Tag: drug arrests

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July 22, 2014
07/22/2014
264 Charged With Marijuana Possession Since Philadelphia City Council Voted to Decriminalize

264 Charged With Marijuana Possession Since Philadelphia City Council Voted to Decriminalize

On June 19th, Philadelphia City Council voted to decriminalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana, but in the month following the bill’s passing, 264...
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July 21, 2014
07/21/2014
Hundreds of Low-Level Marijuana Offenses Could Be Thrown Out in Brooklyn

Hundreds of Low-Level Marijuana Offenses Could Be Thrown Out in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn District Attorney, Kenneth Thompson, has assembled a team that is reviewing hundreds of low-level marijuana offenses that the department could decline to prosecute, DNAinfo reports. Last...
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July 21, 2014
07/21/2014
US Sentencing Commission Votes Unanimously to Make Drug Sentencing Reductions Retroactive

US Sentencing Commission Votes Unanimously to Make Drug Sentencing Reductions Retroactive

The US Sentencing Commission Friday voted unanimously to make previously agreed upon federal drug sentencing reductions retroactive. That means tens of thousands of federal drug prisoners could...
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July 15, 2014
07/15/2014
Benton Mackenzie: Terminal Cancer Patient Treated Like Cartel Boss

Benton Mackenzie: Terminal Cancer Patient Treated Like Cartel Boss

The American judicial system has displayed another staggering lack of humanity and compassion. Iowa resident and terminal cancer patient Benton Mackenzie faces up to three years in...
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July 15, 2014
07/15/2014
NYPD Says It Will Continue to Make Pot Arrests Regardless of DA Memo

NYPD Says It Will Continue to Make Pot Arrests Regardless of DA Memo

NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the DA’s words “really does not change the working circumstances of police officers who are in the field.” He maintains that...
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July 10, 2014
07/10/2014
Brooklyn Eases Up on Pot Prosecutions

Brooklyn Eases Up on Pot Prosecutions

Brooklyn‘s District Attorney announced Tuesday that he will not prosecute first-time offenders arrested for low-level marijuana possession. Kenneth P. Thompson said the move is an effort to...
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July 8, 2014
07/08/2014
DC Marijuana Initiative Hands in Plenty of Signatures

DC Marijuana Initiative Hands in Plenty of Signatures

It now looks extremely likely that the residents of the nation’s capitol will vote in November on whether to legalize the possession and cultivation of small amounts...
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July 3, 2014
07/03/2014
28 Years and Still Here: Nearly Three Decades of Federal Medical Cannabis

28 Years and Still Here: Nearly Three Decades of Federal Medical Cannabis

In 1975 Robert Randall was arrested for possession of a narcotic, cannabis, and of a ‘dangerous drug,’ LSD. Randall’s arrest led to the court case of Randall...
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July 2, 2014
07/02/2014
West Virginia’s Unevolved Approach to Cannabis

West Virginia’s Unevolved Approach to Cannabis

Marijuana prosecutions, in correlation with a softening national perception, are falling across the country. However, this is not true in every corner of America. Hancock county, West...
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July 1, 2014
07/01/2014
Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki Talks Drug Reform

Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki Talks Drug Reform

In a conference call this morning, filmmaker Eugene Jarecki discussed the impact of his award-winning drug war documentary The House I Live In and where we go...
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June 24, 2014
06/24/2014
Philadelphia Bill Seeks to End Arrests in Cases of Minor Marijuana Possession

Philadelphia Bill Seeks to End Arrests in Cases of Minor Marijuana Possession

A bill that would allow Philadelphia’s police department to cease arrests in minor marijuana possession cases has passed the City Council with a veto-proof majority, Reading Eagle...
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June 19, 2014
06/19/2014
Thousands of Rapists Are Not Behind Bars Because Cops Focus on Marijuana Users

Thousands of Rapists Are Not Behind Bars Because Cops Focus on Marijuana Users

A piece in the Washington Post highlights the growing backlog of untested rape test kits that are sitting in police storage units while rapists run free and...
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June 12, 2014
06/12/2014
NYPD Arrests 80 People a Day for Low Level Weed Possession

NYPD Arrests 80 People a Day for Low Level Weed Possession

According to a new report from the Marijuana Arrest Research Project, in the first four months of 2014, the NYPD made 80 low level weed possession arrests a...
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June 2, 2014
06/02/2014
Jenny Kush Drunk Driver Rebecca Maes Sentenced to Less Jail Time Than Many Face for Cannabis

Jenny Kush Drunk Driver Rebecca Maes Sentenced to Less Jail Time Than Many Face for Cannabis

Earlier this week, Rebecca Maes was sentenced to ten years for the death of Jenny Kush, a cannabis activist and radio host in Denver, Colorado. Last September, Maes was...
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May 29, 2014
05/29/2014
There’s More to Colorado Than Marijuana

There’s More to Colorado Than Marijuana

Colorado has certainly garnered a lot of attention since voters there decided to legalize marijuana in the 2012 election, but when it comes to drug reform, there’s...
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May 29, 2014
05/29/2014
Texas Teenager Faces Life Sentence for Selling Pot Brownies

Texas Teenager Faces Life Sentence for Selling Pot Brownies

This headline, fresh out of Texas, recently graced news magazines: “Texas man faces possible life sentence for making and selling pot brownies.” I, probably like many of...
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May 22, 2014
05/22/2014
Texas Teen Faces Life in Prison Over Hash Brownies

Texas Teen Faces Life in Prison Over Hash Brownies

Jacob Lavoro, a 19-year-old from Round Rock, Texas, was charged with a first degree felony because he used hash oil instead of marijuana, allowing the state to...
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May 20, 2014
05/20/2014
In Chicago, Arrests Still Likelier Than Fines Despite Law

In Chicago, Arrests Still Likelier Than Fines Despite Law

Despite enacting legislation that is supposed to decriminalize carrying small amounts of marijuana, the city of Chicago and state of Illinois continue to have a high number...
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May 12, 2014
05/12/2014
New York City’s New Boss, Same as the Old?

New York City’s New Boss, Same as the Old?

A new report released this week by the Marijuana Arrest Research Project reveals that marijuana arrests have actually increased in New York City under the new leadership...
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May 9, 2014
05/09/2014
Officer’s Record May Help Rapper He Arrested

Officer’s Record May Help Rapper He Arrested

A cop accused of falsely arresting rapper Meek Mill over a supposed pot odor cannot exclude evidence of prior unwarranted searches based on similar “smells,” a federal...
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