Amidst Controversy Over Anthem Protests, NFL Endorses Drug Sentencing Reform

Amidst Controversy Over Anthem Protests, NFL Endorses Drug Sentencing Reform | Phillip Smith

Caught up between players who insist on exercising their right to call out racial injustice in a manner of their choice and a scapegoating president who demands the league stifle what he deems unpatriotic protest, the National Football League has reacted in a surprising and progressive way: In a Monday letter to leading senators, the […]

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Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Advocates Urge Towns to Allow Regulated Businesses, Follow Marshfield Example

Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Advocates Urge Towns to Allow Regulated Businesses, Follow Marshfield Example | Marijuana Policy Project

BOSTON, MA — Towns passing legal cannabis bans and moratoriums are guaranteeing continued market control by criminals and street dealers, the group behind the legalization measure passed by voters last November said today. The group praised Marshfield voters for rejecting a measure at a town meeting yesterday that would have banned marijuana retail facilities in […]

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Senate Heavyweights File Sentencing Reform Bill

Senate Heavyweights File Sentencing Reform Bill | Phillip Smith

A bipartisan group of Senate heavy-hitters have filed a bill aimed at reducing the swollen federal prison population by moving away from harsh mandatory minimum drug sentences, among other reforms. But it’s not completely reformist. The measure is a mixed bag, a product of lengthy discussions among senators seeking a compromise that could actually pass […]

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Wine Country Fires Hit Northern California Pot Industry Hard

Wine Country Fires Hit Northern California Pot Industry Hard | Phillip Smith

The wildfires raging through Northern California’s Wine Country these past weeks have killed at least 41 people, left dozens missing, and thousands burned out of their homes. They have also put a significant hurt on the region’s namesake wine industry, and its up-and-coming country cousin, the weed business. As of this week, more than 5,000 […]

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Controversial New Hampshire Marijuana Study Commission to Hold First Meeting Tuesday

Controversial New Hampshire Marijuana Study Commission to Hold First Meeting Tuesday | Marijuana Policy Project

CONCORD, NH — On Tuesday, the inaugural meeting of New Hampshire’s marijuana legalization study commission will take place in Concord. The commission, which was created by the passage of HB 215, is tasked with studying the potential impacts of legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana for adults’ use. The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. in Room 201 of […]

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In Pennsylvania, Blacks Are 8 Times More Likely Than Whites to Be Arrested for Marijuana Possession

In Pennsylvania, Blacks Are 8 Times More Likely Than Whites to Be Arrested for Marijuana Possession | Justin Strekal

African Americans in Pennsylvania are over eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession offenses than are Caucasians, according to an analysis of statewide arrest data by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU Pennsylvania report reviewed arrest data for all 67 counties from 2010 to 2016. Excluding Philadelphia, which decriminalized cannabis possession […]

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San Antonio, TX to Institute ‘Cite and Release’ Policy for Marijuana

San Antonio, TX to Institute ‘Cite and Release’ Policy for Marijuana | NORML

SAN ANTONIO, TX — Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood has announced plans to shield minor marijuana offenders from receiving criminal records. Under the forthcoming policy, low level marijuana possession offenders will be cited rather than arrested and taken to jail. Defendants who complete a pre-trial diversion program, which may include taking a class and/or engaging in community service, will […]

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Legal Marijuana in Colorado Has Helped Reduce Opioid Related Deaths, Study Finds

Legal Marijuana in Colorado Has Helped Reduce Opioid Related Deaths, Study Finds | Paul Armentano

Retail cannabis distribution in Colorado is associated with a reduction in opioid-related mortality, according to data published online ahead of print in The American Journal of Public Health. A team of investigators from the University of North Texas School of Public Health, the University of Florida, and Emory University compared changed in the prevalence of […]

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Atlanta Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Becomes Law

Atlanta Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Becomes Law | NORML

ATLANTA, GA — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has signed legislation amending citywide marijuana possession penalties. Members of the Atlanta city council unanimously approved municipal legislation last week decriminalizing cannabis possession offenses. Ordinance 17-0-1152 amends local law so that possession offenses involving up to one ounce of cannabis are punished by a civil fine of no more than $75 — no arrest, […]

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DEA Report: Uptick In Marijuana Seizures In 2016

DEA Report: Uptick In Marijuana Seizures In 2016 | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Seizures of indoor and outdoor cannabis crops reported by the US Drug Enforcement Administration rose in 2016, according to annual data compiled by the agency. According to the DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Statistical Report, law enforcement confiscated more than 5.3 million marijuana plants nationwide in 2016. The total is a 20 percent increase over the […]

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