I have a question about buying seeds online. How worried should I be about this type of transaction (law enforcement, interception, etc.)?
Buying drugs through the mail is big business. When it comes to seeds, there is a risk of getting caught (drug-sniffing dogs can detect seeds), but it’s certainly less risky than buying skunky bricks of ready-to-smoke marijuana through the mail, which is also pretty common these days. Or cocaine. Postal inspectors and customs agents have limited resources and budget woes, just like the rest of us, and they don’t have the manpower to fully investigate every package that passes through their hands. According to the U.S. Postal Service, “In 2009, Postal Inspectors seized from the mail more than $4 million in proceeds related to illegal drugs.” When you think about it, that’s really not very much, for an entire country for a whole year, for a whole array of substances. Far more drugs are getting through than not, and your seeds are not their highest priority.
But do some research into where you order from. Read the FAQ section on their site and send them e-mails to ask questions to get a feel for how they do business and how professional they act. If the site looks sketchy and is filled with typos and pop-up ads, than it’s probably a sketchy business. Also, know that if you order from Amsterdam or any other obvious location, that’ll draw more suspicion than from someplace more anonymous. If the order does get intercepted it will be confiscated, but chances are that’s all that will happen. Keep your order small so that the attention you draw to yourself, and your potential losses, will be minimal.
Recently I was arrested for possession of weed, less than an ounce. I went to court and they want to give me two years probation. The public defender says that he cannot do anything to help me. What are the laws pertaining to possession of weed in CT, and could you possibly tell me roughly what would be the average sentence given in regard to this? I was not arrested, I was given a ticket. I go to court this week, so if you can respond ASAP I would very much appreciate it.
Yikes, sorry to hear this. So let me get this straight … you were arrested for possession of weed, but you were not arrested, you were given a ticket? Well, whatever really happened, as long as you don’t have previous offenses (and maybe even if you do), you’ll just be getting a half-hearted slap on the wrist, like this probation you speak of. Or maybe they’ll just have you do some community service. Nothing too life-changing. You could try hiring a lawyer that specializes in defending drug charges. It will cost you some money and the outcome is uncertain, but a lawyer that spends all their time finding loopholes for clients like you is more likely to get you off the hook than a public defender who isn’t particularly motivated to spend their time on such a small case.
Attorney John J Ghidini III of Cheshire (jghidinilaw.com) weighed in on this issue. He says, “The short answer to your question depends on the defendant’s prior history. No prior history and charged with less than 4 oz., the defendant can use a pre-trial diversionary program. If the defendant cannot use a program, a first offense for under 4 oz. is a max penalty of one year in jail and $1,000 fine. ... A fine and an unconditional discharge is a common resolution for a simple possession charge,” he says. “ Just remember all cases are different and the resulting sentencing is a result of numerous factors.”