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Bismarck couple facing charges for drug crimes

Engaged couples in North Dakota often spend a considerable amount of time with one another. Much of that time is typically spent in preparation for their wedding and the subsequent life they will build together. Unfortunately, one Bismarck couple was discovered together in their home by police officers and now face multiple charges for alleged drug crimes.

Man charged with firearm and drug crimes

Police officers in North Dakota often respond to calls to investigate certain scenarios. They likely anticipate what actions they may take based on the initial dispatched information. However, in some cases, officers discover a different situation than what was originally communicated. A man from Watford City was recently arrested on several charges of firearm and drug crimes after police encountered him in an investigation of another matter.

Man faces drug crimes charges for trying to sell grass clippings

Like law enforcement in every state, North Dakota police are fighting to keep drugs off the streets. Drug crimes can range from possession to manufacturing and distributing, and the seriousness of the charges increases with the types and amounts of drugs involved. However, one man's purported attempt to sell a cheap knockoff apparently did not fool anyone and landed him in trouble with the law.

Jeff Sessions requiring prosecutors to trigger mandatory minimums

With the number of people incarcerated in the U.S. at unprecedented rates, largely due to long sentences for drug offenders, the trend had been to try to reduce those sentences -- at least for low-level, nonviolent offenders. That was the purpose of a 2013 policy memo by then-Attorney General Eric Holder.

Minn. medical cannabis program shows promise for pain relief

"When our medicines are killers of patients who entrusted their lives and care to use, we need to first stop doing that and then we can go from there," says Dr. Andrew Bachman, CEO of LeafLine Labs, one of Minnesota's two medical marijuana providers. "That's why I'm in medicine."

Federal government: Over-prescribing painkillers is a crime

As a doctor, you may prescribe opioid painkillers, such as oxycodone, fentanyl, morphine and hydrocodone, to help your patients deal with chronic or severe pain. Since opioids are highly addictive, it is considered a criminal offense to over-prescribe them to patients. 

Are treatment programs more effective than jail time for drug addicts?

When a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, they may do things they never before thought possible, such as committing crimes. Addicts often turn to crime to finance their habits or to secure their dealers to keep drugs coming in. In the past, the solution has been to deal with convicted drug offenders by giving them a jail sentence, but statistics suggest that there may be a more effective way to ensure addicts do not relapse or end up back in jail after releases.

The opioid problem in Minnesota

The fact that Minnesota has an opioid death epidemic is indisputable. In 2008, there were so few deaths of this nature that the CDC did not bother to count them individually. However, in 2014, over one hundred people in Minnesota, alone, died as a result of an opioid overdose. Fatalities occur all around the state, but the highest number of deaths happen in rural areas where medical treatment is difficult to reach.

What a reduction to drug sentencing guidelines in Minnesota means

In Minnesota, drug crimes carry hefty consequences, both personally and professionally. Not only could someone end up unemployed -- struggling to find a new job or housing -- but depending on the crime, he or she could also end up behind bars. Going by a recent proposal, though, there could end up being a reduction in the number of people who end up behind bars for certain lower-level drug crimes.

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