CANNABIS CULTURE - California Gov. Jerry Brown Sunday signed into law the Fair Sentencing Act, which will undo racial disparities in the sentencing of cocaine offenders under laws passed during the crack cocaine hysteria of the 1980s.
It is legal to smoke marijuana in Seattle, but not to use it or display it in public.
His language reflects a long history of demonizing marginalized communities.
His top cop Bill Bratton seems unaware that pot has been decriminalized... since 1977.
A new law allows a pregnant woman to be charged with assault for harm to her fetus.
Prosecution of pregnant women ignores science, evidence, and health.
For 40 years, poor communities of color have experienced the wrath of the war on drugs.
A greater percentage of black men are locked up in the U.S. than in South Africa at the height of Apartheid—this reform aims to change that.
Noam Chomsky recently took part in a video conference with Foundation Degree students about the legacy of the American Civil Rights movement, where he described the war on drugs as a "race war" against poor minorities.
In a report issued late last week, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman analyzed the impact of the NYPD's stop-and-frisk search policies on the state's criminal justice system—and on the people victimized by them. The results are illuminating, but not pretty.