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Category Archives: Drug Charges

Pennsylvania Comes Step Closer to Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

A pair of Pennsylvania state senators recently introduced a bill that would legalize marijuana in the state. The proposed legislation comes several weeks after Governor Tom Wolf proclaimed himself to be in favor of such legalization. Under the bill proposed by Sens. Daylin Leach (D) and Sharif Street (D), adults age 21 and older would […]

Pennsylvania Governor Seeks to Pardon People With Marijuana Convictions

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf voiced his intention earlier this fall to pardon people with past marijuana convictions, as the state also continues to mull the legalization of recreational marijuana. What would the process of receiving a pardon or an expungement look like, from a practical standpoint? Here’s a quick overview. The possibility of a marijuana […]

‘Operation Ice Dog’ Leads to 18 Arrests in Berks County

A recent drug bust called “Operation Ice Dog” in Berks County resulted in 23 people being charged with crimes. The bust itself netted 18 arrests, while five other suspects remained at large. The charges included attempted homicide, conspiracy and dealing drugs like methamphetamine, fentanyl and prescription opioids. At the press conference announcing the bust, Berks […]

More Americans Dying from Opioid Overdoses Than Car Crashes

For the first time, Americans are now more likely to die from an opioid overdose than a car accident. According to a recent report from the National Safety Council, Americans have a one-in-103 chance of dying in a motor vehicle crash in their lifetimes, but a one-in-96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose. U.S. […]

Sale of Prescription Drugs Can Yield Serious Penalties

It is illegal for anyone without a license to sell or give prescription drugs to another person. These drugs must come from licensed healthcare professionals — and only to people who have valid needs or prescriptions for the drug. This has become an increasingly prevalent issue throughout the United States, with prescription painkillers like Vicodin […]

An Overview of Marijuana Laws in Pennsylvania

While Pennsylvania is still lagging behind some other states in terms of legalizing marijuana, the state is not completely archaic. In 2016, the state legalized marijuana consumption for medicinal purposes. Below is a quick overview of some of the marijuana laws currently on the books in Pennsylvania: Possession: State-approved medical marijuana cardholders may possess up […]

18 People Arrested in Major Drug Bust in Reading

Law enforcement officials in Reading recently arrested 18 people in connection with a drug trafficking organization. The bust, called Operation K-O’d, was the result of an investigation that began in May, 2018 when a concerned citizen informed police of suspected drug activity at two locations in the city. Upon investigating, police discovered the distribution network […]

Are Felony Drug Charges Helping Deter Opioid Use in Pennsylvania?

Drug-related deaths and overdoses are on the rise across the country, and Pennsylvania is one of the states hit the hardest by the opioid crisis. In fact, earlier this year, the state declared the epidemic a state of emergency, indicating just how serious the problem has become here. One of the tools state officials are […]

Private Money Flooding Pennsylvania to Fight Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis has been the subject of considerable national attention over the last several years. The issue has been especially pressing locally, as Pennsylvania is one of the states with the highest numbers of opioid overdoses. It’s perhaps unsurprising that there has been a lot of debate among law enforcement officials and the state […]

Murder via Breastfeeding: A Crime Made Possible by Opioids

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has long stated that even infants of new mothers battling addiction can benefit greatly from breastfeeding. However, the organization does recognize the varying circumstances at play when mothers are addicted to drugs. In Pennsylvania, one mother has been charged with criminal homicide after her 11-week-old son died from a combination […]

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