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Pennsylvania Bill Would Decriminalize Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana

Filed under: Drug Crimes by Contributor @ December 5, 2018

On October 9, 2018, the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee voted to move forward on a bill that would decriminalize possession of a small amount of marijuana (that is, 30 grams or less) statewide. To become law, the bill – House Bill 928 – must be approved by both the Pennsylvania House and Senate and be […]

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Campus Public Safety Officers Are Not State Actors Under Fourth Amendment

Filed under: Criminal Law, Drug Crimes by Contributor @ November 6, 2018

Can public safety officers search a dorm room without permission or a warrant? In a recent case, Commonwealth v. Yim, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held the trial court committed no error of law or abuse of discretion in making its determination that Villanova University Public Safety Officers were not state actors for purposes of the Fourth Amendment. […]

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Consent to Search: Roadside Canine Sniff Exceeded Scope of Consent PA Supreme Court Says

Filed under: Criminal Law, Drug Crimes by Steven F. Fairlie @ November 1, 2018

On October 17, 2018 the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held in Commonwealth v. Valdivia that a canine sniff of Defendant Randy Valdivia’s vehicle exceeded the scope of consent he had give police to search his car following a traffic stop. The Court held that for that reason the approximately 20 pounds of marijuana found in Valdivia’s […]

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Bucks County Diversionary Program for Drug Possession

Filed under: Drug Crimes by Contributor @ June 5, 2018

A new diversionary program for drug possession cases has been created by an Order signed by Bucks County President Judge, The Honorable Jeffrey L. Finley.  Starting on July 1, 2018, those charged with drug offenses under Sections 780-113(a)(16) (possession), (31) (possession of a small amount of marijuana), and (32) (possession of drug paraphernalia) of the […]

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Pennsylvania’s Good Samaritan Law

Filed under: Drug Crimes by Contributor @ November 22, 2017

At the end of 2014, Pennsylvania’s new Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Immunity Law went into effect. The law provides major changes to Pennsylvania’s drug laws by providing immunity for both individuals experiencing an overdose and those who attempt to save their lives. In an effort to encourage bystanders and/or friends of an overdosed person to […]

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