Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law Friday that removes criminal penalties for possession of a personal amount of marijuana and replaces them with a civil fine. The new law is effective immediately.Read More
Headset Inc., a cannabis intelligence firm, reviewed about 40,000 legal marijuana purchases made in Washington State from September 2014 to July 2016. The Seattle-based company determined that the average recreational weed consumer is a 37-year-old man who buys traditional marijuana buds. The median spend by this customer was $647 annually, with an average of 19.5 days between purchases.
Starting Wednesday (June 22), simple possession of marijuana in New Orleans will carry far fewer consequences for repeat offenders. Police have been able since 2010 to issue a court summons to someone caught for the first time with weed. Now that option will extend to subsequent offenses.
Newspaper breaks new ground by declaring itself in favour of treating drug use and possession as a health issue rather than a crime
Marlon Jones was arrested for taking legal painkillers, prescribed to him by a doctor, after a double knee replacement.
Jones, an assistant fire chief of Utah’s Unified Fire Authority, was snared in a dragnet pulled through the state’s program to monitor prescription drugs after someone stole morphine from an ambulance in 2012. To find the missing morphine, cops used their unrestricted access to the state’s Prescription Drug Monitor Program database to look at the private medical records of nearly 500 emergency services personnel—without a warrant.
On May 18, the Illinois House voted to move Illinois to ticket-based penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. If the governor signs Senate Bill 2228, instead of making arrests, police will start issuing tickets ranging from $100 to $200 per offense. Previously, anyone caught with 10 grams or less of marijuana could have been charged with a misdemeanor, resulting in a fine of up to $1,500 and possible jail time of up to six months. Under SB 2228, anyone charged with the civil marijuana possession penalty would also automatically have his or her record expunged six months after the bill’s effective date.
Uneven medical marijuana access puts Americans at risk, according to a researcher at the Brookings Institution.
International commission urges complete reversal of repressive drug policies imposed by most governments
After Colorado legalized marijuana for general use in 2012, Denver became the center of the newly legal recreational industry, accounting for more than a third of the state’s retail licenses. Yet local politicians in the state capital still have not seen fit to allow cannabis consumption in any setting other than private residences. Meanwhile, Colorado Springs, a considerably more conservative city that has banned the sale of recreational marijuana, boasts about 15 cannabis clubs. That surprising situation now has an expiration date: Thanks to a ban that the Colorado Springs City Council approved by a vote of 6 to 3 on Tuesday, the clubs must close by March 22, 2024.
Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to consider the role legal marijuana could play in the prescription opioid epidemic.