Melissa Etheridge pleads guilty to marijuana possession

Published: Nov 15, 2017, 3:26 pm • Updated: Nov 15, 2017, 3:27 pm By The Associated Press BOWBELLS, N.D. — Grammy-winning rock singer Melissa Etheridge has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possessing marijuana in North Dakota. KFYR-TV reports an attorney for the California musician entered the plea on…

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Massachusetts proposes option to expunge marijuana possession records

Published: Nov 6, 2017, 11:03 am • Updated: Nov 6, 2017, 11:09 am By Bob Salsberg, The Associated Press BOSTON — Massachusetts House leaders are proposing a major overhaul the state’s criminal justice laws. The legislation announced on Monday includes tougher penalties for those who in deal in deadly synthetic…

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Another Texas county looks to reduce penalties for marijuana possession

Published: Oct 31, 2017, 1:15 pm • Updated: Oct 31, 2017, 1:17 pm By The Associated Press EL PASO, Texas — A new program in western Texas could waive some marijuana charges for community service. The El Paso Times reports that El Paso County commissioners on Monday unanimously approved the…

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Mississippi Supreme Court overturns man’s six year marijuana possession sentence

Published: Oct 17, 2017, 11:02 am • Updated: Oct 17, 2017, 11:02 am By The Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Supreme Court is reversing a marijuana possession conviction, saying a car passenger didn’t actually possess the drug. The court on Thursday overturned the 2012 conviction of Marvin Carver…

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Third major Texas county reduces penalties for marijuana possession

Published: Sep 27, 2017, 1:14 pm • Updated: Sep 27, 2017, 1:14 pm By The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — Authorities in Bexar County are seeking to divert misdemeanor offenders, including those found with marijuana, away from jail and instead receive a citation similar to a traffic ticket. District Attorney…

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Dallas City Council approved cite-and-release for weed possession. But will commissioners let it happen?

Published: Sep 19, 2017, 10:55 am • Updated: Sep 19, 2017, 11:28 am By Tristan Hallman and Naomi Martin, The Dallas Morning News Sept. 19–The future appears hazy for a new Dallas program to issue court summonses to people caught with less than 4 ounces of marijuana instead of arresting…

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NBA’s Zach Randolph avoids felony charge, gets community service after possession arrest

Published: Sep 14, 2017, 9:48 am • Updated: Sep 14, 2017, 10:01 am By Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph was sentenced to community service on Wednesday after being charged with marijuana possession and resisting arrest following an incident last month at a…

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Singer Aaron Carter, charged with DUI and weed possession says he is a licensed MMJ patient

Published: Jul 17, 2017, 5:38 am • Updated: Jul 17, 2017, 5:38 am By The Associated Press CORNELIA, Ga. — Authorities say singer Aaron Carter and his girlfriend have been arrested on DUI and drug charges in Georgia. Habersham County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Floyd Canup says the 29-year-old Carter…

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Texas’ ‘second-chance’ bill would seal some criminal records, including weed possession

Published: May 23, 2017, 7:54 am • Updated: May 23, 2017, 7:54 am By The Associated Press The Texas Legislature is moving closer to approving a bipartisan law letting some first-time, low-level offenders seal their criminal records — keeping them from being made public when doing things like applying for…

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