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Biden pardons thousands convicted of marijuana charges on federal lands and in Washington

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By ZEKE MLLER (Associated Press)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden pardoned thousands of people who were convicted of use and simple possession of marijuana on federal lands and in the District of Columbia, the White House said Friday, in his latest round of executive clemencies meant to rectify racial disparities in the justice system.

The categorical pardon builds on a similar round issued just before the 2022 midterm elections that pardoned thousands convicted of simple possession on federal lands eligible. Friday’s action broadens the criminal offenses covered by the pardon. Biden is also granting clemency to 11 people serving what the White House called “disproportionately long” sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.

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Ex-Massachusetts lawyer accused of trying to bribe Medford police chief for pot shop sentenced to prison

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A former lawyer who was accused of trying to bribe the Medford police chief to get city approval for a pot shop has been sentenced to prison.

Somerville man Sean O’Donovan, 56, was sentenced on Wednesday to two years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

O’Donovan was also ordered to pay a $150,000 fine.

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Study: More older adults are using cannabis post-pandemic

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Hunter Boyce | (TNS) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A new study, published in the Cannabis and Cannabinoids Research journal, found more older Americans are using cannabis today than before the pandemic. According to researchers with the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, roughly 1 in 8 Americans over 50 currently use the substance.

“As the stress of the pandemic and the increased legalization of cannabis by states converged, our findings suggest cannabis use increased among older adults nationally,” addiction psychologist and study lead Anne Fernandez told the University of Michigan.

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Brookline teenager who had ‘magic mushrooms’ jumped from 6th-story window: Police

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A Brookline teen was severely injured after he had “magic mushrooms” and jumped from a sixth-story window, according to police who arrested a drug dealer accused of targeting local kids.

Brookline Police are now warning parents after this incident and the arrest of a 22-year-old man in Brookline Village.

Based on a tip, Brookline detectives began investigating a suspected drug dealer who goes by the name Niko. He was allegedly selling drugs to underage teens.

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