Use of recreational marijuana is permitted in Colorado, but there are strict regulations in place when it comes to growing the plants. Only those who are older than 21 may grow marijuana for personal use. There is a limit to the number of plants each person may grow, and also the number of flowering plants an individual can have at one time. Violating those laws could lead to drug charges.
In March 2018, local authorities raided the premises of a Colorado man as part of an operation to identify illegal facilities where marijuana is grown. His arrest followed in May, and his case moved through the court system of the state. In April this year, the 44-year-old man reached a plea agreement to enter a guilty plea to three counts of drug charges.
A 31-year-old man from a neighboring state was arrested recently after a significant load of marijuana was found in the rental car that he used while traveling in Colorado. The driver who faces drug charges was held on a cash-only bond of $50,000. Reportedly, the arrest took place on Interstate 70 at about midday on a recent Wednesday.
Life might become a whole lot easier for people in Colorado who use medical marijuana if the bill currently before a Colorado House committee is passed. It would allow licensed dispensaries to deliver medical marijuana to those with ill health. Although a black market for such delivery services already exists, when the bill passes, there will no longer be a risk of facing drug charges.
Convictions for drug crimes can can have life-long consequences. According to the Denver District Attorney's Office, some people are eligible to have convictions for low-level marijuana-related drug charges expunged. The initiative, known as the Turn Over a New Leaf Program, could result in clearing the criminal record of those with minor marijuana convictions.
There are many aspects of arrests and search and seizure proceedings that are subject to challenge, and in many cases any irregularities documented could be enough to get a criminal case dismissed. A Colorado woman was recently arrested on drug charges at her Grand Junction home. Her legal counsel will likely scrutinize every step taken by the deputies who arrested her and later searched her house.
The Boulder County Drug Task Force recently arrested a man who has no prior felony convictions recorded in Colorado. The Superior resident faces various drug charges that followed an investigation that involved several controlled drug purchases starting in January. The arrest affidavit indicates that the purchaser who carried out the controlled buys reported that the 50-year-old man carried a briefcase containing various drugs that he allegedly obtained on the dark web, using cryptocurrency as payment.
A Colorado Springs woman who allegedly operates a day care facility that is not registered was arrested on a recent Friday evening. Along with drug charges, she now faces multiple other charges. According to a police report, her arrest followed a standoff that lasted approximately one hour.
Anyone in Colorado who faces criminal charges is presumed innocent unless and until the prosecution can prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. For that reason, obtaining the best possible legal counsel who can challenge the formal allegations on which the prosecution's case is based is essential. An attorney can also safeguard the constitutional rights of a defendant facing drug charges.
A drug syndicate in Colorado is accused of using cryptocurrencies to evade taxes in its drug deals. That is but one of the drug charges that were filed against a Longmont man who is the alleged ringleader. He, along with five others, was recently arrested in Weld County and charged with several felonies.