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Published: Sun, 18 Mar 2018 00:36:25 -0700

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US: In These States, Past Marijuana Crimes Can Go Away

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Philadelphia Daily News, 20 Nov 2017 - Stateline, a project of the Pew Charitable Trusts, provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. When Californians voted to legalize marijuana last year, they also voted to let people petition courts to reduce or hide convictions for past marijuana crimes. State residents can now petition courts to change some felonies to misdemeanors, change some misdemeanors to infractions, and wipe away convictions for possessing or growing small amounts of the drug.

US NY: Racial Disparity Found In Local Marijuana Arrests, Study Says

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Buffalo News, 14 Nov 2017 - In just three years, the number of marijuana arrests in Buffalo dropped by more than half. At the same time, the overwhelming majority of people arrested continued to be people of color. A new study, released Tuesday, found 86 percent of the people arrested for marijuana possession in Buffalo during the five year-period ending last year were black or Hispanic.

US CA: Hundreds Applied To Be On California's Pot Advisory Committee

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 05 Oct 2017 - With just three months left to draft new rules for marijuana sales in California, the state on Wednesday appointed a panel of industry members, health experts, law enforcement officials and union leaders to provide advice during the effort. The 22-member Cannabis Advisory Committee will help the Bureau of Cannabis Control develop regulations on the cultivation, transport, testing and sale of medical and recreational marijuana, with state licenses scheduled to be issued starting Jan. 2.

US CA: L.A. Is Set To Be A Hot Market For Marijuana Sales

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 25 Sep 2017 - NOT BE MANY PLACES TO SMOKE IT The idea of alarms critics of the marijuana industry, who argue that such venues would become a nuisance and drag down property values. The idea of alarms critics of the marijuana industry, who argue that such venues would become a nuisance and drag down property values.

US: More People Were Arrested Last Year Over Pot Than For All Crimes

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 26 Sep 2017 - In 2016 more people were arrested for marijuana possession than for all crimes the FBI classifies as violent, according to 2016 crime data released by the agency on Monday. Marijuana possession arrests edged up slightly in 2016, a year in which voters in four states approved recreational marijuana initiatives and voters in three others approved medical marijuana measures.

CN ON: Advocates Renew Call For City To Act On Overdoses

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Toronto Star, 12 Aug 2017 - People on the frontlines of the opioid overdose crisis say they know exactly what needs to be done to save lives and tackle the "public health emergency." Build safe affordable housing, expedite the opening of the safe injection sties, expand the distribution of overdose-reversing naloxone and drug-testing kits, and increase funding for harm-reduction staff positions.

US NY: Report Reveals 'Safe House' Where Heroin Users Shoot Up Under

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

New York Post, 08 Aug 2017 - NEW YORK -- A safe haven where drug users inject themselves with heroin and other drugs has been quietly operating in the United States for the past three years, a report reveals. None were known to exist in the US until the disclosure in a medical journal, although several states and cities are pushing to establish these so-called supervised injection sites, where users can shoot up under the care of trained staff who can treat an overdose if necessary.

Uruguay: Getting High In Uruguay Now Means Just A Stop At The

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 19 Jul 2017 - MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - The rules are a bit of a buzzkill. Drug users must officially register with the government. Machines will scan buyers' fingerprints at every purchase, and there are strict quotas to prevent overindulgence. But when Uruguay's marijuana legalization law takes full effect on Wednesday, getting high will take a simple visit to the pharmacy.

US CA: Editorial: Safe Injections Centers Are Not Opium Dens

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 24 Jun 2017 - Government-sanctioned and supported "supervised injection centers," where addicts can bring their illicitly obtained drugs and shoot up with little fear of arrest or a fatal overdose, have been in service in Europe for decades. There's only one in all of North America, though. It's in Canada -- a Vancouver, Canada, center called Insite. Research found that after the center opened in 2003 fatal drug overdoses decreased by 35% in the nearby community. Earlier this month Canadian officials authorized injection centers in Montreal, Toronto and other cities.