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Will Tennessee be the next state to legalize medical marijuana?

If you are a Tennessee resident who suffers from an illness that might benefit from cannabis, a/k/a marijuana, treatment, you will be happy to know that a bill has just been introduced in the Tennessee House of Representatives. If passed into law, this bill would legalize medical marijuana in our state.

Drug enforcement and investigative bodies

Tennessee state authorities are often involved in narcotics crimes investigation and, either directly or indirectly, in the trials of those standing accused of drug charges. Understanding the nature of these state organizations and their limitations under the law is often essential to anyone seeking to disprove spurious narcotics accusations. 

2 defense strategies for fighting a prescription drug charge

Law enforcement everywhere is cracking down on the abuse of prescription medications. If you find yourself facing an illegal prescription drug charge in Nashville, you might be wondering what you can do to avoid a conviction. Drug charges are very serious and can derail your life in ways you cannot imagine. A conviction can result in jail time, a fine, a criminal record and other penalties. It is important for you to act swiftly to improve the chances of a favorable outcome. 

Can My Car Be Searched If It Smells like Weed ?

Want to avoid a drug charge ? Driving around the State of Tennessee with your car smelling of weed is an open invitation of having your car searched.The U.S.Supreme Court has held there is an automobile exception to the requiremnt to have a search warrant. Here is the bright line rule, if police have probable cause to search a vehicle or a container within the vehicle, a warrantless search may be made of the vehicle and containers contained therein likely to conceal the object of the search.

An overview of Tennessee marijuana laws

As opinions about marijuana are changing across the country, so are laws. Several states have legalized some form of medical or recreational use of cannabis, but where does Tennessee stand? You may be wondering what the state laws say and what the future holds for marijuana laws in Tennessee

What is a controlled substance?

The stereotype for someone facing drug charges is often a homeless, desperate person who has an uncontrollable addiction. While there are people in Tennessee who meet this description, there are many others who don't. Quite often, it is everyday people who get mixed up with drugs and the judicial system.

When law enforcement cannot search a car for drugs

Tennessee drivers who are pulled over for a traffic violation should be aware of their rights regarding when a law enforcement officer can search their vehicle for drugs or anything else. The Legal Information Institute explains that these traffic stops are often called Terry stops based on the landmark 1968 U.S. Supreme Court decision in .

Are drug courts effective?

If you receive a drug charge in Tennessee, there is a chance that you may receive an offer to enter a drug court program as an alternative to imprisonment. Whether you receive such an invitation will depend, at least to some extent, on your criminal history and the details surrounding your crime.

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