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U.S. judge says government view on marijuana raises 'equal justice' issue
U.S. judge says government view on marijuana raises 'equal justice' issue

A federal judge in Maryland handed down lighter prison sentences Monday to defendants in a huge marijuana distribution case, saying that such offenses are "not regarded with the same seriousness" as they were just a few decades ago. U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar said the federal government's response to marijuana legalization in some states — notably the decision not to pursue criminal cases against dispensaries and others handling the drug in accordance with those states' laws — raises concerns of "equal justice." In handing down a nearly five-year sentence, Bredar said he felt Scott Russell Segal had committed a significant crime for his...

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