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Justice Department: People Cannot Be Held in Jail Because They Cannot Afford Bail

Category: News | Posted on Tue, August, 23rd 2016 by THCFinder

It is not unusual for a minor drug offender to be held behind bars simply because he or she does not have the financial resources to afford bail. However, last week, the Justice Department denounced this action in court, saying that it is unconstitutional to keep defendants locked up in jail because they cannot raise the money required for their release.

“Bail practices that incarcerate indigent individuals before trial solely because of their inability to pay for their release violate the Fourteenth Amendment,” the Justice Department wrote in a first-of-its-kind amicus brief filed in federal court on Friday.

The decision comes in light of a case involving a 54-year-old Georgia man by the name of Maurice Walker, who was busted by the Calhoun Police Department in 2015 for being a “pedestrian under the influence.” The filing indicates that Walker, who has a “serious mental health disability and limited income with no assets,” was told that he would have to remain in jail until his court date unless he could pay the fixed bail amount of $160—the amount set for the offense of being a pedestrian under the influence.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/justice-department-people-cannot-be-held-in-jail-because-they-cannot-afford-bail/


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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Fun | Posted on Mon, August, 22nd 2016 by THCFinder


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Former GOP Congressman State Finance Director Tom Campbell Endorses Prop 64

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, August, 22nd 2016 by THCFinder

SACRAMENTO, CA—Today, Tom Campbell, the respected former Republican Congressman and legislator, former Director of the California Department of Finance under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and current law school professor at Chapman University in Orange County, officially endorsed Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which will be on the statewide ballot in November.

“Proposition 64 is a smarter, safer and more fiscally sound approach to adult-use marijuana than what our state is presently doing,” said Campbell. “It will save law enforcement and state taxpayers tens of millions of dollars in reduced enforcement costs that can and should be dedicated to anti-drug education. It will also reduce the underground marijuana market and loosen the stranglehold of the drug cartels.”

“Our present approach, by contrast, puts too many young people into jail, has a racial impact that is very harmful in our state, and makes money for criminals,” he continued. “I have never smoked marijuana, and I do not advocate anyone doing so. But I know the difference between a public health problem and a law enforcement problem. Proposition 64 is the right solution at the right time for California.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/former-gop-congressman-state-finance-director-tom-campbell-endorses-prop-64/


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Joe Rogan on DEA Decision on Marijuana Rescheduling

Category: Videos | Posted on Mon, August, 22nd 2016 by THCFinder


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