public safety

Our Towns Don’t Need Tanks

Our Towns Don’t Need Tanks

This past week I have watched both the print and television media’s response to the death of Michael Brown and the ensuing riots in Ferguson. For the first time, the mainstream media has finally started to question the militarization of law enforcement and its impact on our communities. My question is: What took you so long? […]

Philadelphia: Decriminalization Measure Awaits Mayor’s Signature

Philadelphia: Decriminalization Measure Awaits Mayor’s Signature

Via NORML: The Philadelphia City Council passed bill 140377 with a vote of 13-3 in June 2014. The measure, sponsored by Councilman James Kenney, offers a pragmatic solution to unburdening the city government and our residents from arrests for small amounts of marijuana.   There are more than 4,000 adults arrested each year in our […]

Colorado: Fight for Legalization Protections Rages On

Colorado: Fight for Legalization Protections Rages On

News from Colorado Cannabis Patients Alliance: HB1122, a clean-up bill, defines “locked and enclosed” among other things. Passed and already signed by the Governor. *** The Whizzinator Bill (HB-1040) was killed in committee. Essentially it came down to ridiculousness. It started out as a felony, then got dropped to a misdemeanor, then a civil fine. […]

4/20: Thank a Cop in Seattle!

4/20: Thank a Cop in Seattle!

PHOTO SOURCE: Seattle.gov With the upcoming cannabis holiday on 4/20, its time for me to ask everyone to help me celebrate by publicly thanking the many criminal justice professionals that are working to implement the will of the voters. Can we give them all a collective “high-five” and a hallelujah? Let’s start with the City […]