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It's official. The Canadian government has introduced legislation to legalize recreational marijuana. Those over 18-years-old can possess 30 grams of cannabis (just over one ounce) and can grow up to four plants at home.
State rep. Allen Peake, a champion of cannabis reform in the Southern state, distributes medical marijuana to hundreds of patients who have no legal way of obtaining it. He operates "in ways he hopes will avoid felony charges of drug trafficking."
Governor John Hickenlooper had a meeting with Jeff Sessions, and said the attorney general is "very concerned" about drug consumption and "feels strongly" that increased marijuana use is unhealthy for the country.
The National District Attorneys Association has released a paper detailing its position on marijuana policy: it suggests that the federal government enforce prohibition consistently across the country, despite local pot laws.
He acknowledged the racial disparities of drug enforcement, but "remained largely noncommittal about plans for pardons, reparations, or even an apology to anyone convicted of marijuana charges under prohibition."
Of the eight activists arrested in a D.C. joint giveaway, all but two had their charges dropped. Advocates thought they were being charged under federal law. Instead, they are being charged for violating D.C. law, which prohibits possession of more than two ounces of marijuana.
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