NYPD told to ticket instead of arrest for marijuana

The NYPD arrests tens of thousands of people a year for marijuana possession. The person is stopped, forced by police to empty their pockets, patted down and handcuffed. Police remove the cuffs after a ride to the police station to be processed and fingerprinted, putting the person in America’s criminal justice system. They hold the personContinue reading “NYPD told to ticket instead of arrest for marijuana”

Did De Blasio end NYPD’s ‘buy and bust’ marijuana policy?

Bill de Blasio called the high number of marijuana arrests in New York City ridiculous when running for mayor, concluding, “This policy is unjust and wrong.” After being elected, the mayor took a slightly different approach: he did nothing. An October report from the Drug Policy Alliance and Marijuana Arrest Research Project, however, provided the pushneeded. Pressured to live up toContinue reading “Did De Blasio end NYPD’s ‘buy and bust’ marijuana policy?”

Philly activist first cited under new decriminalization law

Mike Whiter wore his camouflage Phillies cap and a white and green NORML hoodie as he stood outside of Philadelphia’s City Hall Monday morning and lit a joint. After taking a couple of puffs, a police officer ordered him to drop it and began writing Whiter a $100 citation. Only a day earlier, the same act would haveContinue reading “Philly activist first cited under new decriminalization law”

Philadelphia becomes the largest U.S. city to decriminalize marijuana

In June 2010, Philadelphia took a step toward decriminalizing marijuana with a program called SAM— standing for Small Amounts of non-medical Marijuana. Under this program, possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana was punished with arrest, a $200 fine and a three-hour class on drug abuse. As a form of decriminalization, this move failedContinue reading “Philadelphia becomes the largest U.S. city to decriminalize marijuana”

Maryland senate votes to decriminalize, but state won’t legalize

The question of full legalization is off the table in Maryland for this election cycle with no such bills garnering enough votes to make it out of committee. Maryland has laws allowing cannabis for medical use and granting the ability to raise a medical necessity defense in court, but lawmakers are not ready to pullContinue reading “Maryland senate votes to decriminalize, but state won’t legalize”