PM Stories

State cannabis reform is putting social justice front and center Sabina Morris, John Hudak, and Christine Stenglein, Brookings

New Mexico Legalizes Recreational Marijuana, Erases Some Drug-Related Criminal Records Gina Heeb, Forbes

Young Black Women Are Calling For The Decriminalization Of Cannabis – Here’s Why Jessica Morgan, Refinery29

Time for the Next Step in Federal Justice Reform: Rethinking Drug Laws Brendan Belair, The Crime Report

Congress Is Closer Than Ever to Ending the Federal War on Weed CJ Ciaramella, Reason

The Return of Reefer Madness in the GOP Billy Binion, Reason

Philadelphia DA Race Could Ramp Up the War on Drugs Maura Ewing, The Appeal

Big changes from Pima’s prosecutor: no death penalty; focus on fraud cases, jail alternatives Caitlin Schmidt, Arizona Daily Star

Manhattan District Attorney to Dismiss Convictions Tied to Former NYPD Detective Ben Chapman, Wall Street Journal

This Public Defender Has Fought the Manhattan DA’s Office. Now She Wants To Lead It Daniel Nichanian, The Appeal

PBS’s Fascinating Philly DA Poses a Crucial, Timely Question: Can Our Broken Criminal Justice System Really Be Fixed? Judy Berman, Time

‘The Black Family Archive Is a Form of Resistance’: Garrett Bradley on Her Oscar-Nominated Doc, Time Anna Grace Lee, Esquire

America’s deadliest serial killer preyed on the ‘less dead’ for decades – a new documentary seeks answers Clémence Michallon, Independent

Hulu true crime doc ‘Sasquatch’ investigates whether Bigfoot murdered three NorCal cannabis farmers Dan Gentile, SFGate

AM Stories

Rage Is the Only Language I Have Left Charles M. Blow, New York Times

Throughout Trial Over George Floyd’s Death, Killings by Police Mount John Eligon and Shawn Hubler, New York Times

The Myth of the Dangerous Traffic Stop Is Killing Black Men in America Mark Joseph Stern, Slate

Why Do Tasers Look Like Guns Anyway? James D. Walsh, New York Magazine

The Supreme Court Is Also to Blame for Daunte Wright’s Death Marjorie Cohn, Truthout

A Distinctly American Problem Needs Systematic Investigation Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

Chicago police ‘reform’ failed Adam Toledo. New thinking is essential. Sheila Bedi, Washington Post

Police Violence And Reform: The Inequality In Restorative Justice Opportunities NPR

As protests continue over police killings, lawmakers try to add to the list of crimes protesters could face Tami Abdollah, USA Today

As protests against police violence surge, Florida passes a bill to combat ‘public disorder’ Michael Levenson, New York Times

Alabama woman’s case becomes test of federal anti-riot law Josh Gerstein, Politico

US police and public officials donated to Kyle Rittenhouse, data breach reveals Jason Wilson, The Guardian

Who Wants to Watch Black Pain? Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic

How “A Love Song for Latasha” disrupts and decolonizes documentary filmmaking about Black trauma Gary M. Kramer, Salon

How Filmmakers Transformed a Powerful ACLU Speech Into Doc ‘Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America’ Jazz Tangcay, Variety

Raoul Peck’s Exterminate All the Brutes Insists on Telling What Really Happened Jo Livingstone, New Republic