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  • Tommy Chong to Fox Hosts: Your Gruber Coverage Is ‘Like Benghazi All Over Again’

    11/19/2014 5:10:39 PM PST · by PROCON · 61 replies
    mediate ^ | Nov. 19, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    Tommy Chong, star of such films as Up in Smoke and until this week a contestant on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, was the #OneLuckyGuy on Fox News’ Outnumbered (for some reason) Wednesday, and while he was there he weighed in on issues like marijuana legalization (naturally), health care, and immigration. But when the issue of Obamacare “architect” Jonathan Gruber’s controversial comments came up, Chong surprised the show’s co-hosts by comparing it to another hot topic on Fox: Benghazi. Andrea Tantaros and Harris Faulkner were expressing outrage over Gruber’s comments and the Obama administration’s reaction to it when Chong decided...
  • Oregon Immigration Vote Is a Warning for Obama

    11/16/2014 7:01:09 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 16, 2014 | By JONATHAN J. COOPER and NICHOLAS RICCARDI
    The fate of a little-noticed ballot measure in strongly Democratic Oregon serves as a warning to President Barack Obama and his party about the political perils of immigration policy. Even as Oregon voters were legalizing recreational marijuana and expanding Democratic majorities in state government, they decided by a margin of 66-34 to cancel a new state law that would have provided driver's licenses to people who are in the United States illegally. "The Oregon measure tells you these measures are not easy or simple," said Muzaffar Chishti of the Migration Policy Institute. "The political cost may be significant, even in...
  • Oregon immigration vote is a warning for Obama

    11/16/2014 6:38:11 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/16/2014 | JONATHAN J. COOPER and NICHOLAS RICCARDI
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The fate of a little-noticed ballot measure in strongly Democratic Oregon serves as a warning to President Barack Obama and his party about the political perils of immigration policy. Even as Oregon voters were legalizing recreational marijuana and expanding Democratic majorities in state government, they decided by a margin of 66-34 to cancel a new state law that would have provided driver's licenses to people who are in the United States illegally. Obama is considering acting on his own, as early as this week, to possibly shield from deportation up to 5 million immigrants now living...
  • The Democrats Lost Big Tonight. Why Obama Should Double Down

    11/05/2014 9:45:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Nation ^ | November 4, 2014 | Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor & publisher
    If I were advising the White House right now, I would encourage President Obama to take advantage of the end of this year's election cycle—the next fifty or so days—to immediately try to change the subject, in a big way. The Obama administration should act right away to use its executive powers to take steps to deal with long-ignored issues that need to be dealt with for the good of the nation. This cannot be done quietly. To change the media narrative, issues acted upon will have to be controversial enough to dominate the news. President Obama should embrace good...
  • Megadonor: Tea Party 'ruined' GOP

    11/05/2014 9:36:27 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 75 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/5/14 | JOSEPH LAWLER
    The Tea Party has "completely captivated and ruined" the Republican Party, and will doom the party's chances of reclaiming the presidency unless it is checked, says Jon Huntsman, Sr. The billionaire and one-time adviser to President Richard Nixon weighed in on the state of the GOP Tuesday in an interview with Yahoo Finance. He recommended that the party turn to a candidate such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or his son, Jon Huntsman, Jr., the former governor of Utah and U.S. ambassador to China who ran in the Republican primary for the 2012 nomination and was widely perceived as...
  • Ballot measures: Oregon, DC voters OK use of pot

    11/04/2014 9:47:16 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 25 replies
    MSN News ^ | November 5 2014 | DAVID CRARY, AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — Voters in Oregon and the District of Columbia approved ballot measures Tuesday allowing the use of marijuana by adults, elating legalization activists who hope to extend their winning streak across the country. Oregon will join the company of Colorado and Washington state, where voters approved the recreational use of pot two years ago. And the District of Columbia is on the same path unless Congress, which has review power, blocks the move. Still to come were results from Alaska, which also had a marijuana-legalization measure on its ballot Tuesday. Other volatile issues on state ballots include...
  • Lena Dunham Performs With Lil Jon for Abortion Rights, Marijuana in 'Rock the Vote' Video

    10/07/2014 10:26:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | October 7, 2014 | Kelli Serio
    Lena Dunham has teamed up with rapper Lil Jon in this exclusive new music video for "Rock the Vote" in which she "turns out" for abortion rights and promotes other issues that will reportedly influence American millennials to vote this fall. "My name is Lil Lena and I'm turning out for reproductive rights," she confessed. "What's up? It's Lil Jon and I'm turning out for the legalization of marijuana," said the rapper. Sophia Bush, Natasha Lyonne, Glee's Darren Criss, and several other celebrities are featured "Rock the Vote" ambassadors. The midterm elections are just around the corner, and this star-studded...
  • Voting for Romney (D-Mass.): The Worst Mistake a Conservative Could Make

    05/16/2012 2:51:31 PM PDT · by xzins · 353 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 7 Apr 12 | LD
     Thanks to LD for allowing me to publish this lengthy article that is mirror-posted at The Country Thinker. It will be shocking to some, but I have been accused (politely) of being crazy, insane, and a variety of similar expressions over my political positions. This is my rebuttal to explain in detail why I am not.I don’t normally post on Saturday, but I had a conversation with a political consultant friend of mine on Thursday and what we discussed is just too critical to let slide. (I can’t mention his name because he does paying work for the Big Two;...
  • Roger Stone Makes Gary Johnson a Joke

    06/16/2012 6:55:38 AM PDT · by RealTeen · 17 replies
    NextGenGOP.org | 6-15-12 | Justin Higgins
    Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson was an interesting character in the 2012 Republican Primaries that didn’t get the attention he deserved. I was never a Johnson devotee by any means, but his fiscal record was impressive and his libertarian leanings were worth giving a fair shake in the process. Now Johnson is running as the Libertarian Party candidate for President with hopes of playing spoiler, and as RealClearPolitics reports, he’s doing it with the help of Roger Stone, a rather interesting but mostly mythical operative legend: He doesn’t have a vast campaign account, as the two major-party candidates do,...
  • Polls Show Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson Could Be the 2012 Election Spoiler

    06/30/2012 3:41:53 PM PDT · by johnatures · 55 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 29, 2012 | John A. Tures
    COMMENTARY | Could Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, a former New Mexico governor, play a spoiler role in the 2012 election, especially out west? Most polls aren't even giving him the benefit of the doubt, failing to include him as an option. But those polls that do include Johnson find him doing surprisingly well. He could tip the balance in several western swing states like Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico. And with every state mattering, that could be the difference in a close race in 2012. A poll by the group "We Ask America" released on June 26 in Colorado...
  • Gary Johnson--Libertarian for President-Proven Budget Cutter From New Mexico

    07/24/2012 1:18:59 PM PDT · by appeal2 · 29 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 07/24/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    www.FinancialSurvivalNetwork.com presents We met up with Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico and present Libertarian candidate for President. Gary was a former governor of New Mexico. During his two terms in office, of an overwhelmingly Democrat state, he vetoed 750 bills and exercised thousands of line item vetos. He was so effective that his opposition referred to him as Governor Veto. He ran for the Republican nomination this year, but he was kept out of the early debates by CNN and CNBC rules, which were created to keep out minor candidates. As a result, he never attained the status...
  • Obama team sees promise in 3rd party candidacies

    07/31/2012 12:45:01 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 07/31/2012 | Jim Kuhnhenn
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's re-election effort is paying close attention to two candidates mounting third-party campaigns for the presidency, believing they could draw votes from Republican rival Mitt Romney and help Obama win a few tightly contested states. One candidate is Virgil Goode, a former conservative Virginia congressman who is running as a member of the Constitution Party. The other is Gary Johnson, a former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico who is the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee. Obama's team has scenarios whereby Obama can win states like Virginia and Colorado with less than 50 percent of the...
  • 93 reasons why Obama supporters should switch to Gary Johnson or Jill Stein

    08/08/2012 11:36:13 PM PDT · by grundle · 15 replies
    wordpress ^ | August 9, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    In the 2008 United States election, I wrote in Ron Paul for President. In the 2012 election, I will be voting for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Those who are of a more leftist persuasion than myself might want to consider voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Here are 93 things that Barack Obama has done, that should cause his supporters to switch to Gary Johnson or Jill Stein: 1) Carried out military interventionism in Libya without Congressional approval In June 2011, U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said that Obama had violated the Constitution when he launched military operations...
  • FR Opinion Poll: Is Gary Johnson Going To Cost Romney The Election?

    09/24/2012 12:29:02 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 61 replies
    Self/Vanity | 9/24/2012
    I wanted to get the current opinion of Freepers on whether or not they believe Gary Johnson will cost Mitt Romney the election? I am asking this because I have been seeing more and more polls as well as interest on Facebook and Twitter about Gary getting the Ron Paul voters and Independents to swing his way. A lot of them are from the legalize crowd and the others are from the Alex Jones wing. Recent polls in Montana show Johnson picking up 2% of the vote, in places like Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada he is picking up around...
  • Gary Johnson Gains Support And May Take Ohio Out of Play for Romney

    09/28/2012 10:57:46 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 109 replies
    The usual wisdom is that, as election day grows closer, support for third-party candidates tends to shrivel as the voting public heeds the tribal war drums and comes home to Team Red or Team Blue in a ritualistic display of political masochism that could be topped only by the sight of actual hair-shirted flagellants lined up to enter the polling booths. That third-party shrinkage may not be happening this year, though — or not yet, at least. A new poll from Ohio shows Gary Johnson gaining support, even as press reports emphasize the hold-your-nose-quality in which both major-party candidates marinate,...
  • Johnson Files Antitrust Suit To Appear in Debates (Libertarian candidate)

    09/30/2012 6:48:39 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 26 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | September 29, 2012 | Michael Coleman
    Washington — Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson isn’t going out without a fight. The former New Mexico governor this week took his case for inclusion in the presidential debates to U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. Johnson’s presidential campaign filed an antitrust lawsuit alleging that the Commission on Presidential Debates is colluding with the Republican and Democratic parties to prevent third-party candidates from participating. “It’s antitrust. We’re being excluded by a private organization, and it is fundamentally unfair,” Johnson told the Journal on Friday. The first presidential debate is Wednesday. Two more debates are scheduled for Oct. 16 and Oct....
  • The libertarian/marijuana conspiracy to swing the election

    10/18/2012 3:10:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Salon ^ | October 17, 2012 | David Sirota
    Robocalls urge pro-drug legalization voters to support libertarian Gary Johnson, and could push the state to Romney The term “perfect storm” is so overused as to be a pathetic cliche — but alas, in politics, it is about the best phrase to describe Colorado in the upcoming election. The state could decide the outcome. And if it comes down to that, it will likely be messy, for we are watching an epic convergence of factors that seem poised to make the square state 2012′s version of Florida in 2000. Here in the center of the Intermountain West, we have polls...
  • Larry King to moderate third-party debate

    10/18/2012 11:07:59 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    AP via CBS News ^ | October 17, 2012
    Larry King, the celebrated talk show host accustomed to A-list interview guests, has agreed to moderate a debate featuring a squad of minor-party presidential candidates.
  • Reverse statism: A reality check for voters considering third party

    10/27/2012 4:03:01 PM PDT · by SincerelyAmanda · 47 replies
    The Washington Times Communities ^ | October 26, 2012 | Amanda Read
    If you think an election that can't be won with your ideal candidate is an election not worth winning at all, think again.
  • Obama Keeps N.M. Lead Over Romney

    10/30/2012 9:31:10 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 28 replies
    ABQ Journal ^ | Oct 28, 2012 | By Michael Coleman
    President Barack Obama has held on to his lead over Republican Mitt Romney in the presidential contest in New Mexico, running 9 points ahead of the former Massachusetts governor in a Journal Poll concluded 12 days before the Nov. 6 election. The Democratic president had 50 percent support in the statewide survey of likely voters and those who had already voted, compared with 41 percent backing Romney. Obama picked up 1 percentage point and Romney gained 2 points in the Oct. 23-25 Journal Poll, compared with the Journal Poll conducted Oct. 9-11. Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson had support...
  • Gary Johnson-Mitt Romney Vote Swap

    11/05/2012 9:20:13 AM PST · by 92nina · 19 replies
    GaryMittVoteSwap.com | November 5, 2012 | GaryMittVoteSwap.com
    Gary Johnson voters in swing states and Mitt Romney voters in uncontested states now have a way to swap votes, resulting in a win-win for both sides. Go to http://garymittvoteswap.com to connect. This could make a difference in this very close election. Conservatives in safe states are NEEDED.
  • Gary Johnson: Obama will win. (GREAT, Vote for Gary = Obama +1)

    11/05/2012 6:47:06 PM PST · by carlo3b · 80 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 11/5/12 | ELIZABETH TITUS
    Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson said Monday he thinks President Barack Obama will defeat Mitt Romney to win a second term. “I think Obama’s going to win, that’s what I think,” Johnson told POLITICO in an interview. “[My vote is] really spread out, meaning I don’t think there’s any state that I’m going to do better than another.” Johnson, who’s on the ballot in 48 states and the District of Columbia, hovers in single digits in the polls. The former two-term New Mexico governor declined to single out any state where he expected to do particularly well but said...
  • Libtard Gary Johnson Cost Romney FL and OH

    11/06/2012 9:51:53 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 74 replies
    Hover over Google's state map at link.
  • Ex-New Mexico Gov. Johnson named pot company CEO

    07/01/2014 4:45:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 1, 2014 6:45 PM EDT | Russell Contreras
    A Nevada-based startup that plans on selling medical and recreational marijuana products named former New Mexico governor and U.S. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson as its CEO and president, the company announced Tuesday. The announcement came as Cannabis Sativa Inc. said it had acquired marijuana research business Kush while company officials work to navigate changing state laws on marijuana and potential challenges from the federal government, which still views marijuana as a controlled substance. Johnson said he hoped to expand Cannabis Sativa into a major marijuana business and intends to work out of New Mexico to help develop products that...
  • HHS: Law does not prohibit pot purchases with welfare

    09/09/2014 1:17:01 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 9, 2014 | Susan Ferrechio
    <p>Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell told the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee that the federal government does not have the power to stop states from allowing people to use welfare benefits to buy marijuana.</p> <p>In a letter addressed to Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who asked Health and Human Services about the policy earlier this year, Burwell said the law simply excludes any mention of marijuana dispensaries in the list of places where people are prohibited from using welfare, formally known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF.</p>
  • Welfare recipients can use debit cards for marijuana

    09/10/2014 6:52:14 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 9 2014 | S.A. Miller
    Welfare recipients can’t use their EBT cards at liquor stores but they can at marijuana dispensaries in states such as Colorado that have legalized pot, Sen. Jeff Sessions revealed Tuesday. The Alabama Republican announced that he was drafting legislation to close the welfare-for-weed loophole after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed to him that marijuana shops were not off limits to EBT cards, which replaced food stamps, or other federal benefits.
  • The Nuclear Option: A Foreign Policy Conducted in a Drug-Addled Haze

    09/12/2014 6:58:43 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | Sep 11, 2014 | Charles Hurt
    The Nuclear Option: A Foreign Policy Conducted in a Drug-Addled Haze See, kids, this is why you don’t do drugs. And this is why you will always eventually regret voting for somebody who boasted of all the coke and dope he did while smoldering about his absentee father. President Choom Gang has demilitarized our military. He sends the Department of Health and Human Services to the Mexican border to welcome and take care of tens of thousands of illegal children streaming across. And now he wants to deploy American troops into West Africa to combat the Ebola virus. Boy, is...
  • Decriminalize, Regulate Heroin, Cocaine, Commission Says

    09/11/2014 11:09:05 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 93 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 8, 2014 | José de Córdoba
    A commission composed mostly of former world leaders will recommend Tuesday that governments move beyond legalizing marijuana and decriminalize and regulate the use of most other illegal drugs, including heroin and cocaine. The international drug-control system is broken, says a report to be released Tuesday in New York by the Global Commission on Drug Policy. Governments should be allowed wide latitude to experiment with the regulation of drugs, except for the most lethal, says the commission, whose 21 members include former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, and former presidents such as Brazil´s...
  • As Businesses Flee, Jerry Brown's California Attracts A Different Kind Of "Investment"

    09/14/2014 5:41:23 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 51 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12 September 2014 | Editorial
    Immigration: When California Gov. Jerry Brown hung out the "all welcome" sign for illegals, Mexico's drug cartels heard him loud and clear. Raids on Thursday left lawmen declaring Los Angeles a cash-laundering mecca. Roping off 100 blocks of downtown Los Angeles this week, federal agents from the U.S. attorney's office raided roughly 70 garment district businesses along with a few houses in tony Westwood and Beverly Hills. The suspected crime was laundering money for Mexico's Sinaloa cartel. Agents hauled out $65 million in cash stuffed in duffel bags, suitcases and boxes, some of it blood-spattered. The cash came from hostage...
  • House passes ‘no welfare for weed’ bill

    09/16/2014 8:00:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 16, 2014 9:43 PM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    The House passed a bill Tuesday that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal. Supporters call it the “no welfare for weed” bill. The bill would prevent people from using government-issued welfare debit cards to make purchases at stores that sell marijuana. It would also prohibit people from using the cards to withdraw cash from ATMs in those stores. …
  • Peter Thiel on Twitter and pot, Google, Uber and gay CEOs

    09/17/2014 8:36:13 AM PDT · by illiac · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | 9/17/14 | Matthew J Belvedere
    Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel is famously outspoken and sharp-tongued, and on CNBC on Wednesday he did not disappoint. In a "Squawk Box" interview.Thiel trashed Twitter, Uber and Apple, among others, "Twitter is hard to evaluate. They have a lot of potential. It's a horribly mismanaged company—probably a lot of pot-smoking going on there. But it's such a solid franchise it may even work with all that," the co-founder of PayPal and early Facebook investor said.
  • Two stories offering more confirmation that Democrats are basically nitwits

    09/25/2014 10:53:58 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/25/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Sometimes the proof that the American idea is the greatest political creation in human history comes from odd angles. How can America not be the greatest, most efficient delivery system of wealth and happiness ever devised when, in spite of the ever increasing number of fools and greedy leaches in our midst, we are still the place the world wants to come to and the voice the world expects to hear when it “calls 911?” A recent Pew Poll provided fresh evidence of the number of drooling halfwits we have to overcome each day just to stay even with where...
  • GOP Congressman Warns Of The Real Social Ill Destroying American Values: Marijuana

    09/26/2014 6:15:59 PM PDT · by Mariner · 163 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | Sep 26th, 2014 | Elise Foley
    WASHINGTON -- Conservatives are losing ground on the fight to keep marijuana illegal, a Republican congressman warned in dire terms at the Values Voter Summit. During a conference mostly focused on religious liberty, abolishing the IRS and promoting small government, Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) delivered a full speech on the ills of decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana. Fleming, a medical doctor, warned of a "growing acceptance" of marijuana -- a fact hard to deny, considering public opinion and state laws. Colorado and Washington state have legalized recreational marijuana, and 23 states and the District of Columbia have allowed the substance for...
  • Democrats Eyeing Marijuana as an Opiate for the Masses

    09/29/2014 8:54:51 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 24 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | September 28, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    As marijuana restrictions are eased throughout the nation, lawmakers from both parties are looking to the drug as a potential cash cow to shore up budget deficits and fill local and state coffers. For Democrats, however, a far more insidious pattern is developing, as recent moves by left-wing indicate they see in marijuana as a powerful tool to further control their largely poor and minority constituency with this 21st century "opiate for the masses." The city of Berkeley, CA recently moved to institute policy requiring "medicinal" marijuana outlets to allot certain amounts of their product to be distributed free to...
  • The "people's lawyer" is a criminal

    09/30/2014 1:22:18 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    renewamerica.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    In a sympathetic profile just before his resignation, Politico said Eric Holder's biggest legacy may be "his quiet dismantling of the War on Drugs...." How he could have "accomplished" this without legislative authority from Congress – which is supposed to make and pass laws – is never really explained. He was an Attorney General described by President Barack Obama as "the people's lawyer." Anybody familiar with Marxist jargon knew exactly what Obama meant. At home and abroad, the Obama administration distributed weapons to America's enemies. Holder's area of expertise was facilitating weapons shipments to Mexican drug cartels, in a...
  • Hambycast: Rand Paul's campus challenge

    10/03/2014 12:15:04 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | October 3, 2014 | Peter Hamby
    "I am not opposed to birth control," he said. After a pause, he elaborated. "That's basically what Plan B is. Plan B is taking two birth control pills in the morning and two in the evening, and I am not opposed to that." ... Another student here pressed him on "the drug war," asking if Paul would support legalizing marijuana, cocaine and heroin. He said he wasn't supportive of drug use, explaining that pot "is not that great," but said drug laws should be left up to states. Colorado and Washington are experimenting with legalized marijuana, he said, and we...
  • ‘Weed lobbyists’ or Democrats? Watch these pot smokers field basic political questions

    10/05/2014 11:45:37 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    bizpacreview.com ^ | October 5, 2014 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    Marijuana is fast becoming a hot political issue around the country, so is it a really good idea to encourage more people to vote?
  • Marijuana Legalization in Colorado: New Numbers Hint at Increasingly Unfavorable Views

    10/08/2014 1:41:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Headlines and Global News ^ | 10/08/2014 | Taylor Tyler
    It's almost been two years since Colorado passed legislation legalizing the sale of marijuana to adults who are 21 and older, and many states are on similar paths to pass marijuana legislation in the upcoming election - there are more drug reform questions on this November's ballot than ever before. But a few recent reports coming out of Colorado indicate that support for the legalization efforts may be decreasing among Colorado citizens. A Sept. 17 poll conducted by Suffolk University and USA Today shows 50.2 percent of Colorado voters are not satisfied with the state's decision to legalize marijuana, while...
  • Pot should be legalized, regulated and sold like alcohol, says addiction centre

    10/10/2014 10:53:02 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 165 replies
    CityNews Toronto ^ | 10/09/2014 | Sheryl Ubelacker
    Canada’s largest mental health and addiction treatment and research centre is calling for the legalization of marijuana, with strict controls that would govern who could buy weed, from where, and in what quantity. In a policy statement released Thursday, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto said cannabis should be sold through a government-controlled monopoly and with limited availability and an age limit, possibly through outlets similar to provincially operated liquor stores. “Legalization means that we remove all penalties for cannabis possession and use by adults,” said Jurgen Rehm, director of social and epidemiological research at CAMH. “Canada’s...
  • Autopsy, toxicology report on Michael Brown reportedly reveal marijuana ... (and vindicates the cop)

    10/22/2014 5:51:01 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 22, 2014
    Complete Headline: Autopsy, toxicology report on Michael Brown reportedly reveal marijuana, cast doubt on witness claims he was running away Michael Brown, the 18-year-old black man whose fatal shooting by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in August touched off weeks of racially-charged rioting, had marijuana in his system, was initially shot at close range and does not appear to have been killed while running away, according to experts who reviewed the official autopsy and toxicology report. [Snip] The newspaper had St. Louis medical examiner Dr. Michael Graham, who is not part of the official...
  • Dentists Want To See Studies On Pot-Cavity Link (Weed is rotting teeth alert)

    10/20/2014 7:32:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 17, 2014
    Pot smoking — and its stereotypical associations like munching on carbohydrates and other treats — seems like it’d be your teeth’s worst enemy. And now some Colorado dentists are saying more research needs to be done on how smoking pot can affect dental health, including causing an increase in cavities. “We’ve been finding more cavities in our patients who are smoking more than a few times a week,” dental hygienist Julie Baukus at LoDo Dental says. The journal of the American Dental Association finds smoking marijuana can lead to abnormal growths and lesions inside the mouth. Some Colorado dentists are...
  • War on marijuana unconstitutional, doctors testify in federal court Monday

    10/23/2014 10:51:04 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 111 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | David Downs
    The U.S. government claims marijuana is a dangerous, addictive drug with no medical benefits. But that claim will be up for debate Monday in California when a federal judge is scheduled to hear testimony from doctors that conclude the opposite. Doctors Carl Hart, Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, retired physician Phillip Denny, and Greg Carter, Medical Director of St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane, Washington will testify Monday that marijuana — real name, “cannabis” — is not the demon drug the federal government makes it out to be. Accepted science does not justify the listing of cannabis as...
  • Ebola.Com domain sold for big payout (Cash and marijuana-related stocks)

    10/25/2014 1:28:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    India.com ^ | October 25, 2014 | Press Trust of India
    The owners of the website Ebola.Com have scored a big payday with the outbreak of the epidemic, selling the domain for more than USD 200,000 in cash and stock. The deal highlights the rewards and risk of industry trading and speculating in domain names that see high interest following news events. According to a securities filing, the buyer was a Russian-registered firm called Weed Growth Fund, previously known as Ovation Research. The October 20 filing said the price was USD 50,000 cash and 19,192 shares of Cannabis Sativa worth close to USD 170,000, which promotes medical uses for marijuana. The...
  • Pot Use Is Devastatingly Dangerous: Analysis of 20 Years of Studies

    10/13/2014 5:10:25 PM PDT · by detective · 31 replies
    The New American ^ | October 11, 2014 | Selwyn Duke
    “I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from ... cigarettes.” This sentiment, expressed by Barack Obama in January and shared by millions, has once again been challenged — this time by an academic review of 20-years worth of research. The handiwork of Dr. Wayne Hall, a professor of addiction policy at King's College London and drug advisor for the World Health Organization, the review implicates cannabis in a whole host of health problems, but, in particular, in mental-health issues and addiction among habitual users — especially teenagers.
  • Smoking Marijuana Can Protect You From Ebola: Is there anything weed can't do? (Bizarre)

    10/18/2014 6:21:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Montreal's MTL Blog ^ | October 16, 2014 | Michael D'Alimonte
    Not a day has gone by in the last few weeks without a mention of Ebola. Having made its way into North America, Ebola has become reached the top of the “to fear” list, making many worry that it will only be a matter of time before the disease dominates the continent. Effective vaccines and treatments for Ebola have yet to be discovered, though one may be hiding in plain sight: cannabis. Cannabinoids in marijuana have gained more and more of a reputation as a way to control and aid one’s immune systems, specifically with diseases that target a body’s...
  • How a tech-savvy grandma is trying to lead Kansas Democrats out of the wilderness [SPEW!]

    10/31/2014 3:52:18 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 18 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/21/14 | Holly Bailey
    TOPEKA, Kan. — Four years ago, Joan Wagnon was a 70-year-old grandmother preparing to retire after decades of public service. A centrist Democrat long credited as blazing the way for women in politics in Kansas, she spent 12 years in the state Legislature and four years as mayor of Topeka — the first and only woman to hold the job. After eight years as state secretary of revenue, Wagnon was preparing to hang it up when "the massacre" happened. On Election Day 2010, Sam Brownback, a two-term, hard-line conservative U.S. senator and a 2008 candidate for the Republican presidential nomination,...
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    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 30, 2014 | Steve Doughty
    The nation held up by the Liberal Democrats yesterday as a shining example of how to win the war on drugs is far from the unqualified success story they make out. For the number of children using drugs in Portugal has more than doubled since the country’s laws were liberalised, the latest figures show. A decade after the law was relaxed, nearly a fifth of 15 and 16-year-olds use drugs – well over twice the number in the years before decriminalisation. The controversial Home Office report commissioned by the Liberal Democrats states: ‘It is clear that there has not been...
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    10/29/2014 6:43:13 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 122 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man blog ^ | 10/29/2014 | Sacra Pizza Man
     Hey, Kids, Puph to Majik Dragoon wants you to know: Weed is a Panacea  The Science of Pharmacology Dictates that Any Effective Medication Has Side-Effects.  A medication can't be effective if it has no dangers. (Side-Effects Management is at the heart of Pharmacology.) It's magical thinking to promote Weed as a cure-all with no dangers.  Teenage Cannabis Smoking ‘Permanently Lowers IQ’ 8 Points Study sheds light on damaging effects of marijuana among college-aged adults America ill-prepared for marijuana mayhem  Longtime Marijuana Use Linked With Decreased Motivation Brain Changes are Associated with Casual Marijuana Use in Young Adults Teen pot use could hurt brain and memory, new...
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    09/06/2011 8:38:27 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 9/6/11 | Micaela Massimino
    The California Supreme Court's newest justice, Goodwin Liu, hits the ground running this morning with a high-profile issue: Proposition 8. The high court is hearing oral arguments in San Francisco on whether state law gives sponsors of the same-sex marriage ban the right to defend it in a case now pending before a federal appellate court. U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker of San Francisco struck down the voter-approved measure last year as unconstitutional. State officials, including Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris, have declined to appeal. Another federal judge has since rejected the proponents' argument that Walker's decision...
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    01/04/2011 7:56:06 AM PST · by SmithL · 16 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/4/11 | Jim Sanders
    New Attorney General Kamala Harris took office Monday with a rapid-fire barrage of promises to target everything from violent gangs to online scams to truancy and prison recidivism rates. Minutes after her swearing-in, Harris sent a message that she plans to be an activist as California's top cop, an innovator with a motto identical to the title of her book: "Smart On Crime." "Ultimately, being smart on crime is about doing more preventing and less reacting, it's about being tough and being tough-minded, doing more of what works and less of what doesn't," she said. Harris, who narrowly defeated Los...