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Despite Its Religious and Medicinal Uses, Salvia Divinorum Is Illegal in Pennsylvania

By Gary E. Gerson |

Is it a healing herb or a dangerous drug?  Since ancient times, people in the plant’s original homeland have prized the plant’s leaves for their effect on the mind and body, and a counterculture in the United States embraced the plant in a big way.  Sensing its allure with young people, the plant’s detractors… Read More »

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The Smell of Marijuana Is Not a Valid Reason for Police to Search Your Car Without a Warrant

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In Pennsylvania, marijuana is legal in all but name.  For several years, Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis program has made it legal for patients with qualifying medical conditions to possess small quantities of smokable or non-smokable cannabis products, provided that they have a valid, state-issued medical cannabis card.  Furthermore, many cities in Pennsylvania have decriminalized possession… Read More »

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Gov. Wolf’s Proposal: Legalize Recreational Marijuana and Use the Proceeds to Fund Restorative Justice Efforts

By Gary E. Gerson |

Governors of Pennsylvania may only serve two terms, and Gov. Tom Wolf is currently serving his second one, so he is not eligible to seek reelection in 2022.  Since he took office in 2015, the circumstances in which a person can be sentenced to jail or prison for cannabis possession have become fewer.  The… Read More »

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Hopewell Man Charged with Vehicular Homicide in Connection to DUI Crash

By Gary E. Gerson |

How much trouble can you get in for driving drunk?  It depends on several factors.  First, repeat DUI offenses get harsher punishments than first-time offenses. The case of Rose Ann Davidson, the Texas woman currently serving a life sentence for her sixth DUI conviction, despite that she has never caused an accident, is both… Read More »

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Latrobe Police and K9 Zeus Search Vehicle and Seize 10 Bricks of Heroin

By Gary E. Gerson |

If the police find drugs in your possession, it does not automatically mean that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  Depending on the quantity of drugs found and on whether you have any previous convictions, you might be eligible for pretrial diversion instead of a conventional sentence.  If you do go to trial,… Read More »

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Elizabeth Borough Police Chief Charged with Stealing Heroin from Police Department Evidence Room

By Gary E. Gerson |

Even before the public awareness campaigns of the 1980s that attempted to scare young people out of using any kind of illegal drugs, heroin had a reputation as the scariest drug.  It was not only the drug’s potency that led to its fearsome image, but also the dangerous circumstances associated with the lives of… Read More »

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Woman arrested on drug charges in Pittsburgh

By Gary E. Gerson |

Being arrested on drug charges for possession of man-made narcotics such as heroin and prescription pills like oxycodone can land a person in jail for a long time, especially if the police can prove that you were attempting to distribute the drugs. A woman from Pittsburgh was arraigned on Tuesday for an arrest that… Read More »

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Twenty-two arrested on drug charges

By Gary E. Gerson |

Serious crimes that involve drugs and drug charges are not taken lightly by Pennsylvania courts or jury members. Many people who find themselves in a battle against the state because of alleged drug crimes will often see that the odds are stacked against them well before they even step foot in the court room…. Read More »

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Drug charges from a search and seizure

By Gary E. Gerson |

When someone is arrested for possession of drugs, a criminal defense attorney’s strongest defense will usually concern what type of drug is found and whether or not the suspect’s constitutional rights were infringed upon. These are generally the key components to a drug charges defense. Of course, getting stopped and frisked by police officers can be… Read More »

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Bell likely to have drug charges dismissed

By Gary E. Gerson |

When most people are arrested on drug charges for a small amount of marijuana, it isn’t really all that newsworthy. Instead, you usually only end up reading about pounds of pot being confiscated or a huge, multi-state heroin ring being taken down by the DEA. But here in Pittsburgh we love our Steelers, so it’s no… Read More »

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