New York State officially decriminalizes cannabis

+ a new way to bust stoned drivers and the war on cannabis continues with deadly consequences in California

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New York seriously botched its shot to legalize cannabis outright earlier this summer. But a new law that went into effect this week will see possession of less than an ounce of cannabis punishable by a $50 fine. The law also includes a pathway for the erasing of criminal records for past offenders. It’s big news, if somewhat bittersweet, for cannabis users in New York.

Per Gothamist.

Researchers have found a new way to bust stoned drivers

Some clever researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have announced that they have created a field-ready THC testing device. The researchers, who have a patent for the device, claim that it is a more accurate way of measuring THC impairment. But since there’s very little science about how much THC is too much to get behind the wheel, there is a danger that the device could be used to calculate artificial limits it will later enforce. 

Read more about this project at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

 

Grow-op raid in California leads to police killing of an unarmed man

Cannabis may be legal in California, but raids of illegal grow operations have continued – sometimes with deadly consequences. In Chino, California last month, police shot 49-year-old Chinese immigrant Li Xi Wang in the head during one raid. According to the family’s lawyers, Wang did not speak English. The stunning display of police violence caught on police body-worn camera was released this week. 

Read more at MERRY JANE.