Crime

Understanding Drug Possession Charges in San Diego

Understanding Drug Possession Charges in San Diego

Because of the close proximity to Mexico, San Diego has an aggressive drug enforcement practice, making it easier to be arrested for possession. However, it is important to understand how the charges vary, as well as the punishments, depending on the specific case.

It is important to know, for example, that marijuana is still listed as a Schedule I drug, on the same level as heroin, LSD, and mescaline, reaffirmed last year by the DEA, despite repeated attempts to have it listed as a Schedule III drug, and despite its legalization in several states. However, in 2014, California passed Proposition 47, which reduces charges for drug possession for personal use (as well as minor...

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