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.

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You’ll often see people advocating for marijuana research, and you may wonder why the heck we’re still doing that. Cannabis has been around for thousands of years, and we surely must know all of its effects, right? Well, not quite.