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Denver, New York City Police Chiefs Join Call to End Mass Imprisonment

Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder

Some of the nation's most prominent law enforcement officials were in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, calling for the U.S. to reduce its incarceration rate. 

Police chiefs from some of the nation's largest cities, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Denver, joined over 130 other police chiefs, prosecutors and sheriffs to launch Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration, a group "committed to identifying and implementing solutions to simultaneously reduce crime and incarceration" with the "goal of building a smarter, stronger and fairer criminal justice system." 

“After all the years I’ve been doing this work, I ask myself, ‘What is a crime, and what does the community want?’” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, a chairman of the group, to the New York Times. “When we’re arresting people for low-level offenses — narcotics — I’m not sure we’re achieving what we’ve set out to do. The system of criminal justice is not supporting what the community wants. It’s very obvious what needs to be done, and we feel the obligation as police chiefs to do this.”

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/denver-new-york-city-police-chiefs-join-call-end-mass-imprisonment


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A Good Idea.

Category: Fun | Posted on Thu, October, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder


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Think Tank Report Damns Federal Government for Preventing Pot Research

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

While it is no secret that the federal government has spent decades guarding the Controlled Substances Act in an effort to prevent science from exploring the true medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant, a new report from the Brookings Institution has uncovered the great lengths which Uncle Sam has gone to ensure that the therapeutic properties of marijuana are never revealed.

In the report, authors John Hudak and Grace Wallack aggressively call out the federal government for “stifling medical marijuana research in a rapidly transforming area of public policy that has consequences for public health and public safety.” They argue that the “statutory, regulatory, bureaucratic, and cultural barriers have paralyzed science and threatened the integrity of research freedom in this area.”

Although medical marijuana is now legal in some form in over half the United States, the report found that these programs are largely crippled and unable to operate at their full potential due to conflicting states and federal laws. And, regardless of “elderly, veterans, children,” and demographic variations who adamantly proclaim that cannabis is an effective treatment for their respective medical conditions, the U.S. government has all but refused to open its doors to conduct extensive research in the interest of the greater good.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/think-tank-report-damns-federal-government-preventing-pot-research


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US Representative Blumenauer Calls For An End To Failed Marijuana Prohibition

Category: Politics | Posted on Thu, October, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder
earl blumenauer marijuana garden fundraiser

(image via Oregon Cannabis Connection)

Today, as representatives from the Oregon Cannabis Association visit Capitol Hill, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) on the House floor called for an end to the federal government’s failed approach of marijuana prohibition.

To follow are Congressman Blumenauer’s remarks. Click here to watch his speech.

“Mr. Speaker, advocates from the new emerging marijuana industry in Oregon are descending on Capitol Hill at a very critical time for this fledgling industry. They have a report about the implementation of Oregon’s Ballot Measure 91, overwhelming approved by voters last year to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana at the state level.

“Possession became legal July 1st. Retail sales were authorized in existing dispensaries on the 1st of October to significant interest around the state. The first week saw an estimated $11 million in sales. They are working hard to implement the spirit and the letter of the measure, working closely with the Oregon legislature to refine it – learning from the experiences of states like Washington and Colorado that have already legalized adult use.

“Theirs is a positive story of economic opportunity, product development, tax revenues, more freedom for individuals, and eliminating the racial disparities in the enforcement of a failed policy of prohibition that comes down heavily against young men of color – especially African Americans.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/us-representative-blumenauer-calls-for-end-failed-marijuana-prohibition/


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