In recent years, many states have all but eliminated their criminal laws which prohibit marijuana possession. On January 1, 2020, Illinois became the latest state to legalize recreational weed. However, marijuana possession is still illegal in Texas. As a matter of fact, the Lone Star State has one of the toughest marijuana possession laws in the country. A single joint could mean up to six months in jail.
No matter where it occurs, drug trafficking is a serious felony. Note that monetary exchange is usually not an element of drug trafficking. Giving unused Oxycontins to a friend or co-worker, even without a quid pro quo, could be considered drug trafficking.
Ordinary possession charges, which could be misdemeanors or felonies, account for over 80 percent of the drug cases in Parker County. This high percentage is probably a byproduct of the 1980s war on drugs. Back then, perhaps because of the fictional and news media, most people saw drug possession as a criminal matter.
Attitudes are changing about marijuana, but North Texas peace officers are more aggressive than ever when it comes to these charges. Nationwide, officers mad a marijuana-related arrest once every forty-eight seconds. Over 90 percent of these arrests involved simple possession.
Since 1999, drug overdoses have killed about 800,000 Americans. That fatality rate makes poisoning one of the leading causes of injury-related death in the United States. Many of these fatalities are directly related to prescription drugs, mostly painkillers. Other fatalities are indirectly related to prescription drugs. Many heroin users first became addicted to opioid painkillers.
Even though most states have legalized marijuana, at least for medicinal purposes, the number of drug possession arrests has increased sharply since 2017. Texas laws are particularly harsh in this area. Drug possession laws mandate stiff penalties, even if the amount of drugs is very small.
Redshirt junior Shai Werts should start against LSU on August 31, after laboratory tests confirmed that the "cocaine" he had in his car was bird poop.
According to the FBI, police officers make one drug possession every twenty seconds. So, simple possession is by far the most common drug charge in Texas. Although possession of marijuana is usually a misdemeanor, illegally possessing any other controlled substance, including a prescription pain pill, is usually a felony.
Most Tarrant County drug crimes are simple possession cases. That's true for 85 percent of drug cases overall, and over 90 percent of marijuana prosecutions.