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As Awesome As It May Be, Florida’s Own Philosopher’s Stone Mushroom Is A Schedule I Controlled Substance

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An ancestor of modern medicine and chemistry was alchemy, which had as its goal the search for a substance that could cure all diseases, restore the elderly to youth, and transform ordinary metals into precious metals like gold and silver.  Alchemists writing in Arabic, Latin, and other languages used to call this substance the… Read More »

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Lawmakers Seek To Reduce Or Eliminate Sentencing Disparities Between Crack Cocaine And Powder Cocaine Cases

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If you are younger than the oldest millennials, “crack cocaine” sounds more like a punchline than a drug of which you have a reasonable fear.  The younger generations think of crack as a MacGuffin in action movies rather than a drug that causes fatal overdoses.  Who is afraid of crack when there is heroin,… Read More »

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What Does It Take For Prosecutors To Drop The Charges Against A Defendant?

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Movies about defendants in criminal cases often portray a long ordeal where the main character gets acquitted at trial after months of preparing for the trial with his or her defense lawyer.  This is not how most criminal cases go, even though all defendants have the constitutional right to a jury trial.  You may… Read More »

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Executive Order Pardons Thousands Of Defendants Convicted Of Cannabis Possession In Federal Cases

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According to Florida law, possession of 20 grams or less of cannabis (that is, up to three quarters of an ounce) is a misdemeanor; the penalties can include a $1,000 fine, driver’s license suspension, and up to a year in jail.  The passage of Amendment 2 in 2016 marked the beginning of Florida’s medical… Read More »

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When Are You Immune From Drug Charges?

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If it seems like some people openly use illegal drugs and don’t face any legal consequences, it is not just your imagination.  When was the last time a police officer asked to search the backpack of a student from Pine Crest or Ransom Everglades who was hanging out at a mall after school just… Read More »

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Florida Doctor Allegedly Sold Prescriptions For $2 Million In Opioids To Patients She Never Met

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Healthcare is big business in the United States, and perhaps nowhere more so than Florida.  For various reasons, the Sunshine State attracts people who are in a fragile state of health, such as elderly retirees and people who undergo treatment in Florida’s numerous inpatient addiction treatment centers and then get caught up in the… Read More »

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Kodak Black Arrested For Possession Of Oxycodone After A Traffic Stop

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You don’t have to be a media personality or a veteran of the criminal justice system to know that police sometimes conduct traffic stops for no reason other than to start trouble.  Anyone with a modicum of common sense or life experience knows that cars with deeply tinted windows stand out from the crowd,… Read More »

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Overdose

Enter Xylazine, The Newest Twist In The Opioid Overdose Epidemic

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The scariest drugs are the ones that do not reveal their identities until it is much too late.  Everyone knows that you can die from drinking 21 shots of tequila on your 21st birthday, but you will probably be okay to drive after drinking one can of beer or even one shot of tequila. … Read More »

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Boynton Beach Man Gets 380 Months In Federal Prison For Transporting Drugs To South Florida By FedEx

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Especially in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, people had to get creative about finding alternatives to in-person socializing.  Endlessly scrolling through Twitter is depressing enough even when you still have opportunities to put down your phone and interact with your coworkers in person every now and then, and playing Trivial Pursuit with… Read More »

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Boca Raton Businessman Faces Criminal Charges For Manufacturing Counterfeit Lean

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In 2022, no one is surprised to find out that doctors and pharmaceutical companies play a role in drug crimes.  If you search the archives of South Florida news sites, you will find plenty of stories about doctors who illegally prescribed drugs with high abuse potential, healthcare workers who stole controlled substances from their… Read More »

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Med Spa Maverick Received More Than $1 Million In PPP Loans While Drug Charges Against Him Were Pending

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When med spas and “lotions and potions” multilevel marketing representatives try to sell skincare products to male clients, they act like it is news that skin care is for men, too, but in Florida, we have known this for decades.  Everyone who has been to South Florida has seen its impossibly handsome dudes, but… Read More »

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Nutritional Supplement Bros Headed To Prison For Conspiracy To Distribute Anabolic Steroids

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Anabolic steroids are to the human body as iguanas are to the Florida ecosystem.  The body naturally produces testosterone, which increases muscle mass, but anabolic steroids taken as pills or injections mimic the effects of testosterone except on a much larger scale, causing all kinds of dysfunction with the body’s own hormones.  Walk into… Read More »

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Five Defendants Await Sentencing After Pleading Guilty In Fort Myers Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Case

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The court can order you to go to jail if you disobey a court order; this is called criminal contempt of court.  Jail time is not the only possible punishment for contempt; most of the time, people held in contempt of court must only pay monetary fines. If you have ever heard a divorced… Read More »

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The Long Road To Justice For The Defendants Arrested By Deputy Notorious For Falsifying Evidence In Drug Cases

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In the hours after being released from jail after an arrest on suspicion of drug possession, many defendants Google phrases like “possible defenses for drug possession charges.”  When you do this, you find out that you can be acquitted if you establish reasonable doubt that the substance the police confiscated from you was an… Read More »

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Real Life “Bad Boys” Cops Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison After Drug Sting

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Nothing is better than seeing your favorite Miami landmarks on the silver screen, regardless of how you feel about the overall movie.  Scarface is a bit too gritty, and The Birdcage is too pollyannaish, but the Bad Boys franchise just might be the perfect Miami flicks.  The movies starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence… Read More »

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DrugCrime

Two South Florida Men Arrested For Trafficking Opioids On The Darknet

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The darknet has emboldened participants in the illegal drug trade.  When you venture into the dark corners of the Internet that search engines cannot access, the photo-realistic graphics are absent, but so is the feeling that anyone can find out anything about anyone with just a few clicks.  It is a feeling of online… Read More »

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A Country Boy’s Journey To A Heroic Medical Career, The Fort Lauderdale Party Scene, And Then Prison

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Before Carlton Cash received his sentence after pleading guilty to drug dealing charges, his lawyer said that Cash was not a “typical defendant,” but no one is.  Many thousands of people get arrested on drug charges in Florida each year, and none of them fits the caricatured profile of the scary monster who wants… Read More »

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BSO Deputies Arrest Father and Son in Drug Bust in Parking Lot of Pompano Beach Eatery

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One of the best things about living in South Florida is that you can always get your fix of sunshine at one of the region’s many reasonably priced, outdoor seating only eateries where the food isn’t too greasy, just greasy enough.  While it might be fun to make key lime pie or lobster bisque… Read More »

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Broward Family Reunites After Draconian Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws Force Parents to Spend 15 Years in Prison

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Mandatory minimum sentencing laws have attracted criticism for a variety of years.  First, they are a classic example of how a conviction for a nonviolent crime such as drug possession can effectively ruin someone’s life; when drug crimes carry a mandatory minimum sentence, getting caught with a single dose of drugs can mean that… Read More »

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Former NYPD Officer Sentenced to Seven Years for Providing Armed Security for Sunrise Drug Deal

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The perks of one’s job are sweeter when shared with family and friends.  What lawyer does not delight in bringing his or her children to the office on teacher planning days and seeing them draw pictures on legal pads, then tear off the pages they used and display their drawings on the fridge?  Many… Read More »

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