California to Weedmaps: stop promoting illegal marijuana businesses or face criminal, civil penalties

Published: Mar 7, 2018, 3:43 pm • Updated: Mar 7, 2018, 3:43 pm By Brooke Edwards Staggs, Orange County Register California’s cannabis czar sent Weedmaps a cease and desist letter, ordering the Irvine company that maps marijuana dispensaries to immediately stop promoting businesses that don’t have state licenses. “You are…

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Colorado gov signs civil asset forfeiture bill, vetoes medical marijuana changes

Published: Jun 12, 2017, 7:44 am • Updated: Jun 12, 2017, 8:19 am By Jesse Paul, The Denver Post Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday signed into law a controversial bill that changes how state law enforcement seize money and property suspected of being linked to crimes, despite pressure from Colorado sheriffs and…

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Georgia students file civil rights suit after physically invasive drug search

Published: Jun 7, 2017, 10:07 am • Updated: Jun 7, 2017, 10:17 am By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post Students at Worth County High School in Sylvester, Ga., have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against their county sheriff after he ordered what the complaint describes as a school-wide drug…

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Florida Governor Rick Scott Signs Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill

(image via floridapolitics.com) Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott approved a bill aimed at reforming the practice of civil asset forfeiture, following unanimous passage in both the House and Senate. The bipartisan unanimity of passage in both chambers was driven by a diverse and disparate coalition of law enforcement and reform advocates,…

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Civil Rights, Health, Faith-Based, Justice Reform Groups Call On Obama To Push To End Global Drug War

More than 225 civil rights, health, faith-based and other organizations sent a letter to President Obama Thursday calling on him to use an upcoming United Nations high-level session on global drug policies to push for a fundamental change in course away from criminalization. The groups, which include the American Civil Liberties…

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Florida Senate Passes Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Unanimously

The Florida Senate voted unanimously to approve SB 1044, which reforms the state’s “Contraband Forfeiture Act”. Introduced by Sen. Jeff Brandes, the bill now heads to Florida House of Representatives for a floor vote. The House companion, HB 889, passed its final committee of reference last week. The two bills…

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