Category: marijuana legalization

Study Finds Legalizing Cannabis Reduces Violent Crime at the Mexican Border

Some who fight against cannabis legalization use crime as the reason – claiming that violent crime will increase after the plant is made commercially available. However, many studies have proven that the riskiest thing about cannabis is its illegal status, and that violent crime surrounding cannabis is almost always due to the illegality of the plant. Now, a new study has found that legalizing medical marijuana has reduced violent crime in states along the Mexican border, rather than increasing it. According to the study titled “Is Legal Pot Crippling Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations? The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws...

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How Did U.S. Attorneys React After Jeff Sessions Opened the Door for a Marijuana Crackdown?

Earlier this month U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Department of Justice guidelines that had been put in place during President Obama’s second term, guidelines that allowed marijuana legalization to operate basically unmolested by federal authorities in states where voters had approved it. This move by Sessions opened the door for each U.S. Attorney to use their own discretion when determining which marijuana cases to prosecute since all activity pertaining to cannabis is illegal under federal law. This means the eyes of the cannabis community have moved to individual U.S. Attorneys and what their plans are, especially in states...

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New Hampshire House Approves Cannabis Legalization

Lawmakers in New England are not letting the latest announcement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions deter them from continuing to work towards ending the prohibition of cannabis at a state level. The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 207-139 in favor of a bill that would legalize the possession and cultivation of cannabis, less than a week after Vermont’s House passed a very similar bill. Originally, the House bill was written with the intention of full recreational legalization – including taxing and regulating the commercial sale of cannabis products – but the bill almost died before it ever saw...

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Colorado District Attorney Tries to Tie Murders Over Illegal Marijuana to Legalization

A Colorado District Attorney – and candidate for CO Attorney General – is trying to tie a supposed increase in homicides related to illegal marijuana sales to voters approving adult-use legalization in the state in 2012. “We’ve had violent crimes associated with the transaction of illegal marijuana in increasing numbers,” said George Brauchler, 18th Judicial District DA. “And homicides that might have previously been about cocaine or meth? Now, a huge chunk of those drug homicides are related to the transaction of illegal marijuana.” Perhaps realizing that the non-existent and illogical correlation between legalization and more murders over illegal...

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Vermont House Approves Cannabis Legalization Hours After Sessions’ Repeal of Federal Protections

Last week saw the realization of something that has been keeping the cannabis industry on edge for months. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo – the documentation that prevented the Department of Justice from prosecuting cannabis cases in states where it is legal. He basically gave U.S. Attorneys the option to prosecute marijuana cases to the full extent of federal law at their own discretion. The state of Vermont took a bold step towards legalization last week only hours after news of Sessions’ first step towards a “crackdown” on marijuana law was announced. Vermont’s House of Representatives...

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Former Congressman Ron Paul Calls Attorney General Jeff Sessions “Un-American”

Last week’s announcement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he is opening the door for U.S. Attorneys to use their own discretion when it comes to going after marijuana businesses in states where they are legal continues to provoke reaction from all parts of the political spectrum. Former Republican Congressman and Presidential contender Ron Paul has weighed in, and during an interview on CNN he proceeded to rip into Sessions and his decision on legal cannabis. “He represents something that is so un-American, as far as I’m concerned,” Paul said, referring to the U.S. Attorney General. “The war on...

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