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By Cheri Roberts
What will happen with the inmates in Oregon, Alaska and Washington D.C. when their newly passed recreational marijuana laws go into effect next year, essentially making many of their crimes obsolete?
Federal statistics show, about 94 million Americans — 40 percent of the U.S. population age 12 or older — admits having used cannabis at some point in their lives. United States jails and prison systems are bursting with pot prisoners costing the country more than $1 billion a year. According to the latest figures reported by the FBI, more than 42% of drug arrests are for marijuana related crimes. Cannabis advocacy group, NORML, has a state by state list of these crimes available on their website.
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If they follow suit with Colorado and Washington State, law enforcement will slowly stop ticketing and charging for marijuana offences that fall within the new laws. By…
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