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NY Governor Proposes Decriminalizing Possession of Marijuana

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the proposal of new legislation to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, according to Reuters. The New York Police Departments’ ‘stop and frisk’ policy has been the subject of recent controversy; many people consider it to be a violation of constitutional rights. Possession of small amounts of marijuana in New York is currently a misdemeanor. Currently, persons found to be holding less than 25 grams of marijuana are supposed to be issued a non-criminal violation ticket—much like a traffic ticket. But if the person is “openly displaying” the drug, the result is a misdemeanor charge and the person is usually arrested. Recently, officers in New York have been searching individuals and arresting them for marijuana they were not publicly displaying. This new legislation seems like a reasonable step—most people possessing small amounts of marijuana do not pose a threat to society. Misdemeanor…
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Elementary School Principal Arrested on Drug Charges

An elementary school teacher in Dallas County, Alabama is facing serious drug charges, according to sources. Aaron McKinley, the principal at Shiloh Elementary School, was arrested on May 24. Selma Police Chief William Riley says investigators caught McKinley selling Oxycodone and Hydrocodone, prescription pain killers, on school grounds. Riley said that McKinley was selling the drugs “to an individual on school property.” Nothing in the reports indicated he was selling to school children. McKinley could face very serious charges because the sale occurred on school grounds. “We are both shocked and saddened about the allegation involving Mr. McKinley,” the Dallas County School Board said in a released statement. “However, well will take the necessary steps to protect our students and the reputation of the Dallas County Board of Education.” If you are facing possession of drug charges and were arrested near a school zone, you could be facing more serious…
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Non-Violent First-Time Drug Offender Receives Life Sentence in Texas

A first-time non-violent drug offender is serving a life sentence in Texas, according to the Houston Chronicle. Elisa Castillo was convicted of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the United States from Mexico when she was 56 years old. Castillo was accused of being a manager in a drug smuggling conspiracy, although she was never accused of handling the drugs herself. Others who were charged in the same conspiracy were able to strike deals with the prosecution. Castillo, lacking options and information to provide to the prosecutors, was given a maximum sentence. Castillo has consistently maintained her innocence. She claims she was tricked into unknowingly transporting drugs across the border, which is why she never plead guilty and went to trial. “Our criminal justice system is broke; it needs to be completely revamped,” said Terry Nelson, board member of the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. “They have the power, and if you…
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