Jay-Z fighting for release of man serving 20 years in prison over weed

Jay-Z is hoping to help one of his fans in prison.

The rapper’s legal team has made a plea – twice – to a North Carolina judge asking for the “compassionate release” of a man serving a 20-year prison sentence over marijuana charges, Page Six has exclusively learned.

Source & Full Article: https://pagesix.com/2021/09/29/jay-z-fighting-for-release-of-man-in-prison-over-weed/

Petition: https://www.change.org/p/famm-non-violent-man-locked-up-for-20-years-for-marijuana-free-valon-m-vailes

Senators Working On Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act to end federal prohibition.

Reports are that Senator Chuck Schumer will not seek to advance cannabis banking reform before federal legalization.

Marriott No Longer Testing For Marijuana Pre-Employment For Many Positions

Looking to work in the industry that’s about having the spirit to serve and focused on people? Marriott may now be for you — even if you smoke legal or medical marijuana you won’t be automatically disqualified from employment for many positions.

The following has been found on many of their job listings with the following message:

Prospective employees may be given a pre-employment drug test. Employment is conditioned upon a negative result. However, marijuana testing is not included in the pre-employment drug test for the location to which you have applied with the exception of positions subject to DOT testing. Applicants who refuse to be tested or have a confirmed positive drug test will not be hired and will be ineligible to re-apply for a period of six months. Are you willing to take a pre-employment drug test?

It wasn’t that long ago that Marriott would retract job offers to people who failed drug tests simply based on marijuana usage. This included legal recreational usage or those with a medical marijuana card.

Props Marriott for being on the right side of history!

Austin public safety job candidates disqualified for legal marijuana use

AUSTIN, Texas – Austin’s Public Safety Committee has asked city departments to reevaluate their hiring policies when it comes to marijuana use.

Recently, an applicant to Austin-Travis County EMS was disqualified for having used marijuana in his home state where the drug is currently legal by state law.

Source & Full Article: https://www.fox7austin.com/news/austin-public-safety-job-candidates-disqualified-for-legal-marijuana-use

Why Starting A Marijuana Business Is So Hard | Big Business

Starting a weed business isn’t easy. It can take $1 million in startup capital to even get a license. And to keep a cannabis business going? That means jumping through complicated regulation hoops.

If they can play the game right, cannabis entrepreneurs could be set up for success in an exploding marijuana industry. But with weed still federally illegal, companies could face fines or jail time if they don’t follow the rules.

We visited three companies in Colorado and Oregon to see how they’re dealing with the ever-changing regulations. Could things get easier if weed becomes federally legal?

Source & Full Article: https://www.businessinsider.com/why-its-so-hard-to-start-cannabis-weed-marijuana-company-2021

Is It Okay To Recommend Marijuana?

Recently a new study came out that many pro-marijuana activists seem to be bragging about — legalization doesn’t necessarily increase marijuana use in those states.

As it turns out people have already been smoking the ganja without Uncle Sam’s approval — but why is it a win that usage didn’t increase?

It’s clear that the stigma of marijuana is still dominating the vibes of even regular weed users. You may be a regular pot smoker yourself — so how inclined are you to recommend weed to someone who doesn’t partake?

People recommend all sorts of of things including cocktails and bars that are still open to..you know.. drink and smoke tobacco recreationally. Gambling ads are everywhere and most bars have gambling included two double down on your indulges.

The only people who shouldn’t be getting recommendations about marijuana are children. Yet, the average age of your first time marijuana smoker always seems to be way under 18.

Why is that? Maybe it is because of the climate that the marijuana prohibition has created in the first place. How likely are you to recommend something to someone when it might get you arrested or hurt your chances to make it into a school or job of your choice?

These aren’t the consequences of weed we’re talking about here. These are the consequences of the prohibition.

I hope future pro-marijuana projects don’t keep falling into the stigma of thinking increased numbers of pot usage after legalization is a bad thing.

One day we’re going to need people to be able to make a recommendation without that stigma. Businesses are made to grow and expanding numbers often defines success.

TED-Ed: Is marijuana bad for your brain?

Explore how marijuana’s two main active compounds, THC and CBD, affect your brain and body, and what risk factors to watch out for.

In 1970, marijuana was classified as a schedule 1 drug in the United States: the strictest designation possible, meaning it was completely illegal and had no recognized medical uses.

Today, marijuana’s therapeutic benefits are widely acknowledged, but a growing recognition for its medical value doesn’t answer the question: is recreational marijuana use bad for your brain?

Anees Bahji investigates.

New Jersey Expungement of Certain Marijuana or Hashish Cases

The Marijuana Decriminalization Law, which took effect July 1, 2021, required the expungement of certain marijuana and hashish cases. As a result, the Supreme Court has ordered that thousands of cases be expunged.

An expungement means this case is no longer part of your record.

You do not have to report this case on a job application, housing application, or college application. The case has been removed from the public record and cannot be used to keep you from school, housing, or most jobs.

The courts have expunged the cases of anyone convicted or adjudicated delinquent if your case has only one of these three offenses:

  • N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5(b)(12) – Distribution of marijuana less than 1 ounce or hashish less than 5 grams
  • N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(3) – Possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana, or more than 5 grams of hashish
  • N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(4) – Possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana, or 5 grams or less of hashish

The courts have expunged other marijuana and hashish cases as well. If the case included only one of the above offenses AND any of the below offenses, it was expunged:

  • N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2 – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(b)- Use or Being Under Influence of Controlled, Dangerous Substance
  • N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(c)- Failure to Make Lawful Disposition of Controlled, Dangerous Substance

The courts also expunged cases that involved attempts to commit and conspiracy to commit any offense listed above.

Attempts and conspiracies to commit these offenses also were expunged according to the July 1, 2021 Supreme Court Order.

The legislation does not require that every case containing a marijuana charge be expunged. If you have questions about your specific case, consider contacting an attorney or Legal Services of New Jersey.

Source & Full Article: https://www.njcourts.gov/marihashexpunge.html