Law & Crime

The Miami-Dade County commission meets on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. David Santiago ? El Nuevo Herald
Douglas Hanks ~ Miami Herald ~
Miami-Dade commissioners voted Tuesday to let police treat marijuana possession the same way they do littering and loitering — by issuing a civil citation with a $100 fine that keeps the offense out of the criminal system.

Image of First Church of Cannabis founder Bill Levin in Indianapolis (Photo: John Tuohy/The Star)
Authorities in Indianapolis warn that anyone caught smoking marijuana at the First Church of Cannabis’ planned service next week could end up arrested.

Image of Medical marijuana at a dispensary in Seattle. While even recreational marijuana use is legal in Washington State, Colorado and elsewhere, federal prohibitions remain rigid. Credit:Ian C. Bates for The New York Times
WASHINGTON — For all the aspiring and current spies, diplomats and F.B.I. agents living in states that have liberalized marijuana laws, the federal government has a stern warning: Put down the bong, throw out the vaporizer and lose the rolling papers.

image of Erika and Michael Zorn with daughters Lily, 2, and Emma, 6. The couple faces charges for possessing and manufacturing marijuana that the young wife used to relieve debilitating symptoms. (TOM GRALISH/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)
A Pennsylvania couple faces charges for possessing and manufacturing marijuana that the young wife used to relieve debilitating symptoms.

May 2013 video surveillance shows an armed robbery at the ReLeaf medical marijuana dispensary in Portland
Officials say home invasion robberies again could increase when Oregonians begin cultivating marijuana crops in their homes and backyards after July 1.

René Marsh~ CNN ~
(CNN) -- A new study, funded in part by the federal government, suggests alcohol has a more extreme impact on drivers than marijuana.

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