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President backs new sentencing guidelines

President Trump has put his backing behind a new bill that has tentative bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress. If signed into law, this bill would be the most substantial change to federal sentencing guidelines since 1994. The law would boost rehabilitation measures and give judges more flexibility in handling mandatory minimums that have disproportionately affected minorities. It would also reduce the expense and size of the penal system, which has three times the inmates it did 30 years ago. There are a details in this bill, but the highlights include:

Parking tickets can get you arrested

It is not uncommon to see a car double-parked, parked too far from the curb or parked in a no parking zone. Typically, this can lead to parking ticket. Now the case of Johnson v. United States heard in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose jurisdiction includes Indiana) that examines whether a bad parking job is probable cause for search or seizure of a vehicle, which subsequently could lead to arrest and jail if the officials find anything illegal.

Arrests involving marijuana are up nationally

The legalization of marijuana in several states in recent years has dominated the conversation about marijuana use. There are also stories and rumors about the de-criminalization of cannabis even if it does stay on the books. Nevertheless, marijuana-related charges make up 40 percent of drug busts, totaling 1.63 million charges.

Indiana ranks high in drug use

We recently wrote about the large number of college graduates who still engage in binge drinking. We now follow that post with more news that is cause for concern. According to an analysis of drug addiction on a state-by-state basis plus the District of Columbia, Indiana ranks seventh overall.

Drug-related homicide charges on the rise

Drug charges are traditionally applied to those who sell or use drugs. However, it is now becoming increasingly common for drug or even homicide charges to be applied to non-dealer friends involved in supplying drugs for an overdose, those who shared drugs, or those who arranged the transaction to purchase the lethal drugs.

What a few grams of pot can mean for your college career

For many people, college is a time of firsts. It’s an opportunity to branch out on your own, figure out who you really are and have new experiences. In addition, college students are twice as likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol than if they don’t attend college.

Driver fatalities stats reveal higher rate of drug use

The legalization or decriminalization of marijuana as well as the opioid epidemic are now starting to reflect in traffic safety data. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the number of drivers tested positive in traffic fatalities has increased to 44 percent in 2016 (the most recent year of data). This is up from 28 percent in 2006. This information on drugged driving is based on a recent report, “Drug-Impaired Driving: Marijuana and Opioids Raise Critical Issues for States.”

FDA recommends first cannabis-based medicine

As the stigma surrounding marijuana decreases, many people are looking to the drug as a potential solution for many medical conditions. Patients have smoked, ingested and topically applied cannabis and cannabis-derived products in an attempt to treat medical conditions ranging from chronic pain to glaucoma. One cannabis derivative called cannabidiol, or CBD, has garnered major support—and controversy.

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