The problem with determining what is considered drug paraphernalia is that many objects used to manipulate and cultivate controlled substances can also be used for legitimate reasons. If you find yourself caught up in a suspected paraphernalia case, you should know that South Carolina law provides many different ways that a court can evaluate whether an object is truly drug paraphernalia.
There is a constant push for society to help fight the drug problem before it even begins by making sure kids understand the dangers of drugs and alcohol. No matter where you live in South Carolina or any other state, you have access to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. This organization is quite influential in helping in the fight against drugs.
Every day you hear about people dying due to heroin in South Carolina. It may make you wonder how so many people started using such a dangerous drug and continued to the point of addiction. It all leads back to the overprescribing and overuse of prescription opioids. Heroin is cheaper and easier to get opioid that provides the same feeling or high as the prescription alternative.
Many states across the country have adopted medical marijuana laws, which allow people with certain medical conditions to use marijuana products to treat their symptoms. South Carolina currently has a bill, called the Compassionate Care Act, being looked at by lawmakers that would legalize the medical use of marijuana. It is important to note that under this law, medical marijuana would mean marijuana byproducts that are not psychedelic. In layman's terms that means it does not get the user "high." The benefits from these products are specifically for relief from medical symptoms. While many support the act, there are also many who do not, including law enforcement.
Addiction is not easy to handle. It is often a factor in drug-related crimes, but is prison always the answer? If you know someone who is struggling with addiction or have yourself, you might be inclined to suggest an alternative - like drug court.
Marijuana law reform has been getting a fair amount of coverage in the press over the last few weeks. Following the voting cycle on November 8th, California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts have fully legalized medical and recreational use of marijuana for legal adults. Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota and Florida have all legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes.