News. Sources. GMM Facebook. US Republicans. Their cannabis war! . Ballotpedia: and marijuana minimum wage. US minimum wage has 35% less buying power than in 1969. . Global billionaires gained $5.5 trillion during pandemic. . Hunger.  . $70 billion to end global pandemic. .
Tax the rich! End drug war!
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.
20 Nov: 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. 275 per day. Only around around 100,300 US drug overdose deaths in the year ending April 30, 2021. Versus 30 to 50 per year in Portugal, a country with universal healthcare, and where all drugs have been decriminalized since 2001. with around 50 deaths a year (via decrim since 2001). Portugal
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.
26 June 2021: "Four of the six parties ... are committed to backing an end to the prohibition policy." Germany: Cannabis legalization becomes election campaign issue.
22 June: Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont ( Democrat) signs bill legalizing recreational marijuana.
17 June 2021: Rick Steves: War on Drugs Turns 50 Today — Join Me in Fighting Back.
17 June 2021: "passed on a 16 to 11 vote, ... all the Connecticut Governor Plans to Sign Legal Cannabis Bill Heading to His Desk. in attendance in opposition." Republicans
10 June 2021: Drug users (Republican kids too) put up against a wall and shot. Same difference, GOP let them get HIV and hepatitis. And for-profit GOP healthcare likes the business. Some murderous . Republicans rebel against needle exchanges, a powerful anti-opioid tool
5 June 2021: Turkey experiments with cannabis crops to boost hemp production.
2 June 2021: Amazon is stopping employee testing for weed. Amazon will “actively support” the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act.
30 May 2021: Getting hospitalized or dying from COVID-19 after 2nd vaccination is incredibly rare.
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22 and 29 May 2021:
Grenoble and Paris, France. CannaParade and Marche Mondiale du Cannabis. World Cannabis March.     .
25 May 2012: As Lumber Prices Surge, Hemp Blocks Get a Closer Look.
24 May 2021: 8 States Side With Cancer Patients In Psilocybin Lawsuit Against DEA.
19 May 2021: "38 dispensary licenses and the full limit of eight growers licenses." Since legalization 2 years ago, Arkansans have spent $300 million on medical marijuana.
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14 May 2021:
Billionaires worldwide gained $5 trillion in one year. at levels not seen since just before the Wealth inequality Great Depression. tax cuts for the rich. Record low inflation-adjusted Republican US federal minimum wage.
13 May 2021: Minnesota House passes legal cannabis bill; no future in . Republican Senate
11 May 2021: USA. 15% of Black female high school students attempted suicide in a year. 9% of white female students. 12% of Hispanic female students. . Time magazine block universal healthcare. Republicans
1 May 2021: Shoutwiki:
See 2021 section. Cannabis Parade and Rally. 420 links too. New York City.
1 May 2021: As well as other dignitaries. New York City. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will headline this year's NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally on May 1.
29 Apr 2021:
By Colin Moynihan. About He Fought for Decades to Make Marijuana Legal. Now What?. From Dana Beal. New York Times.
April 20. AOC and Earl Blumenauer wore pot leaf masks at the Capitol.
23 Apr 2021:
Five States Where . Republicans Are Trying to Block Marijuana Legalization
20 Apr 2021: New York City. Got vaxxed — get grass; Free joints in Union Square for proof of jabs. Many photos.      .
20 Apr: Food Network's 'Chopped 420' stars Phoenix cannabis chef Derek Upton.
19 Apr 2021: "The legislation passed the House with bipartisan support in 2019, but it was ignored by the House Passes Marijuana Banking Bill With Bipartisan Support . -controlled Senate." Republican
16 Apr 2021: "At the federal level, you call it 'decriminalization' because that lets the states legalize". Biden’s Already On Board With Federal Marijuana Legalization Even If He Doesn’t Use That Word, according to Senators Booker and Schumer.
15 Apr 2021:
Nationwide Poll: More Americans Than Ever Before (69%) Say That Marijuana Should Be Legal.
14 Apr: "I was actually the first one here to buy legal cannabis in Pettis County [Missouri]. It was strange — I mean, after spending almost 23 years in prison for cannabis, and now all of a sudden I can go into the store right here? It wasn't a mile from where I was originally arrested in 1993. I was almost afraid to go in the dispensary," Jeff Mizanskey on Life After a Life Sentence for Marijuana.
14 Apr 2021:
Montana Passes Landmark Bill Advancing Hemp as Animal Feed.
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9 Apr 2021:
"House Bill 1455, put forward by Nikki Fried: Florida . Republicans declare war on medical marijuana | Opinion Representative Roach (ironic, right?), declares war on Florida’s medical marijuana program and patients." ] [Republican
8 Apr 2021: "Adults 21 and older will be able to use and grow marijuana, starting in July. The state will also launch a legal, regulated market". Virginia legalizes marijuana.
7 Apr 2021: "Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, also a Democrat, broke a 20-20 vote tie in Virginia's Senate to pass the bill. No Virginia, 16th State To Legalize Recreational Pot, Latest To Emphasize 'Social Equity'. supported the measure." Republicans
5 Apr 2021: "Under the proposal, adults 18 and older would be allowed to purchase and possess up to 28 grams of marijuana and cultivate up to six plants for personal use." Mexico Marijuana Legalization Bill Clears Key Senate Committee, With Floor Vote Expected This Month.
New York City. Looks like we legalized marijuana just in time:
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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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