DUI doesn't always mean that a driver was under the influence of alcohol. Take for example two Pittsburgh Steelers who were pulled over yesterday. Running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were charged with possession of marijuana following a routine traffic stop. Bell was the driver of the car and was charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, although both men were in possession of marijuana. The traffic officer who pulled the car over noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer found a 20 gram bag of marijuana inside the car. The DUI charge is a misdemeanor. Both Bell and Blount will receive summonses in the mail that will include the date on which they must appear in court.
When FL Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill last month that legalizes the use of a non-euphoric strain of marijuana to treat serious medical conditions (epilepsy, Lou Gehrig's disease, cancer, etc.), he opened up a new era in the drug war.
It needs to be said again: When it comes to marijuana, Florida is not Colorado.
It's hard to beat back progress. The "drug war" is becoming increasingly unpopular, especially when it comes to marijuana. It seems like many states are ready to become the "new" Colorado, and Florida is one of them.
When Colorado made marijuana legal for recreational use, some believed that they were hoping up a "pandora's box" full of weed. What's been opened instead are less crimes for possession, prisons with less non-violent criminals and $14 million within the first month of legalization. Which added over $2 million of tax revenue into the state.
Drug arrests occur each day in the Orlando. While it is common to hear or read about one or two people being arrested at the same time, on occasion, larger groups of people are taken into custody at the same time. Last month a total of 19 individuals were arrested at the same time. Those people have been accused of being involved in a drug ring.
There are a variety of different drug crimes a resident of the Orlando area could find that they are facing. Some have to do with distribution of the drug, others, the manufacture. In still other cases, depending on the drug, an individual might find that he or she has been charged with growing it. This is the case for an Orlando man who was recently arrested in Clermont.