Atlanta Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance

Generic 3 October 2017 | 0 Comments

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 [...]

Tagged in , ,

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

Generic 26 July 2017 | 0 Comments

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 [...]

Tagged in , , ,

The Smell Of Marijuana Should Not Be A Death Sentence

Generic 23 June 2017 | 0 Comments

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: [...]

Tagged in , , ,

Study: Racial Disparity In Marijuana Arrest Rates Increasing

Generic 17 May 2017 | 0 Comments

African Americans in Virginia are arrested for violating marijuana possession laws at more than three times the rates of whites and this disparity is rising, according to an analysis of statewide arrest data by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Capital News Service. Researchers reviewed 160,000 state and local arrest records from the years 2010 through 2016. They [...]

Tagged in , , ,

Poll: Two-Thirds Of Californians Support Legalizing Retail Sales Of Marijuana To Adults

Generic 19 August 2016 | 0 Comments

Approximately two in three California voters support the establishment of a state-regulated retail market for the sale of marijuana to adults, according to polling data compiled by the Institute of Government Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Sixty-four percent of respondents agree, “Marijuana should be legal for adults to purchase and use recreationally, with [...]

Tagged in , , ,