08 May

Maryland decriminalized marijuana takes effect October 1, 2014

Praised be all to all the people who toiled hard for so many years to get marijuana decriminalization passed in Washington, D.C. (apparently still waiting whether Congress will intervene) and Maryland. Now, with the governor's signature in mid-April, marijuana decriminalization takes effect in Maryland on October 1, 2014. As...

11 Apr

D.C. joins Maryland in a marijuana-liberalizing duet

No sooner did Maryland's governor announce his intention to sign marijuana decriminalization legislation than a unanimously supported measure was introduced this week in the D.C. Council to stop limiting medical marijuana to HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, cancer and multiple sclerosis. Now, under the proposed legislation, medical marijuana...

01 Apr

D.C.’s mayor signs marijuana decriminalization into law

Earlier this month, I blogged my expectation that the District of Columbia's mayor soon would be signing marijuana decriminalization into law. He did so yesterday. D.C.'s not having statehood yet, Congress has sixty days to intervene before marijuana decriminalization becomes law in D.C. Congress must not meddle in...

02 Dec

In Virginia, selling imitation cocaine is a felony

What would lead one to sell imitation cocaine rather than the real thing? To increase profit margin (but what about the risk of backlash from customers realizing they have been swindled?)? To reduce possible sentencing length if convicted? To make money when the vendor has no real...

01 Jul

8000 pot plants get federal probation, and no jail

In the midst of the drug war madness, sometimes sanity takes hold, as happened last week in a federal court sentencing of two years of probation and no jail over 8000 marijuana plants. Judge Bernard A. Friedman, a Reagan appointee, departed below the sentencing guidelines'...