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  1. Ron Strider

    Should US Marijuana Laws Address Past Drug Convictions

    Christopher Dean Smith was arrested on a marijuana farm in northern California in 2014. Smith, now 28, said he was with a friend on the property in the town of Chico, about 145km north of Sacramento, when two vehicles pulled up. Federal law enforcement agents approached the pair and told them...
  2. Ron Strider

    MA: House Criminal Justice Bill Would Allow Expungement Of Marijuana Convictions

    The criminal justice reform bill released by the Massachusetts House on Monday would let individuals convicted of marijuana possession completely expunge their records. "People will be able to expunge their record if they were ever prosecuted for possession of marijuana," said Rep. Jeffrey...
  3. Ron Strider

    NY: Police Seize 97 Pounds Of Marijuana In Brooklyn, Arrest 3 People

    Police seized 97 pounds of marijuana and nearly a million in cash in a Crown Heights drug bust, officials said Sunday. The NYPD worked with the Jersey City Police Department on the investigation. Officers were assisting Jersey city police track down a man wanted for arson and terroristic...
  4. Ron Strider

    NY: Help Staten Islanders Move On After A Marijuana Arrest

    As Governor Cuomo called a special session of the State Legislature in June, a bill that could help thousands of New Yorkers wasn't moving. In February, the Assembly passed A.2142, which would seal the criminal records of people who have been unjustly and unconstitutionally arrested for simple...
  5. Ron Strider

    PA: Pittsburgh Lawyers Form Medical Marijuana Firm

    A trio of local attorneys announced Friday a specialty legal practice to serve clients in Pennsylvania's emerging medical marijuana industry. Pittsburgh attorney Patrick Nightingale, executive director of the Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Society, formed Cannabis Legal Solutions along with...
  6. Ron Strider

    IL: Pawar Crime Plan: Legalize Marijuana, End Cash Bail

    Democratic governor candidate Ameya Pawar on Tuesday proposed legalizing and taxing marijuana; releasing nonviolent, low-level drug offenders; and eliminating cash bail to change a criminal justice system he said is rooted in racism. The 47th Ward alderman, speaking at the South Side...
  7. Ron Strider

    New Drug Policy Alliance Report: It's Time For The U.S. To Decriminalize Drug Use

    An unprecedented and wide-ranging coalition of powerful stakeholders is calling for an end to the widespread practice of arresting people solely for drug use or possession. A press teleconference this Tuesday will be accompanied by the release of a new Drug Policy Alliance report, endorsed by...
  8. Ron Strider

    California's Marijuana Legalization Law Is Retroactively Changing People's Lives

    I am what you call a policy wonk. I work to end the war on drugs and dismantle the criminal justice system through polices based on health and human rights. The best days in this work are when you pass a policy or law. It's a feeling that reignites your passion for this work that can often be...
  9. Ron Strider

    AL: Discretion Versus Decriminalization

    It comes with the job: pulling out the metal wrist-wear no one likes to wear. It's a process often glamorized by Hollywood. A tireless and clever detective or group of detectives have put the pieces together and nabbed a dangerous criminal. Normally the cinematic climax is when a detective...
  10. Ron Strider

    UK: "Cannabis Should Be Legalized To Protect Young People And Push Criminals Out"

    Some people think the Lib Dems are potty after they unveiled one of the most radical policies of the general election campaign so far. The party, led by Tim Farron , said it would legalize cannabis and allow it to be sold openly if it wins. The plan is to "break the grip of criminal gangs"...
  11. Ron Strider

    San Diego Authorities Ordered To Return $100k Seized From Med Marijuana Distributor

    San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis has been ordered to return more than $100,000 seized from a medical marijuana businessman and his family, 15 months after drug agents raided the company and didn't charge anyone with a crime. Superior Court Judge Tamila E. Ipema issued the order...
  12. Ron Strider

    Canada's Chance To Get Marijuana Legalization Right For Workers

    During prohibition, one of Al Capone's liquor suppliers was a young Canadian named Samuel Bronfman. A Jewish immigrant whose family fled czarist Russia, Bronfman started his rum-running career as the owner of a small hotel and mail-order whiskey distributor. Then, prohibition hit. Instead of...
  13. Ron Strider

    Canada: Justin Trudeau Is Getting Called Out Over His Marijuana Legalization Plan

    Justin Trudeau has been getting mixed reviews over his party's plan to legalize marijuana nationwide. In particular, reform advocates are frustrated that the law wouldn't grant amnesty to individuals who were convicted of marijuana-related offenses pre-legalization. That complaint took on a...
  14. K

    CA: Reclassifying Marijuana Convictions On Your Criminal Record Under Prop 64

    On November 8, 2016, Californians took a major step towards ending the war on drugs and repairing some of the damage inflicted on people's lives by marijuana prohibition, by passing Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Although, the most serious marijuana-related crimes such as...
  15. K

    NY: Marijuana Decriminalization Proposed By New York Governor

    New York should eliminate penalties currently handed down to individuals caught possessing small amounts of marijuana, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday, citing a “dramatic shift in public opinion” evidenced by pot prohibitions being reined in from coast to coast. The governor’s recommendation...
  16. K

    Queensland Medicinal Marijuana One Step Closer As Committee Report Tabled

    Criminal history checks on doctors and patients should not be used to assess applications to access medical marijuana in Queensland, a parliamentary committee has argued. The Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Committee has delivered its report on a...
  17. K

    Queensland Medicinal Marijuana One Step Closer As Committee Report Tabled

    Criminal history checks on doctors and patients should not be used to assess applications to access medical marijuana in Queensland, a parliamentary committee has argued. The Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Committee has delivered its report on a...
  18. K

    KY: Here's Why Louisville Can't Decriminalize Marijuana

    As Nashville considers whether to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, we wondered whether a similar effort could take hold in Louisville. The short answer is, despite some interest in doing so, a decisive no. Kentucky state law blocks local lawmakers from passing...
  19. K

    Canada's Real Marijuana Problem

    Many arguments are made in favour of legalizing marijuana. But by far the most compelling is the potential impact on the criminal justice system. The sheer number of Canadians who are busted for possession, trafficking, production and distribution of the leafy green plant - more than 160 per...
  20. K

    Pot Decriminalization A Green Light For Dealers - Wilson-Raybould

    Immediately decriminalizing marijuana possession before the government can implement its comprehensive legal regime would increase the profits of organized crime and possibly make it easier for young Canadians to access the drug, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould argued Monday. In a...