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New Law Would Allow Medical Marijuana Use for Veterans
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New Law Would Allow Medical Marijuana Use for Veterans

When it comes to medical care, few people would argue that war veterans deserve nothing but the very best that our country has to offer. For all that they have done for our country and for all they have been through, wounded veterans should be receiving only the best, most effective, and least harmful treatment.

But what if that treatment is weed?

According to a new bill that has been introduced in the House, medical marijuana has the ability to … Read More

Medical Marijuana Proponents in Chicago Still Need to Take Care
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Medical Marijuana Proponents in Chicago Still Need to Take Care

Recent changes in Illinois law to allow people to buy, sell, and grow medical marijuana have proponents excited for the future. But even though the state has relaxed many of its laws related to marijuana, don’t make the mistake of thinking that it is completely legal now. There are still a number of restrictions in place, and you have to be careful if you don’t want to run afoul of the law and face serious consequences. One of the most … Read More

Illinois Attitude on Marijuana Possession Is Slowly Shifting
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Illinois Attitude on Marijuana Possession Is Slowly Shifting

Illinois has historically taken a hard line when it comes to marijuana possession, but as the national attitude towards pot shifts, legislators in our state are slowly pushing for change. Now, three bills that would effectively decriminalize possessions of small amounts of marijuana are under consideration.

 

Here’s what you need to know about those three proposals:

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House Bill 5708, sponsored by Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, would make the possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana a “regulatory

Nonviolent Drug Offenders May See Early Release Soon
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Nonviolent Drug Offenders May See Early Release Soon

It’s no secret that the United States’ prisons are overpopulated with offenders serving time for nonviolent drug crimes. Now, however, the US Sentencing Commission is seeking to address that problem through an early release proposal. The proposal, which the Sentencing Commission passed earlier this month, will make over 46,000 current inmates eligible for early release starting in November 2015. As this policy is gradually phased in, it should cut the average prison sentence by about 25 months.

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We Need to Talk about Our Prison Population Problem
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We Need to Talk about Our Prison Population Problem

There are a lot of problems with our prison system, but the one I’m referring to in the title of my post is twofold. One, non-violent offenders often receive sentences that are disproportionate to their crime; and two, our prisons have become overcrowded and sometimes even inhumane because of all the non-violent offenders whiling away lengthy sentences behind bars.

 

Let’s take a look at some of the statistics first. As of 2009, there were 2.23 million Americans serving time … Read More