How Pot Legalization Makes It Harder for Police to Violate Your Civil Rights
Marijuana is an invaluable tool for law enforcement in America—but only so long as cannabis remains illegal, which is exactly what most law-enforcement lobbies and pro-police lawmakers want.
Under prohibition, cannabis is an incomparable catch-all excuse. The mere whiff of cannabis is sufficient probable cause for a traffic stop or, where the police-state tactic is still accepted, start a stop-and-frisk routine.
And that all ends as soon as cannabis is legalized.
According to a report from the Stanford Open Policing Project, which analyzed more than 100 million traffic stops across 31 states, motorists of all races are as much as three times less likely to be stopped and searched where, thanks to legalization, marijuana is no longer available as an excuse.
Pennsylvania Picks MMJ Program Dispensaries
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State regulators on Thursday announced the 27 entities that have been selected to operate dispensaries under Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law, a program expected to be up and running next year.
The Health Department said not all of them are currently opting to run three locations, so for now there will be 52 dispensaries scattered around the state.
Office of Medical Marijuana director John Collins said the process was competitive, with hundreds of quality applicants.
Congress Showing More Interest Than Ever In Marijuana Bills
Marijuana-related legislation has received more support in Congress this year than ever before.
According to a report from MassRoots, there are now more federal lawmakers supporting marijuana bills, especially those seeking to remedy the banking conundrum for the cannabis industry, than in previous sessions.
One of the proposals, a pot-banking bill introduced earlier this year by Congressman Ed Perlmutter, has managed to secure 47 co-sponsors in 2017 – that is nearly 10 more backers than when Congress ended the session last year.
The second proposal, which was re-submitted in May by Senator Jeff Merkley, has already attracted more co-sponsors in the past few weeks than it did when it was first introduced back in 2014.
Marijuana bills dealing with federal tax laws are also getting more attention. The report shows that several of these measures have more co-sponsors in 2017 than in times past.
Here's when you can start legally buying marijuana in Nevada
Sales of recreational marijuana kick off in Nevada on Saturday, July 1, and the state is expecting on onslaught of tourists coming to sample the local merchandise.
But visitors might have tough times finding the drug in stores.
Anyone who is 21 and over with a valid ID can buy up to an ounce of pot (or one-eighth of an ounce of edibles or concentrates) from one of several medical marijuana dispensaries that have been approved for recreational sales
Jeff Sessions Stridently Ignores Cannabis Science at Our Collective Peril
Opioid overdoses killed in excess of 33,000 people in 2015 and continue to ruin millions of lives, while our ill-equipped government dawdles with absurd and punitive solutions.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions refuses to view the situation as a public-health crisis but rather insists on criminalizing, penalizing and filling jails—the exact wrong path to take.
Sessions’ stubborn insistence on disregarding scientific consensus regarding the role cannabis can play in stemming the opioid epidemic actually threatens to make it worse.
Does Legalized Marijuana Result in Increased Auto Accidents?
After more than a solid decade of continuous decline in auto accidents, the number is gradually going back up in several states.
There have been new studies that have associated marijuana usage with these accidents. With medical marijuana recently legal for various purposes in 28 U.S. states ,as well as the District of Columbia, it seems easy to draw this conclusion. There is a lot of data suggesting the correlation between marijuana use and car collisions.
But could there be other factors at play?
Auto Accidents Appear to Have Increased in States Which Have Legalized Marijuana
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