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Florida: Largest County Depenalizes Marijuana Possession Offenses

Commissioners for Miami-Dade county voted 10 to 3 this week in favor of a countywide ordinance to treat marijuana possession offenses involving 20 grams or less as a civil infraction, punishable by a $100 fine -- no arrest, no criminal prosecution, no incarceration, and no criminal record. The new ordinance takes effect late...

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Shona Banda: The Latest Victim of Mean-Spirited Bureaucrats

Shona Banda: The Latest Victim of Mean-Spirited Bureaucrats

Shona Banda suffers from Crohn’s disease, and has found, as have many Crohn’s sufferers, that medical marijuana provides her with effective relief and allows her to manage her illness and live a somewhat normal life. Specifically, Banda uses cannabis oil. The problem is she lives in, Garden City, Kansas, a state that does not...

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Arizona: Government Money Used To Oppose Marijuana Legalization

Arizona: Government Money Used To Oppose Marijuana Legalization

Yavapai County Prosecutor Using Government Money To Oppose Marijuana Legalization

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Cannabis Sniffing Canines Needed No More

Cannabis Sniffing Canines Needed No More

Alaska and Oregon, where marijuana is now legal, canceling the use (and expense) of maintaining and employing cannabis sniffing canines.

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Obama to Native Americans: Marijuana Legalization Is A-OK

Obama to Native Americans: Marijuana Legalization Is A-OK

Department of Justice memo allows Native American tribes to cultivate, process and sell marijuana.

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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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Joseph McNamara RIP: Champion Against Cops Drug Warring

Joseph McNamara RIP: Champion Against Cops Drug Warring

A genuinely early and respected voice against the war on some drugs passed away Friday, September 19 in California. Joe McNamara was a former police chief in Kansas City and San Jose who, in the late 1980s, started to both write and lecture about the need for substantive changes in law enforcement practices (and...

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Maryland: Reduced Marijuana Possession Penalties Take Effect

Senate Bill 364, signed into law this past April, amends statewide 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) to a non-arrestable, non-criminal, fine-only offense ($100 fine for first-time offenders,...

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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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