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How Drug Possession Weight is Calculated in Florida

Mike Riggs recently commented regarding Florida's drug possession laws reporting about a person in Florida who was fired from his job due to what he, and one person in possession of LSD, deem to be a mandatory minimum within the drug law.  The "inordinate mandatory minimum" within the drug law that he wrote upon, dealt with the medium in which the LSD was fixed.  In this case, he had or roughly 25 doses of LSD fixed to paper, which would weigh, without the paper, 4-5 milligrams.

 I do not know how the e-mailer exactly got away with his claim that this was just a small quantity of LSD, however because it was fixed in a medium, he qualified for a mandatory minimum sentence under the guidelines.  Even though 25 doses isn't necessarily a "small" amount of LSD in the eyes of an average jury, it had a devastating effect on his life which was out of proportion to his crime.

This raised an interesting comment made by Greg Newburn of FAMM (Families Against Mandator…

The Truth about DUI's in Florida - Duval County

DUI's are a big business, here in Duval County.  According to http://trialstats.flcourts.org/ in 2010, roughly 3,300 DUI cases were "disposed" of by the State of Florida and the State Attorney, the publicly elected official in charge of such "disposal" either by conviction, amendment, or trial.

The first 6 months of 2011 netted approximately 1500 new DUI cases, which shows a good estimated average of 2800-3200 individuals in Duval County arrested every year for driving under the influence.  One immediate private interest with an interest in DUI enforcement is the Northeast Florida Safety Council.   Current fees associated with DUI School are listed at: http://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/dui_prog.html

The Northeast Florida Safety Council operates as a non-for-profit corporation, and has a general lock on operations pertaining to DUI school.  Another level of profit which is woven into the system has to do with the network of the Northeast Florida Safety Council and the …