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What to know if you are charged with marijuana possession

The country's laws about marijuana are changing. States like Colorado and California have legalized the drug. Though Tennessee lawmakers have introduced bills that would legalize marijuana for medical use, no bills have become law. Marijuana is still illegal for recreational and medicinal use, and possessing and growing the drug is not legal either.

What is possession with intent to distribute?

There are many residents of Memphis who have been charged with a drug crime. Drug crimes can bring serious consequences to those who are convicted. One drug crime that is commonly mentioned is possession with the intent to distribute. So what does intent to distribute mean?

What are potential defenses against drug possession charges?

Drug charges often carry severe penalties, therefore, those accused of such crimes frequently seek to either clear their name or reduce the charges he or she is facing. Whether it is based on presumed personal use or the intent to sell, drug possession charges could greatly impact the personal and professional life of the accused, even if it is the first time he or she is charged. Because of that, it is important to note some possible defenses against this charge.

Have you been arrested on prescription drug charges?

For many Memphis residents, prescription drugs are necessary to help with extreme pain and other ailments. Tennessee has strict controlled medication laws that makes it difficult for those who need these medications to get them. And for those who have these medications without a prescription there are serious consequences for possession.

Department of Justice indicts 11 in drug distribution ring

Tennessee residents may be interested to know that at least 11 people have been indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice on conspiracy charges. The nature of the charges revolved around the accused people allegedly conspiring to possess methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it.

The penalties for marijuana related acts in Tennessee

Some residents in Tennessee may have engaged in the use of marijuana at least once in his or her life. While marijuana may seem harmless - with the states such as Colorado even legalizing recreational use - in the state of Tennessee it is still an illegal drug. A person who is convicted of drug charges may face harsh penalties that amount to prison time, fines and a ruined personal and professional reputation. This is a brief overview of marijuana laws in Tennessee.

Have you been arrested for possession of illegal prescriptions?

Drug crimes in Memphis are aggressively prosecuted. Media coverage of those who have been charged with these drug crimes can be over the top and make it seem like they are guilty before they are proven so. Additionally, the penalties faced upon conviction can be severe, even for those found possessing prescription drugs without a valid prescription or with intent to distribute the prescription medication.

What kind of penalties can drug manufacturing bring on?

In Tennessee, as in the rest of the United States, drug manufacturing is a serious crime. The legal system does not tolerate those who are accused of drug manufacturing and a person who is convicted of such crimes can face serious consequences.

Diversion can be an option for those charged with drug crimes

Drug crimes in Memphis are common. Thousands of people face minor drug charges each year and being convicted on these charges can have serious consequences. A criminal record can be devastating for a person's professional and personal reputation. A diversion may be an option for those who are facing drug charges and do not have an existing criminal record.

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