U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced recently that federal prosecutors don't have the resources to focus on minor marijuana violations such as possession, although the cases could still be prosecuted under state law. This adds a bit of clarity to federal marijuana policy after Sessions reversed an Obama-era policy that had urged U.S. attorneys to avoid such cases.
This blog has previously discussed the possibility that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was about to crack down on marijuana offenses.
The opioid crisis continues to be a challenge, both from a public health and from a criminal justice perspective. Last week, President Trump's commission on the opioid crisis called for several new measures to deal with the worst drug crisis in American history.
What crimes do you consider to be the most serious? Murder? Child sex offenses? Even drug trafficking might be a reasonable choice. Most people believe we should apply the harshest sentences to the most serious crimes, and most have an idea of which are the most serious.
One of the things that can make drug crime cases particularly complicated is their potential to involve a great number of charges.
The type of drug a given drug case is alleged to have involved can have very big impacts here in Wisconsin. It can even have major effects in drug paraphernalia cases. Specifically, a person accused of this type of offense in the state could be exposed to especially major consequences if the alleged paraphernalia involved is related to meth production.
Police here in Wisconsin turn to a lot of different methods when it comes to drug crime enforcement. This includes well-known police tactics like detailed investigations, undercover operations, property searches and using informants. It can also include some less traditional tactics, such as tactics involving social media.
Among the things a person could end up facing federal drug charges in relation to is alleged criminal activity involving synthetic drugs. One of the more well-known examples of such drugs are "bath salts."
Many different things can end up having a big impact in cases in which a person is facing charges of distributing drugs here in Wisconsin. This includes where the alleged drug distribution is alleged to have occurred. This is because, here in Wisconsin, distributing drugs in certain locations can lead to a person facing a higher max sentence than would typically be available for the offense of drug distribution.
Agencies of the federal government, such as the FBI, get involved in many ways when it comes to drug issues in states. For one, they sometimes work with state and local agencies to study a particular drug problem in a state.