A food service company is spending tens of thousands of dollars to fight an effort to decriminalize marijuana in Arizona.
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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.
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.
What makes this arrest newsworthy is that the woman, Sarah Furay, is the daughter of Bill Furay, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Beaumont, Texas.
On Monday, July 13, 2015, President Barack Obama announced that he would commute the sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders held in federal prisons.
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.
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.
International action star Jackie Chan and Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman have come out on opposite sides of the marijuana debate in the last few weeks.
The state legislatures that tackled marijuana law reform over the past several years stopped short of righting old wrongs. A policy of retroactive ameliorative relief may be part of the solution.
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.
(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.
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.
A former medium-security prison turned marijuana grow house and pot shop? Nicholas Erker’s dream could become a reality, but first, residents of Brush in northeastern Colorado would have to come around to his idea.