A look back at some of what state legislatures worked on in August related to guns, alcohol, marijuana, drugs, policing and litigation, and the environment
As more laws are passed it gets easier to add more and more fines onto the original offense without much notice. Case in point – one week ago on March 24th, 2017 the Governor of Tennessee signed a law which effectively increased the maximum fine for possessing less than a half ounce of marijuana by 10%, doubling the minimum fine at the same time.
There are now multiple stretches in the US where merely taking a step in any given direction can mean the difference between possessing a felony quantity of marijuana and being fully within the confines of the law. Knowing the laws of those states is more important than ever.
Over the past week people from all around the country and the world converged on northern Nevada to create one of the most unique events one can find in the world today, but with a half dozen law enforcement agencies patrolling the area, openly and undercover, actively running sting operations and looking to make busts, many people risk getting caught up in something far more serious than they think.
Mississippi is the only state in the country to allow an open container of alcohol to be present while driving. Under 66-11-30 of Mississippi’s penal code a person in considered driving under the influence if their blood alcohol concentration is above 0.08, however there is no law concerning drinking while driving
Normally federal law applies to all states and localities with no exceptions. However, there are many examples of where states have passed legislation directly contradicting federal law. While the federal government has the power to intervene and enforce their laws at any time, they have not taken much action for a few key laws.