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  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox approved the initiative to start a campaign to gain signatures for a petition to legalize medical marijuana in Utah. The petition is being led by the Utah Patients Coalition and the initiative gained approval from from state officials after support of the ten meetings held throughout the state. The Utah Legalize Medical Marijuana Petition needs to collect 113,143 signatures [...]

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    A retired police officer was recently arrested with over 200 pounds of marijuana in his truck in Tooele, Utah. Edward Jasper Hansen, 67 was charged two months ago with over 100 pounds of marijuana possession, a Third-Degree Felony and delivering drug paraphernalia which is A Class Misdemeanor. Edward Jasper Hansen is a former Atlanta, Georgia police officer. He used to work with in the [...]

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    Drugged drivers now cause almost as many car crashes as drunk drivers in Tooele and throughout the entire state of Utah according to 2016 data. Drugged drivers accounted for close to 40% of crashes were someone has been killed. It is still less than the close to 60% of fatal crashes caused by drink drivers. This rise in drugged driving crashes is attributed to the rise in prescription pill use,[...]

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    The state of Nevada officially began selling recreational marijuana on July 1st, but there is still not a dispensary in West Wendover, Nevada the town that shares the border with Wendover, in Utah. West Wendover is currently planning on having a medicinal marijuana dispensary opening in the town soon, which should pave the way for recreational marijuana sales soon. Utahan's are watching how [...]

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    Offenders who have been convicted of petty drug crimes and have subsequently improved their lives deserve a second chance. That is the thinking behind a Senate Bill that passed a couple years ago in the Utah that will allow certain drug offenders to expunge their criminal records in Utah. Expunge Your Utah Criminal Record.   Presently, Utah law allows the expungement of certain [...]

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    Utah's statistics on fatal pain pill overdoses are prompting law enforcement to embark on a new way to combat crime. Nationwide data reveals that prescription drug overdoses of pain meds have tripled in the last decade. In 1999, 4,000 overdoses were reported; in 2008 the number jumped to 15,000. Ranking fourth in fatalities, Utah law enforcement, doctors, and pharmacists have decided to band [...]

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    The Justice Reinvestment Initiative in Utah, which is also known as HB 348, was approved by legislators a couple years ago. It brings sweeping reforms to drug possession crimes, making all first- and second-degree drug possession felonies misdemeanors and over 240 misdemeanors infractions. In addition, drug-free school zones are now 100 feet from a school or church instead of 1,000 feet.  [...]

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    When someone is charged with a drug crime for the first time, he or she is likely very concerned about what could happen. He or she will also likely have a multitude of questions. An attorney experienced in drug charges can provide a great deal of information on how to proceed from the point of arrest. One of the opportunities available to some defendants in Salt Lake City is drug court. There[...]

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    Many people are familiar with search warrants, but only so far as what they have seen on television or in the movies. The actual process in Utah to get a search is quite involved. In fact, the process is set this way in order to protect the rights of citizens from unlawful search and seizure. The two elements of a search warrant are the application for the warrant and the search warrant itself. [...]

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    Many people wonder when a police officer can search their vehicles. In Utah and across the rest of the country, police are limited to when they can search someone's car. The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution protects people from unlawful search and seizures. Police must have your permission, a search warrant or a valid reason to search your vehicle or your constitutional rights will be [...]

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