There is no question -- and certainly no media outlet arguing otherwise -- that current U.S. Attorney General is anything other than a law-and-order type of guy.
We would ask our readers across Colorado to try to imagine for just a moment the sheer consternation of criminal prosecutors in another state earlier this year when they had to ditch more than 21,000 drug cases they were working on.
If you read our blog posts chronicling criminal law stories and developments relevant to Colorado, you likely harbor no illusions concerning the uniform stance of state officials toward alleged drug-crime activities and their zero-sum insistence upon aggressively prosecuting and seeking harsh sentencing outcomes for offenders.
People unwittingly making errors.
While many people see drugs as a criminal issue, for the people who are using them, drugs are more of a health issue. Drug addiction is a real issue that must be addressed if the person is going to have any hope of getting clean and avoiding future criminal charges.
You might be shocked to hear you're being charged with a drug paraphernalia charge after a traffic stop. What does a spoon have to do with drugs, after all? In some cases it may mean nothing, and in others, the police may believe you're using illegal drugs. Simply possessing some prohibited items can lead to a charge, but the line is blurred.
Some drug charges include a charge for the paraphernalia that is associated with the drugs. In some instances, a person can face charges for the paraphernalia without having to face charges for the actual drugs. While drug paraphernalia charges aren't usually as harsh as the laws for drug possession or drug sales, it is still a blemish on your criminal record if you are convicted of this charge.
A good moment can so quickly become a regrettable one when tempers run unchecked. Two of University of Colorado's players, fresh off clinching a victory that placed the team in the Pac-12 title game, came to blows while celebrating at bar after the win. What could have been a relatively simple matter of assault became more serious charges, however. While one player was arrested on third-degree assault charges, the other player, who was knocked out in the altercation, was found to have two small baggies of an unidentified substance in his wallet when searched by the police.
For those in Denver who choose to partake in recreational marijuana, the matter is still not as simple as "it's legal, you can smoke wherever you want." Of course, other substances such as tobacco and alcohol face similar restrictions, too. Despite the passage of Initiative 300, smoking marijuana is legal, but there are still some ways to run afoul of the law with it.
It's no secret that one of the big winners of the recent election was the turning tide of public opinion regarding marijuana, with nearly all of the states who had legalization initiatives on their ballots passing them. Of course, Colorado has been blazing that particular trail for some time, as one the very first states to pass legalization measures. For some reason, however, many residents of the state are not content to settle for those substances which have been made legal for recreational use -- a lesson each new state experimenting with its own legalization measures will have to face in their own time.