Over the last decade, many states including New York have going through the process of decriminalizing cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes. At the end of the most recent election cycle, over half of the nation has legal marijuana use in some form. It would appear as though the nation is making a decision about how they think marijuana should be treated by the federal government. However, the incoming federal administration may have a contradicting view.
An accusation of violating drug laws in New York can be serious. Depending on the details of the charges, a conviction could result in serious criminal penalties including hefty monetary fines and potential imprisonment. Additional, social penalties can also apply. These can include difficulty finding a place to live, getting a job and even losing out on scholarship opportunities.
On Thursday, May 23, 2013, the former child star, Amanda Bynes, who is 27 years old, was arrested once again, this time for allegedly throwing a marijuana bong out the window of her 36th floor high-rise New York apartment building. The building manager, Rudy Toro, called the police when he allegedly saw Bynes smoking marijuana in the lobby of the luxury apartment building. When the police arrived and entered her apartment, it is alleged that there was smoke and the odor of marijuana. It was then that Bynes allegedly threw the marijuana bong out of the window. Oddly enough the bong was not recovered. That is a point an Experienced Criminal Lawyer should and would state to the Court hearing the case.