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The new frontier of illegal and legal drugs

People in Iowa, especially younger people and college students, may have heard a lot about the state of drug use across the United States and wonder what it means for them. While many states and cities around the country have moved towards the decriminalization of drug possession, especially marijuana, Iowa law is as strict as ever when it comes to penalizing drug offenses.

This puts some Iowans in a difficult spot. After all, it seems kind of crazy that someone can buy and smoke marijuana openly in Colorado, but as soon as they cross over into Iowa, they may be considered to have committed a felony. This is an issue that plays out every single day in Iowa and across the country. People who legally buy marijuana and marijuana infused products in Colorado may bring these items back to Iowa, but even in quantities only for personal use, they could still face serious drug charges if they are caught.

Take, for example, a college student in Iowa who goes on a Colorado ski trip over spring break. Let's say his roommate asks him to bring him back some marijuana-infused baked goods and he complies, but is caught when he drives back into Iowa. This person could face drug charges, including not only possession, but potentially distribution, as well. Iowa police and state troopers may even be extra vigilant when pulling people over and attempting car searches in order to look for the presence of these readily available drugs.

It's important for every person in Iowa to know their 4th Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure and to know an experienced criminal defense attorney they can call if they face potential arrest or criminal charges related to drug offenses. J. Dean Keegan and Thomas D.S. Farnsworth have been helping Iowans fight drug charges since 1992 and they are currently accepting new clients for consultation.

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