Law & Crime

Representatives of the cannabis industry are ramping up their lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill, urging lawmakers to take action on taxes that affect their industry.

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said he's been reluctant in the past to support legalizing marijuana for recreational use because of the stigma attached to it and because he had more important city business to address.

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Seven years ago medical marijuana was legal in only 17 states and the District of Columbia; recreational marijuana was legal in zero states and zero Districts of Columbia. Today, medical marijuana programs are on the books in 29 states, and the nine best states allow for some degree of recreational use.

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The head prosecutor in Vermont's most populous county is about to make a significant offer to the public, signaling a willingness to erase criminal convictions for certain marijuana crimes which her office handled.

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Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced Tuesday that his office would no longer prosecute any low-level marijuana offenses, including smoking in public.

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The City of Seattle has filed a motion with the Seattle Municipal court that would remove marijuana convictions handed down between 1997 and 2010.

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