Category: Legal News

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California’s Legal Pot Law Is Helping Give Felons Their Lives Back

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Ex-cons can appeal to have their criminal records wiped clean, but the process can be convoluted and extremely expensive.

With the passage of Proposition 64 in November, Californians were finally free to enjoy recreational marijuana. For average stoners, this meant being free from the fiction that the weed they purchased was prescription medication. Minor offenses such as possession of less than an ounce of weed or possession of paraphernalia were completely decriminalized. More serious crimes, like selling or transporting weed, were reduced from felonies carrying lengthy prison sentences to mere misdemeanors.

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To Promote Equity, Oakland Launches New Cannabis Permits

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by Scott Morris

Oakland launched a new medical cannabis permit application today, the first step in a plan to make the industry more inclusive after a city analysis found cannabis laws continued to be disproportionately enforced against minority, and particularly black, residents.

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Dr. Oz Looks at Medical Marijuana as a Potential Cure for Opioid Addiction

Opioid painkiller addiction is the fastest growing drug addiction in the United States today, and it was recently featured on the popular Dr. Oz TV show. Dr. Oz pointed out the astonishing statistics that 48 million Americans, one out of every 5, have reported that they have abused prescription drugs. 12 states have more opioid pain pill prescriptions than people. In states where marijuana is legal, however, opioid prescriptions are declining.

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