Wells, Civil Rights Groups Push for Potent D.C. Pot Bill

The D.C. Council will have a chance Tuesday to vote on Wells’ bill that would decriminalize possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  On Tuesday, the D.C. Council will have a chance to pass what civil rights groups are calling the strongest marijuana decriminalization bill in the country. The proposal, offered by Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, who represents Capitol Hill and is also running for mayor, would prevent police officers from stopping and searching Read the full article…

A Marijuana Stash That Carried Little Risk

Under Bloomberg more people have been arrested for marijuana possession than any other crime on the books.

NEW YORK:  Walking down Eighth Avenue a few weeks ago, I made sure my backpack was fully zipped shut. Inside was a modest stash of pot, bought just an hour or so earlier. A friend knew someone in that world, and after an introduction, then a quiet, discreet meeting, I was on my way to Read the full article…

NAACP Backs Marijuana Federalism

H.R. 1523, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013, would essentially repeal (or at least limit) federal pot prohibition in the 21 states that allow medical or recreational use of the drug.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recently endorsed a bill that would make the federal ban on marijuana inapplicable to people who grow, possess, or distribute cannabis in compliance with state law. H.R. 1523, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013, would essentially repeal (or at least limit) federal pot Read the full article…

Planned Nevada Medical Marijuana Program Called Discriminatory

Senate Bill 374 requires people contemplating securing medical marijuana cultivation and dispensary licenses to have at least $250,000 at their disposal.

NEVADA: Proposed rules for Nevada’s new medical marijuana program would discriminate against the poor and minorities, and would make marijuana cost-prohibitive for patients who need the drug, witnesses testified Tuesday.

At Pa. capitol, longshot marijuana legalization bill gets NAACP support

David Scott, left, a representative of the NAACP, announces the group's support of a marijuana legalization bill introduced by state Sen. Daylin Leach, right.

PENNSYLVANIA: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People threw its support behind the measure, saying the war on drugs in America unfairly targets minorities and that there is a “staggeringly disproportionate” arrest rate compared with white drug users.