Marijuana

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New York Becomes the 15th State to Decriminalize Marijuana

The new law is designed to issue fines instead of jail time and to create a path for people to expunge possession convictions from their records. 

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Marijuana Doc 'Grass Is Greener' Highlights War on Black and Latinx Communities

Fab 5 Freddy’s directorial debut explores the history of weed in the United States, including its criminalization and impact on music.

New York state health commissioner will recommend that state legalizes recreational use of marijuana.

New York Health Department to Recommend Marijuana Legalization

Drug reform advocates welcome the move, but remain wary of how the state will address criminal justice issues related to legalization.

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New York City Officials Vow to Revamp Marijuana Policy

The mayor and district attorneys promise to limit prosecutions for most offenses, but reform advocates remain weary in absence of codified law.

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Philadelphia District Attorney Dismisses All Marijuana Possession Cases

Larry Krasner says his office will no longer prosecute people for simple possession.

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This Black-Led 'Hood Incubator' Aims to Cultivate More Marijuana Entrepreneurs of Color

The Hood Incubator blends organizing tactics with legal and educational support and business connections to develop pathways for Black and Brown people who are typically frozen out of the growing legal weed economy.

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4 Questions With Drug (Reform)-Loving Comic Duo, the Lucas Bros.

The twin stoner comedians lampoon Richard Nixon, the War on Drugs and more in their Netflix special out this week. In honor of 4/20, we spoke to Keith and Kenny about race, drug sentencing, legalization—and how their cameo in ‘22 Jump Street’ may have saved their lives.

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READ: Killer Mike on How to Bring More Black People Into Medical Marijuana Boom

State-level marijuana legality reforms often don’t help African Americans who are frozen out of dispensary ownership. The rapper partners with scholar Erik Nielson for a new Rolling Stone essay that breaks down how to fix the disparity.

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WATCH: Jay Z Breaks Down Racist Legacy of War on Drugs in New Short Film

The film, produced by dream hampton and brought to life via Molly Crabapple’s artwork, details the past and present of our country’s hypocritcal and racist drug enforcement and sentencing policies.

Snapchat Harshes Users' Buzz With Bob Marley 420 Filter

Critics say the filter renders users in Blackface. What do you think? 

STUDY: Despite Legalization, Blacks Arrested for Marijuana at Twice Rate of Peers

But the total number of African Americans picked up for using the drug has decreased dramatically.

Former Nixon Advisor Admits 'War on Drugs' Was Racist

John Ehrlichman: “By getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and Blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities.”

The War on Drugs Continues to Keep Prisons Full

More than half of those currently incarcerated are there because of drug offenses.

NAACP Comes Out in Support of Bipartisan Marijuana Legislation

Congress is currently considering legislation that would expand protections for states seeking to decriminalize marijuana.

Grant Program May Incentivize More Weed Arrests Among Blacks

Black Americans were nearly four times more likely than whites to be arrested on charges of marijuana posession in 2010, even though the two groups smoke weed at similar rates

Marijuana Prohibition Turns 75, Blacks Three Times More Likely to be Arrested Than Whites

The most vulnerable members of our society are also the targets of a prison industrial complex out of control and getting bigger every day.

Report: Blacks and Latinos Make Up 86 Percent of Pot Arrests in NYC

If ever a person needed more salient proof of systemic inequities in criminal justice system, these numbers seem to provide it.