Federal Judge In Brazil Rules Cannabis Prohibition Unconstitutional

A federal judge in Brazil has ruled that cannabis prohibition is unconstitutional, claiming it to be the result of a “backward culture and mistaken policy.”cannabisplant

The ruling, made by Judge Ernesto Frederico Cardoso Maciel, came as the result of a case in which a man was caught carrying 46 grams of cannabis, packed into 52 different bundles; he was arrested and charged for cannabis distribution.

Judge Maciel, however, acquitted the man, claiming that since cannabis prohibition isn’t a legal policy, the man should be free to go.

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Federal Court Strikes Down Mandatory Drug Testing for College Students

In a clear victory for civil rights and common sense, a federal district court has struck down a controversial policy at Linn State University in Missouri which requires all new students to submit to unprovoked drug testing. The court ruled this testing to be “unconstitutional”.urinesample

“Linn State required every incoming student to be tested for drugs, even though many of them would not be engaged in dangerous activities, and the college had no reason to believe any particular student was using drugs”, said Jason Williamson, an attorney for the ACLU, “Any student who refused to submit to the drug test—which is considered a search under the Fourth Amendment—would be denied the opportunity to pursue their education at Linn State.”

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Federal Judge Rules New York ‘Stop and Frisk’ Policy Unconstitutional

“No one should live in fear of being stopped whenever he leaves his home to go about the activities of daily life”, states U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, who ruled today that New York City’s infamous ‘stop and frisk’ policy is unconstitutional and violates basic human rights.

Advocates marching for an end to New York's 'Stop and Frisk' Policy in January
Advocates marching for an end to New York’s ‘Stop and Frisk’ Policy in January

According to Scheindlin, this policy – which allows police to have individuals empty their pockets, regardless of previous wrongdoing, only to arrest them if they find anything illegal, such as cannabis or other illegal drugs – leads to “indirect racial profiling”, and that the city’s top officials have “turned a blind eye” to the inappropriate use of this already-unconstitutional policy.

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