Medical marijuana is now legal in Florida. However, many people who do not qualify for medical reasons still resort to using the substance recreationally. Little do they realize that marijuana possession is still a criminal offense. Individuals who are caught with small amounts of cannabis risk cutting their bright and promising futures short.
South Florida communities such as Fort Myers and Cape Coral are known as welcoming places to live and raise families. According to a report from the Sun Sentinel, though, there may be another reputation threatening to take over: an opioid epidemic that is claiming the lives of hundreds in the area.
They are in many ways the voices of America's conscience: the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch. The two civil rights groups recently issued a joint report that makes a powerful case against drug crimes.The enforcement of drug laws is ruining lives, the groups contend, while failing in its primary mission: reducing drug abuse. The organizations call for the decriminalization of possession and recreational use of all illegal drugs.
A recent arrest began as so many do: with a traffic stop. According to a news report by CBS affiliate WINK TV, detectives assigned to Lee County Sheriff's Office Highway Interdiction Unit pulled two vehicles over for traffic infractions yesterday.The Ford F350 and Cadillac SUV had been heading southbound on Interstate 75 when the drivers heard sirens and saw police lights and pulled over. Detectives later reported finding more than 94 pounds of marijuana in the Ford, while a search of the SUV revealed another 14 grams of cannabis and $6,000.
"Did you hear the story about the man who was found in Brevard County having sex with a tree?" While this may sound like the start to a joke, it's in fact the start to a real news story in 2014 involving a 41-year-old man who was arrested in Florida for several crimes related to use of the drug known as flakka.
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FORT MYERS -Fort Myers police arrested a man after executing a search warrant which stemmed from undercover drug purchases over several months.
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