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Obama administration commutes sentences in drug cases

The total number of commuted sentences for non-violent drug offenders approved by President Obama has reached more than 1,000, and he intends to continue the practice until he leaves office while criminal justice reform is tied up in Congress. This number of drug-related commutations is already far higher than that reached by any other modern president. According to the Obama administration, the commutations are an effort to address out-of-date and overly punitive sentencing laws.

Marijuana testing poses an issue in drugged driving cases

Many people in Wisconsin have followed the news about the legalization of marijuana. A number of states now have legalized the use of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes. The legalization of marijuana has posed a problem for states to determine how to approach it in the context of impaired driving.

Greg Hardy faces felony drug charge

Wisconsin NFL fans may have heard that on Sept. 26, former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy was pulled over by police in Richardson, Texas. During the stop, police found .7 grams of cocaine in his vehicle, but Hardy claimed that he didn't know where it came from. Six weeks later, Hardy was indicted on a single count of felony cocaine possession. If convicted, he could spend up to two years in prison.

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