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San Diego Police Raid Two Illegal Cannabis Dispensaries

San Diego Police Raid Two Illegal Cannabis Dispensaries

San Diego Police Raid Two Illegal Cannabis Dispensaries

On Aug. 17, 2017, the San Diego Police Department narcotics unit raided two illegal cannabis dispensaries, bringing the number of raids on illegal dispensaries to more than 60 since March 2016.

Operation Terminus

SAN ANDREAS, Calif., Aug. 3, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Beginning on 7/31/17 the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, the California National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, California State Water Board, Central Valley Regional Water Board, Calaveras County District Attorney’s Office, California Highway Patrol and Cal Fire began the service of 23+ search warrants throughout Calaveras County relating to multiple ongoing criminal investigations regarding the illegal cultivation of marijuana and directly related environmental crimes.

86 Percent of NYPD Marijuana Possession Arrests Affect Black and Latino New Yorkers

86 Percent of NYPD Marijuana Possession Arrests Affect Black and Latino New Yorkers

On July 11, 2017, the Drug Policy Alliance announced that a report it had commissioned by the Marijuana Arrest Research Project had been released, revealing that marijuana possession arrests under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tenure are marked by a high rate of racial disparity.

Virginia Marijuana Arrests Continue to Hit Black Communities

Virginia Marijuana Arrests Continue to Hit Black Communities

When it comes to marijuana enforcement, it’s no secret that racial disparities persist even though black and white communities use marijuana at similar rates. The most recent reminder of this comes from the Old Dominion State, where Virginia marijuana arrests continue to disproportionately affect black communities.

Activists Arrested at Smoke-In on United States Capitol Grounds

Activists Arrested at Smoke-In on United States Capitol Grounds

Calling upon the federal government to reschedule marijuana, activists with the group DC Marijuana Justice staged a smoke-in on United States Capitol grounds on April 24, 2017, and some were subsequently arrested by United States Capitol Police for possession.

US Capitol Police Arrest Eight for Possession of Marijuana

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — At approximately 12:18 p.m. today, United States Capitol Police (USCP) officers began arresting several individuals after witnessing them distributing marijuana in public view to passersby at First and Constitution Avenue, NE.

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So Far, So Good: What We Know About Marijuana Legalization in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — A new report by the Drug Policy Alliance brings good news for the states considering legalization at the ballot on November 8, 2016, and the broader marijuana legalization movement.


FBI Statistics Show Marijuana Arrests Dropped in 2015

In 2015, U.S. arrests for simple possession of marijuana dropped to their lowest level in 19 years, according to the Washington Post’s Wonkblog. New data from the FBI showed a 7 percent slip between 2014 and 2015, when 574,641 were arrested for simple possession. The 2015 figure sits at the end of a 25 percent slide from 2007.

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It’s Not Legal Yet: Nearly 500,000 Marijuana Arrests in California in the Last Decade

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — A new report by the Drug Policy Alliance shows that there were nearly half a million marijuana felony and misdemeanor arrests in California between 2006 and 2015.

CannaBit Projections and Female Decline

Weekly CannaBit: Dramatic Decline in Marijuana Arrests in Washington, DC

Weekly CannaBit for the week of April 4, 2016: Arrests for marijuana-related offenses in Washington, D.C., began falling in 2011, but since city residents legalized adult use in 2014, the decline has been dramatic. Total arrests have fallen 95% since 2011, and arrests for possession alone have fallen 99% over the same period.

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Tuesday: D.C. Council Expected to Vote to Proceed with Permanent Ban on Marijuana Clubs

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The Council of the District of Columbia has scheduled a vote today on legislation that restricts adult marijuana use in the District, prohibiting marijuana consumption everywhere but the home.


Washington Law Makes Pot Possession a Felony For Minors

When Washington State legalized recreational marijuana, supporters had hoped that legalization would free law enforcement up to focus on more important crimes, like murder or theft. But unfortunately for marijuana supporters, that dream may remain unsubstantiated as a new law allows police to jail minors.

South Florida Makes Minor Moves On Marijuana Reform

Although the Florida legislature failed to pass meaningful marijuana reform, two of the state’s largest counties, Miami-Dade and Broward, are considering two nearly identical measures that would allow law enforcement to punish marijuana possession with fines instead of just arrests.


Marijuana Arrests and Social Progress

Since recreational marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado, many states have begun to ease marijuana laws and punishments. Overall, it seems that arrest rates are down for the now legal drug, with Colorado reporting decreased crime rates, traffic fatalities and an increase in jobs.


Philly Gets Decriminalization Right

As recently reported, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will sign a compromise measure to decriminalize personal possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana, with the penalty dropping from possible jail time to a $25 fine. Philadelphia got it right in two major ways.

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Life Sentence for Buying Marijuana?

(CNN) — Clearly something is broken when a Missouri man named Jeff Mizanskey can be sentenced to die in prison for purchasing seven pounds of marijuana. With two nonviolent marijuana convictions already on his record, Jeff received life without parole under Missouri’s three strikes law.