WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — The Department of Justice is expected to reverse an Obama-era policy today that discouraged federal prosecutors from bringing charges against marijuana users in states where marijuana is legal.
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PHOENIX, Ariz., Dec. 14, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Maricopa County Attorney William Montgomery has decided not to challenge the most recent ruling upholding Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act, as the deadline of December 11 to seek review by the United States Supreme Court has passed.
In the past five years, eight states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational marijuana for adults. Today, 68 million people live in areas where marijuana is treated like alcohol or tobacco.
LANSING, Mich., Nov. 15, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) announced today that it has added more firepower to its growing coalition of marijuana reform advocates with the addition of the National Cannabis Industry Association.
On Sept. 12, 2017, the Arizona Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal to a case challenging state medical cannabis laws.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 6, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Yesterday, the Drug Policy Alliance and ACLU of California filed a lawsuit against the City of Fontana challenging a city ordinance that is in conflict with Proposition 64 (also known as the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” or “AUMA”).
After a vote from the state House of Representatives, a New Hampshire marijuana decriminalization bill is headed to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk. On June 1, 2017, the House approved House Bill 640, which would reduce the penalty for minor possession of marijuana.
Although opinions of marijuana have started to shift in the United States toward legalization, marijuana-related arrests exceeded the total number of arrests for violent crimes in 2015.
On June 19, 2016, during the California Democratic Party’s executive board meeting in Long Beach, the board voted to endorse the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, a ballot initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.
On June 14, 2016, the California chapter of the America Civil Liberties Union officially endorsed the Adult Use Marijuana Act, which would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.
OAKLAND, Calif., May 31, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — New data analyses conducted by the Drug Policy Alliance and ACLU of California find that racial disparities in marijuana policing have persisted, following the reduction of low-level marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction in 2011.
Weekly CannaBit for the week of April 4, 2016: Arrests for marijuana-related offenses in Washington, D.C., began falling in 2011, but since city residents legalized adult use in 2014, the decline has been dramatic. Total arrests have fallen 95% since 2011, and arrests for possession alone have fallen 99% over the same period.
Folks in Delaware who oppose the war on drugs received an early Christmas present from the state this past week.
On Dec. 21, 2015, the Pittsburgh City Council voted 7-2 to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
The Commonwealth of Virginia is rich in history, home to beautiful beaches, rich mountain ranges, and some of the most regressive drug policies in the entire United States, according to a new report authored by Shenandoah University professor and researcher Jon Gettman and published by the Drug Policy Alliance. The report showed a consistent increase in both arrests and racial disparity.
A judge has denied a petition to dismiss a lawsuit filed against a fabric company accused of violating a Rhode Island woman’s civil rights by denying her a paid internship based upon her use of medical marijuana.
On Monday, July 13, 2015, President Barack Obama announced that he would commute the sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders held in federal prisons.
While drug testing is not new, the legalization of recreational marijuana in states like Washington, Colorado, Oregon and Alaska has added a question mark for some employees.
A proposed Illinois bill currently in the Senate would amend the state’s Cannabis Control Act, reducing penalties for small amounts of cannabis. And the act just might be the change Illinois needs to address racial disparities in arrests and incarceration.
In New Jersey, the advocacy group United New Jersey for Marijuana Reform (NJUMR) made its presence known to the world this week as it held a press conference in Newark to call for the legalization of recreational marijuana.
There was once upon a time when California was the model of cannabis reform. In 1996, California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana; and many expected the Golden State to be the first to legalize recreational marijuana.
Washington, D.C., December 9, 2014 /Weed Wire/ — Media sources are reporting that members of Congress are negotiating provisions to a government funding bill that would block the nation’s capital in its efforts to legalize marijuana.
(CNN) — Clearly something is broken when a Missouri man named Jeff Mizanskey can be sentenced to die in prison for purchasing seven pounds of marijuana. With two nonviolent marijuana convictions already on his record, Jeff received life without parole under Missouri’s three strikes law.
Court watchers sat on the edge of their seats this week, watching the conflict between federal and state marijuana law play out in the city council meetings of a tiny rural Washington State town. The local ordinance, drafted specifically to ban pot businesses, incorporated federal law by reference.