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Police increasingly focused on vape cartridge crimes

The recent health concerns related to vaping have had many effects. This includes an increased focus by law enforcement on a certain class of drug crimes. Specifically, police have recently been upping their investigatory and enforcement efforts against illegal THC-laced vaping cartridges. It is thought such cartridges may be connected to the recent mysterious lung illness that has arisen in connection to vaping.

Pot arrests down, but convictions steady, in Minnesota in recent years

Recent years have seen a lot of changes in both policies and public opinion regarding marijuana here in the U.S. Given this, one might wonder if Minnesota has seen any notable shifts in how common it is for people to face arrest and major consequences in relation to pot over this time. Statistics cited in a Star Tribune article from earlier this year shed some light on this.

Minnesota currently seeing upped DWI enforcement

With summer coming to an end and Labor Day weekend approaching, the next couple of weeks may be ones full of festivities for many Minnesotans. However, in the midst of all this fun, it is very important for individuals to be careful about how they act on the road. Missteps could lead to serious consequences, such as being accused of drunk driving.

Seeking a new approach concerning drug offenses

Many Minnesota residents, particularly young people, struggle with substance abuse issues. Currently, our country is facing an opiate epidemic. Synthetic drugs are also often easily obtainable for drug users. And the use of drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and marijuana continues.

Phone passwords raise new questions regarding police investigations

What police can and can’t do during investigations is a critical issue. It touches on a wide range of things, from the fairness of the justice system to people’s rights. In recent years, new technologies have raised all kinds of new questions when it comes to this issue.

Minnesota considering lifting ban on voting while on felony probation

Being accused of drug crimes can sometimes leave a person facing felony charges. The stakes are very high in such cases. Given this, skilled defense guidance is a critical thing for a person to have when facing such allegations.

Prosecutors increasingly choosing not to focus on marijuana crimes

This week, the local prosecutor in Baltimore announced that her office would no longer prosecute cases of marijuana possession, regardless of the quantity involved or the defendant's criminal record. Moreover, her office will attempt to vacate nearly 5,000 previous marijuana convictions.

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