“The statement that the prison population is mostly low-level marijuana offenders is utterly totally bogus; there is not a shred of validity in it,” said Jonathan Caulkins, a public policy professor at Carnegie Mellon University.
An officer on patrol became suspicious on seeing McAleaney, with his hood up, riding a pink bicycle. He cycled off at speed, but the PC chased and caught him. He volunteered that there was ‘a load of cannabis’ in his bag.
The zero tolerance policy was intended to help students in terms of substance use but it actually made things worse. Even the use and/or possession of small amounts of cannabis usually led to exclusion.
Australian police have seized more than 8,500 cannabis plants, bordered by a 150 metre-long by 50 metre-wide fence on the New South Wales north coast. That's bigger than the Sydney Football Stadium, or larger than a soccer field.
The Control, Regulate and Tax Cannabis Act (CRTCA) of 2016 is proposed by ReformCA. It would de-escalate the state war on cannabis across the board and replace large swathes of the current criminal policy with a state-wide bureaucracy.
Binge-drinking damages teenage brains severely but two 2015 studies -- one of which was the largest of its kind ever -- found “no evidence for the causal influence of cannabis exposure” on teen brain damage.
While reformers make progress in sentencing reform and cannabis legalization and feel a sense of optimism for continued progress, there is concern that poor people and communities of colour may be left behind or disadvantaged as the cannabis industry grows and gains power.
A full year before the election Trudeau distinguished between legalisation and decriminalisation and came down on the side of legalisation arguing that legalisation and regulation offered the best prospect of creating barriers to youth.