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Cellphone evidence hangs up heroin conviction

Cellphone evidence can be important in drug prosecution. But, police must comply with constitutional rights when using this evidence. Recently, a state appeals court vacated the conviction of a defendant convicted of drug charges related to transporting heroin in retrofitted car batteries because law enforcement officials illegally tracked his cellphone without having a search warrant.

Medical marijuana challenging DUI enforcement

It has been a year since Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana. However, drivers who are authorized to use medical marijuana must take precautions or they may face driving under the influence or other drug charges. Patients should always carry their medical marijuana cards with them when they drive. This will allow police to treat them the same as other drivers who are taking legally-prescribed drugs. However, drivers using prescription drugs or medical marijuana may be arrested for driving under the influence if they drive when they are impaired from these drugs.

Taking-off with pot

States have different laws regarding medical and recreational marijuana. This evolving patchwork has caused confusion on whether airline passengers face drug charges for taking marijuana aboard passenger airliners. The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) announced, in an April 20 social media post, that it does not inspect luggage for marijuana at airports. There are no TSA regulations governing the possession or transportation of marijuana and cannabis-infused products.

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