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ACLU Pennsylvania: Blacks Eight Times More Likely Than Whites To Be Arrested For Marijuana Possession

African Americans in Pennsylvania are over eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession offenses than are Caucasians, according to an analysis of statewide arrest data by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU Pennsylvania report reviewed arrest data for all 67 counties from 2010 to 2016. Excluding Philadelphia, which decriminalized cannabis possession … Continue reading »

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Wisconsin: Bill Filed To Regulate Marijuana Possession, Use, Sales

Legislation is pending for the 2017-2018 legislative session to regulate the use, growing, and distribution of marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison), permits adults to possess and grow personal use quantities of cannabis, and to possess marijuana-related paraphernalia. It also establishes regulations for the commercial production … Continue reading »

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Wisconsin: Measure Pending to Reduce Marijuana Possession Penalties

Legislation is pending to reduce minor marijuana possession penalties. Under current law, possession of any amount is a misdemeanor that carries up to 6 months in jail and a $ 1,000 fine if convicted by a plea or trial. Senate Bill 318 amends state law so that marijuana possession offenses (up to 10 grams) are … Continue reading »

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Pennsylvania: Measure Pending to Reduce Marijuana Possession Penalties

Update: Members of the House Transportation Committee are scheduled to vote on HB 928 on April 25. Legislation is pending to reduce minor marijuana possession penalties. Under current law, possession of up to 30 grams is third-degree misdemeanor that carries up to 30 days in jail, a $ 500 fine and a driver’s license suspension … Continue reading »

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Federal: End Arbitrary License Suspensions For Minor Marijuana Possession

Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) with Representatives Amash (R-MI), Jeffries (D-NY), Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Nadler (D-NY), and Love (R-UT) have introduced The Better Drive Act, legislation removing the federal mandate that demands states to suspend the driver’s license of individuals with a marijuana possession conviction. Under current law, any drug conviction, regardless of whether or not a … Continue reading »

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Wisconsin City Removes Fines for Marijuana Possession and Consumption

Following a national trend, members of the Monona City Council passed an ordinance that removed all municipal fines for the private possession and consumption of marijuana. Under the new ordinance, adults 21-years and older will no longer be subjected to a fine for possessing marijuana in public or in private spaces. Marijuana use in a … Continue reading »

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Iowa: Bill Pending to Reduce Marijuana Possession Penalties

Update: Members of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee passed the measure to the full Committee on February 28. Senate legislation is pending, SF 280, to reduce minor marijuana possession penalties involving the possession of five grams of marijuana or less. If passed, the measure would classify first time offenses from a serious misdemeanor, punishable by up … Continue reading »

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New York: Seal Past Marijuana Possession Convictions

Update: A. 2142 has passed the state Assembly by a vote of 95 to 38. The Senate has yet to take action on its companion bill, S. 3809. Legislation (A. 2142 and S. 3809) is before the Assembly and Senate to seal the records of those who have previously been convicted of the possession 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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Tennessee: Support Measure To Reduce Marijuana Possession Penalties

Legislation is pending in the House and Senate — SB 265 and HB 297 — to reduce penalties associated with the possession of one-eighth of marijuana (3.544 grams) to a fine-only offense. Under present law, the possession of any amount of marijuana is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $ 250 … Continue reading »

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