Judge Blasts Ridiculous 18-Year Sentence for Marijuana

BY MICHAEL KUNZELMAN ASSOCIATED PRESS BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Is 18 years in prison without the possibility of parole too harsh for a man arrested with 18 grams of marijuana? The Louisiana Supreme Court’s chief justice thinks so, and she blasted her colleagues for upholding the punishment. In a withering dissent Wednesday, Chief Read more about Judge Blasts Ridiculous 18-Year Sentence for Marijuana[…]

DEA Breaks the Law with Special Prosecutors to Rekindle Drug War

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) hopes to further capitalize on the modern day drug war by ramping up the prosecution of cases involving people who manufacture, traffic and use pharmaceutical substances outside of their medicinal function. According to National Public Radio, Uncle Sam’s leading drug enforcement hammers quietly announced a plan last month Read more about DEA Breaks the Law with Special Prosecutors to Rekindle Drug War[…]

Medical Marijuana Bill Advances in Mexico

On Friday, Mexico’s lower-house Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to allow use, production and distribution of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes. The vote was an overwhelming 371 in favor and seven against with 11 abstentions. The legislation was already approved by the Mexican Senate in December and now goes to the desk of President Enrique Peña Nieto for his signature. The passage Read more about Medical Marijuana Bill Advances in Mexico[…]

California Seeks Control of Unruly Medical Pot Industry

BY MICHAEL R. BLOOD ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is trying to get control of its unruly medical marijuana industry. State regulators released draft regulations Friday intended to impose order on the loosely organized marketplace created over two decades ago. The proposal would establish the first comprehensive rules for growing, testing, transporting Read more about California Seeks Control of Unruly Medical Pot Industry[…]

Supreme Court Gives Judges Flexibility In Mandatory Minimum Cases

The US Supreme Court on April 4 handed down a unanimous decision in Dean v. United States, giving federal judges greater flexibility in mandatory minimum cases—an aim activists have long been demanding. Advocacy group Families Against Mandatory Minimums filed a brief in support of the petitioner in the case. As Bloomberg BNA reports, Levon Dean Jr, of Sioux City, faced consecutive mandatory minimum Read more about Supreme Court Gives Judges Flexibility In Mandatory Minimum Cases[…]

Marijuana Seizures Surge in Hong Kong

You can make an argument for Hong Kong, the former British colony turned international banking and cultural center, as the most liberal place in China. With that statement, you would also likely offend some people, in both mainland China and in Hong Kong: While the city is officially part of China under the “one Read more about Marijuana Seizures Surge in Hong Kong[…]

To Some, Aggressive Justice Dept. Stance Looks Like Step Back

BY SADIE GURMAN ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — For three decades, America got tough on crime. Police used aggressive tactics and arrest rates soared. Small-time drug cases clogged the courts. Vigorous gun prosecutions sent young men away from their communities and to faraway prisons for long terms. But as crime rates dropped since 2000, Read more about To Some, Aggressive Justice Dept. Stance Looks Like Step Back[…]

Dutch Lawmakers Extend Tolerance to Cultivating Cannabis

BY MIKE CORDER ASSOCIATED PRESS THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch lawmakers on Tuesday voted in favor of tolerating the cultivation of cannabis, a move that could bring to an end a key paradox of the relaxed Dutch policy on marijuana and hashish. Buying small amounts of pot at so-called coffee shops has long been Read more about Dutch Lawmakers Extend Tolerance to Cultivating Cannabis[…]

Where U.S. States Stand on Allowing Pot Use at Vendor Locales

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS Alaska on Thursday rejected a proposal to make it the first state in the nation allowing consumption of marijuana in retail pot stores. Recreational marijuana is legal in another seven states and the District of Colombia. Here is where each of those states stand with pot consumption at places where marijuana is Read more about Where U.S. States Stand on Allowing Pot Use at Vendor Locales[…]

San Diego Pot Businesses Dodge Bullet, For Now

The legal marijuana industry in San Diego, California avoided a complete ban on the commercial cultivation, processing, distribution, and testing of cannabis products this week, with a unanimous vote of the city council to direct city staff to study the issues further and report back within nine months. An amendment to the land use laws for Read more about San Diego Pot Businesses Dodge Bullet, For Now[…]

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