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Alaska Legalizes Pot,
Crime Explodes in Anchorage
 
Violent crime increased 34% in Anchorage during the first six months Alaska legalized marijuana, according to FBI statistics for the first half of 2015. Aggravated assaults increased 32%, while the murder rate exploded 167%, compared to the first six months of 2014. Similar trends were seen in Denver and Seattle.
 
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Illegal Marijuana, Violent Crimes Grow
in Sacramento Neighborhoods

Marijuana for medical use is legal in California, but there is so much money to be made, people are growing marijuana indoors in residential neighborhoods. Sacramento police raided a home in February and found the body of one of the growers. Another home on the same street was raided last week and officers found another illegal grow inside.
 
“The people tending the indoor grows have been shot, beat up, and killed,” said one officer.
 
Last year, Sacramento police seized more than 6,000 pounds of marijuana, compared to 2,334 pounds in 2014 and 1,019 pounds the year before. The sheriff’s department helps conduct raids in the city—and seized 70,000 pounds of illegal pot in 2015.
 
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Pot Legalization Hasn’t Done Anything to
Shrink the Racial Gap in Drug Arrests
 
African Americans in legalization states continue to be arrested at higher rates than people of other races, according to a new study. The study compared marijuana arrest data before and after Colorado and Washington State legalized marijuana in 2012. Between 2008 and 2014, arrest rates dramatically decreased 90 percent in Washington and 60 percent in Colorado. But African American rates were double that of others in both states.
 
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Ohio AG Issues Fourth Rejection
to Medical Marijuana Group
 
Ohio’s Attorney General rejected a medical marijuana ballot initiative for the fourth time. The initiative, sponsored by a group called Ohio Medical Cannabis Care LLC, contained inconsistencies throughout the proposed amendment.
 
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High Times and Sparks & Honey
Team Up to Help Reposition Marijuana

An Effort to Change the Way the
Marketing World Looks at Cannabis

A partnership between the two groups has been created “to help tell the evolving story of marijuana to brands, consumers, and the advertising industry.” The purpose is to reposition the way consumers and the ad world look at the drug in order to break the taboo. The goal of the endeavor is to encourage mainstream advertisers to “figure out how they can engage with cannabis consumers in an authentic way.”

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The Marijuana Report is a weekly e-newsletter produced by National Families in Action in partnership with SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana). Subscribe to The Marijuana Report and visit our website, The Marijuana Report.Org, to learn more about the marijuana story unfolding across the nation.

About National Families in Action (NFIA)
NFIA consists of families, scientists, business leaders, physicians, addiction specialists, policymakers, and others committed to protecting children from addictive drugs. Our vision is:
  • Healthy, drug-free kids
  • Nurturing, addiction-free families
  • Scientifically accurate information and education
  • A nation free of Big Marijuana
  • Smart, safe, FDA-approved medicines developed from the cannabis plant (and other plants) 
  • Expanded access to medicines in FDA clinical trials for children with epilepsy

About SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) 

SAM is a nonpartisan alliance of lawmakers, scientists and other concerned citizens who want to move beyond simplistic discussions of "incarceration versus legalization" when discussing marijuana use and instead focus on practical changes in marijuana policy that neither demonizes users nor legalizes the drug. SAM supports a treatment, health-first marijuana policy. 

SAM has four main goals: 
  • To inform public policy with the science of today's marijuana.
  • To reduce the unintended consequences of current marijuana policies, such as lifelong stigma due to arrest.
  • To prevent the establishment of "Big Marijuana" - and a 21st-Century tobacco industry that would market marijuana to children.
  • To promote research of marijuana's medical properties and produce, non-smoked, non-psychoactive pharmacy-attainable medications.
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