D.C. Marijuana Possession Arrests Drop By 99% In 2015

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Washington D.C. just celebrated its first anniversary of legalized recreational marijuana. Last November, D.C. implemented laws that legalized marijuana use, possession and cultivation within a person’s home, but not the retailing of marijuana. The Metropolitan Police Department’s recently released data reveal marijuana possession arrests drastically reduced, by 99.2%, in 2015. Here is a Read the full article…

Marijuana Arrests On Rise In Va., Blacks Arrested Three Times More Than Whites

VIRGINIA: While the trend in much of the United States is moving toward decriminalization or legalization of marijuana, Virginia is heading in the opposite direction: sharply rising arrest totals for possession of pot, and a disproportionate number of black people arrested in the commonwealth, according to a new study based on state data reported to the FBI. Though Read the full article…

Pittsburgh May Be Poised To Decriminalize Marijuana

PENNSYLVANIA: A bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana within the City of Pittsburgh is set to be introduced Tuesday in City Council. The legislation, based on a law enacted in Philadelphia last October, would amend the Pittsburgh City Code to make possession of a small amount of marijuana (under 30 grams), or smoking a Read the full article…

Spokane To Allow Removal Of Marijuana Records

WASHINGTON: People who have been convicted of misdemeanor possession of marijuana in Spokane will soon be able to have the conviction removed from their criminal record. The Spokane City Council voted 6-0 on Monday to allow those convictions to be vacated. The Spokesman-Review says the convictions won’t go away automatically. City Council President Ben Stuckart says Read the full article…

Va. Lawmaker Pushes Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana

VIRGINIA: A Northern Virginia lawmaker is bringing the debate over marijuana laws to the Virginia Senate. “We cannot continue to hide behind the fear of a plant in our criminal code,” said Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, who has proposed legislation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults. Ebbin, who expects that the measure Read the full article…

Colombia To Legalize Commercial Sale Of Medical Marijuana

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

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

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

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

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…