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History made with over 770 commutations granted to nonviolent offenders

In a recent post, our blog discussed how President Obama made history back in August by granting 325 commutations to federal inmates convicted of nonviolent drug crimes, a truly remarkable figure representing the single largest number of sentence reductions ever handed down in a single month by a U.S. president.

President continues to grant commutations for nonviolent offenders

As we've discussed at length on our blog, the draconian mandatory minimum sentencing scheme for federal drug crimes introduced back in the 1980s has long been derided as unduly punitive and exceedingly expensive, sentencing those convicted of nonviolent drug crimes to prison for life or what amounts to life.

9th Circuit deals DOJ major setback in its bid to prosecute medical pot cases

In our post last week, we discussed how the federal government affirmed its commitment to treating marijuana as an illegal narcotic with the Drug Enforcement Administration's recent announcement that the drug would continue to be classified under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.  

Is the DEA going to take a more lenient approach to marijuana?

At the moment, an astounding 42 states permit residents to use medical marijuana in some capacity, while nearly half the states have passed laws decriminalizing the possession of a small amount of marijuana. Indeed, Illinois enacted just such a measure a few weeks back, such that possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana is no longer punishable by up to six months in jail and up to $1,500 in fines, but rather a fine of $100 to $200.

Illinois takes another step in modifying drug laws

Though the general public's attitude about drugs continues to evolve, legislators are often slow to respond and reflect those changes in our laws. Here in Illinois, lawmakers have grudgingly extended our state's Medical Cannabis Pilot Program through the summer of 2020. The program had been due to expire next year.

Illinois lawmaker criticizes civil asset forfeiture

Unless it has ever happened to you, you might never realize that police can do more to a person they suspect of a drug crime than simply arrest them. Police in Illinois also have the power to seize a suspect’s money, cars, even their home. And they do not have to give any of it back, even if the suspect is never charged with a crime.

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