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The prison industrial complex is bankrolling efforts to keep pot illegal

The Prison Industrial Complex is Bankrolling Efforts to Keep Pot Illegal

The Prison Industrial Complex is Bankrolling Efforts to Keep Pot Illegal

A food service company is spending tens of thousands of dollars to fight an effort to decriminalize marijuana in Arizona.

Marijuana prison venture is Damian Marley's vision for economic growth

Marijuana Prison Venture is Damian Marley’s Vision for Economic Growth

The late reggae superstar Bob Marley liked to say that “herb is the healing of the nation”. Now his youngest son, Damian Marley, is putting that claim to the test with a marijuana venture that promises to transform a decaying California prison into a huge medical marijuana manufacturing plant.


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.


Marijuana Arrests and Social Progress

Since recreational marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado, many states have begun to ease marijuana laws and punishments. Overall, it seems that arrest rates are down for the now legal drug, with Colorado reporting decreased crime rates, traffic fatalities and an increase in jobs.


Mizanskey Commutation: One Straw in Missouri Wind

A recent decision by the governor of Missouri has received a good deal of national attention because it is one of many signs that things are headed the other way: authorities are calling a truce in the war on drugs or, at the least, they are muzzling the biggest guns.


Philly Gets Decriminalization Right

As recently reported, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will sign a compromise measure to decriminalize personal possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana, with the penalty dropping from possible jail time to a $25 fine. Philadelphia got it right in two major ways.

Life Sentence

Life Sentence for Buying 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.