Newsom vetoed both reforms, which he deemed excessively permissive.
In light of the state's marijuana reforms, the court says, the odor of weed is not enough to establish probable cause.
The researchers reached a similar conclusion about overdose trends in Washington, where penalties for simple possession were reduced in 2021.
Prohibition is at the root of the hazards that have led to record numbers of opioid-related deaths.
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Many of the problems the state is experiencing are caused by the continuing impact of prohibition.
The imminent expiration of a law that recriminalized drug possession triggered a bipartisan panic.
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Pot Possession Cases Have Plummeted in Federal Courts, but Prior Marijuana Convictions Still Boost Penalties
Federal sentences for simple marijuana possession dropped by 93 percent over seven years.
California Bill Builds on Reforms That Could Herald the Surprisingly Fast Collapse of Psychedelic Prohibition
S.B. 58, which emulates an initiative that Colorado voters approved last month, would legalize the use of five psychoactive substances found in fungi and plants.
Even States That Have Already Decriminalized Marijuana Use See Fewer Possession Arrests After Legalization
A study credits "an overall lower police search rate," the result of new priorities and legal constraints.
Legalization is unlikely in the foreseeable future, but banking reform and expungement could be feasible.
Proposition 122 is the broadest liberalization of psychedelic policy ever enacted in the United States.
Two more states legalized recreational marijuana on Tuesday, while decriminalization of five natural psychedelics looks like a winner in Colorado.
The ballot initiative also would authorize state-licensed "healing centers" where adults could obtain psychedelics for supervised use.
From immigration to drug reform, there is plenty of potential for productive compromise.
Even as he pardons thousands of marijuana users, the president stubbornly resists legalization.
The president's mass pardon does not extend to pot suppliers, and his rescheduling plans won't make marijuana a legal medicine.
It would be far easier to prosecute sex trafficking if voluntary sex work were legal.
Young Adults Used Pot and Psychedelics in Record Numbers Last Year, While Adolescent Drug Use Fell Sharply
The results confirm that the ongoing collapse of marijuana prohibition has not boosted underage consumption.
Brittney Griner's 9-Year Sentence Highlights Stark Differences Between Russian and U.S. Pot Penalties
Travelers caught with small amounts of marijuana at the U.S. border face much less severe punishment.
The bill would've removed civil penalties but stopped well short of taxation and regulation.
50 Years After Nixon's Commission Said Cops Should Stop Busting Pot Users, the Federal Ban Remains Unchanged
But 37 states allow medical or recreational use, and arrests are falling.
Though state laws in both places have not yet adapted, consumers of "entheogenic" plants and fungi are now less likely to be arrested and prosecuted in the two cities.
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Voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative that makes "entheogenic plant" possession the city's "lowest law-enforcement priority."
Seattle Just Became the Largest U.S. City To Approve Quasi-Decriminalization of Natural Psychedelics
The resolution urges police to refrain from arresting people for noncommercial production and distribution as well as possession.
Small-scale drug possession is now a $100 infraction that can be dismissed with a call to a drug abuse assessment hotline.
The evolution of Pollan's thinking reflects the confusion caused by arbitrary pharmacological distinctions.
The Biden Administration's Obfuscation on Using Clemency To Free Pot Prisoners Is Not a Hopeful Sign
Press Secretary Jen Psaki repeatedly tried to muddy the issue by changing the subject to reclassifying marijuana.
Manhattan Will Drop Charges for Prostitution and Unlicensed Massage but Continue Prosecuting Prostitution Patrons
The Nordic Model comes to Manhattan.
New Mexico could be the 16th state to legalize pot, while Texas considers tinkering with its onerous penalties and Pennsylvania continues to arrest cannabis consumers.
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The Washington Supreme Court Just Decriminalized Simple Drug Possession. Legislators Shouldn't 'Fix' the Overturned Law.
The court said criminalizing unknowing possession violates the right to due process.
Voters came out for legalizing marijuana, removing criminal penalties for psychedelic use, and treating drug addiction as a public health concern.
Yesterday's Clean Sweep for Drug Policy Reform Suggests That Prohibition May Collapse Sooner Than Expected
Ballot initiatives continue to reverse marijuana prohibition while making the treatment of other drugs less oppressive and more tolerant.
The initiative makes noncommercial possession of controlled substances a citable offense punishable by a $100 fine.
The ballot measure applies to noncommercial production, distribution, and possession of "entheogenic plants and fungi."
The odds of getting arrested for consuming cannabis are getting smaller.