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2022 minimum wages. Republican states.
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US Republican states. It's not just cannabis prohibition. states have illegal recreational cannabis, low state minimum wages, Republican high average indebtedness, and high state incarceration rates, increasing voter suppression. .
16 Jan 2021: 'Wild West' Hits New York City: Unregulated Cannabis Dispensaries Are Booming.
14 Jan 2021: Guns, ammo … even a boat: how Oath Keepers plotted an armed coup.
14 Jan 2021: South Dakota Governor (. Republican) Wants Marijuana Activists To Pay Legal Bill For Her Lawsuit That Blocked Legalization
11 Jan 2021: Vice News video. The Battle Over Psychedelic Therapy’s Future.
11 Jan 2021: "Seems @LeaderMcConnell is weak on the math skills. Mitch McConnell Told To 'Save The Damn Crocodile Tears' After Whining About Voting. The Democratic half of the Senate represents 41,549,808 more Americans than the GOP half."
11 Jan 2021: "FDR struck a deal with the plotters, allowing them to avoid treason charges – and possible execution – if Wall Street backed off its opposition to the New Deal." Why is so little known about the 1930s coup attempt against FDR?
6 Jan: 7 Jan 2022: Psilocybin Services Would Be Legalized In Washington State Under New Bill. Oregon launches interest survey for psilocybin services.
3 Jan 2022: Texas. Beto O’Rourke’s blunt support of marijuana legalization gives advocates hope for policy change. Nov 2022 election for governor.
1 Jan 2022: Well, it's a new year and many states have increased their minimum wages. In contrast to the clueless . Wikipedia: List of US states by minimum wage states where poor MAGA Trumpists vote in their own slave masters. Republican
29 Dec 2021: Plant-based, smokable medical marijuana becomes legal in Louisiana on January 1, 2022. .
23 Dec 2021: "A flood of fentanyl-filled counterfeit pills being sold on social media". Killed by a pill bought on social media: the counterfeit drugs poisoning US teens.
21 Dec 2021: How General George Patton’s family entered the cannabis industry in Southbridge, Massachusetts.
21 Dec 2021: During the presidential debate held on Monday, December 13, Boric referred to the legalization of marijuana. "Legalizing depends on more debates. I think we have to legalize self-cultivation and not go further". Chile's New President Gabriel Boric Says He Smoked Marijuana In University, Passes Drug Test Before Election.
19 Dec 2021:
Straight out of Inwood: ‘Legacy’ New York City pot dealers going legit — ‘We got that good work. The best of the best.’
18 Dec 2021: 13 Dec 2021: Malta Officially Legalizes Marijuana With President’s Signature, Becoming First In Europe To End Cannabis Prohibition. Malta to legalise cannabis for personal use in European first. .
16 Dec 2021: 6 Oct 2021: "The previous government was in bed with criminals who wanted to keep a monopoly on illicit cultivation and blocked our contract. Why has the law existed since 2017 and they never proceeded? America has been propping up a corrupt government." German Company in Talks With Afghanistan On Cannabis Cultivation. 17 Aug 2021: A Glimpse Into Afghanistan’s Traditional Cannabis Culture. What Taliban Rule Means for Afghanistan’s Drug Trade.
13 Dec 2021: Free Speech Under Attack in Czech Cannabis Crackdown.   .
10 Dec 2021: "Most hospitals and health systems in the state of Michigan have gone to code-red triage, which means they won't accept transfers. ... If you really want to support your staff, and you really want to support health care heroes, get vaccinated". Covid-19 patients at this hospital are dying 'at a rate we've never seen die before' -- and it's taking a toll on health care workers.
9 Dec 2021: Filipino journalist shot dead in 'cowardly' killing, say Philippine authorities. "Malabanan last worked with Reuters on the agency's reporting on Duterte's war on drugs, which won a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting".
9 Dec: Record number of journalists are in prison right now, according to press freedom report.
3 Dec 2021: Do You Know What’s in Your “Legal” CBD or THC Vape? . "these chemicals can create injury to the lung tissue, ... The study’s authors analyzed 241 vaporizer products, including THC and CBD vaporizers as well as tobacco pods from manufacturers like JUUL and refillable e-juices. In these, they found 350 chemicals." See: And: Cannabis is safer. Wikipedia: Electronic cigarette. List of additives in cigarettes.
28 Nov 2021: "It appears there is not a major wave of opt-outs sweeping across the state". Around 9% of towns, villages have opted out of recreational marijuana law in New York.
24 Nov 2021: Germany's incoming government unveils plans to legalize cannabis and phase out coal.  .
Philippines. Proposed bill to produce and export medical cannabis.
Tax the rich! End drug war!
The drug war is a control tool of the Republican Party.
BIPOC stands for "Black, Indigenous, and People of Color". SSDP = Students for Sensible Drug Policy. 40 under 40 Outstanding BIPOC leaders in Drug Policy - SSDP.
23 Nov 2021: Jury finds Unite the Right defendants liable for more than $26 million in damages.  . 17 Nov: Black man stomped by South Carolina officer gets $650,000.
Oregon raid seizes an epic amount of illegal marijuana. 500,000 pounds.  .
19 Nov 2021: "uncertainty and resentment about U.S. drug enforcement priorities on Native American reservations, as more states roll out legal marketplaces for recreational pot sales." Cannabis bust on Indigenous land highlights legal divide.
19 Nov 2021: "Because of its popularity with Hoosiers, Schmuhl said the [Democratic] party wanted to be on the forefront of the issue, pushing for cannabis reform. However, with Indiana Democrats push marijuana reform in 2022. holding a supermajority in both chambers, Schmuhl admitted chances are slim." Republicans
15 Nov 2021: "He said Abbott and Democrat Beto O'Rourke announces bid to take on . Republican Greg Abbott in 2022 Texas gubernatorial race in Austin have failed to tackle larger issues, including expanding Medicaid, legalizing marijuana, improving the electricity grid and improving schools." Republicans
14 Nov 2021: Minimum wage needs to be raised in Food banks struggle to feed hungry Americans. states where it is low. See Republican Click states for rates by state. See tables in US map. Wikipedia: Minimum wage in the United States
Almost as bad as Putin's prisons in Russia. Syria's torture death camps.
Liya Milushkina and Artyom Milushkin.
10 Nov 2021:
Article: The letter cites the Democratic primary debate in November 2019, during which Biden laid out his views on marijuana reform. "Number one, I think we should decriminalize marijuana, period," Biden said at the time. "And I think everyone — anyone who has a record should be let out of jail, their records expunged, be completely zeroed out."
Senator Warren presses Biden on pardons for nonviolent cannabis convictions.
5 Nov 2021:
And: Australia. Mathias Cormann calls for fossil fuel subsidies to be abolished. World spends $423 billion a year to subsidize fossil fuels.
5 Nov 2021: And: The United States of Tax Havens. Inequality chart.
Prison terms already served by some cops. 5 more drug convictions tied to corrupt Chicago cop vacated. 110 convictions vacated so far. Ongoing investigation into more cops.
2 Nov 2021:
Judge throws out man’s guilty plea after bodycam footage reveals New York City cop planting cannabis in cupholder of car of a couple of color. Racist prosecutors delayed releasing footage. Cop had done this before. Calls for prosecuting the cop.
2 Nov 2021: "Vast majority of the market remains underground – about 80-90%. ... Businesses frequently pay an effective tax rate of 70%, in part because they are breaking federal law and therefore aren’t able to take tax deductions." Due to Senate California legalized weed five years ago. Why is the illicit market still thriving? filibustering federal descheduling of cannabis. Republicans (!)
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Here’s how Biden’s Build Back Better framework would tax the rich. . "The IRS would hire enforcement agents trained to pursue wealthy tax evaders, ... It estimates these measures would raise $400 billion over 10 years."
27 Oct: "Only 14 states remain without full medical or adult-use legalization. With all traditionally blue states out of the way, red states are now weighing their options." 15 States That Could Legalize Cannabis in 2022. Vote out these dumbass conservative Republicans!
27 Oct 2021:
Private Prison Operator GEO Group Must Pay Inmates Minimum Wage, Jury Rules.
27 Oct 2021: Sri Lanka’s leading weed scholar and influencer who has a PhD in the natural sciences. This Weed Influencer Was Arrested for Farming Marijuana. He’s Not Giving Up.
26 Oct 2021: South Africa. Quanita Booley on the ballot in Cape Town for the Dagga Party.    .
25 Oct 2021:
BBC UK. Minimum wage for 23 and above to rise to £9.50 an hour ($13 an hour). . "Independent experts maintain there has been little or no evidence of job losses as a result of rising minimum wage levels."
22 Oct: TikTok, the company whose censorship decisions are sometimes made by the Chinese dictatorship, bans South African political candidate and cannabis activist, after he posted a viral campaign video about cannabis. . See Wikipedia: TikTok.
21 Oct 2021:
New York employers are banned from testing most workers for marijuana.
. Trump and Bolsonaro
20 Oct 2021:
Costa Rica congress approves legalization of marijuana for medicinal use. .
. Colin Powell lied    .
13 Oct 2021:
Inside The Digital Campaign That May Allow Italy To Decriminalize Cannabis.
13 Oct 2021: Sales taxes on cannabis are regressive taxes that hurt the poor the most, and force people to the illegal market. Vote them all down. Progressive income taxes are much fairer taxes. Rich Voters Across The U.S. Will Decide On Marijuana And Psychedelics Ballot Measures Next Month. leaders hate them. Repeal the Trump tax cuts for the rich. Support minimum wage increases. Republican
12 Oct 2021: Man fails in appeal against death sentence for transporting 1kg of cannabis into Singapore. . Death for 2 pounds. These fascist countries with the death penalty. Oh wait, the US has the death penalty AND the AND: There were world's highest incarceration rate. 277 per day. Only around around 101,300 US drug overdose deaths in the year ending June 30, 2021. 30 to 55 per year in Portugal, a country with universal healthcare, and where all drugs have been decriminalized since 2001.
11 Oct 2021: "Health minister Birod Khatiwada, a powerful member of the governing coalition, has been lobbying for the proposed bill". Activists seek legal marijuana in former hippie haven Nepal.
8 Oct: Four small bottles of vape oil and a vape pen. Young Brit Receives 25 Year Sentence In Dubai For CBD Oil.
6 Oct 2021: Youtube. This Philly neighborhood is purportedly the largest open-air narcotics market for heroin on the East Coast. . And: Melissa Etheridge on using marijuana instead of prescription drugs. See:
study on cannabis vs opioids.
Dark blue areas have a higher minimum wage than the federal rate ($7.25 per hour). For the other colors the federal rate applies. Except for "special minimum wage" that applies to 2 island territories. See Minimum wage by US state and territory. for more info.
He is a con man for the rich. Repeal Trump's tax cuts for the rich.
2 Oct 2021:
"I Am Not A Baby-Making Machine": Thousands March For Abortion Rights In Protest Of Texas's New Law.  . The many photos and hundreds of rallies across the nation are great. Makes me miss having hundreds of global cannabis marches. may be crushed in the 2022 midterm elections due to this. That would be great for cannabis reform, too. Taliban Republicans
1 Oct 2021: "Depending on who voters choose as governor, and which party ends up controlling the legislature during the election, the new government [if Marijuana Isn’t Exactly On Virginia’s Ballot Next Month, But Legalization’s Fate Is, Advocates Say. ] could drastically roll back planned reforms or undo them completely," Republican
30 Sep 2021: "allowing their badges to be permanently taken away for excessive force, dishonesty and racial bias. ... mandating that officers intercede when they see a colleague using excessive force and immediately report the incident. ... fails to intercede could be disciplined up to and including the same penalty as the officer who committed the excessive force." Democratic Gov. Newsom approves sweeping reforms to law enforcement in California.
30 Sep 2021: Most Police Killings in the U.S. Aren't Officially Counted, Study Finds.
28 Sep 2021: D.C. Sets First-Ever Hearing On Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana Sales.
27 Sep 2021: Last year, Jackie Lacey Los Angeles DA . (Democrat) moves to dismiss nearly 60,000 marijuana convictions , then the district attorney, dismissed 66,000 convictions. (Democrat)
23 Sep 2021:
Report: Southern Oregon Hemp Testing Reveals Large Amounts Of Illicit Marijuana.
22 Sep 2021: Is Hemp Insulation a ‘Game-Changing’ Housing Technology?
22 Sep: Helsinki. The Green League presented Finland's first plans for legalization.
21 Sep: Lobbying to federally deschedule cannabis.
Amazon says workers and applicants fired or barred during marijuana screening are now eligible for employment.
Inside Italy’s Push To Decriminalize Recreational Cannabis. . 8 Sep: Selfie of a couple Italian legislators making progress on cannabis. . Wikipedia: Cannabis in Italy.
11 Sep 2021: Cannabis Social Clubs In Malta Will Be ‘Friendly And Welcoming,’ Barcelona Businessman Says. 3000 people died from 9/11 in the US. 1600 people are dying daily from COVID-19 in the US (mostly unvaccinated USA. Timeline of daily new confirmed COVID-19 deaths. ) right now. Republicans .
7 Sep 2021: USA. Just Say It: The US Health Care System Has Collapsed. Nurse shortage at crisis level. . Wikipedia: See: List of countries by total health expenditure per capita. Canadian single-payer healthcare and Portuguese drug decriminalization.     . Single-payer healthcare
costs less and gets better results:
Another Poll: Republican Voters Support Florida's Governor DeSantis, But Overall Popularity Declines. prohibitionist science-hating, sinks below 50% approval in the polls.
3 Sep 2021:
Malaysia. Sentenced to death on Sep 3, 2021 for 299 grams of cannabis.
3 Sep 2021:
2 Sep 2021: Italy. Filippo Blengino arrested for posting a video about growing cannabis. Oregon. Task Force Raids Black-Market Marijuana Grows Back-to-Back; Finds $600k, 20k plants, 15k lbs. Processed Illegal Marijuana. Article, photos.
1 Sep 2021: Grand jury returns 32-count indictment against officers, paramedics involved in Elijah McClain's death.
25 Aug 2021:
Snoop Dogg Advocates For Marijuana Use In Sports On Jimmy Kimmel Live! Special Edition Hosted By Stephen A. Smith.
23 Aug 2021: Court ruling increases amount of medical cannabis New Mexicans may purchase.
23 Aug 2021:
California. ‘Times are really, really tough’: Plummeting cannabis prices strain small farmers.
Just like the drug war, another war sustained by lies, and massive wasteful spending.
23 Aug 2021: "The right call was getting out in 2002. 2003. ... We deserve better. Instead of politicians spending $6.4 trillion to 'nation build' in the Middle East, we should start nation building right here at home. ... When our country’s elites were preaching about how they had solved the financial crisis and the housing market was booming, I watched the house I joined the Marine Corps out of sit on the market for two years. My dad finally got $43,000 for it. He owed $78,000."
I served in Afghanistan as a US Marine, twice. Here’s the truth in two sentences.
17 Aug 2021:
"The percentage of U.S. adults who say they have tried marijuana has ticked up to 49%, the highest Gallup has measured to date. More than 50 years ago, just 4% said they had tried the drug".
Nearly Half of U.S. Adults Have Tried Marijuana.
US drug overdose numbers: . Wikipedia: United States drug overdose death rates and totals over time Contrast with Over 99,000 died in 12 month period ending Mar 31, 2021. Portugal at around 30 to 50 deaths per year.  . Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001. .
8 Aug 2021:
Further study needed to see if this helps relieve depression. 30 July: Study suggests cannabis can induce a psychedelic-like “oceanic” experience. This article may be premature in saying it helps depression. See: Actual study.
8 Aug 2021: "Struck in the head with a metal pole after having been brutally attacked [by My husband's suicide after Jan. 6 riots was a line-of-duty death. He deserves recognition. fascists]." Republican
8 Aug 2021: Colorado Cannabis Activist 'Wayward Bill' Passes at 70.
6 Aug 2021: Sharing The Knowledge: How President Joe Biden Can Use The Defense Production Act To End The Pandemic Worldwide.
6 Aug 2021: Body Cam Footage Shows Deputy Overdose After Being Exposed to Fentanyl.
1 Aug 2021: Cannabis is The Olympics shouldn’t test for cannabis — much less ban athletes who test positive. than the safer . alcohol craziness at the Olympics
29% of all adults. 24% of whites. 39% of people of color. See the map there, and above. See the astonishing percentages of adults with debt in collection. By county. Especially in the South. The South has been greatly impoverished by low Debt in America: An Interactive Map. minimum wages, lack of expanded Medicaid, Republican massive evictions (past and upcoming). unfair bankruptcy laws,
1 Aug 2021: Spain. The cannabis party makes the leap into national politics.
30 July 2021: Louisiana makes history with new law decriminalizing marijuana Aug 1.
27 July 2021: The Inside a KKK murder plot: Grab him up, take him to the river. owns law enforcement today in the KKK state of Florida. "Even though three current and former Florida prison guards were exposed as klansmen, the state’s Department of Corrections says it found no reason to investigate whether other white supremacists were employed in its prisons."
27 July 2021:
Ohio. Legalized recreational marijuana could return to 2022 ballot.
19 July 2021: U.S. Senate seeking public comment on cannabis legalization.
And: Wikipedia: Universal health care.
List of countries with universal health care.
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19 July 2021:
Marijuana no longer seized at airport checkpoints in New York state.
16 July 2021: Is the Czech Republic on the cusp of a cannabis boom?
7 July 2021:
"The Nevada state Athletic Commission voted Wednesday to lift its longtime ban on athletes using marijuana, opening the door for boxers and mixed-martial artists competing on the sport’s biggest stage to freely and openly use cannabis." Nevada Declares Marijuana Not Performance Enhancing—Legalizes Cannabis Use For MMA Athletes.
6 July 2021: Brazil Gains Ground on Medical Marijuana, in Defiance of Bolsonaro.
Mexico. Cannabis protester
Seth Rogen, Other Celebrities Denounce Sha’Carri Richardson’s Olympics Suspension: ‘If Weed Made You Fast, I’d Be FloJo’. Thinking that’s rooted in hatred.   .
28 June 2021: Mexico. Supreme court strikes down laws that ban use of recreational marijuana.
28 June 2021: Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas says federal laws against marijuana may no longer be necessary.
Vote for cannabis.
US Republicans Voted Often to Kill Coverage of Pre-Existing Conditions.   .
See Medicare spends less than 2 percent on bureaucracy. 1.4% to be exact. We need chart. Medicare for All. See also:
Nearly a third of our health care dollars go for something other than health care. Health insurance companies, for example.
Universal healthcare versus drug war. Canadian single-payer healthcare and Portuguese drug decriminalization
USA. The state of the nation. See:
And: More News. Cannabis is safer. - Click your state to see which anti-cannabis CannabisVoter.info to vote out.
Republicans Vote out most US Republicans and their cannabis war.
The drug war is a control tool of the Republican Party.
And: Real democracy is ranked-choice voting (instant-runoff). Remove Presidential veto power.
The and the filibuster should be temporary delays before simple majority votes (50% +1). presidential veto
The evil history of the US Senate filibuster, or why the US no longer has simple majority rule. .
2022 Global Cannabis March and 420 map. links: Event & 2022 talk.
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