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November 2016 Archives

Man accused of organizing synthetic drug ring

A 41-year-old man in California pleaded guilty Nov. 7 to several felony charges related to an alleged drug distribution scheme involving synthetic marijuana. The man was indicted on 16 counts in June 2014 after an investigation that took almost three years. Officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Los Angeles High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, the Southern California Drug Task Force, the Internal Revenue Service and Homeland Security conducted the investigation.

Ascertaining impairment with marijuana use

California residents may drive with certain levels of THC in their bodies after using marijuana, but experts say there is no scientific consensus on how much is enough to make a person impaired. While there are concerns about the safety of drivers who have been smoking marijuana, there are also concerns about drivers being prosecuted when they are not impaired.

Man sentenced for DUI

A San Francisco man received a two-year sentence in state prison after he pleaded no contest to a felony charge of child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of drunk driving. According to the San Mateo County prosecutors, the man was pulled over by a California Highway Patrol officer on Jan. 26, 2016 at 4 p.m. on Highway 101 in Redwood City, Calif. He was observed driving well over the speed limit at 90 mph and weaving, and he was taken into custody for DUI.

Civil rights groups closely watching Proposition 64

On Nov. 8, California residents will vote on a number of important ballot measures, and one of them has been widely supported by groups advocating for the legalization of marijuana as well as by civil rights organizations. If Proposition 64 passes, California residents and adults visiting the state will be able to possess up to an ounce of the drug legally, and the measure's passage would also allow judges in the Golden State to revisit the sentences handed down to individuals who have been convicted of marijuana-related offenses made legal by the measure during the last two years.

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