Category: Needless Victims

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Needless victims of our failed drug war

April 24, 2014
04/24/2014
Proposal to Limit Prosecutions of Marijuana Cases in Brooklyn

Proposal to Limit Prosecutions of Marijuana Cases in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn district attorney’s office will stop prosecuting people arrested on charges of possessing small amounts of marijuana, according to a confidential policy proposal that the district...
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April 23, 2014
04/23/2014
“Hundreds, Perhaps Thousands” Could Be Freed Under New Federal Clemency Rules

“Hundreds, Perhaps Thousands” Could Be Freed Under New Federal Clemency Rules

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Justice Department will soon release new, more expansive criteria for recommending federal prisoner clemency applications for President Obama to...
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April 23, 2014
04/23/2014
Minnesota: African Americans Six Times More Likely Than Whites to Be Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Minnesota: African Americans Six Times More Likely Than Whites to Be Arrested for Marijuana Possession

African Americans are arrested for marijuana possession offenses in Minnesota at a rate that is more than six-times higher than that of Caucasians, according to an analysis of 2011...
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April 22, 2014
04/22/2014
Five Medical Marijuana Patients From Washington State Proceed to Trial in Federal Court

Five Medical Marijuana Patients From Washington State Proceed to Trial in Federal Court

Family members from a rural area of eastern Washington are expected to go to trial next month on federal marijuana charges, despite the Obama Administration’s repeated claims...
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April 22, 2014
04/22/2014
Restrictions on Pot Edibles Clear Colorado House

Restrictions on Pot Edibles Clear Colorado House

Bills setting restrictions on marijuana edibles in Colorado have cleared the state House unanimously. The bills approved Monday would set possession limits for concentrated forms of marijuana such...
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April 22, 2014
04/22/2014
Colorado Abandons Medical Marijuana Crackdown

Colorado Abandons Medical Marijuana Crackdown

Colorado appears to be giving up on its effort to crackdown on medical marijuana growers using a legal loophole to grow high numbers of pot plants without...
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April 21, 2014
04/21/2014
Time to Take the High Road and Legalize Medical Cannabis at the Federal Level

Time to Take the High Road and Legalize Medical Cannabis at the Federal Level

Washington US Attorney Jenny Durkan assessed the state’s poorly-regulated medical cannabis program in 2013. “Not tenable“. Igor Grant, director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at UC...
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April 21, 2014
04/21/2014
Probation Department Ordered to Allow Probationer the Use of Medical Marijuana

Probation Department Ordered to Allow Probationer the Use of Medical Marijuana

I wrote about medical marijuana patient defendant Alexander Ayres last month as he took a very good plea – when balanced with the consequences of a trial...
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April 18, 2014
04/18/2014
Nebraska in Top 10 Marijuana Strict States

Nebraska in Top 10 Marijuana Strict States

A list compiled by an addiction treatment organization lists Nebraska as one of the nation’s most strict when it comes to marijuana arrests. According to the data, Nebraska...
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April 18, 2014
04/18/2014
Update: Victory for Defendants in Two Medical Marijuana Cases – Americans for Safe Access

Update: Victory for Defendants in Two Medical Marijuana Cases – Americans for Safe Access

Over a handful of weeks three state legal medical cannabis patient defendants have had charges dropped against them in two different courts. Congratulations to Andrew Turner and...
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April 16, 2014
04/16/2014
Alabama Governor Signs Limited Medical Marijuana Law

Alabama Governor Signs Limited Medical Marijuana Law

Earlier this month, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law SB 174, known as Carly’s Law. This law creates an affirmative defense for patients suffering from debilitating epileptic conditions —...
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April 16, 2014
04/16/2014
Maine Patients, Parents, Activists Call on Obama to Remove Medical Marijuana From List of Scheduled Drugs

Maine Patients, Parents, Activists Call on Obama to Remove Medical Marijuana From List of Scheduled Drugs

Three times each day, 19-year-old Katie Solman of Bangor, Maine adds drops of a medical marijuana tincture into a cup of juice or tea and swallows it. Solman and her...
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April 16, 2014
04/16/2014
Maryland Marijuana Laws Leave Unanswered Questions

Maryland Marijuana Laws Leave Unanswered Questions

Now that the state’s medical marijuana program has been revived, officials say it will take about 15 months for the first patients to buy the drug legally...
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April 15, 2014
04/15/2014
Student Sues School Over Suspension for Marijuana Tweet

Student Sues School Over Suspension for Marijuana Tweet

High Times reports, “A pro-marijuana message posted on Twitter last year led to the suspension of an Ohio high school soccer player, who has since filed a lawsuit...
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April 14, 2014
04/14/2014
Annapolis Mom Was at Heart of Medical Marijuana Reform

Annapolis Mom Was at Heart of Medical Marijuana Reform

In the fight to gain access to medical marijuana for her 4-year-old son, Logan, who suffers up to 10 seizures a day because of epilepsy, Gail Rand...
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April 11, 2014
04/11/2014
Feds Seize San Francisco Medical Marijuana Club

Feds Seize San Francisco Medical Marijuana Club

A medical marijuana dispensary told a federal judge that the U.S. government may have bamboozled it in a forfeiture order against its landlord. Uncle Sam filed a...
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April 11, 2014
04/11/2014
Rhode Island Report: Taxing Marijuana Could Generate Tens of Millions in Revenue

Rhode Island Report: Taxing Marijuana Could Generate Tens of Millions in Revenue

A report released yesterday by Rhode Island-based OpenDoors estimates that passage of the Marijuana Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act will generate between $21.5 to $82 million in annual tax revenue. Although...
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April 10, 2014
04/10/2014
Chris Christie Says He Opposes Bill to Legalize Marijuana in NJ

Chris Christie Says He Opposes Bill to Legalize Marijuana in NJ

Weeks after a state senator introduced a bill that would make the sale and possession of marijuana legal in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie emphasized today that...
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April 8, 2014
04/08/2014
Medical Marijuana Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill

Medical Marijuana Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill

Medical marijuana supporters flocked to Capitol Hill to push for legislation prohibiting the federal government from restricting state medical marijuana laws. Has no one pointed out the...
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April 8, 2014
04/08/2014
Maryland House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana in Surprise Turnaround

Maryland House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana in Surprise Turnaround

On Saturday, the Maryland House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved an amended version of the decriminalization bill. In a 78-55 vote, the House approved imposing civil fines — not criminal penalties and possible...
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