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Senate Hearing Takes on Mandatory Minimums

September 25th

WASHINGTON, DC – The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on mandatory minimum sentencing last Wednesday as Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and fellow committee member Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) sought to create momentum for a reform bill they filed together this spring, the Justice Safety Valve Act (Senate Bill 619). The hearing comes in the face of […]

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U.S. Senate Hearing to Highlight Conservative Opposition to Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Policies

September 25th

WASHINGTON, DC – Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hear testimony from four conservative witnesses who have concerns with the continued use of mandatory minimum sentencing, a costly and counterproductive cookie-cutter approach that binds a judge’s ability to apply a meaningful sentence that will address the offense and provide for public safety. According to the […]. . . . . READ MORE

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U.S. Senate Hearing to Highlight Conservative Opposition to Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Policies

September 18th

WASHINGTON, DC – Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hear testimony from four conservative witnesses who have concerns with the continued use of mandatory minimum sentencing, a costly and counterproductive cookie-cutter approach that binds a judge’s ability to apply a meaningful sentence that will address the offense and provide for public safety. According to the […]

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Senate Holds Hearing on State Marijuana Legalization

September 11th

WASHINGTON, DC — The Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday afternoon held a hearing on marijuana legalization and conflicts between state and federal marijuana laws. Led by committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the hearing featured testimony from the deputy attorney general who has set Justice Department policy, two officials in states that have legalized marijuana and one critic […]

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Feds Reaffirm They Will Not Challenge State Legalization Laws

September 11th

WASHINGTON, DC — Speaking Tuesday before the US Senate Judiciary Committee, Deputy Attorney General James Cole reaffirmed that the Justice Department is unlikely to challenge statewide marijuana legalization efforts, provided that these efforts impose “robust regulations” which discourage sales to minors and seek to prevent the diversion of cannabis to states that have not yet […]

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Pro-Legalization Cops Say More Work to Be Done, But We’re Winning the War

September 11th

WASHINGTON, DC – The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws Tuesday that included Deputy Attorney General James Cole; Sheriff John Urquhart of King County, Washington; Colorado governor John Hickenlooper’s chief legal counsel Jack Finlaw and others. The move comes shortly after major announcements from the Department […]

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Tomorrow: Historic U.S. Senate Hearing on Marijuana Legalization

September 9th

WASHINGTON, DC — On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a first-ever Senate hearing on the issue of marijuana legalization and the tension between state and federal marijuana laws. Last November, Colorado and Washington became the first political jurisdictions in the world to approve the legal regulation of marijuana. Twenty states and the District of Columbia […]

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Senator Leahy Calls Judiciary Hearing on Federal Marijuana Policy

August 28th

WASHINGTON, DC – US Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced Monday that he would hold a hearing next month on the Justice Department’s response to marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington and legal medical marijuana in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The hearing is set for September 10. Leahy […]

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Sen. Leahy Blocks Release of Some Mexican Drug War Funding

August 14th

WASHINGTON, DC — Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), head of the Senate Appropriations Committee, last week blocked the release of $95 million in funds destined to help Mexico prosecute its war on drugs, saying neither the US nor the Mexican governments had shown they had a clear strategy for moving forward. The money was appropriated as […]

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Attorney General Eric Holder Expected to Issue Major Drug Sentencing Changes Today

August 12th

WASHINGTON, DC — In a speech to the American Bar Association today Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce major federal sentencing changes, including dropping the use of mandatory minimum sentencing in certain drug cases, expediting the release of certain nonviolent elderly prisoners, leaving more offenses to state courts to deal with, and working […]

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