Is Marijuana Really As Dangerous As Heroin And LSD? Finally, A Welcome Legal Review

Juneau city officials were given a weed education on Thursday by concerned citizens and marijuana entrepreneurs.

CALIFORNIA:  A federal judge has done what Congress and the Obama administration have failed to do — open a discussion on whether marijuana should continue to be listed as a Schedule 1 drug, a classification that is supposed to be used only for the most dangerous, addictive drugs, such as heroin and LSD. As part of Read the full article…

New Law Could Affect Criminal Sentences In Marijuana Cases

Adams County selected 10 entrepreneurs by lottery Tuesday afternoon to begin the process to open a marijuana business.

CALIFORNIA:  In a sharp reversal of federal drug policy, Congress has prohibited the Justice Department from interfering with laws in California and other states that allow the medical use of marijuana. And the turnabout caught the immediate attention of federal judges, who want to know its impact on some recent criminal convictions under the federal law that Read the full article…

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…

Eric Holder Says DOJ Will Let Washington, Colorado Marijuana Laws Go Into Effect

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will not block Washington and Colorado Marijuana legalization.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The United States government took an historic step back from its long-running drug war on Thursday, when Attorney General Eric Holder informed the governors of Washington and Colorado that the Department of Justice would allow the states to create a regime that would regulate and implement the ballot initiatives that legalized the use Read the full article…

Marijuana expert suggests state contract with feds

Mark Kleiman advises a partnership between the federal government and the states, both of which legalized the recreational use of marijuana last fall.

COLORADO: A professor who serves as a lead consultant on implementing Washington state’s marijuana law has suggested that the U.S. Department of Justice enter into contracts with both Washington and Colorado to avoid a federal crackdown on state-licensed businesses that will sell marijuana.

Advocates of Drugs-Sentencing Reform Welcome Eric Holder's Policy Overhaul

Anthony Papa was sentenced to 15 years to life in Sing Sing prison, for delivering a small amount of cocaine.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Anthony Papa was in debt and desperate for cash when he accepted an offer, from a bowling buddy, to get involved in a drug deal. In exchange for $500, the father-of-one was to deliver an envelope containing four ounces of cocaine from the Bronx to Mount Vernon, New York.