Recreational marijuana is fully legal in the state of California, making it one of the few states to decriminalize the consumption and ownership of this drug. What comes as a surprise to many however is the fact that marijuana could still lead to criminal charges. While marijuana itself might have been legalized, there are a variety of restrictions to be aware of. For this post, we’re looking at ways in which you could still be charged with marijuana-related crimes in CA.
The Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act (also known as the STEP Act) has been used to combat gang and gang activity all across California. In place for over three decades, the STEP act has provided law enforcement with sweeping powers in order to push back against the countless violent gangs that have organized in the state. Unfortunately, the STEP act can be used to indiscriminately target gang members and unaffiliated people alike. For this post, we’re exploring how gang crimes are targeted and prosecuted in California.