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Government Report: Drug Crimes Made Up Largest Share of Federal Criminal Cases in 2014

A new report released by the United State Sentencing Commission, titled Overview of Federal Criminal Cases Fiscal Year 2014, shows that the largest share of federal criminal cases are drug-related, with over a quarter of those cases related to cannabis. According to the report, 31.7% of all federal criminal cases in 2014 were drug-related, twelve …

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Florida Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis Receives Approval from State

An initiative to legalize recreational cannabis in Florida, put forth by the group Regulate Florida, has received approval from the state, giving advocates the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures in an attempt to place it on next year’s ballot. The initiative – titled the Florida Cannabis Act – would make it so that “possessing, using, …

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New Study Examines Cannabis Prices Throughout the United States

A new study conducted at the University of Georgia paints a clear picture of how cannabis prices vary throughout the United States. For the study, researcher Mingshu Wang used the website Price of Weed, examining nearly 300,000 entries of cannabis prices through the contiguous United States. He found that cannabis prices were cheapest in Oregon, …

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Only 13% of Voters in Iowa, 15% in New Hampshire, Support Feds Interfering with State Cannabis Laws

A new poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, and commissioned by Marijuana Majority, has found that a vast majority of registered voters in Iowa and New Hampshire – the first two states to vote in next year’s presidential primary election – support allowing states to decide their own cannabis policies without federal interference. According to …

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Cannabis May Protect Neurons and Improve Motor Recovery During an Ischemic Stroke, Finds Study

A new study published in the Journal of Neurochemistry, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, has found that cannabis may protect neurons and greatly improve motor recovery during an ischemic stroke. An ischemic stroke is caused by damage to the brain due to an interruption of its blood supply. “Brain ischemia …

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Washington D.C. Attorney General Expresses Support for Legalizing All Drugs

Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, in a Friday interview on the Washington Journal, expressed support for putting an end to the war on drugs by legalizing illegal substances, not just cannabis. During a segment on synthetic cannabinoids, a caller stated that drug prohibition is a civil liberties issue, and “when people want to consume substances …

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Black Lives Matter Activists Endorse Decriminalizing Cannabis Possession

Black Lives Matter activists have endorsed an end to one of the most racially biased policies in the American legal system; cannabis prohibition. The group calling for the decriminalization of cannabis is part of their new Campaign ZERO. In addition to calling on Congress to pass legislation that would “end federal marijuana prohibition or end DEA …

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Cannabidiol Protects Against Cocaine-Induced Seizures, Says National Institute of Health Study

Cannabidiol (CBD), a major non-psychotomimetic constituent of the cannabis plant, protects against cocaine-induced seizures, according to a study published by the U.S. National Institute of Health, and published in print by the journal Neurotoxicology. “[Cannabidiol] has therapeutic potential for certain psychiatric and neurological disorders”, states the study’s researchers. “Studies in laboratory animals and limited human …

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Wisconsin Indian Tribe Votes 677 to 499 to Legalize Cannabis

Members of the Menominee Indian tribe, located in Wisconsin, voted 677 to 499 earlier this week to legalize recreational cannabis. Members also voted to legalize medical cannabis, 899 to 275. “This is new ground,” says Gary Besaw, Menominee chairman. “We have to start looking at developing best practices and draft ordinances to maximize the benefits …

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Lawmakers in Düsseldorf, Germany Approve Cannabis Legalization Pilot Program

Lawmakers in Düsseldorf, the 7th most populous city in Germany, have agreed to move forward with a plan to establish a recreational cannabis pilot program, which will allow cannabis to be grown and distributed to adults. Berlin, Germany’s largest city, is planning a similar program. The move is being pushed by a coalition between the …

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California NAACP Files Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

An initiative to legalize the recreational use, cultivation and distribution of cannabis has been filed in California by the state’s branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The initiative would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older, while allowing them to cultivate …

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Missouri: Jeff Mizanskey’s Going Home on September 1st

Jeff Mizanskey, a 61-year old Missouri man who’s been serving life in prison without parole for cannabis, will be set free on September 1st after more than 20 years in prison. Jeff, who was arrested in 1993 on his third non-violent cannabis-related charge, had his sentence commuted by Governor Jay Nixon in May. This gave …

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Texas Ending Ban on Food Stamps for Drug Felons Starting September 1st

Beginning September 1st, Texas will no longer follow a federal law that prohibits those convicted of a drug-related felony from receiving food assistant. With Texas opting out of the federal ban on drug felons obtaining food stamps – which was passed in 1996 as part of a federal welfare reform bill – only Alaska, Georgia, …

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Texas Ending Ban on Food Stamps for Drug Felons Starting September 1st

Beginning September 1st, Texas will no longer follow a federal law that prohibits those convicted of a drug-related felonies from receiving food assistant. With Texas opting out of the federal ban on drug felons obtaining food stamps – which was passed in 1996 as part of a federal welfare reform bill – only Alaska, Georgia, …

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Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Announces Legislation to Abolish For-Profit Prisons

Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced on Tuesday that he’ll be filing federal legislation next month to abolish the nation’s for-profit prison system, prohibiting for-profit prisons from operating within the United States. “When congress reconvenes in September, I will be offering legislation, I will be introducing legislation, which takes corporations out of profiteering …

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