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Less than two weeks ago, the state of Illinois became the 11th state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Beginning in 2020, residents will be permitted to legally possess cannabis. However, there are restrictions on the amount, and cannabis trafficking will still be illegal unless you are licensed.

In light of this legalization, an Illinois man was recently sentenced to prison for purchasing 42 pounds of marijuana-infused chocolate online. The man was sentenced to four years in prison for the Class X felony of possessing more than 5,000 grams of a substance containing cannabis.

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Arlington Heights drug crimes attorneyWhile law enforcement says that the number of methamphetamine lab arrests has decreased over the last few years, the number of actual users – those arrested for possession and other related crimes – seems to be increasing throughout the state of Illinois. Some Illinois residents may view this as a positive, but it actually shows a lack of insight and understanding of addiction. What is more, research is suggesting that the increase of arrests and convictions does not actually improve society. Instead, it creates more problems in the future.

Behind the Addict

Meth is a highly addictive substance that can change even the best of people. Yet law enforcement officials and the criminal justice system seem to overlook the person behind that addiction. They fail to see the family of those affected. Most of all, they do not consider the external and internal factors that can often lead to addiction. For example, those who live in poverty are more likely to suffer from a substance addiction, as are those who suffer from mental illness.

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