In , a year after Nixon declared his "war on drugs," the commission presented its findings to Congress in a report titled:" Marihuana, A Signal of Misunderstanding ". It noted that most marijuana users were not dangerous at all, but rather more "timid, drowsy and passive. The report, though, did significantly influence state governments.
President Reagan in signed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act, instituting mandatory sentences for drug-related crimes. The legislation had actually been championed by Democrats, who saw a political opportunity to outdo Republicans by "getting tough on drugs. Under the law, possession of marijuana plants received the same penalty as possession of grams of heroin.
A later amendment established a "three strikes and you're out" policy, requiring life sentences for repeat drug offenders. In the wake of the law, drug-related arrests soared, spurring a massive increase in the state and federal prison populations. At the time of the law's enactment in, there were roughly , inmates in America's prison system. By , the population had nearly quadrupled, to a peak of almost 1. Marijuana arrests factored heavily in this increase, accounting for more than half of all drug arrests, mostly for possession.
With the passage of Proposition by a solid majority of voters, California bypassed federal law and became the first state to legalize the sale and medical use of cannabis for patients with AIDS, cancer and other serious and painful diseases. Despite the legalization of marijuana medical use in 29 states, it still remains a Schedule 1 drug under federal law, making it difficult for researchers to study its medical effects, as explained in this Above the Noise video. Colorado voters in passed the nation's first recreational marijuana law, which went into effect in Since then, five other states have followed suit.
Massachusetts will also be joining the party in July And Maine is likely to eventually hop on board, too: In , Maine voters approved recreational marijuana sales, but the statute was initially vetoed by the state's Republican governor. Live Stream information currently unavailable. KQED news. Previous Radio.
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The sooner you contact David Sloane, the sooner he can get to work on your case. Schedule your free consultation today. Call or submit your information in the online contact form. Marijuana remains illegal across Texas. This mean possessing any amount of the drug will result in time behind bars and steep fines.
To be charged with possession you must have been in actual or constructive control of the drug. Actual possession involves the drug being on your person. This can include having marijuana in your pocket or in a bag you are carrying. For example, marijuana would be considered in constructive possession if it were locked in your glove box or under the seat in your car.
Possession for sale: imprisonment in state prison yrs. If under Under 1 oz. Class 4 felony transferring under 1 oz. Under 4 oz.
Over 1 kilo: yrs. Purchasing from a minor under 16, 6 months no suspension, probation, parole. Seller is under 14 yrs. Class E felony: 5 yrs. Misdemeanor, up to 1 yr.
Crime with penalty of 1 yr. All sentencing done pursuant to sentencing guidelines: lbs.
Over 10 lbs. Possession of 25 or more marijuana plants or possession of 1 lb.
Sale of any amount: Class C felony; 1 lb. Under 3 oz. Felony: 5 yrs. Under 2. Over g.
Under 30 g. Class A misdemeanor; 10 lbs. Under 50 kg. Class A nonperson misdemeanor; Subsequent offense: Level 4 felony.
Level 3 felony; Sell within ft.