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Historic Breakthrough in Struggle to End Marijuana Prohibition

August 29th

WASHINGTON, DC — Attorney General Eric Holder informed the governors of Washington and Colorado today that the Department of Justice will allow the states to implement their ballot initiatives that legalized the production, distribution, and sale of marijuana for adults. Deputy Attorney General James Cole also issued a memo to U.S. attorneys across the country […]

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Medical Marijuana Advocates Cautious About “New” Policy on Federal Marijuana Enforcement

August 29th

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Justice Department issued a press release earlier today, announcing a memorandum from Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole that detailed a similar policy on recently adopted laws in the States of Washington and Colorado as it previously indicated for medical marijuana states. To the extent this new memorandum affects medical marijuana patients in Washington, […]

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Justice Department Says It Won’t Challenge State Laws Permitting Marijuana Legalization And Sales

August 29th

WASHINGTON, DC – Federal justice officials will not challenge the implementation of laws in Colorado and Washington that allow for the production, consumption, and sale of marijuana to those over 21 years of age. Voters in both states approved initiatives in November allowing for the licensed production and retail sales of the plant, both of which are anticipated […]

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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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New Orleans Police Officer Jailed for 2012 Killing of Wendell Allen

August 23rd

NEW ORLEANS, LA — A New Orleans police officer who gunned down an unarmed 20-year-old man during a 2012 marijuana raid pleaded guilty to manslaughter last Friday and was led off to begin serving a four-year prison sentence. Joshua Colclough, 29, who resigned from the force the previous day, apologized to the family of his victim, Wendell […]

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Feds Force Security and Armored Car Companies to Stop Servicing the Cannabis Industry

August 23rd

OAKLAND, CA — On the heels of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s endorsement of medical cannabis, and Eric Holder’s speech advocating reform of the War on Drugs, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency has informed security and armored car services that they can no longer render services to state-legal cannabis providers, including the country’s largest model cannabis dispensary, […]

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Is There a Perfect Storm for Federal Sentencing Reform?

August 15th

WASHINGTON, DC — After decades of ever-increasing resort to mass incarceration in the United States, we seem to be reaching the end of the line. Driven in large part by economic necessity, state prison populations have, in the past three years, begun to decline slightly. The federal prison system, however, continues to grow, but now, […]

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Federal Judge Finds NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk Practices Unconstitutional

August 13th

NEW YORK, NY — A federal judge Monday found that the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk search tactics violated the constitutional rights of racial minorities in the city and ordered a federal monitor to oversee broad reforms in the department. Federal District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin did not find stop-and-frisks unconstitutional in themselves, but ruled […]

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Medical Marijuana Advocates Welcome AG Eric Holder’s Sentencing Reform

August 12th

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder delivered a speech today to the annual meeting of the American Bar Association in which he outlined a new sentencing and enforcement strategy as America enters the fifth decade of the so-called “War on Drugs.” Medical marijuana advocates are cautiously optimistic that the announcement will bring […]

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As Pressure Mounts, AG Eric Holder Acts on Sentencing Reform

August 12th

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday a comprehensive federal sentencing reform package with a strong emphasis on drug sentencing. He said he will direct US Attorneys that low-level, nonviolent drug offenders not tied to gangs or major trafficking organizations should not be charged in ways that trigger lengthy mandatory minimum […]

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