Category: Drug Possession

 

The U.S. is in the midst of a mass incarceration crisis. We have the highest incarceration rate in the world, and because of this, our prison population has increased exponentially in the past few decades.

 

Incarceration comes at an enormous human cost to prison inmates and their families. The government (and its taxpayers) bear its heavy financial cost. Moreover, studies show that incarceration does little to end criminal

 

The US constitution protects citizens against unwarranted search and seizures. This means that unless police have a warrant or probable cause, they cannot search your person or vehicle for illegal substances.

 

However, the definition of probable cause is surprisingly complex when you start delving into it.

 

This is particularly true in the case of drug-sniffing dogs. Police are allowed to use these animals to alert them to

 

The War on Drugs is still alive and well in America, even with the legalization of recreational marijuana in over a dozen states – including right here. Weed might be legal, but lots of other drugs aren’t, and even first-time possession charges could result in jail time or fees.

 

If you are caught with drugs in Colorado, however, you won’t face just one set of penalties. The specific

 

 

Back in 2013, Colorado legislators decided that trying to incarcerate their way out of a major drug problem was the wrong way to go. Too many people were being sent to prison essentially for being drug addicts and getting caught, and it wasn’t helping. What they really needed was treatment.

 

So they passed a bill with incredibly noble intentions. It overhauled drug sentencing, prioritizing available prison space