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Buffalo/Western New York: Blacks Disproportionately Arrested For Minor Marijuana Offenses

Buffalo/Western New York: Blacks Disproportionately Arrested For Minor Marijuana Offenses

African Americans in the city of Buffalo (population 257,000) are disproportionately arrested for low-level marijuana possession offenses, according to an analysis of arrest data by the advocacy group Partnership for the Public Good. “he disparities in the number of marijuana possession arrests cannot be explained by a higher use among black or...

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We Need Your Help to Protect Patients from Jeff Sessions

We Need Your Help to Protect Patients from Jeff Sessions

During a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions admitted his Department of Justice would be required to abide by budget amendments that restrict their use of funding to go after state-legal medical marijuana programs.

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Jeff Sessions: We Will Do Our Best To Enforce The Laws As We’re Required To Do

Jeff Sessions: We Will Do Our Best To Enforce The Laws As We’re Required To Do

In an interview with conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated his position against marijuana, his commitment to enforcing its prohibition, and expressed an openness to use RICO suits against businesses that handle the plant.

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Atlanta Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance

October 2, 2017
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Atlanta Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance

Atlanta City Council voted to pass Ordinance 1700-1152, decriminalizing marijuana possession offenses. This measure amends the local law so that the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is punishable by a $75 fine — no arrest, jail time, or criminal arrest record.

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Marijuana Prohibition Turns 80

October 2, 2017
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Marijuana Prohibition Turns 80

Eighty years ago, on October 2, 1937, House Bill 6385: The Marihuana Tax Act was enacted as law. The Act for the first time imposed federal criminal penalties on activities specific to the possession, production, and sale of cannabis – thus ushering in the modern era of federal prohibition.

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Marijuana Arrest Data Absent From Latest FBI Uniform Crime Report

Marijuana Arrest Data Absent From Latest FBI Uniform Crime Report

Tabulations calculating the percentage of annual marijuana arrests nationwide are absent from the 2017 edition of the FBI Uniform Crime Report. But unpublished data provided by the agency upon request shows the first increase in nearly a decade in marijuana-related arrests.

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FDA Seeking Public Comments On CBD

FDA Seeking Public Comments On CBD

On Regulations.Gov, right now, the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is soliciting public comments with regard to the therapeutic utility and abuse liability of various controlled substances, including cannabidiol (CBD).

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Congressman O’Rourke Introduces Amendment To End Arbitrary License Suspensions

August 28, 2017
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Congressman O’Rourke Introduces Amendment To End Arbitrary License Suspensions

This amendment is similar to the Better Drive Act, which Congressman O’Rourke introduced in April. The Better Drive Act removes the federal mandate that demands states to suspend the driver’s license of individuals with a marijuana possession conviction. Currently, any drug conviction, regardless of whether or not the motor vehicle was involved, results in...

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Washington State Responds To Attorney General Sessions’ Veiled Threats

Washington State Responds To Attorney General Sessions’ Veiled Threats

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson responded to a July 24 letter from US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in which Sessions' made multiple allegations all based on a single misleading 2016 report.

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SMART Bill Reintroduced in Congress

SMART Bill Reintroduced in Congress

This bill prohibits state-sanctioned marijuana consumers and businesses from being prosecuted by the federal government.

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