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Minnesota’s Cold Shoulder Towards Cannabis

The road to the legalization of Cannabis sativa in the United States has been a (very) long, intricate one. As more states establish the infrastructure for medical use, others, including Minnesota, are taking their next leap by considering legalizing cannabis for recreational use. In 2014, Minnesota passed a restrictive medical program that has since been […]

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Divest City of Portland Cannabis Tax Funds from PPB

Divest City Portland Cannabis Tax funds from the PPB budget and invest them into reparations for those harmed by the War on Drugs, which disproportionately targeted BIPOC communities for activities that are now legal. PAALF PAALF VISION OUR ANALYSIS  All across this country, Black people live with the everyday reality of being subjected to a […]

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LA County California Expunges Thousands of Pot Convictions

Nearly 66,000 marijuana convictions in Los Angeles County will be dismissed thanks to California voters’ approval of Proposition 64, which legalized adult-use marijuana and made provisions for the expungement of old weed convictions – some dating back to 1961. Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who made announcement on Feb. 13, 2020, called it […]

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Elizabeth Warren Unveils Her Plan for Marijuana Legalization

As a politician and educator and now presidential candidate, Senator Elizabeth Warren, seems to have a plan for everything. She has now released her marijuana legalization plan. During a speech in Denver on Feb. 23, 2020, Sen. Warren (D-Mass) vowed to make dramatic changes in federal drug policies and to protect state-legal marijuana markets by […]

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Two Pieces of Legislation Approved

In a positive move for US military veterans, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee (HVAC) approved bipartisan bills that would increase access to state-legal medical cannabis for veterans and expand research into the potential medical benefits of cannabis for conditions commonly diagnosed in veterans. The first bill, HR 712, which is known as the VA Medicinal […]

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Advocates Urge Law Enforcement to Release Cannabis Prisoners

In addition to curtailing cannabis-related arrests, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) and other organizations are calling for the release or clemency for people incarcerated for cannabis offenses as well as a reduction of incarcerated non-violent prisoners, whether they’ve been sentenced or not. Public health experts have warned that the coronavirus poses a threat not only […]

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Majority of Americans Want Racial Disparities in Cannabis Arrests Stopped

Over two-thirds of Americans are aware that cannabis has been weaponized by law enforcement and is being used to target people of color. And they want it stopped. Oasis Intelligence recently released part of their national cannabis survey in which they polled 20,000 consumers in all 50 states and Washington D.C. from September to December […]

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Cannabis Plant Seizures Are Up, Arrests are Down

Federal law enforcement agents and their local partners throughout the United States made fewer weed-related arrests in 2019. But when they did, they seized an estimated four million marijuana plants, making off with nearly 45% more cannabis than they did in 2018. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) also announced that the number of arrests made […]

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