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Buffalo/Western New York: Blacks Disproportionately Arrested For Minor Marijuana Offenses

African Americans in the city of Buffalo (population 257,000) are disproportionately arrested for low-level marijuana possession offenses, according to an analysis of arrest data by the advocacy group Partnership for the Public Good. Researchers evaluated marijuana arrest data for Erie County, New York for the years 2012 to 2016. Countywide, blacks comprised 71 percent of … Continue reading »

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Georgia: Legislation Pending to Defelonize Marijuana possession Offenses

Legislation is pending in the Senate, SB 105, to reduce felony marijuana possession offenses to a fine-only misdemeanor. Under state law, the possession of over one ounce of marijuana is classified as a felony offense — punishable by a minimum of one year in jail and up to ten years in prison and a $ … Continue reading »

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South Dakota: Legislation Pending to Eliminate Internal Possession Offenses

More than a dozen lawmakers are backing legislation, Senate Bill 129, to eradicate the state’s marijuana possession by ingestion law. Under the law, one can be charged with a felony drug offense if their past use of a marijuana shows up on a blood or urine test. In the case of cannabis, byproducts of THC … Continue reading »

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Arizona: Measure introduced To Defelonize Minor Marijuana Offenses

Arizona Representative Mark Cardenas has introduced legislation, House Bill 2002, to defelonize minor marijuana possession offenses. Arizona’s penalties pertaining to the possession and/or sale of cannabis are among the toughest in the nation. Under present law, marijuana possession is classified as a felony, punishable by up to two years in jail. Annually, an estimated 20,000 … Continue reading »

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Tennessee: Measures To Reclassify Minor Marijuana Offenses Defeated

Legislation that sought to reduce marijuana possession penalties was unfortunately defeated this legislative session.  House Bill 873 was previously passed by members of the Criminal Justice Committee on April 1st but members of the Finance Ways & Means Subcommittee and Committee failed to ever consider it. The companion Senate bill, Senate Bill 1211, was never considered by members … Continue reading »

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Maryland: Legislation To Recriminalize Marijuana Offenses Tabled

House bill 777, legislation that sought to prohibit a person from smoking or consuming marijuana in a public place, in or on a public conveyance, or in any specified area otherwise accessible to the public; and establish a criminal penalty of a fine not to exceed $ 500 has been tabled for the 2016 legislative … Continue reading »

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Arizona: Lawmakers Fail To Act On Measure To Defelonize Minor Marijuana Offenses

House lawmakers failed to consider, House Bill 2007, legislation to defelonize minor marijuana possession offenses. Arizona’s penalties pertaining to the possession and/or sale of cannabis are among the toughest in the nation. Under present law, marijuana possession is classified as a felony, punishable by up to two years in jail. Annually, an estimated 20,000 Arizonans … Continue reading »

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