The standard of justice that the United States is supposed to follow is one rooted in the notion that one is presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty. That doesn't always play out in actual court proceedings, however, as the case of one young Chicago man that made the news reveals.
This is a really good question. The answer at the moment is, no. But if you had asked just a few months ago, the answer would have been, it depends. The reason the answer is a lot clearer today is because of a number of court decisions declaring the law unconstitutional.
"Mind-boggling." "Almost unheard of." That's how one unidentified top police official is reportedly describing a planned influx of FBI agents on the streets of Chicago.
There are many different drug offenses that have federal charges associated with them. One is drug cultivation.
If we look at portrayals of pregnant women on television, it is almost always women who are taking expensive prenatal vitamins, going to numerous doctors' visits, and attending birthing and parenting classes. This is not a reality for every Illinois woman, however. There are some women who, because of a heavy dependence on drugs, are unable to avoid illegal substances.