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  • Utah legislative representatives, prosecuting attorneys, and state officials are pushing for probation and parole reform. The main goal is to cut down on the number of adults in Utah who are on probation and parole and to lower state spending.   According to the Deseret News: "We have a problem of mass incarceration," said Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, a Democrat. [...]

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    Marijuana has been legal in the State of Nevada for almost a year and half now. Since the legalization there has been an uptick in drug related DUI charges. However, two medical students discovered that the way law enforcement were testing drivers was giving out false sportive results. Traditionally enforcement agencies tested suspected drivers with urine tests, which were giving positive [...]

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    Drug related car crash deaths are rising sharply upwards in the past couple years in Utah. Most of the drug related fatal car crash deaths are a result of prescription drugs. According to the Deseret News: Deadly collisions in which a driver tested positive for illicit, prescribed or over-the-counter drugs rose from 67 in 2015 to 72 last year, a 7 percent increase. It's the highest number [...]

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    A women who was arrested during a traffic stop on I-15 in Utah County was found to have 35 pounds of meth in her car. The women, Josie Ricks, was pulled over while driving on the Utah Highway for going 81 miles per hour in 75 mile per hour zone despite slick road conditions. After initially being stopped Utah Highway Patrol Officers suspected Ricks of transporting drugs so they took her to a[...]

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    In March 2016 Lisa Marie Ostler was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for a drug arrest. Lisa began complaining of discomfort and pain. The officers thought she was just going through a drug withdrawal. What they didn't know is that Lisa suffered from Crohn's disease. Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes extreme pain in the digestive system. Over the course of [...]

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    Between June 10th and August 5th of last year many boxes of narcotics and various medications disappeared from the Utah County, Pleasant Grove Fire Department ambulances. Boxes of entanyl, diazapam, ketamine, morphine, and midazolam kept going missing. Before the final robbery the Pleasant Grove Fire Station put up surveillance cameras. They video taped former Utah County firefighter James [...]

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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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