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You can now buy CBD cannabis oil croissants in a British cafe

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You can now buy CBD cannabis oil croissants in a British cafe

 

Fully vegan, CBD ‘cannabis’ oil croissants have hit one British wellness cafe, who call it a ‘fun way to experiment’

 

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Cannabis oil is already sold in UK shops, but now it seems its hitting Britain’s cafe culture too, as CBD croissants go on sale in the capital.

Costing £7 a pop, each of the baked treats is guaranteed to contain 5mg of CBD, having been lab tested to ensure that there’s enough in each baked good.

But weirdly, the croissants will only be available on Fridays and Saturdays, set to be served up in a wellness cafe Glow Bar in London – who also sell cardamom lattes and dragonfruit smoothie bowls.

However, while CBD oil comes from the cannabis plant, it won’t get you ‘high’ or stoned, with the new treat apparently being introduced in the cafe to combat social anxiety.

 

Commenting on the croissants, founder Sasha Sabapthay said “CBD croissants offer our customers a fun and delicious way to experiment with CBD and experience its benefits.”

“We wanted to provide consumers with a non-alcoholic solution for overcoming social anxiety and raise awareness about hemp as a wellness supplement.”

The croissants are supplied by a company named Organic Livity, who use lab tasted (including a guaranteed percentage of CBD), organic certified, GMO free and GMP quality certified, CBD oils to infused their food.

 

If you don’t live in London or want to fork out £7 for a croissant and fancy making your own instead, the oil is now widely available across the high street at the likes of Boots and Holland and Barrett.

While Holland and Barrett will let you pick between 2.75% and 5% potency, for either £19.99 or £29.99, Boots offers percents up to 11%, which cost up to £69.99.

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https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/you-can-now-buy-cbd-13927954

 

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Is pot really ruining all the men? Berenson’s book has been criticized for cherry-picking crime data and blaming pot for negative crime trends even when no definitive link may exist

https://www.thegrowthop.com/cannabis-news/cannabis-legalization/is-pot-really-ruining-all-the-men

 

Former New York Times journalist Alex Berenson has lately been making the rounds to warn that in the rush to legalize cannabis, proponents are actively ignoring its severe mental health risks.

“There are really bad cases of psychosis linked to marijuana all the time, the first time some 28-year-old nurse throws her kid off a roof, it’s going to be the end of (the Canada-based cannabis multinational) Tilray,” he told CNBC.

The gist of Berenson’s argument – and of his bestselling new book Tell Your Children – is that increased cannabis use brought about by legalization is inducing an uptick in psychosis and schizophrenia. This, in turn, is causing an epidemic of broken, violent men.

“The first four states to legalize — Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington — have seen sharp increases in murders and aggravated assaults since 2014,” Berenson wrote in a January editorial for the New York Times.

Marijuana can trigger psychosis … every time I was hospitalized it was preceded by heavy use of marijuana

 

Berenson’s book has been criticized for cherry-picking crime data and blaming pot for negative crime trends even when no definitive link may exist.

The Oregon paper Willamette Week, for instance, confirmed that violent crime has indeed risen since the state’s 2014 legalization of cannabis. However, it’s still far below Oregon’s pre-legalization violent crime rates of the 1990s – and no evidence exists to claim this is anything more than a coincidence.

A detailed critique by Vox noted that Tell Your Children has ample examples of violent crimes perpetrated by pot smokers, but can’t provide evidence linking the pot to the violence.

As for Berenson pointing out rising crime in legalization states, author German Lopez notes, “you can pull out correlations in the opposite direction, too.” For instance, U.S. violent crime rates have been in freefall since 1992, even while nationwide usage of illicit and legal cannabis has spiked.

Nevertheless, there is ample evidence to show a relationship between cannabis and psychoses. In fact, it’s been a frequent public claim by no less than the mother of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, the man responsible for the most widespread legalization of cannabis to date.

There are really bad cases of psychosis linked to marijuana all the time

 

Margaret Trudeau, who is now a mental health advocate, says that quitting pot was critical to her managing her bipolar disorder. “Marijuana can trigger psychosis … every time I was hospitalized it was preceded by heavy use of marijuana,” she told reporters in 2007.

A 2014 research review by Cochrane, a British charity, found that people with mental health issues consumed cannabis at a disproportionately high rate. However, that could be due to the fact that someone with mental health problems is more likely to “self medicate” by turning to pot use.

More recently, a 2016 meta-analysis of cannabis studies concluded that “high levels of cannabis use increase the risk of psychotic outcomes.” Nevertheless, researchers were careful to warn that a “causal link cannot be unequivocally established.”

One of the more comprehensive reviews to date of the health effects of cannabis usage is a 2017 report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

“There is substantial evidence of a statistical association between cannabis use and the development of schizophrenia or other psychoses, with the highest risk among the most frequent users,” reads one of the report’s conclusions.

This is cited often by Berenson, who has called it “settled” proof of pot inducing psychosis.

But the report is a bit more nuanced, calling the relationship between pot and psychosis “multidirectional and complex.” It notes that while lots of schizophrenics and psychotics are definitely smoking pot, it was harder to conclude how much the pot was causing the mental illness or whether the mentally ill simply smoked more of it.

For one thing, many of the studies are self-reported and do not have data on the dosages of cannabis someone was taking.

“It is noteworthy to state that in certain societies, the incidence of schizophrenia has remained stable over the past 50 years despite the introduction of cannabis into those settings,” it reads.

In short, there is solid evidence that cannabis has a close relationship with schizophrenia and psychoses. Claims of mass violence and a wave of new schizophrenics brought on by legalization, however, will need a lot more than some statistical correlations.

One winner of Sunday’s Super Bowl: the marijuana industry CBS’s consideration of a cannabis ad shows how far the industry has come in countering fearmongering and stereotypes

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/31/super-bowl-marijuana-industry-advertising

 

Come Sunday night, the Super Bowl will have its winner and its loser.

But before the two teams even made it to Atlanta, the country’s annual circus of consumerism and commercialism already had one clear victor: the marijuana industry.

CBS’s refusal to run a cannabis-focused investment firm’s ad advocating for the legalization of medical cannabis marked a coup for an industry whose product is still illegal federally. “The fact that an ad was even considered for the Super Bowl shows that we’ve turned a corner,” Lisa Buffo, the founder of the Cannabis Marketing Association, told the Guardian.

Cannabis industry advocates have spent decades countering both fearmongering over marijuana and Cheech and Chong stoner stereotypes. But now that cannabis is legal in some form in 33 states and two in three Americans are in support of legalization, the industry has entered a new phase and has turned its attention to branding and marketing.

Cannabis is legal in some form in 33 states and two in three Americans are in support of legalization.

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Cannabis is legal in some form in 33 states and two in three Americans are in support of legalization. Photograph: Stanford University Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising

The dream of a bud broadcast in the same vein as a mass-consumed Bud Light commercial most likely won’t come to fruition until the drug is legal federally. Companies can only advertise in states that have legalized cannabis and they are bound by state and local regulations. State and local authorities have imposed varying limitations, including on billboards in areas frequented by those under the age of 21.

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There are no formal statistics on how much the industry is spending on marketing, Buffo said, though the Cannabis Marketing Association is working to track those numbers this year. Buffo believes cannabis businesses spend less than companies in other industries on marketing since it’s not considered a deductible business expense for them. But even if the industry were to spend just 10% of its revenue on advertising, that would still amount to $900m total.

MedMen’s brand of “redefining the cannabis industry” has translated into an extensive advertising blitz that includes print ads in southern California, web banner ads, social media influencers, and more than 30 traditional billboards and 60 mobile billboards in California and Nevada.

The Los Angeles-based company also has its own “cannabis and culture journal” called Ember, in partnership with Paper magazine. The August issue featured the actor Lake Bell on the cover.

Cannabis industry advocates have spent decades countering the fearmongering and stoner stereotypes.

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Cannabis industry advocates have spent decades countering fearmongering and stoner stereotypes. Photograph: Stanford University Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising

And then there’s Ignite Cannabis, a California-based company whose Instagram full of scantily clad women looks like a shot out of a Fyre Festival documentary. In September, a billboard in Modesto depicting two women from behind with the words “Best Buds” prompted outrage among some parents who believed it sent “the wrong message” to their children.

The billboard, however, was in compliance with state regulations for marijuana advertising that required it “only be displayed where at least 71.6% of the audience is reasonably expected to be 21 years of age or older”.

Some local lawmakers feel that state regulations have not gone far enough in protecting children. Chris Cate, a councilman in San Diego, California, introduced legislation in October that would go beyond state law and prohibit billboards within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, youth-oriented facilities, recreation centers, libraries, churches and residential care facilities, and within 100 feet of residential housing. His proposal would also restrict websites like Weedmaps and Eaze, which list and rate local dispensaries, and websites that facilitate marijuana deliveries.

“We wanted to put together regulations that would treat the cannabis industry similar to how we would treat the tobacco and alcohol industries,” Cate told the Guardian. “We don’t want to encourage underage usage, and I think that’s important for the city and residents.”

San Diego’s legal marijuana businesses appeared supportive of Cate’s proposal. Phil Rath, the executive director of the United Medical Marijuana Coalition, told the Los Angeles Times that they seemed like “commonsense reforms”. Given concern over perceptions of the burgeoning industry, many seem more than willing to work within the restrictions set by local and state jurisdictions.

‘My prediction is that cannabis will continue to go in the direction of wine and craft beer,’ says a consultant.

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‘My prediction is that cannabis will continue to go in the direction of wine and craft beer,’ says a consultant. Photograph: Stanford University Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising

Perhaps unsurprisingly for an industry that was once associated with shady dealings in liquor store parking lots, advertising a product and educating the public are two sides of the same coin.

The Super Bowl ad, put forth by the cannabis-focused investment firm Acreage Holdings, for example, called for federal legalization of medical cannabis. Consumer education is still “a huge growth area”, said Alain Steiner, who heads insights and development for Green Rush Consulting, an Oakland-based firm that provides guidance to cannabis entrepreneurs. He noted that the “50-plus crowd” is “the largest-growing cannabis market”.

“My prediction is that cannabis will continue to go in the direction of wine and craft beer, and the consumer knowledge of the product will become similarly nuanced over time,” Steiner argued.

“Cannabis has been illegal for 80-plus years, so its history is steeped in prohibition, propaganda, and more recently the drug war,” said Buffo, of the Cannabis Marketing Association. “In essence, everything the industry does with cannabis is representing the new era of legal cannabis and thus, its new brand. Until the stigma changes, it can be argued that marketing and branding cannabis is its own form of advocacy.”

For the leadership at Acreage Holdings, the advocacy angle of their Super Bowl ad meant that in the end, it didn’t really matter that CBS rejected it.

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“Our hopes were that we would get it to run, but we knew that either way that we would get the word out there,” Harris Damashek, Acreage Holdings’ chief marketing officer, said in an interview. “We knew that there would be interest in the story, and the story is in the PSA.”

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In the world of viral marketing, the ad was a success. The minute-long video was played, uploaded on the Internet and viewed hundreds of thousands of times despite CBS’s rejection. George Allen, the firm’s president, appeared on CNN, and the message the firm wanted to send was seen by millions: legalize it.

“I think we’re knocking down false narratives and preconceived issues that people have about cannabis all day long,” Allen said. “I think five years ago, a PSA about medical cannabis around the Super Bowl would have been poorly received. Now I think most people around the country have one degree of separation from someone whose life has been changed in the positive by cannabis and that’s why I think the message now matters.”

And perhaps one day, that might mean actual Super Bowl airtime.

 

 

UK – Bust or Boom? New FSA Ruling in Place for CBD

LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / January 30, 2019 / CBD Oil is one of the fastest growing wellness supplements has now come under an EFSA (European Food Standard Agency) classification which could mean CBD Oil will no longer be legally sold within the UK.

Healthspan, the UK’s leading health supplement supplier, who was one of the early adopters to launch CBD Oil capsules, says a change to the status of CBD Oil was published Friday (18th January) by EFSA which has raised some question marks over CBD’s continued status as a legal food supplement in the UK. 

CBD oil has seen a meteoric rise in sales with the Cannabis Trade Association UK saying the number of users has skyrocketed from 125,000 to 250,000 users.

Dr Sarah Brewer advises.  ”The new classification by EFSA is for regulatory/technicality reasons and not for safety reasons. Given that there is some uncertainty on the future free availability of CBD supplement, I’d recommend that people who find it beneficial for well-being continue as previously by ordering from a trusted supplier and continuing to take their CBD Oil.”

So, what has changed?

The entry on the Novel Foods register changed regarding the classification of CBD Oil. The entry for “Cannabinoids” now states ‘extracts of Cannabis sativa L. and derived products containing cannabinoids are considered novel foods as a history of consumption has not been demonstrated. This applies to both the extracts themselves and any products to which they are added as an ingredient (such as hemp seed oil).” This means that CBD supplements are now deemed to be novel food in Europe. (Search “cannabinoids” here: http://ec.europa.eu/food/safety/novel_food/catalogue/search/public/index.cfm)

What is Novel Food? (https://ec.europa.eu/food/safety/novel_food_en)

Novel Food is defined as food that had not been consumed to a significant degree by humans in the EU before 15 May 1997, when the first regulation on novel food came into force. Examples of Novel Food include new sources of vitamin K (menaquinone) or extracts from existing food (Antarctic Krill oil rich in phospholipids from Euphausia superba), agricultural products from third countries (chia seeds, noni fruit juice), or food derived from new production processes such as UV-treated food (milk, bread, mushrooms and yeast).

The underlying principles underpinning Novel Food in the European Union are that Novel Foods must be:

·      Safe for consumers

·      Properly labelled, so as not to mislead consumers

·      If novel food is intended to replace another food, it must not differ in a way that the consumption of the Novel Food would be nutritionally disadvantageous for the consumer.

·      Pre-market authorisation of Novel Foods on the basis of an evaluation in line with the above principles is necessary.

Why the change?

As there is no direct safety risk related to CBD Oil, opinion is that this is a political measure taken by the States* and it is an issue of having missed a ‘processing step’ as companies/industry was under the impression (based on earlier EFSA wording) that CBD would not class as a Novel food.

As of today, (29th January) there is no Food Standards Authority (FSA) official ruling but FSA wording implies that products will need to be withdraw from market very soon which means there will be no derogation period allowing the industry to apply for the Novel Food Approvals.

In the meantime, companies such as Healthspan and the industry of CBD growers, processors and sellers are gathering the data to do the Novel Food submission however this process can take time.

Rollo de Sausmarez, Healthspan’s Director of New Product Marketing & Development says, “Next steps are getting CBD an Approved Novel Food Status. Many things have been deemed safe by passing a safety assessment under the Novel Food Regulation – e.g. Chia seeds, Krill Oil, Vitamin K. This process takes about a year, and CBD manufacturers and brands will be pursuing this approach. All over Europe the local food safety authorities will be considering their approach, in each member state and in time will publish their stance. 

“Healthspan will continue to work with relevant bodies such as EFSA, FSA and the CTA (Cannabis Trade Association).”

In terms of how long this will take the FSA yesterday stated that they will begin working with local authorities to identify and begin to remove products that do not comply with the Novel Food Regulations (EU) 2015/2283. This may take a period of time and as yet there have been no formal instructions from the EFSA and the FSA.

Various trade organizations including the UK based Cannabis Trades Association (CTA), British Hemp Association (BHA), European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) as well as individual businesses will be talking to EFSA and the FSA about these new regulations.

What next?

·      Suppliers will be working to get CBD an Approved Novel Food Status. Many things have been deemed safe by passing a safety assessment under the Novel Food Regulation – e.g. Chia seeds, Krill Oil, Vitamin K. This process takes about a year, and CBD manufacturers and brands will be pursuing this approach.

Can I still buy CBD in the UK? 

The short answer is ‘yes for now’ but with the new FSA ruling it is recommended people do consider stocking up.

Dr Sarah Brewer summarises, “With all the change taking place there is still a great deal of misunderstanding and misleading information about CBD Oil on the market. Making sure you buy CBD Oil from a reputable supplier who is a member of the Cannabis Trade Association is important also looking out for products advertising whole plant extract percentage of CBD, as opposed to the level of CBD in mgs in the product.”

Also, in June 2018, The World Health Organization carried out a review of CBD and findings

Stated that “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile. Reported adverse effects may be as a result of drug-drug interactions between CBD and patients’ existing medications.”

The WHO report did state that there is ‘unsanctioned medical use of CBD based products’, but the report did underline that CBD is well tolerated and has a good safety profile. “Across a number of controlled and open label trials CBD of the potential therapeutic effects of CBD it is generally well tolerated, with a good safety profile.”

(https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/CannabidiolCriticalReview.pdf)

 

 

source: https://www.londonstockexchange.com/exchange/news/market-news/market-news-detail/other/13952197.html

 

House passes bill legalizing medical marijuana The bill’s approval on final reading is not surprising – Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo uses marijuana patches to ease pain when she’s in countries where it is legal

https://www.rappler.com/nation/222208-house-3rd-reading-bill-medical-marijuana

 

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives thinks it is high time for the Philippines to legalize and regulate the medical use of cannabis or marijuana.

Voting 163-5-3, legislators approved on 3rd and final reading House Bill 6517 or the Act Providing Compassionate and Right of Access to Medical Cannabis and Expanding Research into its Medicinal Properties and for Other Purposes on Tuesday, January 29.

 

The bill would make it legal to use marijuana to benefit patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions.

HB 6517 defines this as any disease causing wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures including those characteristic of epilepsy, or severe and persistent muscle spasms.

The passage of the medical marijuana bill at the House is not surprising, as Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo herself backs it. Arroyo admitted that she uses marijuana patches to ease pain whenever she visits a country where medical cannabis is legal. (READ: Legalizing medical marijuana: ‘Listen to patients’)

The former president-turned-Pampanga 2nd District representative suffers from multiple cervical spondylosis or the degeneration of the intervertebral discs, causing pain in the spine.

 

 

Derelict Birmingham flats hide 31-room cannabis factory

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-47035729

 

A huge cannabis factory has been found covering three floors and 31 rooms of a derelict tower block in Birmingham.

Police said they had discovered a “sophisticated” operation at Warstone Tower, in Bromford Drive.

Cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £500,000 were seized by officers who also found apparent living quarters for those running the factory.

Secure doors had been fitted and power and water had been diverted to help the operation, West Midlands Police said.

Officers, who were alerted on 24 January, arrested five men at the scene on suspicion of cannabis cultivation.

A councillor said it raises questions about how it could operate in the middle of a housing estate.

Water containers at the cannabis factoryImage copyrightWEST MIDLANDS POLICE/PA WIRE Image captionAnother room had containers holding gallons of water with a pumping system installed

Officers also uncovered beds with mattresses, duvets and pillow cases along with food provisions, including a box of tomatoes.

Front door at the cannabis factoryImage copyrightWEST MIDLANDS POLICE/PA WIRE Image captionPolice had to get through an internal steel-barred door, reinforced with a metal grille, and an industrial-sized padlock

Det Insp Jim Church said: “This is a sophisticated, organised crime operation that has clearly been running for some time, but which we’ve now been able to dismantle.

“We’ll be working to establish the full scale of it and make the property safe.”

Cllr Majid Mahmood, who represents the ward, said: “Questions need to be asked about how those people were so brazen, living there and running a cannabis farm, when you’ve got shops nearby and a church, so you’ve got a lot of footfall.

“I think a lot of people might have thought they were the [demolition] contractors, coming and going, but with the stench of the plants that must have been coming from there, I’d have thought someone would have noticed.”

Accommodation at the cannabis factoryImage copyrightWEST MIDLANDS POLICE/PA WIRE Image captionLiving quarters were also found within the cannabis factory

 

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‘Massive’ cannabis factory found in Bridgend property

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/massive-cannabis-factory-found-bridgend-15748437

Look at almost 200 181 tiny cuttings :shock:. Aren’t they massive?! It’s a 10cm high softwood cutting, everyone run for your lives!!! Save yourselves!!!
Poor little things. Just getting some feet growing and some tosser in a uniform murders them.

 

Police found nearly 200 cannabis plants and equipment in three rooms

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Bronte Howard

16:13, 29 JAN 2019

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The property was searched by police on January 28

 

A cannabis factory with nearly 200 plants has been found in a Bridgend property after residents raised concerns.

The property on Caerau Road in Maesteg, Bridgend was searched by South Wales Police on Monday, January 28.

Inside officers found 181 cannabis plants – some of which were fully grown – and growing equipment, which covered three rooms.

A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of production of a controlled drug of class B and is currently in police custody.

Some of the plants found inside the property

 

On Twitter, Sargent Beynon – who serves Maesteg, Aberkenfig and Pyle – said the “massive cannabis factory” was dismanteled.

Mark Simmonds, local policing inspector for Maesteg, said: “This action was as a result of information received from members of the public.

“Drugs can cause misery for our communities and I would like to say thank-you to residents for working with us to tackle those who produce and supply drugs.

“I would urge you to keep telling us about your concerns involving drug dealing so that we can act upon them. If you have any information you can report it to us on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Sgt 5553 Beynon@SgtBeynon

#MaestegNpt Busy at it again. Massive cannabis factory located , dismantled and occupant arrested. 181 fully developed plants with large nursery supplying the house. #Proactive #knockknock #notfastenough #keepthestreets

 

 

Isle of Wight disqualified driver back behind wheel, with cannabis in his system

https://www.iwcp.co.uk/news/17393254.court-isle-of-wight-disqualified-driver-back-behind-wheel-with-cannabis-in-his-system/
 

DRIVING with cannabis in his system, while already disqualified from the road, resulted in a Shanklin man having his licence taken away for a further three years.

Tyrone Jake Clarkson, of High Street, was told by Island magistrates yesterday (29) that being employed as a site manager for a building firm was his saving grace and this would spare him a jail term.

Instead, they gave him a 12-month custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months.

Clarkson, 23, admitted driving a BMW 118 on Market Hill, Cowes, on October 28, 2018, with cannabis in his blood. He also admitted driving while disqualified, and having no insurance.

Ann Smout, prosecuting, said Clarkson was caught when he overtook an unmarked police car at speed. He was followed, and later tested positive for cannabis.

It was a month to the day that he had appeared in court for an identical case and been disqualified from driving.

Mrs Smout said: “This is a repeat offence within a very short time, which is very much an aggravating feature.”

Oscar Vincent, for Clarkson, said he had been going through a difficult time in his personal life which had caused a very low mood, and his mental health issues were not being properly treated.

He had not consumed alcohol for several years but had taken to self-medicating by using cannabis.

On the day of the offences, he had had a good night sleep and hadn’t appreciated the drugs were still in his system. He was running late and took the ‘foolish’ decision to drive.

On sentencing Clarkson, the magistrates also ordered him to pay a £115 surcharge and £85 costs.

 

Marijuana possession will no longer be prosecuted in Baltimore “Jailing people for marijuana possession is a vast and ongoing moral failure,” the city’s State Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/marijuana-possession-will-no-longer-be-prosecuted-baltimore-n964111

 

Marijuana possession will no longer be prosecuted in Baltimore, City State Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Tuesday.

“No one who is serious about public safety can honestly say that spending resources to jail people for marijuana use is a smart way to use our limited time and money,” Mosby said in her announcement.

 

Citing the way marijuana convictions disproportionately affect the city’s black community, Mosby said that her office will not process any marijuana possessions cases, regardless of a person’s prior criminal records. The office will continue to prosecute distribution of marijuana, but only if there is “articulated evidence of intent to distribute beyond the mere fact of possession.”

“Even though studies show that Black and white people use marijuana at similar rates, Black Marylanders are consistently arrested at higher rates for marijuana in every county in Maryland,” Dana Vickers Shelley, Executive Director of the ACLU of Maryland, said at Tuesday’s press conference.

“I think it’s definitely a strong step in the right direction when we think about the need to repair the harms that have been done to communities of color by the war on drugs,” Vincent Southerland, executive director at New York University Law’s Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law, told NBC News.

The announcement comes as 10 states and Washington D.C. have legalized recreational marijuana, and a growing number of prosecutors nationwide have announced they will no longer prosecute marijuana possession.

Notable in Mosby’s announcement is that the office will also be seeking to vacate almost 5,000 marijuana convictions dating back to 2011.

“Jailing people for marijuana possession is a vast and ongoing moral failure,” Mosby said. She explained her decision by saying that the communities affected by “unjust” marijuana policies are “still paying a price for behavior that is already legal for millions of Americans.”

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