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Arizona House Panel OKs Felony for Rule-Breaking Pot Doctors

Arizona House Panel OKs Felony for Rule-Breaking Pot Doctors

Arizona House Panel OKs Felony for Rule-Breaking Pot Doctors

An Arizona House panel on Thursday approved a proposal making doctors who sidestep rules for medical marijuana recommendations guilty of a felony.

Bipartisan Group of Senators Urges FinCEN to Stay the Course on Cannabis Banking

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – A bipartisan group of Senators, led by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), today urged the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to keep in place guidance that has enabled some financial institutions to provide banking services for legitimate cannabis businesses in states that have legalized medical or recreational cannabis.

Atlanta city leaders split on future of marijuana enforcement

Atlanta City Leaders Split on Future of Marijuana Enforcement

The political debate over marijuana enforcement has split Atlanta residents, but now a new proposal may be getting a red light. City council members are ready to move on a proposal which would reduce the penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana, but signaling out of City Hall may put an end to that movement.

Jeff Sessions: Marijuana 'Only Slightly Less Awful' Than Heroin

Jeff Sessions: Marijuana ‘Only Slightly Less Awful’ Than Heroin

On March 15, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a speech to law enforcement officers in Richmond, Virginia, on his mission to fight violent crime and bolster public safety. It was during his discussion of drugs that Sessions brought marijuana into the conversation, reinforcing a stance that he has previously communicated.

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.

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Calls For Legalization of Marijuana

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Calls For Legalization of Marijuana

A justice on the Brazilian Supreme Court has called for the legalization of marijuana and even harder drugs as a means to ending violence among drug gangs, according to a Feb. 10, 2017, article from Reuters. The justice, Roberto Barroso, is a constitutional law professor who was educated at Yale University in the United States.

Grower Hit By First Reported Violent Crime at a Licensed Oregon Marijuana Farm

Grower Hit by First Reported Violent Crime at a Licensed Oregon Pot Farm

When four masked robbers assaulted and tied-up James Bowman in the early hours of Dec. 16, 2016, they committed the first reported violent crime at a licensed Oregon marijuana farm. The robbery underscores a complaint about law enforcement among licensed marijuana farmers, who have experienced thefts, robberies and break-ins, if not any reported violent crimes.

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Idaho Mom Charged After Giving Her Daughter Marijuana For Seizures

An Idaho mother is trying to get her children back after being charged with giving marijuana to her 3-year-old daughter, according to FirstCoastNews.com. Last month, Kelsey Osborne of Gooding, Idaho, attempted to stop her daughter’s seizures by giving the child a smoothie that included a tablespoon of marijuana-infused butter.

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Legal Marijuana Industry in Canada Will be Bigger Than Alcohol, Study Says

A study by Deloitte says legal marijuana in Canada will become a $22.6 billion industry, surpassing all alcoholic beverages combined. The soon-to-be-released, 11-page report, titled “Recreational Marijuana: Insights and Opportunities,” says fulfilling the demand for recreational pot will require 600,000 kilograms annually.


FBI Statistics Show Marijuana Arrests Dropped in 2015

In 2015, U.S. arrests for simple possession of marijuana dropped to their lowest level in 19 years, according to the Washington Post’s Wonkblog. New data from the FBI showed a 7 percent slip between 2014 and 2015, when 574,641 were arrested for simple possession. The 2015 figure sits at the end of a 25 percent slide from 2007.


Nashville Could Decriminalize Possession or Exchange of a Half-Ounce of Pot

Some city officials in Nashville, Tenn., the country music capital of the world, are considering the decriminalization of a half-ounce or less of marijuana, according to an Aug. 10, 2016, article in The Tennessean. The decriminalization would apply to the amount whether it is possessed or exchanged.


Texas Legislators And Business Leaders Argue For Decriminalization of Pot

Legislators and business leaders in Texas are making the case for decriminalizing marijuana in their state, according to a July 18, 2016, article in the Austin American-Statesman. They are trying to address a common problem. Minor, nonviolent drug offenses often prevent people from getting jobs due to their criminal record.


In Missouri, Marijuana-Related Offenses Now Can be Expunged

In Missouri, non-violent marijuana-related crimes can now be expunged from public records, according to RiverfrontTimes.com. Gov. Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 588 on July 13, 2016. The bill allows those convicted of non-violent drug-related crimes to appeal to expunge their records of felonies after seven years and misdemeanors after three years.

New Orleans

New Study Finds Racial Disparity in New Orleans’ Pot-Related Arrests

A new study finds African-Americans are arrested far more than other groups for marijuana-related crimes in New Orleans. The Vera Institute of Justice looked at police statistics from 2010 to 2015. The study found 85 percent of those charged with marijuana-related crimes other than distribution were African-American.

New Jersey

Legalization of Marijuana in New Jersey Could Bring $300 Million in Taxes

A new report says legalization of marijuana in New Jersey could bring the state $300 million in annual taxes. The report, released by New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform and New Jersey Policy Perspective, draws on federal data estimating 365,900 state residents 21 years of age and older use 2.53 million ounces of pot annually.

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THC Levels Not an Adequate Measure of Driving While Impaired

AAA’s safety foundation released a study that revealed the THC level in a driver’s blood is not an adequate measure of driving while impaired, the Associated Press reported on May 10, 2016. The study showed a driver’s impairment cannot be judged by a standardized level of THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana.

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Florida, Considers Decriminalization Ordinance

Following its neighboring city of Tampa, Fla., the city of St. Petersburg, Fla., is considering an ordinance that would decriminalize marijuana, according to an April 28, 2016, report by Fox 13. On April 1, 2016, the penalty for possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana in Tampa shifted from arrests to citations.


Mexico Making Moves on Recreational Marijuana

On Nov. 4, 2015, Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation approved personal use of marijuana, including growing, harvesting, preparing and possessing the plant, for the four plaintiffs addressed in the court’s ruling.


California Fights BHO Extraction And Illegal Grows

In California, Gov. Jerry Brown has recently signed into law a bill, SB 212, which increases the penalties on individuals caught manufacturing marijuana concentrate products through Butane Hash Oil extraction. Using the BHO extraction process in a residential area will become an aggravated felony.


Previewing Regulation of Recreational Marijuana in California

It’s no secret that medicinal cannabis is big business in California, the first state to legalize medicinal marijuana. If a ballot initiative legalizing recreational marijuana passes in November 2016, business is going to get bigger.


Washington One Year Later: A Report

Earlier this month, the Drug Policy Alliance released its report, “Marijuana Legalization in Washington After 1 Year of Retail Sales and 2.5 Years of Legal Possession.” It is essentially a story of what did not happen to crime rates and usage among youth. But industry watchers know a lot has happened in Washington State over the last year.


South Florida Makes Minor Moves On Marijuana Reform

Although the Florida legislature failed to pass meaningful marijuana reform, two of the state’s largest counties, Miami-Dade and Broward, are considering two nearly identical measures that would allow law enforcement to punish marijuana possession with fines instead of just arrests.


Does American Legalization Challenge Mexican Cartels?

One of the ongoing rationalizations for the legalization of the drug trade in the United States has been to stop the associated crime that comes with prohibition. The drug trade across the Mexican border is one of the bloodiest on a regular basis.


MJ License Restrictions Thwart ‘Ban the Box’ Employment Laws

“Ban the Box” or Fair Chance to Work laws are state statutes that limit an employer’s ability to ask an interviewee about arrests and convictions. Most job seekers assume that checking the box banishes an application to oblivion.