WASHINGTON,D.C., Feb. 8, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – The California State Legislature will consider a bill to allow judges to order probation, rather than jail or prison for persons convicted of possessing drugs, selling drugs or similar offenses, if the court believes it is in the best interests of justice, based on the facts of the case.
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After being delayed in the beginning of October, the Dallas cite-and-release program was finally approved in Dallas County on Oct. 17, 2017.
CONCORD, N.H., Sept. 15, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — New Hampshire’s bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana will officially take effect on Saturday, making New Hampshire the 22nd state in the nation — and the last of the New England states — to eliminate the possibility of jail time for simple marijuana possession.
Minnesota is the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, so it isn’t particularly known for its marijuana, but the plant has a history with the state dating back when hemp production was common. Hemp became a cash crop in the state but by 1957, the federal government banned hemp production completely. Many marijuana supporters are fighting to make the law more inclusive and hopefully, to legalize recreational marijuana in Minnesota.
In New York, recreational marijuana-use is still illegal, but some New York lawmakers think that it is close to changing.
A new marijuana decriminalization ordinance will go into effect on Sept. 7, 2016, in the township of State College, Penn., home of Penn State. The new ordinance will allow police to issue a summary offense to those possessing or using 30 grams or less of marijuana. Fines would be $250 for possession and $350 for using.
A Memphis, Tenn., councilman soon will offer a marijuana decriminalization ordinance similar to one being discussed in Nashville, Tenn., according to an article at WREG.com. Representatives of Councilman Berlin Boyd said he will introduce an ordinance that would establish a civil penalty of $50 for possession or exchange of half an ounce of pot or less.
In Oregon, a Court of Appeals recently ruled that marijuana smoke is not physically offensive. The case stemmed from a 2012 incident where a Philomath man, Jared William Lang, was visited by local police. One of Lang’s neighbors had called the police because he could smell marijuana coming from Lang’s apartment.
Over the last several years, our nation has been wracked with stories of racial discrimination. From Trayvon Martin to Eric Garner, it seems as if the United States cannot go more than a few months without a tragedy evoking racial tension.
America is two nations when it comes to marijuana: in one it’s legal, in the other it’s not. The result is that people like B.J. Patel are going to jail.