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Synthetic marijuana is illegal, even if you buy it at a store

For years, a semi-legal market for synthetic substitute drugs thrived in the United States, including here in Georgia. There were a whole range of products, from pills called Molly intended to duplicate the effects of MDMA to bath salts which gave a stimulating high similar to that of meth or cocaine. These drugs were almost all created using so-called "research chemicals" imported from China. Labeled as not for human consumption, they were sold to people who clearly intended to consume them.

Herbal incenses, also called synthetic marijuana, K2, Spice or other brand names, were certainly one of the most popular synthetic drugs around the country. While very few locations still sell "watch cleaner," "plant feeder pills" or Flakka to people, plenty of convenience stores and gas stations still stock herbal incense brands. Smoking these items is a crime at both the state and federal level, just like possession of actual marijuana.

Has your prescription drug addiction lead to criminal charges?

For many people, opioid, opiate and even heroin addiction start with an illness or injury. One day, something happens that causes serious pain. It could be a car accident or joint replacement surgery. Whatever the reason, you seek out medical care. Your doctor, in turn, provides you with a prescription for very strong and highly addictive painkillers. When your underlying condition improves, your prescription ends. Unfortunately, your dependence on the medication does not.

In order to maintain a basic quality of life and stave off the terrible symptoms of withdrawal, you find yourself talking to a co-worker, friend or neighbor about his or her unused medication. You start buying pills from people, sometimes for incredibly marked-up prices, to keep yourself healthy and functioning. It doesn't seem like a big deal, until law enforcement finds the pills in your possession.

Marijuana offenses in Georgia can result in serious jail time

More and more states are legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use. Unfortunately for those who enjoy the plant in Georgia, the Peach State isn't one of them. While the state has enacted and expanded a medical marijuana program for those with serious medical conditions, the average citizen cannot own, use or grow marijuana legally.

Combine that with the fact that social stigma around marijuana has decreased substantially in recent years, and you have a perfect recipe for a large number of non-violent criminal offenders to enter the Georgia criminal justice system.

Respecting a restraining order is important during divorce

When someone you were once close to gets a restraining order against you, it can be devastating. You probably want answers and closure. Unfortunately, any attempt to speak with the other person could leave you in a legally complicated position.

The courts in Georgia generally take a dim view of those who violate restraining orders for any reason whatsoever. You could face incarceration if you knowingly violate a court-issued restraining order. In cases of divorce, violating a restraining order during divorce proceedings could skew the entire process in favor of the other person.

Medical marijuana in Georgia: What's the status?

Medical marijuana is not completely legal in Georgia. State legislators passed a law in 2015 permitting Georgians to use cannabis oil in very specific medical treatment circumstances.

The current law s, however, do not allow farmers to grow marijuana for cannabis oil. This forces doctors and patients to buy cannabis oil from expensive out-of-state producers. Even worse, the transportation of marijuana over state lines is risky because it's a federal offense, and it could land you in prison.

A deeper look behind bars in federal prisons

Perhaps, you were merely in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or, maybe you made certain choices that, if given the chance to go back in time, you wouldn't make again. These and other situations often lead to trouble with the law regarding illicit drug activities in Georgia. A deeper look into the current federal prison system and better understanding of your options, if you have already been charged with a drug crime, may help you determine how best to proceed in your particular situation.

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