You may have seen on the news that marijuana laws have changed in much of the United States and Canada in recent years. Many states have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes — though there are still restrictions on how to buy it and how much can be purchased, among other things.

If you felt surprised by this change, it is important to note that drug laws have always changed with time. The way that specific drugs were seen in the public eye largely just depends on what the laws were in that year and how the drugs were portrayed.

Take cocaine, for example, which is highly restricted and illegal. Did you know that people in the 1890s could pick up a Sears and Roebuck catalog and, for $1.50, order cocaine and a syringe? It was legal and it was just viewed as a commercial product. Nothing more.

That’s obviously very different today, but it’s interesting to have some perspective on what these legal changes often look like years after the fact. The “war on drugs” defined many of the more modern laws, starting in the 1970s, and it is these laws that are changing now.

In 2019, the authorities in Alabama still focus significantly on making drug busts and bringing people up on related charges. In some cases, this means performing traffic stops or home searches and then seizing assets that they believe are related to drug sales.

Since this is a priority for the police, it is important for those in Alabama who find themselves facing charges to know all of the legal defense options they have.