Category Archives: criminal justice

National Expungement Week Organizer Rosalie Flores is a Cannabis Crusader

Although National Expungement Week (N.E.W.) has passed, Rosalie Flores feels like she’s just getting started. A passionate organizer for N.E.W., Flores is pleased with the work being done, but understands there’s still a long way to go. How did you become affiliated with N.E.W.? I joined N.E.W. – shortly after its inception – as the […]

Man’s 15-Year Sentence For Cocaine Dropped After Lab Finds It Was Powdered Milk

In Oklahoma, a man has been cleared of cocaine charges after lab tests revealed that cops had grossly misidentified the substance they claimed was cocaine. Although the man’s case has now been dismissed, he was still forced to spend multiple weeks behind bars. The case highlights numerous problems with current drug law enforcement and sentencing […]

Judge Says Police Seizure Of 900 Pounds Of Marijuana Was Illegal

Months after two men were arrested for trying to transport large amounts of cannabis through Minnesota, a judge has set them free and dismissed the original charges. At issue in the case was whether or not the search of the vehicle that initially led cops to discover the weed was legal. And on Tuesday, the […]

Beto O’Rourke Would Use Marijuana Taxes To Help Expunge Possession Convictions

On Thursday, Beto O’Rourke updated his campaign platform’s position on cannabis with specific, targeted proposals addressing legalization, taxation and social justice. As a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, O’Rourke has continued his long-standing fight to end the prohibition of cannabis. On the campaign trail, O’Rourke has called for federal cannabis legalization as part […]

US Student And Medical Marijuana Patient Charged With Drug Possession In Russia

Audrey Elizabeth Lorber, an American film student, is currently behind bars in Russia facing marijuana possession charges. Russian authorities allege Lorber illegally brought cannabis into the country after police discovered over 19 grams in her possession at the Pulkovo Airport. Based in New York, Lorber is a registered medical cannabis patient. But Russian courts say […]

The Last Prisoner Project: Creating Art To Cope With Cannabis Prohibition

California Artist Mohan Sundaresan said cannabis has given him a newfound freedom with his art, and it pains him to think of anyone sitting in prison for a plant that brings so much good to so many. “I love being in the unknown,” he surmised. “In the unknown I can’t be anything else but me. […]

North Dakota Offers Path to Pardons for Low-Level Marijuana Convictions

With support from the state’s Republican governor, North Dakota moved on Wednesday to allow thousands of individuals to potentially wipe their slate clean of low-level marijuana convictions. The state’s pardon advisory board unanimously approved the policy change, clearing the way for those residents to apply for a pardon for such convictions and emerge with a […]

Baltimore Judges Deny Request to Dismiss Past Marijuana Convictions

A request by Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to dismiss nearly 5,000 past cases of marijuana possession was denied by judges on Friday, according to online court records. On Monday, a spokeswoman for the State’s Attorney’s Office confirmed that the petition had been rejected by the judges. Prosecutors had filed paperwork to dismiss cases going […]

New York City Council Members Consider Banning Drug Tests For People on Parole

As part of some its members’ mission to bring racial justice measures to the end of marijuana prohibition, the New York City Council may pass a law on Monday that would make illegal the hundreds of drug tests performed on residents who are on parole or probation. “We all know that there’s no public safety […]