Law enforcement agencies in California and around the country are struggling to contend with a flood of THC vaporizer cartridges that have been linked to deadly lung diseases. Drug users like vaporizing marijuana because it is discrete and avoids the distinctive aroma produced by smoking it, but many of the THC cartridges being sold on the street and in unlicensed dispensaries, which are often made in basements and backrooms, have been linked to serious health problems.
On Nov. 19, California authorities announced the arrest of 50 people in connection to a drug ring reportedly run by the Norteño street gang. The arrests were apparently the culmination of a three-month investigation.
Using illicit drugs like crystal meth often results in serious legal issues, including jail time, mandatory drug rehabilitation, and fines. It also takes a toll on your physical and mental well-being, and these effects may be permanent depending on how long you abuse the drug. WebMD explains some of the health effects of crystal meth use, many of which can be severe.
If you are facing a drug possession charge in California, you may think prison time is unavoidable. The good news is that possession is now classified as a misdemeanor, which means the consequences are less severe than they would be if it was a felony. With the right defense, you may be able to avoid jail altogether.