decriminalization

American Academy of Pediatrics Wants Marijuana Rescheduled

American Academy of Pediatrics Wants Marijuana Rescheduled

Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a statement calling for marijuana to be removed from its current Schedule I classification and rescheduled to Schedule II. This may prove to be a watershed moment; the largest professional organization for pediatricians domestically and the largest  pediatric publisher in the world is calling for real, earnest research into […]

Pennsylvania: The Financial Waste of Illegal Marijuana

Pennsylvania: The Financial Waste of Illegal Marijuana

Since Colorado legalized marijuana, we’ve seen numerous stories about the windfall of tax revenue reaped by the state, money that is being used for education and social services. What we’ve heard less about is the windfall reaped by the taxpayers of Colorado no longer funding law enforcement efforts to interdict marijuana sales. Consider the case […]

Philadelphia Decriminalization Already Paying Dividends in First Month

Philadelphia Decriminalization Already Paying Dividends in First Month

On October 20, 2014, the City of Philadelphia enacted an ordinance that authorized City of Philadelphia police to charge a summary citation (similar to a traffic ticket) instead of a misdemeanor narcotics offense. In 2012 activists with Philly NORML, a local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, investigated the police […]

Green Handcuffs: Racial Profiling in the War on Weed

Green Handcuffs: Racial Profiling in the War on Weed

The war on drugs is racist. The steps on the uneven road to equality are not as few as many Americans wish to believe. Certain outdated laws intended to govern basic behaviors and safeguard personal freedoms now hinder our ability to balance the scales of justice evenly for everyone. Targeted enforcement and harsher penalties for […]

New York City Decriminalization of Cannabis Begins Today

New York City Decriminalization of Cannabis Begins Today

Beginning today, November 19th, 2014, the possession of 25 grams of less of cannabis in the city of New York, New York will be punishable by a court summons instead of arrest and a misdemeanor charge. For a city long notorious for its racially biased stop and frisk practices, this shift in policy could be […]

Where Are People Voting About Cannabis Today?

Where Are People Voting About Cannabis Today?

In Alaska,citizens will vote on Ballot Measure 2, which will create a retail industry for marijuana sales and give the state government the authority to tax recreational cannabis as well. In Oregon, voters will be weighing in on Measure 91, which would also create a legal framework for the production and sale of recreational marijuana […]

Philadelphia Removes Criminal Penalties for Pot Possession

Philadelphia Removes Criminal Penalties for Pot Possession

Beginning on October 20th, 2014, possession of small amounts of marijuana in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will be a civil offense with no criminal penalties. That means that once the policy takes effect, Philadelphia will become the largest city to effectively decriminalize marijuana possession. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed the bill into law this last Wednesday, October […]

Maryland Decriminalization Law in Effect, World Not Over

Maryland Decriminalization Law in Effect, World Not Over

On October 1st, 2014, the state of Maryland officially enacted its law decriminalizing the possession of limited amounts of marijuana. Now, citizens caught in possession of ten grams or less of dried cannabis flower will be subject to a ticket instead of arrest. First offense tickets will cost $100, while second offenses run $250 and […]

Jamaica Drafting Law to Decriminalize Marijuana

Jamaica Drafting Law to Decriminalize Marijuana

Thanks in no small part to the famous musician Bob Marley, Jamaica is synonymous with marijuana in many people’s mind. Despite that cultural correlation, marijuana has been prohibited by law in Jamaica for a century. Marley’s cultural heritage is certainly impacting the proposed decriminalization, which will include specific protections for Rastafari using cannabis for religious […]