Category Archives: criminal justice

Arizona Supreme Court to Clarify Where Concentrates Stand in Medical Marijuana Law

The Arizona Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on March 19 in the case of Rodney Jones, a registered medical marijuana patient who was convicted of possession of hashish. The court in Jones’ original trial found that the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA), passed by voters in 2010, does not protect cannabis concentrates including hash or hash oil. Jones […]

Denver’s Sweet Leaf Retail Owners Plead Guilty to Drug Charges, Serve Year in Jail

In December of 2017, Sweet Leaf, Colorado’s largest dispensary chain, was raided by Denver PD after a year-long undercover investigation into the business. Law enforcement shut down all locations for what the state refers to as “looping,” or selling more than the “legal” amount of cannabis to a customer at one time. Two years after […]

Jay-Z, Meek Mill, and Three Sports Team Owners Launch Prison-Reform Alliance

In a press conference today, rappers Jay-Z and Meek Mill announced they are teaming up with a number of professional sports team owners and other business leaders to start a new organization aimed at overhauling the U.S.’s probation and parole system. In so doing, the group joins a growing movement to change the nation’s criminal […]

Three Prison Guards Arrested For Smuggling Weed, Other Contraband Into Prison

Three South Carolina prison guards were placed under arrest on Friday for smuggling drugs and other contraband into two different correctional institutions. According to a statement, South Carolina Department of Corrections Police Services made the arrests after the suspects’ fellow officers discovered their smuggling attempts. Today’s arrests are the latest in a string of enforcement […]

Canada Cuts Ribbon on World’s Largest Legal Marijuana Marketplace

TORONTO (AP) — Canada is now the largest country with a legal national cannabis marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland. RELATED STORY Cannabis Legalization Day in Canada: Leafly’s Live Coverage And there was more good news for pot aficionados: Hours before a handful of retail outlets opened in the country’s easternmost province a […]

No Fee or Waiting Period to Get a Pardon for Past Cannabis Convictions in Canada

As Canada legalized the recreational use of marijuana nationwide on Wednesday, government officials announced a simplified and cost-free process to receive a pardon for past minor pot offenses. Scott Bardsley, a spokesperson for Canada’s Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, told ABC News that a law was being drafted to streamline pardons […]

America’s War on Drugs Has Been Racist for a Century

To understand the history of cannabis in the United States, it’s crucial to examine immigration. Though many people associate the war on drugs with the Nixon or Reagan administrations, the truth is that the drug war’s history dates back nearly a hundred years, to the advent of the US Border Patrol. There’s a clear historical […]

New York Cops Still Making Cannabis Arrests, Despite Mayor’s Policy

Despite recent headlines about New York City dropping marijuana possession cases and expunging convictions, NYPD cops and prosecutors are still arresting and threatening people with jail time for cannabis possession. They’re using a legal loophole to do it. Scott Hechinger is a senior staff attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services, one of the city’s largest public […]

Manhattan DA Drops Over 3,000 Open Marijuana Cases Dating Back to 1978

Reuters is reporting a Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance dropped 3,042 open cannabis possession and consumption cases today. The cases, dating back to 1978, will have outstanding warrants vacated and the underlying charges dismissed. New York City Criminal Court Judge Kevin McGrath ordered the cases to be sealed within 90 days. Manhattan DA Drops Open […]

Brooklyn DA’s Plan Could Erase Thousands of Cannabis Convictions

In an announcement that could bring criminal justice relief to thousands of New Yorkers, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said on Friday that his office will allow nearly 20,000 low-level cannabis convictions to be wiped away. Gonzalez and his counterpart in Manhattan announced earlier this year that they would decline to prosecute most cases involving […]