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New Orleans marijuana penalties could be reduced under proposed law change – Marijuana News

NEW ORLEANS — Getting caught with marijuana in Orleans Parish could hold less penalties than getting a parking or speeding ticket.

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Do Fewer Marijuana Arrests Mark a Change in the NYPD's Policing Philosophy? – Marijuana News

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New Yorkers may be toking more brazenly than ever before, but the NYPD says marijuana arrests are the lowest they've been in almost two decades.

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Kansas Attempting to Prove Colorado Marijuana is Wreaking Havoc on State – Marijuana News

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Last month, the federal government sided with Colorado in a lawsuit filed with the U.S. Supreme Court by Oklahoma and Nebraska, which claim that Colorado's marijuana laws should be dismantled due to residual harm being caused across state lines. Kansas hasn't joined the suit, but its attorney general, Derek Schmidt, appears to be gathering evidence that would bolster the case being made by these states.

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D.C. briefly legalizes pot-smoking in private clubs — then reverses itself – Marijuana News

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For a brief time Tuesday, the D.C. Council embraced a new, much more relaxed version of marijuana legalization, voting to allow pot smoking at rooftop bars, sidewalk patios and most any other place a city resident declared to be a private pot club. That lasted just about 30 minutes.

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11 States Least Likely to Legalize Marijuana – Marijuana News

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In all of the states least likely to legalize pot, possession is a felony under certain circumstances. Perhaps due to strict penalties, estimated usage rates are below average in these states.

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DEA Eases Cannabis Study Requirements – Marijuana News

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Christmas came early for cannabis research scientists. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) decided to ease some of the regulatory requirements that had been imposed on those who were conducting FDA-approved clinical trials on cannabidiol (CBD).

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The pot business may be legal, but newspapers can’t run ads for it, the U.S. Postal Service says – Marijuana News

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Newspapers in half the states are breaking the law if they mail publications containing ads for marijuana products — even though the states have legalized pot, the U.S. Postal Service said last week.

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Pittsburgh decriminalizes pot possession – Marijuana News

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Pittsburgh City Council is ending its 2015 legislative session on a high note, having voted Monday morning to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana within city limits.

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Pot decriminalized in Delaware on Friday - is legalization next? – Marijuana News

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Being caught with a small amount of marijuana in Delaware will, in most circumstances, no longer come with threats of prison time, hefty fines or a criminal record.

A new law decriminalizing the possession and personal use of up to an ounce of marijuana goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday – exactly six months after Gov. Jack Markell signed the legislation.

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Federal raids cool tribal excitement over potential marijuana profits – Marijuana News

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Nothing kills a buzz like the sight of federal agents seizing tens of thousands of marijuana plants from a tribe's reservation.

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Courts are forcing marijuana users to get drug treatment they probably don’t need – Marijuana News

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"Many cannabis consumers are being forced by cops, courts and corrections officers to undergo drug treatment that they themselves don’t feel they actually need," wrote legalization advocate Tom Angell last week.

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Law enforcement backs legalizing marijuana in Florida – Marijuana News

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NORTH NAPLES, Fla. - The fight to legalize marijuana continues in Florida, but this time, some law enforcement officials are supporting the idea.

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Pot possession could become misdemeanor in Dallas – Marijuana News

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DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council will be briefed Tuesday about a "cite and release" pilot proposal for marijuana. That would mean those found with possession of the illegal drug would receive a ticket instead of jail time.

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Medical Marijuana’s Catch-22 – Marijuana News

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When medical marijuana is legal statewide but illegal under federal law, things get tricky for patients.

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Newspapers with marijuana ads can't be mailed, feds warn – Marijuana News

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The U.S. Postal Service has warned newspapers that it is a felony to mail material that includes marijuana advertising.

The Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association forwarded the recent federal advisory to its 100 or so members this week.

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Denver company targets marijuana industry's cash-intensive business – Marijuana News

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A Denver-area company that provides security for marijuana businesses moving around large amounts of cash said it’s growing in the city.

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The DEA has failed to eradicate marijuana. Some members of Congress want it to stop trying – Marijuana News

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The Drug Enforcement Administration is not having a great year.

The chief of the agency stepped down in April under a cloud of scandal.

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Lighting up in Alaska pot shops: Fairbanks officials mixed on new regulation – Marijuana News

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FAIRBANKS — Alaska is on track to be the first state in the nation to allow for the consumption of marijuana in retail stores in which it is purchased.

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NYC marijuana arrests drop 40% this year as NYPD mellows out – Marijuana News

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Cops are following through on Mayor de Blasio’s pledge to stop locking people up for carrying small amounts of pot.

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The contentious issue of parents who smoke pot – Marijuana News

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Parents who are even occasional weed users can face accusations of child neglect or abuse, and can risk losing their children as a result.

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