Colombia To Legalize Commercial Sale Of Medical Marijuana

The change is coming in an executive decree that President Juan Manuel Santos will soon sign into law.

COLOMBIA: Colombia’s government plans to legalize the cultivation and sale of marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes, officials said Thursday in a surprise shift by the longtime U.S. ally in the war on drugs. The change is coming in an executive decree that President Juan Manuel Santos will soon sign into law. It will regulate regulating Read the full article…

Marijuana Is Literally The Least Of The Nation’s Drug Worries, The Police Have Announced

"2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary."

America’s cops overwhelmingly do not see marijuana as a major threat to their communities, according to results of a survey released this week as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary.” The DEA asked a nationally representative sample of over 1,000 law enforcement agencies what they saw as their biggest drug Read the full article…

Colorado Reports Uptick In Marijuana-Related Driving Offenses In 2014

In Denver, impaired driving tickets involving marijuana doubled from 33 to 66 in one year. The Colorado State Patrol reported that 77 percent of its cases involved marijuana.

COLORADO: A majority of tickets for driving under the influence in Colorado involved marijuana in 2014, according to new law enforcement statistics released in September. The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area is a collection of federal, state and local law enforcement in four states. Colorado is the only one with legal recreational marijuana, so Read the full article…

CA Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill To Allow Those Who Completed Court Ordered Diversion Programs to Clean Up Records

The prospective companion bill, A.B. 1351vetoed by Gov. Brown, would have allowed judges the discretion to order diversion to drug treatment or education without the precondition of a guilty plea.

CALIFORNIA: California Gov. Jerry Brown acted on two life-changing companion bills, approving one, but vetoing the other. Brown signed A.B. 1352 which allows those who have completed court ordered drug diversion since 1997 to file with the court to convert their plea to a “not guilty.”  Before 1997, there was a pre-plea diversion option in California.  Read the full article…

Justice Department Set To Free 6,000 Prisoners, Largest One-Time Release

The early releases follow action by the U.S. Sentencing Commission — an independent agency that sets sentencing policies for federal crimes — that reduced the potential punishment for future drug offenders last year and then made that change retroactive.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Justice Department is set to release about 6,000 inmates early from prison — the largest one-time release of federal prisoners — in an effort to reduce overcrowding and provide relief to drug offenders who received harsh sentences over the past three decades, according to U.S. officials. The inmates from federal prisons nationwide Read the full article…

Attorney General Mike DeWine Sues Toledo Over Marijuana Decriminalization Law

"This ordinance encourages drug cartels to set up marijuana distribution operations in Toledo with less fear of prison or penalties," DeWine said in a news release. "Absent legal action, it is not hard to imagine international drug rings making Toledo their regional base of operations."

OHIO: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is suing the city of Toledo over a new voter-approved city ordinance that reduces penalties for marijuana possession and other drug crimes. DeWine asked the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas to invalidate several portions of Toledo’s “Sensible Marihuana Ordinance” approved by voters last month because they contradict Ohio law. Read the full article…

Police Report A Pot Possession Incident Every 9 Minutes In Canada

There were 251 charges per 100,000 population in 2014, far above the Canadian average of 79.

CANADA: Police deal with a marijuana possession incident every nine minutes in Canada, according to 2014 figures, but a CBC News analysis found that where you live plays a big role in determining whether you would have faced criminal charges. Kelowna, B.C., tops the list of 34 Canadian cities for the highest per capita rate of marijuana Read the full article…

Police Arrested Someone For Weed Possession Every 51 Seconds In 2014

The 2014 figures mark a minor uptick from 2013, a year that saw 609,570 people booked on possession charges alone.

Law enforcement officers made just over 700,000 arrests on marijuana-related charges in 2014, according to data released by the FBI on Monday. Of that total, 88.4 percent — or about 619,800 arrests — were made for marijuana possession alone, a rate of about one arrest every 51 seconds over the entire year. While the national conversation about marijuana Read the full article…

U.S. Marijuana Arrests Up Despite Changing Views: Pro-Pot Group

"These numbers refute the myth that nobody actually gets arrested for using marijuana," Tvert said. "It's hard to imagine why more people were arrested for marijuana possession when fewer people than ever believe it should be a crime."

Despite an increasing number of Americans who do not view marijuana use as a crime, pot arrests across the United States increased last year for the first time since 2009, proponents of the drug’s legalization said on Monday. Citing the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report released on Monday, the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project said 700,993 Read the full article…

Metro New York: Bratton Says No More Concessions On NYPD’s Marijuana Policy

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton holds bag of weed.

NEW YORK: NYPD’s top cop told Metro “under no circumstances” will the department make any further reforms on how it deals with marijuana arrests. “We’ve made all the concessions we’re making regarding marijuana,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Wednesday. His resolve comes days after City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and a handful of council members Read the full article…