U.S. Sentencing Commission Unanimously Votes To Shorten Prison Sentences for Drug Offenders

The United States Sentencing Commission (USSCvoted unanimously this week to reduce sentences for the majority of federalussc drug trafficking defendants. The move will effect up to 70% of all federal drug offenses, reducing the sentence by an average of 11 months per case.

Unless Congress votes to stop the amendment, it will go into effect on November 1st. Attorney General Eric Holder recommended that the commission vote in favor of the move.

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U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Historic Hearing Over Federal Cannabis Laws

Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, announced today that his committee will be holding a hearing on September 10thbigstock-marijuana-12446021-300x200 to discuss the confusion between state and federal cannabis laws, including a discussion on ways to fix the problem; Leah would like to see a change of policy which allows states to decide their own cannabis laws, without fear of federal intrusion.

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