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Why Humans Drink & Get High

Why Humans Drink & Get High Before undertaking this kind of topic, a few things need to be clarified.  The medical, treatment, and law enforcement communities can disagree about the different ranges between alcohol or drug "use," "abuse," and "addiction."  Not all people who have tried alcohol or drugs have "abused" them.  And not all individuals who have used mind-altering chemicals have experienced "addiction".  Thus, this discussion postulates the multifaceted reasons why humans as a species are drawn to these experiences in the first place.  For a long time now, the notion that "getting high" to have fun or "running away...

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California Senate Seeks to Raise Punishment for BHO Labs

Punishment for BHO Labs Could Soon Be Aggravated Felony California's Senate approved a bill to increase the punishment for BHO labs in the state this week, further showing the growing sentiment against the manufacturing of Butane Hash Oil (AKA: BHO, Dabs, Wax, Shatter, etc.). The current punishment for BHO labs is already a felony.  But the pending legislation could allow judges to increase the severity of the sentence for the charge where the activity is conducted in a residential area.  Senate Bill 212 passed unanimously by a bipartisan vote and will now move forward for consideration by the State Assembly. Supporters of the bill...

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How Long is a DUI on My Record?

For How Long is a DUI on my record? Once you successfully complete the term of probation, you can apply for an expungement to get the conviction off your criminal record. The value of this is that you don't have to disclose your conviction to employers. However, just because the conviction is expunged from your record doesn’t mean it is gone, it is still a priorable offense if you get another DUI within the next ten years. A priorable offense means that the court may consider another DUI within ten years when sentencing you on a second or third DUI. Can I get...

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A Rare Glimpse Into the Blurred Lines of Justice

It's not often the public gets to see this kind of justice-system drama. But the 9th Circuit described it as alarming. And the AG's were put into a difficult position because of it. OC Weekly provides a look into the ruling that could carry shockwaves down the road. Here's the Link: http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2015/02/moxley_confidential_tunstall_dekraai_goethals.php ...

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Marijuana Bread in OC Tests Positive for Synthetic Cannabis

A popular Epiphany bread sold by a local bakery that left over 40 people sick has resulted in an investigation that has revealed synthetic marijuana among the ingredients. Synthetics, sometimes referred to as "spice" mimics the psyoactive properties of cannabis have been found to be more dangerous than the real deal. Under California Law, it is illegal to sell or distribute synthetic cannabinoids under Health and Safety Code 11375.5(a). Two separate investigations are pending based on the additional involvement of the Orange County Health Care Agency. ...

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Newport Beach Police DUI Jingle

It's lighthearted, doesn't go too far, and keeps to the point. Check out Newport Beach Police Department's holiday jingle to not drink and drive. Have a safe holidays everyone! Some Basics on DUI Arrests and DUI Charges Nobody expects to spend the night in jail for driving drunk.  That's the problem.  Few DUI cases involve someone actually being the kind of "drunk" that we think of.  There are PSA's out there that tell us "driving buzzed is driving drunk".  There's a little bit of truth to that statement in that many DUI clients (if not most) didn't think they were really drunk. The...

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Do Drug Charges Show on Criminal Background Checks?

Criminal Background Checks California's Central Criminal Records Repository All fifty states, including California, has a central repository where criminal records are stored. Upon arrest or conviction, local law enforcement agencies and courts are supposed to transmit the information to the repository. California's central records repository is located at the Department of Justice. The repository is tasked with maintaining the records and limiting their dissemination to the public, as laws have been passed in California to greatly limit access with few exceptions. Private employers still often want to check the background of employees and many procure records in other ways. A recent survey revealed...

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Dabs are Rising…Are you a Target for Police?

By Vjiced (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Butane Hash Oil What is it?  Butane Hash Oil is a type of concentrated cannabis made from high-potency marijuana leaves. The way it's made is by pouring liquid butane through a tube that contains cannabis and extracting THC from the plant matter. The THC remains in the butane until it reaches a container at the end of the tube, and because butane is a volatile chemical that evaporates at -1 degrees Celsius, all that's left in the container after the butane evaporates is an oily THC residue. The process concentrates the THC to a...

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Can Using Ecstasy as Therapy Make a Good Defense?

It’s been well documented so far that PTSD can take too long to treat through traditional talk-therapy and that anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds only ease symptoms instead of treating the patient. Therefore, growing research supports the streamlined approach that responsible use LSD, MDMA, and other psychedelics can be the key to curing many individuals that suffer from ailments such as PTSD (as many as 5 million people who suffer from the effects of emotional trauma). But would therapeutic use of MDMA or Ecstasy provide a good defense to person facing criminal drug charges? The answer: Maybe. A person is not guilty of possessing...

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Anti-Drug Advocates Furious Over Miley Cyrus Video

In collaboration with Moby and The Flaming Lips, Miley Cyrus has caught heat over her recent video depicting her of foaming at the mouth while laying on a bed surrounded by pills. Advocates are up in arms about Cyrus' depiction of a drug overdose in light of her hospitalization for falling ill to an allergic reaction to medication. Whether the project was intended to spur debate or draw awareness to something the general public does not yet understand remains to be seen. However, most criticism comes from those concerned over the impression s made on younger fans of the pop star....

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