April 17, 2014
by Kenneth Hall
JURIST Guest Columnist W. David Ball of Santa Clara School of Law argues that the recent trend of states and cities?most recently in Washington, DC?to pass legislation decriminalizing marijuana is a step in the right direction, but does not go far enough towards elevating the problems an... ...[read more]
April 6, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Maryland state House of Representatives passed a bill on Saturday that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The House voted 78 to 55 to impose civil fines, rather than criminal sanctions, on those caught with less than 10 grams of marijuana. Those in favor of the ...[read more]
April 1, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray on Monday signed a bill that would decriminalize marijuana possession in the District of Columbia for up to an ounce. The proposed law would make possession of marijuana a civil violation with a penalty of $25, which is a substantial change from the prior ...[read more]
March 25, 2014
by Ann Schober
The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday ruled that lawyers can advise marijuana businesses in the state without fear of violating state attorney ethics laws. Since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana through a voter initiative in 2012, many attorneys have reportedly expressed concern over ...[read more]
March 23, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Maricopa County Superior Court on Friday ruled that Arizonans may use marijuana extracts for medical conditions. The Arizona chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed the lawsuit in October on behalf of the Welton family seeking a declaration that the marijuana derivative ...[read more]
March 21, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
The Georgia State Senate on Thursday approved a bill legalizing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The bill carves our narrow acceptable uses and is careful to make clear it is not meant to be a step towards outright legalization. Specifically, the bill legalizes the use of cannabidoils ( ...[read more]
March 4, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Lawmakers in the Georgia House of Representatives on Monday approved a bill that would legalize the administration of medical marijuana by pill, liquid or injection to treat certain seizure disorders. The Georgia House approved the bill on Monday by an overwhelming majority of 171-4. Rep. Allen ...[read more]
February 19, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
A group of left-wing Mexican lawmakers from the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) introduced a bill on Tuesday to legalize marijuana in an effort to curb cartel violence. Since Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on drug cartels in 2008, Mexico has faced a wave of ...[read more]
February 15, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued guidelines on Friday for banks to provide services to legal marijuana-related businesses. The guidance document lists eight priorities in line with those of the Department of Justice (DOJ) policy of marijuana law enforcement, including ...[read more]
February 13, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
Italy's Constitutional Court on Wednesday struck down a drug law that tripled sentences for selling, cultivating or possessing marijuana. The constitutional court declared the law illegitimate without further elaboration. The cannabis law was blamed for causing Italian prison overcrowding, and an ...[read more]

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