Oklahoma woman serving 12 years for pot case released from prison

By CARY ASPINWALL World Staff Writer   OKLAHOMA CITY — Patricia Spottedcrow once faced 12 years in prison, but on the morning she was released on parole, it took less than 20 minutes to walk free. Spottedcrow had to call a friend to pick her up from Hillside Community Corrections Center in Oklahoma City, her […]

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Medical Marijuana Grower Prepares for a Lifetime Behind Bars

Rebecca Richman Cohen   While millions of Americans spent Thanksgiving weekend around the dinner table with family and friends, Chris Williams spent it behind bars, coming to terms with the fact that he may be there for the rest of his life. A single father who has never been convicted of a violent crime, Chris […]

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If NBC Can See the Need for Medical Marijuana, Why Can’t Obama?

Steph Sherer – Executive Director, Americans for Safe Access   Thank you to the show Parenthood for your portrayal of someone becoming a medical marijuana patient. During the Thanksgiving holiday, my procrastination on home projects led me to getting caught up on the fall season of a few shows, including NBC’s Parenthood. I was moved to watch the main characters Kristina […]

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Deepak Chopra Joins Movement To End War On Drugs

  by Steve Elliott Wikipedia Deepak Chopra: Newest member of the Drug Policy Alliance’s Honorary Board   Becomes Newest Member of Drug Policy Alliance Honorary Board Joins Powerful Group that Includes Former Heads of State, Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, Sting, Russell Simmons, and Former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Secretary of Defense, U.S. Surgeon General, […]

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Juvenile Crime at All-Time Low, Leaving Empty Beds at Juvenile Hall

By Sawsan Morrar   Recent data from the Criminal Justice Statistics Center reported that California is seeing its lowest number of juvenile arrests in nearly 50 years. Juvenile arrests fell roughly 20 percent overall from 2010 to 2011. About 150,000 youth were arrested last year, making it the lowest annual rate since state records were kept […]

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Marijuana arrests plummet 90% countywide

Written by Kristina Davis SAN DIEGO — Arrests in San Diego County reached a 10-year low last year, with the most notable drop seen in marijuana-related arrests, according to data released Wednesday. Pot-related arrests plummeted by 90 percent from 2010 to 2011 due to a change in state law that reduced the charge for possession, according to […]

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Feds demand marijuana records from NorCal county

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Federal investigators are demanding records related to a Northern California county’s medical marijuana permitting program. Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman told local news outlets this week that county officials received a subpoena in October from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco. The records request is connected to the county’s […]

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Why I gave my dad marijuana

Vivian McPeak Growing up with my father was an unusual experience. He was a hard-working, zany wanderlust who loved women, cigarettes and booze. My dad served in the U.S. Army, and it was while serving overseas in Korea that he was given army ration cigarettes with his gear. It did not take long before my […]

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Indiana State Police chief: ‘I would legalize marijuana’

By TOM LoBIANCO The Associated Press State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell. Aug. 28, 2006. AP   INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s state police chief told lawmakers Tuesday that marijuana should be legalized and taxed, prompting his own agency to quickly walk back his statement as lawmakers consider decriminalization. State police Superintendent Paul Whitesell told members of the […]

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Christian Minister Still Behind Bars on Marijuana Charge

As Cannabis Becomes Legal in Colorado and Washington, Hawaiian Minister Remains Locked Up HONOLULU, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following release was issued today by Mintwood Media Collective: As more Americans demand legalization of cannabis, thousands of prisoners are still locked up on non-violent marijuana charges, including Reverend Roger Christie.  Since July 8, 2010 Rev. Christie has been behind bars without bail awaiting […]

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