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Marijuana possession is still a crime in North Carolina

Marijuana laws have changed in a growing number of states. North Carolina is one of the states that has taken steps to reduce penalties for possession. Don't let that fool you. Marijuana possession is still a serious crime in North Carolina. The more you have, the more likely you are to face serious consequences. For those with small amounts of marijuana, possession has been decriminalized, meaning the offender will face fines and a criminal record, but no jail time. That doesn't mean that there aren't penalties for marijuana possession, only that the penalties are lower in some cases.

Heroin: an growing problem in North Carolina

The use of heroin and other opioids appears to be increasing throughout the country, according to Fox8. In the year 2015, these drugs claimed more than 33,000 lives, which was a 72 percent increase from the previous year. Among the states that have experienced a rise in heroin use, North Carolina tops the list along with two others. The epidemic is not limited to particular geographic regions or demographics, and it is continuing to infect communities everywhere.

Recovering from drug addiction after prison

Drug addiction is a prevalent problem throughout the country, and North Carolina is no exception. According to Deutsche Welle, prison inmates may still have access to drugs during incarceration. In addition, the monotony of prison life, especially with the prospect of many years left to serve, may become emotionally overwhelming. For these reasons, rehabilitation programs are essential, starting in prison. Programs which have high standards of discipline and work ethic may help inmates focus their energy on recovery rather than addiction and despair. Transition management, which is positive, intentional interaction between inmates and social workers, may also help foster a smoother transition into society for drug offenders.

The Human Costs of Drug Possession Crimes

A newly released report casts a harsh light on the realities of our nation's drug laws. According to the study, someone is arrested for simple drug possession in the United States every 25 seconds. The study, conducted through a joint initiative between the Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union, concludes that drug possession crimes are subject to discriminatory enforcement and calls for decriminalizing simple drug possession crimes.

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