As someone currently facing a drug-related criminal charge in New York, you may have very real fears about the penalties you could potentially face if convicted. In addition to fines and possible substance abuse treatment requirements, among other possible penalties, you may also have to serve time behind bars, which, for many people, is a terrifying prospect.
Across the country, marijuana laws are in a state of flux. In eight states and the District of Columbia, marijuana for recreational use is now legal.
In early August, a man serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense committed in the Syracuse area got an amazing phone call.
The handwriting has been on the wall for handwritten prescriptions in New York for several years now. In 2012, the State Legislature passed the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act, better known as I-STOP.