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Obama Commutes Sentences Of Nearly A Hundred Federal Drug Prisoners

Category: Politics | Posted on Sat, December, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

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President Obama today commuted the federal prison sentences of 95 men and women, all but two of them drug offenders serving draconian sentences. He also issued pardons for two people who have already served their sentences.

Many had been imprisoned since the 1990s. Some were doing life sentences for drug offenses. Most were cocaine offenders, but the commutations also included people doing time for marijuana, meth, and heroin.

This single step nearly doubles the number of sentence commutations the president has issued in his seven years in office, bringing the total to 184. While that is a tiny fraction of the hundred thousand drug offenders serving federal time, the number of commutations is more than the previous five presidents combined.

Recent Republican presidents have tended to be stingier with the commutation power than recent Democrats. Jimmy Carter commuted 29 sentences and Bill Clinton commuted 61, but Ronald Reagan only commuted 13 and the Bush father and son team only commuted 14 between them.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/obama-commutes-sentences-of-nearly-a-hundred-federal-drug-prisoners/


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Yup, Mailing Pot Ads Is Still Illegal

Category: News | Posted on Sat, December, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The U.S. Postal Service says it's illegal to mail materials containing advertising for marijuana products, even in states that have legalized the federally controlled substance.

The policy statement released this week comes in response to a letter from Oregon's Congressional delegation asking the service to clarify its policy on the issue.

In November, a memo distributed in the Portland postal district said it was unlawful for newspaper outlets to run marijuana ads and use the U.S. mail for delivery.

The memo caused confusion among publishers whose newspapers have published ads for dispensaries and manufacturers in the region.

"Advertisements for the sale of marijuana are non-mailable," Thomas Marshall, executive vice president and general counsel of the Postal Service, wrote in a letter to the delegation. That's because under the federal Controlled Substances Act marijuana's sale is prohibited, he said. That same law also prohibits placing written ads for controlled substances like marijuana in newspapers, magazines or other publications.

"These provisions express Congress's judgment that the mail should not be used as a means of transmitting advertisements for the sale of marijuana, even if that sale is allowed under state law," Marshall wrote.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/yup-mailing-pot-ads-still-illegal


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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, December, 18th 2015 by THCFinder


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Obama Tells Supreme Court to Ignore Lawsuit Against Colorado Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

The Obama Administration came to the defense of legal marijuana states on Wednesday by advising the U.S. Supreme Court not to waste any time entertaining a lawsuit conjured up by Oklahoma and Nebraska over their seething disdain for Colorado’s recreational cannabis trade.

A brief filed by the Justice Department’s leading legal eagle, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr., is a finely penned tune of persuasion intended to get the nation’s highest court to reject the lawsuit disputing Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana. The document suggests the U.S. Supreme Court is not the proper venue for this grievance.

“The motion for leave to file a bill of complaint should be denied because this is not an appropriate case for the exercise of this Court’s original jurisdiction,” Verrilli wrote. “Entertaining the type of dispute at issue here — essentially that one State’s laws make it more likely that third parties will violate federal and state law in another State — would represent a substantial and unwarranted expansion of this Court’s original jurisdiction.” 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/obama-tells-supreme-court-ignore-lawsuit-against-colorado-marijuana


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