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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 […]

Governor of Delaware Signs Bill to Expunge Past Non-Violent Pot Convictions

Compared with some of its regional neighbors, Delaware isn’t making rapid strides toward legalizing adult-use cannabis. But it has taken significant steps toward decriminalizing possession and use. Earlier this year, we reported on the bi-partisan effort led by the Delaware Assembly to clear past minor marijuana convictions. And on Wednesday, Governor John Carney signed SB […]

Bernard Noble, Serving 13 Years for Two Joints, Granted Parole

Bernard Noble, one of America’s most famous drug war victims, will be a free man by the end of this week. On Tuesday a Louisiana parole board granted the 54-year-old truck driver his liberty. Noble served seven years and four months of a 13-year sentence for the crime of cannabis possession. “We’ve had people receive […]