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Anti-Drug Legislation Matrix

Complete the matrix by selecting three states to add below Federal. Then, answer each question listed in the first row for each corresponding law.

Is marijuana illegal?
What are the penalties for possession of cocaine?
What are the penalties for possession of heroin?
What are the penalties for possession of prescription drugs? What is the blood alcohol level for a driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) crime? Is there extreme DWI or DUI? If so, what is the punishment?

Federal
Yes
Minimum of 5 years
First time possession is 1 year.
First time distribution is 15 years.
Minimum 1 year and up to $5,000 dollar fine
0.08
No specifications.
Florida
Yes
Maximum 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines
Maximum of 30 years in prison and a maximum of $10,000 in fines Penalty depends on exact prescription, However, one could be charged with a DUI. 0.08
Does not have this law.
New Jersey
Yes
Fines up to $35,000 dollars
10-20 years of imprisonment.
Depending on prior offenses a person could serve up to 10 years depending on distribution, or using themselves. 0.08
Does Not have this law.
Washington
Yes
Maximum of Five years
Maximum of ten years
A misdemeanor offense, depending on how many convictions a person may just have probation. 0.08
Does not have this law.

1. Where do you see the largest variance between federal and state anti-drug legislation? I see the largest variance in the amount of time a person has to serve for each drug. It seems like a smaller sentence through states but the federal government seems to give harsher punishments. Each state was basically the same laws for each.

2. What is the purpose of anti-drug legislation in relation to public order crime? The anti-drug legislation purpose was to stop the use and distribution of drugs. People went from respectable individuals to no caring about anyone or anything but drugs. Families started...
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