Category Archives: possession

Every Day, Someone Faces Charges For Cannabis Possession

Cannabis possession accounts for six in every 10 drugs tribunal prosecutions. The police are prosecuting people for the simple possession of cannabis at a rate of one person a day and most are first-time offenders, according to the latest data by the justice ministry. A total of 1,897 people have been brought before the drugs […]

New Jersey Governor Signs Laws To Legalize Marijuana Use, Decriminalize Possession

Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law legislation setting up a recreational marijuana marketplace, decriminalizing cannabis and loosening penalties for possession. Legislation to set up a recreational marijuana marketplace, decriminalize cannabis and loosen penalties for underage possession of the drug and alcohol was signed into law Monday by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, more than three […]

Short Documentary Offers Gripping Look At Racial Targeting And Cannabis

As more states continue to legalize, a disproportionate number of black Americans are still being arrested and incarcerated for minor cannabis offenses. It’s a maddening dichotomy addressed in a gripping new short film “Not Just Another Day,” set to receive a virtual world premiere at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival this March. The […]

New Jersey Legalized Cannabis—But Marijuana Is Still Illegal. What Went Wrong With Legalization?

Cannabis became legal in New Jersey on Friday morning, January 1. Or did it? New Year’s Day was when a constitutional amendment legalizing the extremely popular plant—approved by more than two-thirds of New Jersey voters on Election Day—went into effect. Simple enough. Except there’s a significant catch: All the laws on the books outlawing marijuana […]

Another Cannabis Referendum? Vote Proposed On Decriminalisation

Another referendum on cannabis is being proposed – this time to decriminalise, but not legalise, the drug. A public notice in today’s Herald gives notice that a citizen-initiated referendum has been proposed asking: “Should New Zealand decriminalise the possession of cannabis for personal use?” The proposal, lodged by Wellington Central Young Greens activist Mathew Bouma, […]

Latin America Moves Toward Legalization With Some Absurd Exceptions

Before he was elected, the President of Argentina said that “the war on drugs has failed” and “the solution isn’t to go around persecuting people for smoking a joint”.  Latin America has been very hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and Argentina and other countries continue with their chronic economic problems. Now the New York […]