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Police In Houston To Stop Arresting Minor Pot Offenders

Category: News | Posted on Tue, November, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

Beginning January 1, police in America’s fourth largest city will no longer be arresting minor marijuana possession offenders.

Under a new mandatory policy outlined by the Harris County District Attorney, police in Houston will cite and release those found with up to two ounces of cannabis. Those issued citations must agree to attend a drug diversion program, which consists of class work and community service. Upon completion of the program, defendants will face no additional punishment. They will not be charged with a crime, and they will not possess a criminal record.

Only first-time offenders will be eligible for the cite-and-release program.

The change is a welcome one for residents of the Lone Star State. Texas police arrest an estimated 75,000 offenders for violating the state’s pot possession laws annually—the second highest total in the nation.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/police-houston-stop-arresting-minor-pot-offenders


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Category: Tokers | Posted on Mon, November, 16th 2015 by THCFinder


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Florida Supreme Court cancels medical marijuana hearing

Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

The Florida Supreme Court has canceled a Dec. 8 hearing that was scheduled to consider legalizing medical marijuana in the state, according to an Associated Press report.

Attorney General Pam Bondi announced last week that she would not launch a challenge to the constitutional amendment, so the Florida Supreme Court called off the scheduled hearing on the matter. Justices will still need to approve the ballot’s wording before the measure can move forward, however, as reported by North Escambia.

 

People United for Medical Marijuana sponsored the bill seeking to authorize marijuana use by individuals suffering from any “physician certified debilitating medical condition.”

Read More:http://extract.suntimes.com/news/10/153/7931/florida-supreme-court-cancels-medical-marijuana-hearing


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Pittsburgh City Council To Introduce Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, November, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

pittsburgh marijuanaI received the following press release from Pittsburgh NORML:

On November 17, 2015, Public Safety Chair Councilman Daniel Lavelle will introduce an ordinance that will permit City of Pittsburgh Police to cite individuals found in possession of a “small amount” of marijuana under a local ordinance as opposed to charging them with misdemeanor level criminal offense. The Ordinance will create a civil fine of up to $100.00 for open possession of under 30 grams of marijuana or 8 grams of hashish. Officers are authorized to seize the suspected contraband and issue a civil fine similar to a parking ticket to individuals who are not engaged in any other criminal conduct.

Approximately 1000 individuals are charged with a misdemeanor level marijuana possessory offense in Pittsburgh annually. Almost all have the criminal charge reduced to a non-traffic summary citation at the first stage of criminal proceedings. Individuals charged with misdemeanor possession must be fingerprinted and risk loss of employment and housing, especially public housing. Despite similar usage between caucasians and African Americans, African American Pittsburghers are charged with minor marijuana possession offenses at a rate of 5 – 1 compared to their white counterparts.

Nationally, Pittsburgh joins a growing trend of local municipalities enacting similar laws to protect its citizens. In 2012 the City of Chicago moved to decriminalize small amounts allowing police to issue tickets instead of making an arrest. In 2014 Washington D.C. passed a similar ordinance providing for a $25.00 fine for possession of a small amount. Philadelphia’s decriminalization ordinance has resulted in an 80% reduction in custodial arrests for small amounts of marijuana.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/pittsburgh-city-council-to-introduce-marijuana-decriminalization-ordinance/


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