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Illinois moves to expunge low-level marijuana convictions

"We are ending the 50-year-long war on cannabis," said Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said in a statement recently. The state has just legalized the possession of marijuana for personal recreational use. Medical marijuana is also legal in Illinois.

DEA agents routinely target Amtrak passengers for searches

If you're traveling by train and a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent asks to search your bags, you have the right to refuse. Law enforcement only has the right to search you or your belongings if they have probable cause to believe you are committing a crime. Most of the time, when officers ask for your consent to search, they do not have probable cause.

Sessions: Justice Dept. won't prosecute small-time weed offenses

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.

Federal opioid advice, Walker signs bill to fight fentanyl sales

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.

Reversal: Sessions says to crack down on low-level drug offenders

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.

Meth-related paraphernalia charges can be particularly serious

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.

Sarcasm in drug crime enforcement?

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.

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