Why Legalizing Cannabis Today Will be a Big Benefit to the Justice System

Decades ago, cannabis was seen as nothing more but a popular crop especially during the colonial era of the United States. Then Reefer Madness happened, unfortunately causing the demise of marijuana. The next thing you know, cannabis’s medicinal properties are finally being recognized albeit slow, resulting in legalization in many…

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Restorative Justice Advocates Prepare For National Expungement Week

People with convictions for minor cannabis offenses and other low-level crimes will have access to services to help them clear their records at free events scheduled to take place across the nation later this month. More than 40 events designed to provide legal aid and related services have been planned…

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Sen. Cory Gardner fails to get marijuana reform into criminal justice bill

The federal government won’t be easing its laws on marijuana as part of a criminal justice reform bill that’s expected to pass this week. U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, had hoped to attach an amendment to the proposed First Step Act to remove the threat of federal prosecution in states…

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Sen. Cory Gardner tries to attach marijuana measure to criminal justice bill

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, made a move Monday toward changing federal marijuana law, including letting banks accept money from legal businesses. The Yuma Republican introduced an amendment to the First Step Act, a criminal justice reform bill that’s expected to pass the Senate this week with bipartisan support. Gardner’s amendment…

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Diversity is coming to Colorado’s marijuana industry, business leaders and social justice crusaders say

Colorado’s cannabis industry so white — but not for much longer. Diversity is coming to the state’s marijuana industry, business leaders and social justice crusaders vowed at the Minority Cannabis Business Association’s first-ever Opportunity Summit held Friday and Saturday at the University of Denver. The new organization is determined that…

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Sen. Cory Gardner’s siege of Justice Department over marijuana enters second month

Published: Feb 7, 2018, 5:49 am • Updated: Feb 7, 2018, 6:52 am By Mark Matthews WASHINGTON — It’s been a month since the pot blockade began, and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner is standing firm in his vow to jam all appointments to the Department of Justice until Attorney General…

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Rep. Barbara Lee introduces companion House bill to Marijuana Justice Act

Published: Jan 17, 2018, 4:31 pm • Updated: Jan 17, 2018, 6:03 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff California Congresswoman Barbara Lee is championing Sen. Cory Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act in the House of Representatives. Lee on Wednesday introduced a companion House bill to Booker’s legislative effort to end…

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ACLU leader: Legalizing marijuana a “racial justice issue”

Published: Dec 1, 2017, 11:15 am • Updated: Dec 1, 2017, 12:05 pm By Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press NEPTUNE, N.J. — The head of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey says legalizing recreational marijuana would help fix “a racial justice issue and a civil rights crisis” because…

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Under pressure, Justice Department creates internal watchdog for asset forfeiture program

Published: Oct 18, 2017, 11:15 am • Updated: Oct 18, 2017, 11:15 am By Sari Horwitz, The Washington Post Attorney General Jeff Sessions is setting up a unit in the Justice Department to oversee a policy he reinstated to help state and local police take cash and property from people…

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NFL uses its muscle to endorse criminal justice legislation

Published: Oct 17, 2017, 1:33 pm • Updated: Oct 17, 2017, 2:06 pm By Karoun Demirjian and Beth Reinhard, The Washington Post The National Football League, still in political crosshairs over whether players should take a knee during the national anthem, is throwing its weight behind another cause in Washington’s…

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