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Louisianan Given 13-Year Prison Sentence for Possession of Two Joints

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NEW ORLEANS—The Drug Policy Alliance filed an amicus brief today(04/16/2014) urging the Louisiana Supreme Court to review the egregious prison sentence of Bernard Noble, a 48-year old man who was sentenced to 13.3 years of hard labor in prison without the opportunity for parole for possessing the equivalent of two marijuana cigarettes.  

Noble’s original sentencing judge considered the 13 and a third-year sentence egregious and imposed a sentence of five years of hard labor. But the Orleans Parish District Attorney wasn’t satisfied with this punishment and appealed the sentence. Ultimately, the district attorney sought and obtained a prison term of close to triple the sentence imposed by the original sentencing judge.

Religious Leaders Release "Easter Statement" Calling for an End to the War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration

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A broad coalition of Christian leaders have taken the occasion of the holiest day on the Christian calendar to release a statement calling for the end of the war on drugs and mass incarceration.

“The cross that faith leaders are imploring others to take up is this unjust, and immoral war on drugs and mass incarceration of the poor. In particular, poor black and brown young adults whose futures are being ruined at the most critical point in their lives,” said Reverend John E. Jackson of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference.

Sensi Seeds supports Bertrand Rambaud – do you?

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As mentioned by Sensi Seeds on many occasions, cannabis activism in France, albeit visible, does not encounter tremendous success outside of the involved spheres, mostly because of the policy of immobilism practiced by the government.

This is why each member of the cannabis community is more than appreciated, from the anonymous casual user to the fierce, dedicated soldier of peace crusading for equal rights.

And this is why it is important to support the community when it is threatened.

Bertrand Rambaud is a member of this community. Co-founder of the principal French association dedicated to therapeutic cannabis, UFCM ICare, he fights daily in order to bring French patients hope that they will one day have access to cannabis-based medication, or to medicinal cannabis itself.

Maryland Becomes 18th Decrim State, 21st Medical Marijuana State

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With Gov. Martin O'Malley's signature today on two bills passed by the legislature, Maryland decriminalized marijuana possession and becomes a full-fledged medical marijuana state.

House Bill 881 is the medical marijuana bill. It allows Maryland residents suffering from qualifying conditions to use medical marijuana upon a doctor's recommendation. Possession limits and regulations governing cultivation and dispensary facilities will be determined by a state-sanctioned commission prior to implementation. The measure will officially go into effect on June 1.

U.S. Sentencing Commission Unanimously Votes To Shorten Prison Sentences for Drug Offenders

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The United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) voted unanimously to reduce sentences for the majority of federal drug trafficking defendants. The move will effect up to 70% of all federal drug offenses, reducing the sentence by an average of 11 months per case.

Unless Congress votes to stop the amendment, it will go into effect on November 1st. Attorney General Eric Holder recommended that the commission vote in favor of the move.