The Smell Of Marijuana Should Not Be A Death Sentence

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Philando Castile was shot and killed by a Minnesota police officer during a traffic stop last year. This week we learned that the officer rationalized his actions by claiming that the alleged smell of “burnt marijuana” made him fear for his own life.  Here is how the officer recounted his actions, in his own words: [...]

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Illinois: Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Measure

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Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation today amending the state’s marijuana possession penalties. Senate Bill 2228 reduces the penalties for the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor (formerly punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,500 fine) to a civil fine of no more than $200 [...]

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Florida: Largest County Depenalizes Marijuana Possession Offenses

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Police in Florida’s largest county will soon have the option to cite, rather than arrest, minor marijuana offenders. 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 [...]

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Louisiana: Governor Enacts Marijuana Sentencing Reform Measure

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Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal signed legislation late yesterday significantly reducing criminal penalties for marijuana possession offenses. House Bill 149, which took effect upon signing, amends the state’s toughest-in-the-nation repeat offender laws for marijuana possession offenses. Under the previous law, second-time possession offenders faced up to five years of hard labor in prison. Third-time offenders faced [...]

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2013 FBI Uniform Crime Report: Marijuana Arrests Down, Still Cost Over 457 Million Annually

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The FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report was released this morning and provides an updated look at the total number of marijuana arrests law enforcement made across the country in 2013. The good news is that numbers are down slightly from 2012’s arrest figures. In 2012, there were about 749,825 marijuana arrests (compared to 757,969 in [...]

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