Category: decriminalization

Atlanta City Council Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

Getty Last week the Atlanta, Georgia City Council voted 15-0 to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis within the city limits. Previously, possession of under an ounce could get someone up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Now, possession of less than 28 grams comes with no jail time and a maximum fine of $75. From 2014 to 2016, over 90% of marijuana arrests in Atlanta were of African-Americans, according to the Racial Justice Action Center. In total, black people make up about 54% of the city’s population. The decriminalization measure was sponsored by...

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Roger Stone and John Morgan Partner Up to Decriminalize Cannabis

Getty An unlikely pair have teamed up in hopes of swaying President Trump into decriminalizing cannabis across the nation. Roger Stone, a strategist, lobbyist, political consultant and friend of Trump has joined up with Florida attorney John Morgan – who helped to fund and push Amendment 2 to the polls until it passed – to create the U.S. Cannabis Coalition. By creating the organization, the two are able to officially lobby against the government on the issue. “Medical marijuana is now a consensus issue in the United States,” Stone said. “And recreational marijuana is headed that way.” John Morgan...

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AG Sessions, DOJ and DEA are Being Sued to Decriminalize Cannabis

AP The Department of Justice Task Force is expected to give their suggestions as to how the government should handle the charging and sentencing of marijuana crimes, among other issues like immigration, any day now. However, as they appear to hope to follow through on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ plans to “crack down” on states with legal cannabis, a lawsuit has been filed with the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York in hopes of having cannabis removed from the Controlled Substances Act. “The record makes clear that the CSA doesn’t make any rational sense, and...

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New Hampshire Governor Makes Decriminalization of Cannabis Official

Getty After years of legislation being rejected before it ever made it out of the Senate, the state of New Hampshire has finally, officially, decriminalized possession of an ounce or less of cannabis. This move comes after the senate was finally willing to consider a House bill which significantly drops the penalty for being caught with small amounts of marijuana. The reason for the change of heart is most likely due to the fact that nearby Massachusetts and Maine have both passed recreational cannabis laws in last year’s election, with sales expected to begin in 2018. “[T]he House…has been...

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