Category: Drug Charges

How Do Cops Test Drugs?

How do cops test drugs? Imagine you are pulled over for speeding and, as you are talking to the police officer, he says “what’s that,” as he points to a crumb of soap on your floorboard. The officer asks you to step out of the car, mumbling something about backup into his radio as you [..]

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Can Cops Tell the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana?

Can cops tell the difference between hemp and marijuana? In most cases, the answer is no – hemp looks like marijuana, smells like marijuana, and no field test allows them to determine the THC content. The difference between the two is that industrial hemp cannot contain more than .3% THC – nowhere near enough THC [..]

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Marijuana Trial? Not Without a Chemist…

How do you win a marijuana trial? When the prosecution does not call their chemist as a witness in a marijuana trial, the drugs do not come into evidence. No drugs = directed verdict (when the court “dismisses” the case at the halfway point because there is insufficient evidence for a guilty verdict). Every case is unique, [..]

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Drug Dog Fail

A police officer was caught on video abusing his K-9 partner after the drug dog failed to give him probable cause to search the car of someone he pulled over. In the video, an officer walks his K-9 partner around a car – which he pulled over because its windows were tinted – to sniff [..]

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Can Police Test Your Fingerprints for Drug Use Now?

New technologies that make it easier for police to identify suspects and charge them almost always present courts with constitutional concerns. One that is quickly making its way here is drug tests from fingerprints… Whether it’s widespread use of license plate readers or the vast array of surveillance tools used by the National Security Agency, [..]

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