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How Drug Laws Have Changed Since 2010

a young man with his hands handcuffed with a bag of marijuana on the table being arrested for drug possessionIt’s crazy that we’re only two years shy of starting a new decade when the year 2010 feels like yesterday. Scott Pilgrim was fresh in theaters. Barack Obama was only two years into his first presidency. A lot has changed since 2010, including the drug laws in our country. As marijuana acceptance grows and the opioid crisis continues, drug laws and regulations continue to be pulled in multiple directions.

So how does this affect you should you be charged with drug possession? A drug possession lawyer weighs in.

So, What Exactly Has Changed?

One of the biggest changes regards marijuana. Multiple states, including Colorado, California, and Washington, have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Many other states, that haven’t quite reached that point yet, have legalized medical marijuana and decriminalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. In Texas, however, marijuana is still fully illegal.

Another big change, though not a law, is the leniency doctors have when prescribing certain painkillers. The United States has suffered from a harsh opioid epidemic for many years now. This has changed the way doctors prescribe medicine, how cities choose to help people dispose of medicine and the way we view people who suffer from a drug addiction.

In Texas, marijuana and drug laws are still strict, but there are still some changes trying to break through. For example, new policies have been passed in Dallas that allow police officers to “cite and release” people who have been caught with drugs and drug paraphernalia. Essentially, they give them a court summons but don’t arrest them and take them to jail, which is a huge milestone in a state that is traditionally conservative.

These have been some of the biggest changes so far, but as we continue to grow and develop as a society, the changes are bound to keep coming.

What Can I Do If I’m Facing Drug Possession Charges?

Texas has some of the harshest drug possession laws. The way you are penalized will depend on how much is found in your possession, where you were at the time of the arrest, and if you were thought to be distributing, growing, or manufacturing it. Prior convictions and your age can come into play as well. Punishments can range from fines and jail time to community service and marks on your permanent record. Your best bet for navigating this kind of charge is to work with a drug possession lawyer.

Quality Drug Possession Lawyer in El Paso

If you’ve been charged with drug possession, Joseph Law, LLC can help you. Call us today to learn more.


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