Celebrating 420 Day in shadow of AG Jeff Sessions’ anti-cannabis …
3 hours ago – April 20 marks 420 day, a day to celebrate cannabis culture and push for cannabis legalization.
On this episode of America’s Lawyer, Mike Papantonio discusses the reasons why the marijuana legalization effort failed in Arizona and speaks with Justin Strekal, Political Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, about what pharmaceutical companies have to gain from keeping marijuana illegal. Mike then talks to attorney, Stephen Sheller, about his new book Pharmageddon, which outlines some of the biggest lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies he has been involved with over the years. Mike is then joined by Mollye Barrows, legal journalist for The Trial Lawyer Magazine, about a rogue scientist at a state laboratory who forged evidence in tens of thousands of criminal drug cases. America’s Lawyer wraps up the show by highlighting a ten-year plan to close New York’s notorious Rikers Island Prison.
BIG PHARMA CORP THAT SPENT BIG BUCKS KEEPING MARIJUANA ILLEGAL – health
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) details how marijuana prohibition has been a “spectacular failure” and previews reform legislation he will soon introduce. Check out http://MarijuanaMajority.com to see more politicians who know it’s time for change.
TYT Politics Producer Emma Vigeland (https://twitter.com/EmmaVigeland) did a YouTube Live report on the news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may not be cracking down on recreational marijuana as much as he had initially indicated.
Minnesota has legalized some forms of medical marijuana. But now there’s a move to legalize it for recreational use as well. Several DFL lawmakers are proposing a law to do that. They’re also proposing a state constitutional amendment to make pot legal. Speakers include Bill authors Rep. Jason Metsa (DFL – Virginia) and Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL – Rochester) .
The bill is opposed by at least one key Republican— the GOP controls the legislature — and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton opposes it.
If the legislature passes the constitutional amendment, it will go directly to the voters with or without Dayton’s signature.
Applebaum says realizes the bill isn’t likely to pass this session, but says it is a conversation starter about something that eventually has to change.
From Ottawa Now with Evan Solomon (580 CFRA News Talk Radio) – April 9 2017
The list of conflicts of interest between politicians, law enforcement, prohibitionists, political insiders and licensed producers is large. Less than 3% of current applicants passed Health Canada’s licensing process, and yet that slim margin contains (but is certainly not limited to):
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Moves To END Federal Prohibition Of Marijuana!
According to a recent post here on THEI we reported that a General Social Survey found that almost 60% of Americans believe that Marijuana should be legalized. If you are one of those majority of our citizens I urge you to contact your Congressperson and demand that they support Congresswoman Gabbard and Congressman Garret on this important issue. Tell them you support HR1227.
It is the liquor and medical industry lobbyist who spend million of dollars to stop this movement that we are fighting. Even if you are against recreational marijuana you must see the ridiculousness of keeping it a Schedule 1 classification which still means they are saying that it “has no medical benefits” and makes it illegal to even study the plant to find further medical uses, which I an sure there are many.
We here at THEI support HR1227. We believe the followers of this site are smart enough to agree. . . . Your Editor Dennis Crenshaw
Any minute now, medical marijuana will be legal in West Virginia. West Virginia! It’s a state that voted for Trump by nearly 42 points in November, and approved medical marijuana via its Republican legislature last week. Democratic Gov. Jim Justice (D) is open to signing it.
And West Virginia is on the tail end of the medical marijuana trend. Half the population of the country, spread out among some 28 states and the District of Columbia, can legally smoke some form marijuana for medical purposes. All but three states legalize some part of the drug found in the cannabis plant for medical cause (mostly the compound cannabidiol, which research suggests doesn’t get people high but can help with anxiety and pain). . . . Read Complete Report
Support for legalizing marijuana is at it’s highest with U.S. voters across the political spectrum—whether Democrats, Republicans or independents, according to a new poll by the General Social Survey. Although a higher percentage of Democratic voters agreed marijuana should be legal in the U.S. compared to Republican voters, overall, nearly 60 percent of Americans thought “the use of marijuana should be legal.” in 2017…
Denver restaurants feel unexpected sting from pot tourism
Kate Krader ~ April 1, 2017
Restaurant workers in the Mile High City are asking: Why work in a stressful kitchen when you can make $22 an hour in a greenhouse?
“… the city is facing a major problem as a result of one of its biggest recent tourism drivers. The pot industry is taking a toll on local restaurant work forces and in some cases, liquor sales. . . . ” . . Read Complete Report
Protecting Marijuana’s $2.7 Billion Cash Industry When Banks Won’t
Published on Feb 17, 2015
Thanks to recreational legalization in Colorado and Washington, the U.S. marijuana industry exploded from $1.5 billion to $2.7 billion in one year. But now, businesses making hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars a week are facing a serious problem: There’s nowhere to stash all the money.
Last week Bill O’Reilly and HotAir Editor-at-Large Mary Katharine Ham fought over pot legalization, and Ham returned Monday night for round two. The big issue this time was O’Reilly’s insistence on focusing on how children are affected by legalizing pot, resulting in another shouting match…
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