Federal Court Rules Drug Testing All College Students is Unconstitutional

In a conclusive 9 to 2 vote, the 8th U.S. District Court of Appeals has ruled that drug testing all college students is unconstitutional.

testingThe Thursday ruling reinstates a 2013 ruling that a Missouri technical college’s mandatory drug testing policy is unconstitutional when it is applied to all students regardless of their area of focus. The ruling, which was championed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) , reverses an earlier decision by a three-judge panel.

“Fostering a drug-free environment is surely a laudable goal”, Judge Roger Wollman stated in the court’s majority opinion, but; “Linn State has not demonstrated that fostering a drug-free environment is a ‘special need’ as defined by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

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President Obama to Commute Sentences of Dozens of Drug Offenders

President Obama last commuted sentences in March, when he let 22 drug offenders free.
President Obama last commuted sentences in March, when he let 22 drug offenders free.

President Obama plans this week to free dozens of inmates serving time for non-violent drug offenses by commuting their sentences, according to a presidential spokesman.

In total, Obama plans to commute the sentences of up to 80 people, many currently in prison for non-violent, drug-related offenses. This will mean that these individuals can walk free without serving the remainder of their sentences. Some would have spent the remainder of their life incarcerated, as they’re serving life sentences.

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Bill to Defelonize Drug Possession Filed in Utah, Poll Shows Voter Support at 58%

Legislation to defelonize the personal possession of illegal substances has been filed in Utah’s House of Representatives. New polling released today shows a strong majority of Utah voters support the move.utah

House Bill 348 would reduce the penalty for the personal possession of illegal substances from a felony, to a class A misdemeanor. New polling conducted by Public Policy Polling, and commissioned by the American Civil Liberties Union, shows that 58% of Utah voters support reducing the penalty for drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor, with just 34% opposed.

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Coalition to Legalize Cannabis Formed in New Jersey

Activists, public officials and civil njrights groups have joined together to launch a coalition aimed at legalizing cannabis in New Jersey. The new group, named New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform, will hold a press conference today to formally announce their effort.

Among those taking part in the new group and participating in the press conference is theĀ New Jersey Municipal Prosecutor’s Association andĀ  the New Jersey chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

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