Federal Judges Give Marijuana The Cold Shoulder

According to data released by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, for the fifth year in a row, the number of people sentenced for federal marijuana-related crimes has dropped. In 2016, a total of 3,534 people were sentenced for marijuana-related crimes compared to 7,000 people in 2012. Over 120 of these sentences were for simply, possession of marijuana, which they most likely pleaded down from a more serious offense. There was a significant drop in sentences however, after weed became legal in Colorado and Washington, bringing the number down to 4,942. Hopefully, this trend will continue as more states legalize marijuana.


A bird trained to tipoff drug dealers has been seized by police in Northern Brazil. It's not uncommon for people dealing in illegal substances to have some sort of early warning system to let them know if the authorities are approaching. Silent alarms, watchdogs and human guards are all common.

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