Just Introduced: The Marijuana Justice Act is in the House

Generic 18 January 2018 | 0 Comments

Today, Representative Barbara Lee of California along with over a dozen original co-sponsors have introduced the Marijuana Justice Act into the House of Representatives. “I’m proud to introduce the Marijuana Justice Act – bold, progressive legislation to address the legacy of racial bias in marijuana enforcement and to end the failed War on Drugs,” said [...]

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Kansas State Representative Defends Prohibition, Goes Full Racist

Generic 9 January 2018 | 0 Comments

At an event over the weekend, Kansas State Representative Steve Alfond (R) defended the continuation of marijuana prohibition by reverting to the kind of overtly racist rhetoric originally deployed by Henry Anslinger when this failed policy was first implemented. It is important to remember: Marijuana prohibition perpetuates institutional racism and is itself being perpetuated by [...]

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

Generic 17 November 2017 | 0 Comments

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. Researchers evaluated marijuana arrest data for Erie County, New York for the years 2012 to 2016. Countywide, blacks comprised 71 percent of [...]

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Atlanta Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance

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Today, 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. Annually, over 30,000 Georgians — many of whom reside in [...]

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If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again!

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As an attorney, I am always disappointed that the courts in this country – both at the state and federal level – have refused to get involved in the efforts to end marijuana prohibition and end the practice of treating responsible marijuana smokers as criminals. But that is the reality. While the courts in this [...]

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