President Obama’s Drug War Commutations Surpass 1,000
Continuing with his campaign of clemency for federal drug offenders who were imprisoned under outdated sentencing laws, last week President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 79 more inmates, bringing the total commutations throughout his two terms to to more than 1,000.
This number now far surpasses that of the previous 11 presidents combined. Bill Clinton granted 61 commutations, and George Bush just 11. But White House officials are still rushing to review all of the approximately 6,000 pending clemency applications before the end of Obama’s term.
In 2016 alone, a total of 839 commutations have been granted.
Are California MMJ Dispensaries Already Selling Recreational Marijuana?
California’s newfound cannabis trade is not supposed to be up and running until sometime around 2018, but allegedly, that hasn’t prevented some dispensaries from selling recreational reefer in the same manner as they have been slinging the “medical” stuff for the past two decades.
A recent report from the California Weed Blog indicates that ever since the voters approved Proposition 64, an initiative that fully legalized marijuana throughout the state, there has been at least three medical marijuana dispensaries that have jettisoned the concept of a patient needing a doctor’s recommendation and are now selling weed to every adult 21 and over who comes in looking to get stoned.
HIGH TIMES, however, could not confirm all of the report—and found some discrepancies, too.
Vote certifying delay could slow rollout of Mass. marijuana law
Dispatch from Pence-Land: Indiana Cops Lie About Super-Strong Edibles
America took a definite step backwards with the selection of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III as attorney general—as in a step back towards the 19th century—but for the movement to end marijuana prohibition in America, soon-to-be Vice President Mike Pence could be just as big of a problem. Just look at the nonsense they’re peddling in Pence’s home state of Indiana.
The Hoosier State has some of the toughest drug laws in America. Mere possession of the tiniest scrap of cannabis is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine; cultivating or possessing for sale more than 30 grams, just over an ounce, is a felony.
As governor, America’s most-loathed theatergoer has spent more energy and political capital punishing gay people for being gay than cracking down any further on cannabis. There’s no need to bother, when he has local police forces concocting wild, Reefer Madness-worthy claims—like the out about the 5,000-milligram lollipop.
The Pot Train Could Still Go Off The Tracks, And Here’s How
DENVER (AP) — Weed is winning in the polls, with a solid majority of Americans saying marijuana should be legal. But does that mean the federal government will let dozens of state pot experiments play out? Not by a long shot.
The government still has many means to slow or stop the marijuana train. And President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to be the next attorney general has raised fears that the new administration could crack down on weed-tolerant states 20 years after California became the first to legalize medical marijuana.
“We need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized. It ought not to be minimized, that it’s in fact a very real danger,” Sessions said during an April Senate hearing.
The rise of legal weed in America
A majority of the U.S. population now has access to legalized cannabis in some form. What's the track record so far? Here's everything you need to know:Where is weed legal?
Recreational use is now fully legal in eight states plus Washington, D.C., after voters in California, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Maine approved marijuana ballot initiatives earlier this month. On Election Day, voters in Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota brought the tally of states with legal medical marijuana to 28. Though cannabis is still illegal under federal law, Election Day was widely considered a tipping point for the legalization movement. A recent Gallup poll found that 60 percent of Americans now approve of legalizing marijuana, and there is a growing bipartisan consensus that the $1 trillion war on drugs has failed. Criminalizing the use and sale of drugs has sent millions of nonviolent criminals to prison — a disproportionate number of them black — and empowered violent drug cartels. At the same time, there is growing scientific research showing that casual cannabis use by adults is fairly safe — less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco. Another major factor propelling legalization is that states can tax it and get a big boost in revenues. As one pro-legalization ad in Colorado put it: "Jobs for our people. Money for our schools. Who could ask for more?"
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