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Florida Congressman Calls Obama Administration Marijuana Policy “Schizophrenic”

A Florida congressman this week called the Obama Administration’s policy on marijuana “schizophrenic,” according to CBS News.

Convicted Low-Level Drug Criminals Should Ask for Early Release: Justice Department

Low-level drug criminals with long mandatory sentences should ask President Obama for early release from prison, the Justice Department advises.

Supreme Court: Heroin Dealer Can’t be Given Longer Sentence Because Client Died

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled a heroin dealer cannot be held liable for a client’s death and given a longer sentence if heroin only contributed to the death, and was not necessarily the only cause.

Growing Number of Localities Oppose Legal Marijuana

While momentum to legalize marijuana at the state level is growing, a number of towns and counties are moving to ban legal sales of the drug, The New York Times reports.

Marijuana Legalization Movement Gains Momentum

As the first legal marijuana stores open in Colorado, and Washington state gets ready to issue licenses for producing, processing and selling marijuana, momentum is building in other states to legalize the drug, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Black Media Groups Argue They Should Run Tobacco Company Corrective Ads

Two organizations representing black media outlets say tobacco company ads about the dangers of smoking, ordered by a federal judge, should run in their newspapers, and on their TV stations and websites.

Tobacco Companies, Government Agree on Statements About Dangers of Smoking

Tobacco companies and the federal government reached an agreement on publishing statements about the dangers of smoking, the Associated Press reports. The “corrective statements” will say the companies lied about the health effects of cigarettes.

New York Governor Will Make Medical Marijuana Available to Some Patients

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday he will allow some patients with serious illnesses to have access to medical marijuana.

Legal Sales of Recreational Marijuana Begin in Colorado

Legal sales of recreational marijuana began in Colorado on Wednesday. Hundreds of state residents, as well as tourists from around the country, lined up before dawn to purchase state-regulated marijuana, The New York Times reports.

Eight Federal Inmates Convicted of Crack Cocaine Offenses Have Sentences Commuted

President Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates who had been convicted of crack cocaine offenses, The New York Times reports. Six of the inmates were sentenced to life in prison.

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