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Houston-Area District Attorney Reduces Penalty For Marijuana Possession

Houston-Area District Attorney Reduces Penalty For Marijuana Possession

Houston-Area District Attorney Reduces Penalty For Marijuana Possession

If law enforcement officers in Harris County, Texas, find someone in possession of less than four ounces of marijuana, the officers will take the marijuana and require the possessor to sign a contract to attend a drug-education class. Kim Ogg, the District Attorney of Harris County, Texas, has decided as of March 1, 2017, she will no longer prosecute most marijuana cases.

Despite Legalization in Some States, Fewer U.S. Teens Can Easily Find Pot

Despite Legalization in Some States, Fewer U.S. Teens Can Easily Find Pot

Despite marijuana legalization in some states, new data from an ongoing survey reveals fewer 8th graders know how to find pot easily. In 2016, the Monitoring the Future survey revealed, 34.6 percent of 8th graders self-reported they could easily access weed, down 2.4 percent from the previous year.


Maryland Panel Mulls New Policy For Prospective Cops Who Smoked Pot

Maryland’s Police Training and Standards Commission has recommended reducing restrictions on prospective officers who have smoked pot, according to The Baltimore Sun. The Police Training and Standards Commission was created by the state legislature last year following concerns about officer accountability.


Medical Marijuana Laws Do Not Increase Pot Use Among Kids

Kids are not more likely to smoke pot in states where medical marijuana has been legalized, at least according to a new study. “There were only increases in marijuana use and in the perceived availability of marijuana use after the enactment of these laws among adults aged 26 and up,” study leader Dr. Silvia Martins said.


Colorado Legislators Reject Organic Label for Pesticide-Free Marijuana

A Colorado Senate committee voted 4-3 not to extend organic labeling to pesticide-free pot, the Associated Press reported on May 4, 2016. Some committee members feared an organic label on marijuana grown without chemicals would be considered an endorsement of its healthiness.


The Rise of ‘Weed Inc.’

About $1.5 billion a year already — but most of that is from medical marijuana. First legally approved for medical uses in California in 1996, pot is available on prescription in 20 states and the District of Columbia, to relieve pain in conditions ranging from cancer to “writer’s cramp.” So even before Jan. 1, 2014, known as “Legal Day One,” more than 2.5 million Americans carrying special cards could buy weed from licensed dispensaries.

Pot Banking

Pot Law and Pot Banking

Support for some form of legalization seems pretty broad, even if the coalition is strangely assembled of aging hippies, parents seeking medical treatment for desperately ill children and libertarians. The laws of the 23 states (including the District of Columbia), that permit some legal use of marijuana also protect different activities.


NFL Rethinks Marijuana

The debate on what should happen to marijuana convictions has already started, and will continue for as long as federal law is out of harmony with states like Colorado and Washington.

The discussion has spread to the NFL, with Cleveland Brown’s Josh Gordon likely sitting on the bench for 2014. As Toronto Sun points out, pot is hardly performance enhancing, so why can’t players roll their own? The NFL is there to police a sport, not the nation’s ethical contradictions.

Christie Long Shot

Christie, Never Is a Long Shot

On April 21, 2014, CNN’s Political Ticker reported on a pessimistic exchange on Christie’s monthly “Ask the Governor” radio spot. His response to a probe concerning the benefits of legalizing marijuana was the flat retort, “You say it’s going to come down the road. You know it may come down the road when I’m gone. It’s not going to come while I’m here.”