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Amid An Industry Boom, Incarceration For Weed Still Threatens Black Women

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By Ja’han Jones — Nija Guider, 21, spent three days in a Georgia jail ― locked away from her infant son ― because she attended a party where marijuana was present. Meanwhile, in states across the country, businesses, many run and funded by wealthy white men, stand to make millions of dollars selling the federally illegal substance. It is easy, amid the fog of flippant news coverage and caricatured weed…

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Women Are Leading The Charge For Racial Justice In Legal Weed

Women Are Leading The Charge For Racial Justice In Legal Weed

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By Amanda Duberman — Nina Parks bought a VIP ticket for her first cannabis business conference in early 2015. “It was so expensive, I thought, I don’t even know how I’m going to pay for this,” she said, but she was new to the industry and hoped the meet-and-greet would offer networking opportunities with like-minded owners and operators in the growing medicinal market. “I walked into that room, and I…

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California Just Might Declare Itself a 'Sanctuary State' for Legal Weed

California Just Might Declare Itself a ‘Sanctuary State’ for Legal Weed

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A bill in Sacramento would bar state and local law enforcement agencies from cooperating with the feds on pot busts. By Nick Cahill, Courthouse News — SACRAMENTO (CN) — A California lawmaker is aiming to protect the state’s budding marijuana industry by barring law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal drug agencies on pot busts. Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles, says his bill “protects the will of California voters,” who…

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Status of Drug Policy Reform in the Era of Trump — November 13th Edition of Vantage Point Radio

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio, War on the “War on Drugs” Posts

Topics: Reflections on the Drug Policy Alliance International Conference and the Status of Drug Policy Reform in the Era of Trump. Guests: Ethan Nadelmann, Co-Founder and Former Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance, New York, NY, Rev. Kenny Glasgow, National President/Founder, The Ordinary Peoples Society (TOPS), Dothan, Alabama, Susan Burton, Acclaimed Author and President/Founder of A New Way of Life, Los Angeles, CA, Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance, New York, NY

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Is Jeff Sessions’ Objection to Marijuana Racially Motivated?

Is Jeff Sessions’ Objection to Marijuana Racially Motivated?

By Commentaries/Opinions

Cannabis is not a public safety threat. By Ryan Jennemann, Newsweek Much to the dismay of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved a budget amendment in an appropriations bill covering fiscal 2017. The amendment would protect states with responsible medical marijuana laws from Department of Justice interference and would help prevent a federal crackdown on state-legal cannabis businesses—a position the majority of Americans support However, the Department of Justice…

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Marijuana Arrest Capital, NYC Police Focus On Black People

Marijuana Arrest Capital, NYC Police Focus On Black People

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By Phillip Smith, www.alternet.org Last month, the Drug Policy Alliance released a report noting that marijuana arrests under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continue to be marked by shocking racial disparities, much as they were under his predecessors, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. Stung by the criticism, de Blasio is fighting back, but his response so far has consisted of attacking DPA as “legalizers” and comparing apples to…

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As Sessions Ramps Up Drug War, People Inside US Prisons Speak Out

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By Doran Larson, The Conversation Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced a return to a pre-Obama policy of seeking maximum penalties for all drug crimes, including low-level, nonviolent offenses. Criticism from politicians, criminologists, lawyers and others was swift and unambiguous. Based on a discredited belief in a zero-sum relationship between crime and incarceration rates, the thinking behind this policy was called “one-dimensional,” “archaic,” “misguided” and “dumb.” America’s unprecedented attempt to jail its way…

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Reviving the War on Drugs Will Further Damage Police-Community Relations

Reviving the War on Drugs Will Further Damage Police-Community Relations

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Since neither drug users nor dealers consider themselves crime victims, deepening the drug war must rely on coercive tactics that erode public trust. By Dean A. Dabney, The Conversation The United States has been waging a war on drugs for nearly 50 years. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent on this long campaign to thwart the production, distribution, sale and use of illegal drugs. This sustained investment has resulted in millions…

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War on Marijuana and Disparate Policing Communities of Color Must End

War on Marijuana and Disparate Policing Communities of Color Must End

By Commentaries/Opinions

The harm that biased marijuana enforcement has on Black, Latino, and low-income communities is real. By Cat Packer, Drug Policy Alliance I went into law school thinking that I wanted to be a civil rights attorney. As a black queer woman, I understood many of the social injustices experienced by marginalized communities and wanted to use my law degree to fight the many systems of oppression that plagued and terrorized…

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