ACLU Pennsylvania: Blacks Eight Times More Likely Than Whites To Be Arrested For Marijuana Possession

Blacks Eight Times More Likely Than Whites To Be Arrested For Marijuana Possession

PENNSYLVANIA: African Americans in Pennsylvania are eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession offenses than are Caucasians, according to an analysis of statewide arrest data by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU Pennsylvania report reviewed arrest data for all 67 counties from 2010 to 2016. Excluding Philadelphia, which decriminalized cannabis possession offenses in 2014, adult marijuana Read the full article…

Iowa City Leaders Consider Change In Marijuana Arrest Policies

"I believe we should at least look very carefully whether they should be detained, arrested, incarcerated, etc., simply for possession and use of marijuana," said Throgmorton.

IOWA:  Iowa City officials are considering making a change to the city’s marijuana policing policy. City councilman Jim Throgmorton says racial disparity in marijuana arrests and the overcrowding at the Johnson County Jail are the reasons behind a possible change. “I believe we should at least look very carefully whether they should be detained, arrested, Read the full article…

Marijuana, Human Rights And The US Image

Our prison system has trapped millions of Americans in a web of minimum sentences, draconian drug laws, powerful lobbying groups representing those whose wealth and livelihoods are based upon locking up others, and privatized prisons that need to have keep cells filled to make a profit.

One of the most serious and widespread human rights issues in the US is our prison system, in which more people per capita are incarcerated than any other country in the world where comparable records are kept. As Human Rights Watch reports regarding Human Rights and US prisons, “Practices contrary to human rights principles, such as Read the full article…

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…

Washington Post’s View: Marijuana Likely To Be Decriminalized In D.C.

Welcome to the first crop of legal pot in the nation’s capital — where residents may grow and possess marijuana but are still forbidden to sell it.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Before long, smoking a joint in the nation’s capital might get you in even less trouble than parking on the wrong side of the street on street-cleaning day. Ten of 13 members of the D.C. Council and Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) have endorsed a plan to make small-time marijuana possession a civil rather than a criminal offense.

U.S. Judge Says Government View On Marijuana Raises 'Equal Justice' Issue

MARYLAND: A federal judge in Maryland handed down lighter prison sentences Monday to defendants in a huge marijuana distribution case, saying that such offenses are “not regarded with the same seriousness” as they were just a few decades ago. U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar said the federal government’s response to marijuana legalization in some states Read the full article…

Local Mass. Law Enforcement: Minorities not targeted for marijuana possession

Local police and elected officials say law enforcement agencies in Bristol County do not target minorities for marijuana possession as suggested by a recent report by the American Civil Liberties Union.

MASSACHUSETTS: Local police and elected officials say law enforcement agencies in Bristol County do not target minorities for marijuana possession as suggested by a recent report by the American Civil Liberties Union. “Absolutely not. I haven’t seen any evidence of it,” Somerset Police Chief Joseph Ferreira said. “Our arrests are based on the facts of the Read the full article…