Friday, November 14, 2014

Toke Radio 65: 693,000 Marijuana Arrests In 2013! NYPD To Stop Low-Level Pot Busts! Legalization Gives Military Headaches!

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(Hemp News)

An estimated 693,481 arrests were made nationwide for marijuana in 2013, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Uniform Crime Report. More than 87 percent of these arrests were for possession, which means one person was arrested for marijuana possession approximately every 51 seconds on average in the United States.

NYPD oised To Stop Low-Level Marijuana Possession Arrests

(Hemp News)

An article on the front page of the New York Times outlines a plan by the de Blasio Administration to end low-level marijuana possession arrests in New York City. According to the article, those found with small amounts of marijuana would be issued a court summons and immediately released.

New York City Council Speaker Supports Marijuana Legalization

(Hemp News)

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has endorsed the legalization of marijuana, making her one of the first high-ranking officials in the Big Apple to take such a position.

Oregon: Multnomah County D.A. Dismisses Low-Level Marijuana Cases

(Hemp News)

In the wake of the approval of marijuana legalization initiative Measure 91 in Oregon, the Multnomah County District Attorney's office announced it will dismiss low-level marijuana cases.

Portland Hempstalk Festival Already Denied Permit For 2015

(Hemp News)

When this reporter attended September's Hempstalk Festival in Portland, I saw a well-organized, orderly event, where plenty of information about the cannabis hemp plant and its many uses was disseminated by activists and speakers, along with bands, vendors, and bounteous opportunities for people-watching. What I did not see -- and I attended the entire two-day festival -- was people smoking or selling weed inside the event.

Marijuana Legalization Puts Military In Awkward Position

(Hemp News)

With the number of states where marijuana is now legal reaching four (plus the District of Columbia), the United States military is still trying to enforce 20th Century drug policies of zero tolerance towards cannabis, despite the shifting sands of public opinion.

Bob Marley's Son Launching Line of Premium Marijuana Products

(Hemp News)

With four states plus D.C. now having legalized marijuana, Julian Marley, the son of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, will be the featured likeness on a new line of premium cannabis products.

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