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This week’s FOIA round-up: Interior was interested in FBI’s "gold standard" FOIA policy, AP collects data on medical marijuana cards, and an Arkansas judge rules clerk broke public records law

This week’s FOIA round-up: Interior was interested in FBI’s “gold standard” FOIA policy, AP collects data on medical marijuana cards, and an Arkansas judge rules clerk broke public records law

In this week’s FOIA round-up, the Department of the Interior staff emails show employees were interested in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s “500-page per month” policy, the Associated Press created a new dataset by collecting information from each state to see why people wanted a medical marijuana card, and an Arkansas judge rules that a clerk broke state public-records laws, but cites as extenuating circumstances the clerk was acting on advice that they had received from state judicial authorities.

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This week’s FOIA round-up: Using FBI records to uncover hate crime history, medical marijuana takes a hit as cannabis becomes more legalized, and The New York Times calls for police transparency

This week’s FOIA round-up: Using FBI records to uncover hate crime history, medical marijuana takes a hit as cannabis becomes more legalized, and The New York Times calls for police transparency

In this week’s FOIA round-up, a photographer used Federal Bureau of Investigation records to track down the location where a man was murdered 50 years ago for a photo project on the white power movemnt, medical marijuana registry data shows a decline in the rate of medical marijuana patients, and the New York Times Editorial Board calls for a repeal of law that keeps police misconduct records secret.

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New Massachusetts pot shop prompts officials to heighten security measures

New Massachusetts pot shop prompts officials to heighten security measures

Large crowds arrived at Salem’s Alternative Therapies Group last Saturday as it opened its doors to recreational marijuana sales. Increased security and police activity is expected in the area, yet crime incident reports obtained by MuckRock point to a history of minimal criminal activity around current medical marijuana dispensaries and future retailers.

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Government-owned cannabinoid patent not enough to convince DEA of marijuana's medical use

Government-owned cannabinoid patent not enough to convince DEA of marijuana’s medical use

Is taking out a patent on the medical uses of marijuana’s primary drug component an acknowledgement that, yes, marijuana has some health-beneficial effects? Not according to the DEA.

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DEA claims no guidelines on enforcing federal marijuana ban

DEA claims no guidelines on enforcing federal marijuana ban

MuckRock has already obtained one slide deck on enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act in states that have legalized marijuana use. So we were surprised to hear that the Drug Enforcement Agency didn’t have any.

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