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House committee approves landmark bill legalizing marijuana at the federal level

Source: CNBC

The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Wednesday that legalizes marijuana on the federal level, removing it from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act.

The legislation, which passed 24 to 10, has a high chance of approval in the full House where Democrats control the chamber with 234 seats. It’s likely to face a tougher battle in the Republican-controlled Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opposes marijuana legalization.

The legislation allows states to enact their own policies and gives them incentives to clear criminal records of people with low-level marijuana offenses. It also includes a 5% tax on cannabis products that would provide job training and legal assistance to those hit hardest by the war on drugs.

A majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana, according to the Pew Research Center. The bill has more than 50 co-sponsors, according to Congress.gov. Backers of a Senate version of the legislation include, presidential contender Sen. Kamala Harris.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/20/house-committee-approves-bill-decriminalizing-marijuana-on-the-federal-level.html

The U.S. has the highest child incarceration rate in the world...

The U.S. has the highest child incarceration rate in the world, followed by Bolivia, Botswana and Sri Lanka, says a human rights lawyer who authored a new U.N. study on the treatment of children.

U.N. Expert Faults U.S. For 'Inhuman Treatment' And High Incarceration Of Children


Upstate New York proposal allows annoyance to lead to arrest

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — People who annoy an officer in one upstate New York county could find themselves facing jail time under a measure recently approved by a county legislature.

Under the Monroe County proposal, a person who annoys, alarms or threatens the personal safety of an officer could be punished with up to a year behind bars and up to a $5,000 fine.

Jamie Anthony, chief of staff for the Monroe County Legislature majority office, said county lawmakers passed the measure on Tuesday in a 17-10 vote. The county executive will hold a public hearing on the legislation and decide whether to approve it, she said.

“Members of the community have every right to challenge police officers, particularly those that engage in unnecessary behavior,” she said in a statement. “At a time when more accountability of police departments is needed, this law takes us incredibly backward.”


Directly on the heels of voters passing a referendum on a Police Accountability Board by a margin of 75/25 last week...

"I Voted"

-Mount Hope Cemetery -Rochester, NY 11/5/16

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