DEA
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DEA Made Fewer Marijuana Seizures In 2018, But Also Made Far More Arrests

Federal agents seized fewer total marijuana plants in 2018, but made more arrests for cannabis-related offenses, according to annual data compiled by the US Drug Enforcement Administration. According to figures published in the DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Statistical Report, the agency and its law enforcement partners confiscated an estimated 2.82 million marijuana plants nationwide [read more]

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Rochester District Attorney To Cease Prosecuting Low Level Marijuana Offenses

The District Attorney for Monroe County (population 748,000) has announced her intent to no longer prosecute minor marijuana possession offenses. Her decision follows meetings with representatives of NORML’s Rochester affiliate. “A marijuana arrest and prosecution is a barrier for those trying to access public assistance, employment and education opportunities, when dealing with child [read more]

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Chairwoman Velázquez Introduced Bill To End Marijuana Prohibition And Promote Small Businesses

House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez along with Representatives Jared Golden and Dwight Evans introduced a package of legislation, (H.R. 3540, H.R. 3543, and H.R. 3544, that would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and extend several Small Business Administration (SBA) initiatives to small businesses operating in the cannabis sector. [read more]

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NY Lawmakers Advance Measure Reducing Marijuana Possession Penalties, Expunging Past Convictions

State lawmakers late last week advanced legislation to the Governor’s desk amending marijuana possession penalties and establishing procedures for the automatic expungement of prior, low-level cannabis convictions. The legislation, Assembly Bill 8420-A, reduces the penalty for minor marijuana possession violations (up to one ounce) to a $50 fine. It also amends penalties for [read more]