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Silk Road Reduced Violence in the Drug Trade, Study Argues #WIRED

Silk Road Reduced Violence in the Drug Trade, Study Argues  #WIRED | What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law | Scoop.it
The dark web may have a silver lining, according to a pair of academics: A new class of geekier, less-violent drug dealers.

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An interesting analysis of how silk road was effecting drug crime violence.

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Consistent with what is known about tough law enforcement and crackdowns on mainstream drug supply markets

What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law
The criminal justice system treats DUI and drug crime offenses with extreme prejudice. This topic combines law changes and breaking news to bring readers info to help them avoid a conviction.
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Step By Step California DUI Guide: The Arraignment | DUI Ease

Step By Step California DUI Guide: The Arraignment | DUI Ease | What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law | Scoop.it
The arraignment is the first official court date for those who have been arrested for DUI. By now, you should have attended your DMV hearing. Part 2 of series.
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Many of those arrested for DUI in California go to their arraignment believing that it is their opportunity to plead their case and hopefully have it dismissed. This is not the purpose of a DUI arraignment. The arraignment is where you will find out what criminal charges have been filed against you, your Constitutional rights, as well as bail status. This is also where you are given your first opportunity to enter a plea: no contest, not guilty, or guilty.

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Since cannabis legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic low #drugdriving

Since cannabis legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic low #drugdriving | What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law | Scoop.it
Despite claims of an increase in "drugged drivers," Colorado's roads have gotten safer.

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Very interesting info about highway fatalities since the legalization of Marijuana in Colorado.

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, August 21, 11:00 PM

Displacement of Alcohol harms? Credible 'enabled' education? Respect or rule of Law? or a combination of all three (or more).

 

I believe a review of the med-pot States vs the non-med pot States is showing similar decreases in fatalities, particularily in the at risk group, <25 males.

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The Importance of Activism in the Age of Legalization

The Importance of Activism in the Age of Legalization | What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law | Scoop.it
Time indeed changes manners and notions, and so far we must expect institutions to bend to them. But time produces also corruption of principles, and against this it is the duty of good citizens to be ever on the watch” - Thomas Jefferson 2012 was a watershe...

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Our country is also facing an interesting juxtaposition. On one hand, part of the country is working out legitimate market technicalities while on the flip side, many regions of the country continue to arrest and lock up hundreds of thousands of people every year for a marijuana-related crime, 90% of which are for possession only.

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California DUI Laws and Guides from Skilled Attorneys

California DUI Laws and Guides from Skilled Attorneys | What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law | Scoop.it

DUI charges have two main elements that must be proven by the prosecution in order to get a conviction. First, the defendant was operating a motor vehicle, and, secondly, the charged was under the influence at that time. If either one of these elements is missing or can be challenged and disproved, the charges for the offense can be dropped.

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Although many DUI defendants are guilty,  there are several others that are not. This site focuses on DUI laws and what every DUI defendant should know about the process.

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The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal

The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal | What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law | Scoop.it
The opponents of marijuana-law reform insist that legalization is dangerous—but the biggest threat is to their own bottom line.

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Who is really keeping Marijuana illegal? This piece investigates.

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The Difference Between Trafficking and Selling Drugs |

The Difference Between Trafficking and Selling Drugs | | What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law | Scoop.it
The difference in penalties and fines for those who are trafficking as opposed to selling are very different. Learn more from skilled California attorneys.
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Although trafficking and selling may seem similar, there are significant differences between the two that greatly affect a defendant's case.

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Happy Fourth of July to You and Yours

Happy Fourth of July to You and Yours | What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law | Scoop.it
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Happy Fourth of July to you and yours.

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Macgregor & Collins, LLP Facebook Page

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MacGregor & Collins, LLP is a criminal law firm based in Newport Beach California. Ronald MacGregor and Randy Collins, firm partners, are criminal defense attorneys who represent those charged with serious crimes including, but not limited to, driving under the influence (DUI), drug offenses (possession or intent to sell), violent crimes, fraudulent crimes, white collar crimes, sex offenses, theft, and juvenile offenses.

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Do you regularly use Facebook? You may enjoy my firm's Facebook page. We regularly post information that helps California criminal defendants find information that they are looking for.

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Thanks To Activists, Cannabis Is Now Literally Growing Everywhere On The Streets Of London

Thanks To Activists, Cannabis Is Now Literally Growing Everywhere On The Streets Of London | What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law | Scoop.it
"The war on drugs is a catastrophic failure, and I think that cannabis growing openly on the streets of London emphasizes how ludicrous our drug laws are." (Thanks To Activists, Cannabis Is Now Growing Everywhere On The Streets Of London

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A very interesting movement in the United Kingdom that has resulted in wild Marijuana plants on the streets of London. Will the U.S. activists join?

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, June 21, 1:20 AM

Overgrow the Government.....!!

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Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia | What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law | Scoop.it
If you are facing charges of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia in California, then, a police officer has decided that you are in violation of California Health and Safety Code 11364 HS.  Simply put, this law makes it illegal for a person to h...
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Although many people do not consider possession of drug paraphernalia to be a serious offense, those who are convicted are often surprised by the penalties. This piece details common drug paraphernalia, possible penalties, and regularly used defense strategies.

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States of Incarceration: The Global Context | Prison Policy Initiative

States of Incarceration: The Global Context | Prison Policy Initiative | What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law | Scoop.it

Louisiana is the world’s prison capital. The state imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of its U.S. counterparts. First among Americans means first in the world. The state of Louisiana is often called out for having the highest incarceration rate in the world. But in the global context, how far behind are the other 49 states, really? This report finds that the disturbing answer is “Not very far.”


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United States incarceration facts that may change your perspective.

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Brianne Frame's comment, June 22, 11:00 PM
This article brings up a very good point, in that we seem to as a culture taken the idea that those with a different way of thinking or living is wrong, and that the way to deal with conflict from the social "norms" is to lock them away either litter ally or symbolically till the follow our norms. Interesting that "the land of the free" has the highest rates of incarceration for breaking the norms.
Nicholas Bessent's comment, June 29, 9:05 PM
So looking at this article and what our numbers are compared to put brother and sister country’s across the globe it is embarrassing. I know it is an opinion but our system seems to be at the point of being ineffective. We do enjoy freedoms other countries could only dream of in many aspects but as it goes for our legal side we have a few areas that we could buff out. We have thousands upon thousands of individuals in prison or jail over some underwhelming crimes. Crimes that could be better fitted with a fine over time. We have our jails packed with people that get out and commit the crimes over and over again. Why would we keep using a system that lacks the results we are aiming to achieve? Can a rehabilitation/work program take place of prison or jail time? What if we took these smaller crimes like position of marijuana and petty theft and make them give back to the community by a strict work program that built the community and give valuable skills to the individuals serving their time. Can we shift the tax dollars around to help the community instead of just feeding and housing criminals that give nothing back? I think it is worth a shot. Build these criminals up in an image other than a “criminal” have them give back and gain knowledge and self-worth. We can do better for our country and ourselves. I know we have things like this on a small scale, it’s time to think big.
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Juvenile Drug Crimes

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Although the juvenile criminal justice system is supposed to rehabilitate teens, it often ends up teaching troubled kids more about becoming a career criminal. If your child has been charged with a drug crime, it is highly recommended to hire an expe...
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In California, drug use amongst teens is extremely common. In addition to the regular inquiries I receive from parents concerned about legal repercussions, anyone who lives in Orange County, California will experience public teen drug use at one point or another. This piece talks about commonly abused drugs by teens and potential repercussions.

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Why Do It Yourself DUI Defense in California is a Bad Idea

Why Do It Yourself DUI Defense in California is a Bad Idea | What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law | Scoop.it
Those who represent themselves for a DUI are often making a huge mistake. Find out why those who handle their own case often mishandle their case.
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These days, there is so much "legal information" available on the internet that many people are misled into believing that they can defend their own charges. Unfortunately, this often leads to mistakes that have a devastating impact on a person's case. I made this piece to explain why trying to do it yourself is an awful idea.

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Boat Dui

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Articles pertaining to boat DUI and defending related charges.

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Although many are unaware of their offense prior to committing it, boat DUI is against the law and can result in serious penalties. This category page provides related articles and more.

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FBI used flawed hair-testing method to convict thousands of people

FBI used flawed hair-testing method to convict thousands of people | What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law | Scoop.it
The FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice have acknowledged that flawed testimony from FBI scientists has resulted in wrongful conviction in thousands of cases - including some people on death row.

Via Darcy Delaproser, Rob Duke
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The FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice have acknowledged that flawed testimony from FBI scientists based on forensic evidence has resulted in wrongful conviction in thousands of cases - including some people on death row. 

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Teen Pot Use Shows No Effect On Brain Tissue, Unlike Alcohol

Teen Pot Use Shows No Effect On Brain Tissue, Unlike Alcohol | What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law | Scoop.it
'A teen who uses alcohol is likely to have reduced brain tissue - but a teen who uses marijuana is not, according to a new study.' Steve Elliott, Toke of the Town

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Interesting info about teen marijuana use.

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, July 19, 4:40 AM

Teen brains are well capable of withstanding considerable insult. Were they not, we would live in an world of adult lunacy.....

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Legal Consequences of Crystal Meth in California |

Legal Consequences of Crystal Meth in California | | What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law | Scoop.it
The legal consequences for crystal meth vary depending upon the type of offense and the state in which it was committed. Find out more from California attorneys
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Crystal meth addiction is a problem everywhere. This piece details legal consequences for those struggling in California.

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New Ignition Interlock Legislation Aims To Save Thousands From Drunk Driving Deaths

New Ignition Interlock Legislation Aims To Save Thousands From Drunk Driving Deaths | What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law | Scoop.it
New federal legislation governing ignition interlocks for drunk drivers will be introduced when the House of Representatives reconvenes this week.

The proposed law, to be presented on Tuesday by Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY), would mandate that states require all convicted drunk driving offenders to install an ignition interlock for a minimum of six months.
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Required ignition interlock devices after a first-time DUI offense may be on the way.

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USA wiretaps hit a 10yr high and almost 90% were used to catch drug offenders

USA wiretaps hit a 10yr high and almost 90% were used to catch drug offenders | What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law | Scoop.it
The US has released its annual wiretap report for 2013, and as befits a country that many perceive to have become a surveillance state, federal and state wiretaps were up, hitting a ten-year high. ...

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It makes you wonder what law enforcement would do if drugs were decriminalised

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Shaun Bradley Paquette, Shot by Deputy, Arrested for Assault, Battery, Other Counts

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A "disturbance" call at a Ladera Ranch condominium complex Sunday night ended with a man being shot by an Orange County sheriff's deputy.

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Suspicious circumstances resulted in the shooting of a Ladera Ranch man.

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Excellent 4min VIDEO: USA Mass Incarceration Tough on Crime or Tough on People

Thanks to Visually (http://Visual.ly) for facilitating the creation of this video, to http://youtube.com/kurzgesagt for the animation, and to The Prison Poli...

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Great video exposing (for those who do not know) how problematic our current system is.

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Pot Scientists Brace for Marijuana Abuse as Laws Ease

Pot Scientists Brace for Marijuana Abuse as Laws Ease | What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law | Scoop.it
The only marijuana available for research in the U.S. is locked down by federal regulators who are more focused on studies to keep people off the drug than helping researchers learn how it might be beneficial.
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Three out of every four dollars spent this year on pot studies funded by the government will go toward studying abuse and addiction, according to a review of federal spending by Bloomberg News.

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Expungement Qualifications in California

Expungement Qualifications in California | What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law | Scoop.it
Pursuing an expungement in California is useless if you do not qualify. Find out about qualifications and other steps to help obtain an expungement.
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WIth the outrageous number of people that are convicted of crimes in California it comes as no surprise that countless people are looking for information about expungement qualifications on a daily basis. I created this piece to help explain the process and identify reasons you may not be eligible.

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What Should I Bring to Court for a DUI? | DUI Ease

What Should I Bring to Court for a DUI? | DUI Ease | What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law | Scoop.it

INeed to know what you should be bringing to court for your DUI? Find out what documents and information is important to bring to your court hearing.

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Those who have to go to court to defend criminal charges rarely go prepared. This piece helps clarify what a DUI defendant needs to bring to their court date and more.

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Does a DUI Show Up on a Background Check?

Does a DUI Show Up on a Background Check? | What Every Drug User and Drinker Should Know About Law | Scoop.it
Those who have been convicted of a DUI in California often worry about whether their offense is available online. Click here to find out who can view your DUI.
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Although DUI offenses are very common, there are still some organizations that include these types of offenses within background checks ordered by employers and other businesses. I created this piece to clarify the subject for those in California.

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