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Dayton DUI Attorney Charles Rowland > Posts tagged "war on drugs"

Drugged Driving – Dude, I’m Injured Not Stoned

DRUGGED DRIVING - IS THIS PERSON INJURED OR STONED? When a law enforcement officer comes upon a crash scene he or she may suspect illicit drug use. Their training, the  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration manual and common sense dictate that no suspicion of drug use be  assumed without evidence. When a case involves medical problems, a drug investigation (DRE, drug recognition expert evaluation) should not be performed. This is the rule per NHTSA. The government wants to avoid confusing possible drug use with the observations really being medical issues. Where the NHTSA manual states in a situation like this, "your primary...

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day: A Call To Action

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - A Call To Action I am celebrating this Martin Luther King Jr. Day by joining my voice with the chorus who recognize the "War on Drugs" is a racist construct that must be concluded.  Our decades-old war on drugs is a racist conspiracy. It was designed to unfairly incarcerate blacks to profit government agencies and corporate America.   In an article in the Huffington Post, Dylan Ratigan and Russell Simmons wrote, "A Federal law passed in 1986 allowed law enforcement agencies to seize drug money, and use it to supplement their budgets. Grabbing cash connected to drugs...

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Ohio House Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

For years, I have dedicated myself to ending the mistaken "War on Drugs" and treating addiction like a medical condition and not a crime. Today was a day I thought I would never see. The Ohio House of Representative passed a medical marijuana bill with support from both parties. This will give Ohio families much needed access to a medicine that has proven effective in other states. Can I get charged with OVI while driving under the influence of marijuana? Watch the video. ...

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Thanks Miami Valley NORML

On May 16th, I was honored to speak to Miami Valley NORML about how to properly handle a police interaction.  I was also able to pledge the continued support of myself and my office in helping to end the scourge of drug war arrests and make marijuana legal in Ohio. I have devoted most of my professional life to ending the failed War on Drugs.  The speech focused on many ways to know and exercise your rights.This may be the year that Ohio joins other states in re-legalizing marijuana. Miami Valley NORML is an indispensable partner in making this happen....

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Ohio State Highway Patrol – Ohio’s Drug Warriors

A state law passed in 2012 banned knowingly possessing hidden compartments in vehicles that are designed to conceal elicit drugs or evidence. The Ohio State Highway Patrol has used this law in their role as Ohio's leading drug warriors. Since 2012, OSP has tallied 24 cases of hidden compartment violations and counting.  Punishments are steep with charges ranging up to a second degree felony.  In addition, the car is crushed.If you are involved in a traffic stop, expect that the trooper is looking to convert the stop into a drug investigation.  Drug citations growing! More than 7,000 violations were tallied in...

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Ruling Could Doom Ohio Stoned Driving Rules

 Stoned driving laws took a hit this week when Arizona ruled that per se limits on marijuana could not be applied.Ohio has adopted a draconian impairment law that punishes drivers for having a metabolite of marijuana in their system.  In effect that means that you are stoned driving if you smoke or ingest marijuana the metabolite "hydroxy-THC" that will remain in your body long after the "high" has dissipated.  This means that you may be "impaired" for purposes of the law, but not in any way be impaired by the drug.  If you visit Colorado to legally use recreational marijuana...

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Rowland Participates In Drug Debate

Charles Rowland was honored to participate in a debate as part of the Heroin Seminar at Ohio Northern University which was sponsored by the Department of History, Politics and Justice.  The debate on the legalization of heroin was the culmination of an ongoing academic discussion of recognizing, understanding and fighting the abuse of heroin in the community.  Prof. Kevin Hill, a professor of law at Ohio Northern University spoke on behalf of keeping heroin illegal and subject to criminal sanction.  "Prof. Hill was one of my professors and he is a powerful advocate," said Rowland.  Professor Hill's  arguments for keeping...

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Aggravated Drug Trafficking vs. Drug Trafficking in Ohio

Because of the high-profile nature of drug offenses, trafficking in drugs has overlapping federal and state jurisdiction.  The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act is the legal foundation of "War on Drugs" in the United States. The Act regulates the manufacture, possession, movement, and distribution of drugs in our country. It places all drugs into one of five schedules, or classifications, and is controlled by the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Federal Drug Administration.  Ohio law, as set forth below, adopts this drug classification system.  Drug trafficking can be charged as...

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Illegal Bath Salts, A Primer

Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) (“bath salts”, “Ivory Wave”, “plant fertilizer”, “plant food”,“Vanilla Sky”, “Energy-1”) Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) is a designer drug of the phenethylamine class. MDPV is structurally related to cathinone, an active alkaloid found in the khat plant, methamphetamine, and methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). MDPV is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant and it was first seized in Germany in 2007. The abuse of MDPV is increasing, particularly in Europe and Australia. MDPV has been identified in products called “bath salts” which are sold on websites based in Europe.  MDPV is not approved for medical use in the United States. MDPV (1-(1,3-benzodioxol-5-yl)-2-(1-pyrrolidinyl)- 1-pentanone; Chemical Abstract Service...

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