Tag: war on drugs

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July 24, 2014
07/24/2014
Sentencing Commission Cuts Up to 46,000 Drug War Prisoners’ Sentences

Sentencing Commission Cuts Up to 46,000 Drug War Prisoners’ Sentences

In a much anticipated move, the US Sentencing Commission last Friday voted unanimously to retroactively apply previously approved reductions in federal sentencing guidelines to federal drug war...
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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 18, 2014
07/18/2014
Marijuana Linked to Depression?

Marijuana Linked to Depression?

Mitch Earleywine, professor of psychology at SUNY Albany, doesn’t think marijuana leads to depression. “I think that giving folks Ritalin or any other stimulant in an effort to...
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July 18, 2014
07/18/2014
House Votes to Let Banks Take Deposits From Marijuana Businesses

House Votes to Let Banks Take Deposits From Marijuana Businesses

In a historic vote Wednesday, the US House has approved an amendment to the Treasury Department appropriations bill barring the agency from spending any money to punish...
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July 16, 2014
07/16/2014
Poll: Six Out Of Ten Americans Support Retail Marijuana Sales In Colorado

Poll: Six Out Of Ten Americans Support Retail Marijuana Sales In Colorado

More than six out of ten Americans – including majorities of self-identified Democrats, Independents, and Republicans – support the regulation and retail sale of marijuana in Colorado,...
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July 16, 2014
07/16/2014
LA City Attorney Cracks Down on Medical Marijuana Farmer’s Market

LA City Attorney Cracks Down on Medical Marijuana Farmer’s Market

Less than two weeks after opening, Los Angeles’ first medical marijuana farmer’s market is under fire. LA City Attorney Mike Feuer called them a “public nuisance,” and wants...
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July 15, 2014
07/15/2014
The White House Opposes Congressional Attempts to Hinder DC Marijuana Reform

The White House Opposes Congressional Attempts to Hinder DC Marijuana Reform

In a Statement of Administration Policy, released today, President Obama’s administration took a firm stance against recent efforts by Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) to restrict the District...
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July 14, 2014
07/14/2014
DEA May Be Losing the War On Marijuana Politics

DEA May Be Losing the War On Marijuana Politics

The LA Times reports how the Drug Enforcement Administration is under attack in Congress as it holds its ground against pot legalization, even in the face of public...
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July 10, 2014
07/10/2014
Florida Man Killed in SWAT Raid Over Small-Time Marijuana Sales

Florida Man Killed in SWAT Raid Over Small-Time Marijuana Sales

A Tampa, Florida, man was shot and killed by members of a SWAT team executing a search warrant over small-time marijuana sales on May 27. Jason Westcott,...
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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 10, 2014
07/10/2014
Are UK ‘Porn Filters’ Censoring Critics of the War on Drugs?

Are UK ‘Porn Filters’ Censoring Critics of the War on Drugs?

This January, under government pressure, many of the United Kingdom’s Internet service providers (ISPs) — together providing over 90 percent of the country’s home broadband connections —...
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July 9, 2014
07/09/2014
Caribbean, West African Nations to Study Cannabis Decrim

Caribbean, West African Nations to Study Cannabis Decrim

At the semi-annual summit of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), held July 1-4 in Antigua, regional leaders agreed to establish a commission to review marijuana policy and assess...
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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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July 1, 2014
07/01/2014
Philadelphia: City of Brotherly Love and Rogue Cops

Philadelphia: City of Brotherly Love and Rogue Cops

Things aren’t as sunny in Philadelphia as they may seem. Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey spoke out to announce his intention to continue arresting people for cannabis,...
By: Rae Lland
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June 30, 2014
06/30/2014
SWAT Raid Burns Hole In Toddler

SWAT Raid Burns Hole In Toddler

Be warned: This was a hard story to read and it is difficult to write about. The tagline of the article reads: “Officers threw a flashbang grenade...
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June 30, 2014
06/30/2014
Federal Bill Would Protect Cannabis Patients’ Gun Rights

Federal Bill Would Protect Cannabis Patients’ Gun Rights

Sen. John Walsh (D-MT) offered an amendment to Senate appropriations bill S. 2347 on June 19, which would stop the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) from targeting...
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June 27, 2014
06/27/2014
Maryland Representative Andy Harris’s Amendment to Block Funding for D.C. Marijuana Law

Maryland Representative Andy Harris’s Amendment to Block Funding for D.C. Marijuana Law

An amendment, which blocks funding for D.C.’s new law that removes criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana, passed the Appropriations Committee yesterday, the Washington...
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June 26, 2014
06/26/2014
USDA Releases Official Workplace Policy on Marijuana, Highlights State and Federal Law Conflict

USDA Releases Official Workplace Policy on Marijuana, Highlights State and Federal Law Conflict

In a memo obtained by NORML, released in late May, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) clarified their drug policy in light of the growing number...
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