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New York City Officials Announce Plan To Halt Minor Marijuana Arrests

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton publicly announced plans yesterday to halt the NYPD's practice of arresting tens of thousands of minor marijuana offenders annually. Under the new plan, set to take effect November 19, city police would issue first-time marijuana offenders a summons, payable by...

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Philadelphia Depenalizes Marijuana Possession

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed municipal legislation this week removing criminal penalties for the possession of minor quantities of cannabis by adults.

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Philadelphia: Mayor To Sign Marijuana Depenalization Measure

City mayor Michael Nutter announced that he will sign municipal legislation into law decriminalizing marijuana possession penalties. Under the measure, penalties pertaining to the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis would be reduced from a criminal misdemeanor to a non-summary civil offense, punishable by a $25 fine – no arrest and no...

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District Of Columbia’s Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Goes Into Effect Tonight

A new District ordinance reducing marijuana possession penalties to a fine-only violation goes into effect on Thursday, July 17. The measure amends District law involving the possession or transfer of up to one ounce of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor (formerly punishable by up to 6 months incarceration and a maximum fine of...

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Philadelphia City Council Overwhelmingly Approves Decriminalization of Marijuana Possession

Philadelphia City Council Overwhelmingly Approves Decriminalization of Marijuana Possession

Today, the full Philadelphia City Council voted 13 to 3 in support of a measure that would lower the penalty for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana to a civil infraction, punishable by a $25 fine. All 13 of the Democratic members of the City Council voted for it and all three...

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Jamaica: Government Promises Relaxation Of Ganja Possession Laws

The Jamaica government is poised to relax marijuana possession penalties. The proposed change in law amends the Dangerous Drugs Act by eliminating criminal penalties pertaining to the private possession of two ounces of cannabis by adults. Rather, such behavior will be reclassified under the law as a "non-arrestable, ticketable infraction ... which does...

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Jamaica: Government Promises Relaxation Of Ganja Possession Laws

The Jamaica government is poised to relax marijuana possession penalties. The proposed change in law amends the Dangerous Drugs Act by eliminating criminal penalties pertaining to the private possession of two ounces of cannabis by adults. Rather, such behavior will be reclassified under the law as a "non-arrestable, ticketable infraction ... which does...

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Study: Medical Cannabis Laws Not Associated With Increased Use By Adolescents

The enactment of state laws legalizing the physician-recommended use of cannabis therapy is not associated with increased levels of marijuana use by young people, according to data published online in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Investigators concluded, “This study did not find increases in adolescent marijuana use related to legalization of medical marijuana....

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Maryland: Governor Signs Marijuana Reform Measures Into Law

Democrat Gov. Martin O'Malley today signed two separate pieces of legislation reforming the state's marijuana laws.

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Maryland: Lawmakers Eliminate Criminal Penalties For Minor Marijuana Possession Offenses

Maryland lawmakers have given final approval to legislation to eliminate criminal penalties for minor marijuana possession offenses. The forthcoming law reduces existing penalties for marijuana possession offenses involving ten grams or less from a criminal misdemeanor (presently punishable by arrest, up to 90 days in jail, a $500 fine, and a criminal record)...

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