defendant’s own criminal history. California’s Health and Safety Code defines the different drug crime laws, what is involved in each drug crime charge, the possible defenses one could utilize, and the punishments in place for each type of charge. The three most common drug crimes are possession, possession with the intent to sell, and sale or transportation of a controlled substance. Read the rest »

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Lots of Green Behind New California Marijuana Initiative

By Michael Guisti on March 25, 2016

When it comes to weed, Silicon Valley is no stranger to the green stuff. Undoubtedly, the tech-hub is probably one of the biggest consumers of marijuana in the state. So, it should come as no surprise that a major player in the online world is backing a measure to get pot legalized. Read the rest »

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Orange County DA’s Office Receives Drug Case Grant

By Michael Guisti on February 13, 2016

It is no secret that Orange County is particularly tough on DUI offenders. This also goes for individuals who get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs. Keep in mind that drugs can mean a variety of possible things — from marijuana to prescribed painkillers. Operating a car while impaired in Orange County is a bad idea, especially considering the District Attorney’s latest news. Read the rest »

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California National Guard Aids in Large-Scale Raid on Marijuana Growers on Yurok Reservation

By Michael Guisti on July 23, 2014

Humboldt County, CA – Drug laws in America are not always consistently applied. Some law enforcement agencies, particularly at the state or municipal level, see drug enforcement (particularly against recreational users) as a low priority, and 23 states have legalized marijuana for medical use and 2 have even passed laws making it legal for personal use. However, drug use by and large remains illegal and production and trafficking of drugs remains a high priority for most law enforcement agencies.

On Monday, a task force including the California National Guard, the Humboldt County Sheriff Drug Enforcement Unit, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Yurok reservation police, and other agencies, conducted a major raid on illegal marijuana growing operations being conducted on the Yurok reservation along the Klamath River in Northern California. Officers began serving warrants at 9:00 am.

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Costa Mesa Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Raided by Feds

By Michael Guisti on January 18, 2012

Federal authorities raided three medical marijuana dispensaries this week, and federal officials also filed lawsuits against property owners where the dispensaries were housed, alleging the owners of the property knew they were allowing marijuana stores to conduct business.

No arrests were made, but those running the marijuana dispensaries were detained for a time as authorities conducted their search.

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