In Washington, there is often a revolving door between public officials and lobbying firms. Public servants often take their contacts and knowledge to the private sector, where they can cash in on bigger salaries. The latest big name in the revolving-door game of politics is former Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), who was voted out of office in 2010. While in the Senate, Lincoln served as the chair of the Agriculture Committee. Now, through her lobbying company Lincoln Policy Group, she will serve as a lobbyist for agriculture giant Monsanto. RT’s Ameera David takes a look at what other companies the former senator will lobby for.
The anger at seed giant Monsanto, was felt at demonstrations held around the world. In the U.S., Marches against Monsanto were held in dozens of cities. RT’s Ramon Galindo, shows us the crowds in Los Angeles.
Two recreational cannabis bills before Vermont legislature
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm
Vermonters have two chances to legalize certain amounts of marijuana possession and cultivation, with two bills headed to state legislators this session.
The first bill, Senate Bill 48, was introduced last month. If passed, it would decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce by adults 21 and up. People caught with under two ounces would face a civil fine of no more than $100. People found with more than an ounce would face up to six months in jail and up to $500 in fines. Paraphernalia would also be decriminalized. People possessing under an ounce can not be denied any rights or privileges at the state level, including student financial aid, unemployment or occupational licenses. . . . Read Complete Report~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Canadian “marijuana millionaire” donating up to $620,000 to decrim efforts
Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 9:24 am
A Canadian marijuana activist and winner of a $25 million national lottery last November is putting his money where his mouth is. The Province reported last week that Bob Erb, 60, has vowed to meet any donations to Sensible British Columbia campaign for marijuana decriminalization and legalization. Erb has already donated $120,000, and says he’ll donate up to $500,000 more to match donations.Currently Sensible B.C. is trying to get a voter referendum on the 2014 ballot that would order all police in British Columbia to no longer subject people searches, seizures and arrests for possession of cannabis. It would also require the BC government to petition the prime minister to allow for regulated and taxed cannabis production and sales. . . . Read Complete Report