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  • Rep. Raskin: Must Decriminalize Pot at Federal Level as ‘Matter of Basic Justice’ in U.S.

    11/19/2022 5:03:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 18, 2022 | 12:55PM EST | Peyton Holliday
    At a Nov. 15 hearing on cannabis reform at the federal level, House Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said President Joe Biden’s pardon of people convicted of “simple possession” of marijuana under federal law was “a good first step,” and added that the next step is that “cannabis must be decriminalized at the federal level as a matter of basic justice in the country.” Under current federal law, marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 illegal drug, which means it has a “high potential for abuse” and is not a “currently accepted medical treatment in the U.S.,” according to Other...
  • Raid Russia’s ‘huge pot of gold’? Europe grapples over confiscating frozen assets to pay for rebuilding Ukraine

    10/25/2022 2:17:16 PM PDT · by dennisw · 78 replies
    MSN ^ | 10-25 | Christiaan Hetzner
    Can Brussels raid the tens of billions of euros in Russian assets frozen by the European Union to pay for Ukraine’s recovery? This thorny legal question is currently under examination by the EU Commission as the cash-strapped bloc looks for potentially €18 billion ($18 billion) next year to keep Ukraine afloat as it fends off Moscow’s invasion. Ursula von der Leyen, the EU Commission's president, told reporters on Tuesday in Berlin that she had set up a task force to both map what assets exist as well as the preconditions that must be met to seize them. “The will is...
  • What You Need to Know About Fentanyl

    10/18/2022 5:53:13 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 18 Oct, 2022 | Joe Alton, M.D.
    Both more powerful and more dangerous than heroin, fentanyl is becoming more cmmonplace throughout the U.S. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has sent out an advisory to the public regarding the opioid crisis, specifically warning of the presence of brightly-colored fentanyl pills in general circulation. The presence of highly addictive “rainbow fentanyl” is a trend which potentially targets young people. I’ve known of fentanyl my entire medical career. My professional experience with it involved use during general anesthesia on patients undergoing surgery and epidurals during labor. It has also been used in combat casualties and cancer patients in the form...
  • Biden's marijuana payoff a looming disaster

    10/08/2022 6:00:57 PM PDT · by MikelTackNailer · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 8, 2022 | Tom Basile
    On the ropes and with no message about rising crime or the struggling economy to appeal to voters, President Joe Biden has gone to pot. Literally. The president’s election-eve marijuana decriminalization order has him yet again putting politics over people’s lives and health. In a shameless attempt to buy the votes of young people and lower-income minority communities, Mr. Biden is waving his pen around again to dig himself out of the political cellar. The American Left, and some on the Right, along with the Big Tobacco companies already responsible for millions of deaths from their products, have spent heavily...
  • URGENT: Memphis Police Looking For Men Seen In Video Vowing To Kill White People

    09/09/2022 6:44:36 AM PDT · by Bon of Babble · 69 replies
    Breaking 911 ^ | 9/08/2022 | B911
    Memphis police officers Thursday night were frantically searching for a duo who posted a video online threatening to kill white people.
  • Marijuana use on the rise among young Americans: study

    08/24/2022 10:45:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    France24 ^ | August 24, 2022
    Washington (AFP) – Marijuana use by young Americans reached record levels last year and the use of hallucinogens is also on the rise, according to a new study. Forty-three percent of the 5,000 young adults between 19 and 30 years old surveyed reported past-year marijuana use in 2021, up from 34 percent in 2016 and 29 percent in 2011, the Monitoring the Future study by the University of Michigan found. Twenty-nine percent reported using marijuana in the past month in 2021, up from 21 percent in 2016 and 17 percent in 2011. Daily marijuana use rose from six percent in...
  • Man says he snapped while making dinner, killed woman and child with large knife: court docs

    08/23/2022 10:59:01 AM PDT · by lightman · 54 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 23 August A.D. 2022 | Jenna Wise
    A 31-year-old man was making dinner Monday evening when he suddenly grabbed a knife and stabbed four people inside a York County home, killing his girlfriend and a child, Pennsylvania State Police said. Keith Kretzer, of Edgewood, Maryland, is being held in York County Prison on two counts of homicide and two counts of attempted homicide in connection to the quadruple stabbing on the first block of Firebox Court in Hopewell Township. He was arraigned Tuesday morning. An affidavit of probable cause filed by state police said this is what happened: Kretzer was in the basement with his girlfriend Christine...
  • Did reefer drive the Highland Park parade ‘killer’ Robert Crimo to madness?

    07/07/2022 5:17:08 AM PDT · by T Ruth · 72 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 6, 2022 | Miranda Devine
    You don’t need to be a psychiatrist to know that the Highland Park shooter is sick in the head. His evil act is unfathomable, but he does fit a familiar pattern of mass killers: alienated young male stoners who appear to be in the grip of a distinctively American madness. Those who knew the 21-year-old suspect, Robert Crimo III, say he habitually smoked cannabis, a habit he appeared to share with young mass shooters, including at Uvalde, Dayton, Parkland and Aurora. Obviously weed didn’t make them commit their evil acts, but it may have scrambled their brains enough for empathy...
  • Cops arrest Highland Park 'shooter' Robert Crimo, 22, who killed six and posted YouTube clips before July 4 massacre of him dropping bullets and drawings of him with rifle: 'My actions will be valiant, I know what I have to do, it is my destiny'

    07/04/2022 6:29:12 PM PDT · by Morgana · 128 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | July 4, 2022 | Jennifer Smith
    A 22 year-old rapper has been arrested on suspicion of shooting and killing six people at a July 4 parade in an affluent Chicago suburb. Robert 'Bobby' Crimo III was intercepted by cops in North Lake Forest, Chicago, after 7pm local time Monday evening when cops saw the silver Honda Fit he was last seen driving. Dramatic photographs from the scene show the suspected mass-murderer - who posted creepy clips about shooting massacres online - being pinned to the ground face-down by police. Cops say Crimo opened fire from a rooftop, into a crowd who at first confused the sound...
  • Cannabis may now cause one in four new cases of schizophrenia in men

    06/26/2022 4:48:17 PM PDT · by BusterDog · 66 replies
    Substack ^ | 6/26/22
    Sad. 25% of male Puffers going full schizo from the Wacky Weed. Explains a lot, really.
  • Richard Dreyfuss health: Star wondered if marijuana caused his bipolar disorder - can it?

    06/22/2022 6:22:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    Express (U.K.) ^ | Sat, Jun 18, 2022 | Luke Whelan
    RICHARD DREYFUSS, the Close Encounters of the Third Kind actor, first recognised he was a manic depressive as a teenager. Over his life, he has spoken candidly about the condition - including how he questioned whether marijuana was the cause. The Jaws actor, who was in plenty of popular films in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, first figured out he had bipolar at the age of 11, although he thought the condition name was “too neutral and stodgy”. Dreyfuss, born and raised in Beverly Hills, California, said: “I have surfed my manic depression since I was 11-years-old. I enjoyed it...
  • ‘I’m not doing anything wrong’: Pot-smoking L.A. moms on parenting while high

    05/06/2022 7:45:48 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 40 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 5, 2022 | Adam Tschorn
    From the outside, the moms gathered in a Santa Monica living room could have been conferring about carpools, school boards or fundraisers.... The living room belongs to the author of that book, Wendy Brazill, and on a sunny April morning she invited fellow local moms Angie Stocker, Shonitria Anthony and Alyssa Wraylie over to talk not about homework or healthful snacks but about marijuana and motherhood. (Brazill has a blended family of six now-adult children with husband, comedy writer/director Chad Einbinder.) Brazill “absolutely” believes consuming cannabis made her better at being a mom. ***“I know it did,” Brazill, 57, said...
  • Cases of Cannabis-Induced Psychosis Rise. Lawmakers Want to Add Mental Health Warnings to Pot Products

    06/12/2022 8:41:41 AM PDT · by Right Wing Vegan · 34 replies
    KQED ^ | 6/7/2022 | April Dembosky
    Indeed, research confirms people who use cannabis are four times more likely to develop chronic psychosis, or schizophrenia, compared to people who don’t. For people who smoke every day or use higher potency products, the risk is up to six times higher. One study found eliminating marijuana use in adolescents would reduce global rates of schizophrenia by 10%. Doctors and lawmakers in California want cannabis producers to warn consumers of this and other health risks on their package labels and in advertising, similar to requirements for cigarettes. They also want sellers to distribute health brochures to first-time customers outlining the...
  • Cannabis and the Violent Crime Surge

    06/07/2022 11:00:12 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 102 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6 June 2022 | Allysia Finley
    Heavy marijuana use among youths is leading to more addiction and antisocial behavior. ... Mass shooters at Rep. Gibby Giffords’s constituent meeting in Tucson, Ariz. (2011), a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. (2012), the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. (2016), the First Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas (2017), and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (2018), were reported to be marijuana users. It could be a coincidence, but increasing evidence suggests a connection. THC, the chemical that causes a euphoric high, interacts with the brain’s neuron receptors involved with pleasure. Marijuana nowadays on average is about four...
  • New St. Louis Hiking Club 'Fat Stoner Babes' Welcomes the Unathletic

    05/26/2022 5:34:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Riverfront Times ^ | Thu, May 26, 2022 | Monica Obradovic
    New St. Louis Hiking Club 'Fat Stoner Babes' Welcomes the UnathleticOn May 11, Amber Strautkalns put out a call on Reddit. As a mom of three, Strautkalns sought an inclusive group of like-minded introverts she could enjoy the outdoors with. The only groups she could find were helmed by fitness junkies with washboard abs. “Fat stoner babes hiking club??” She wrote. “Where do I find them? Or do I need to create?!?!” Strautkalns answered her own question two days later after an outpouring of people said they wanted the same thing. She designed a graphic and posted it on social...
  • Citing Racism, Washington State Bans The Word ‘Marijuana’ From All State Laws

    04/25/2022 10:29:29 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 74 replies
    The Daily Wire ^ | 4-24-2022 | Tim Meads
    Democrats in Washington state are cracking down on marijuana — not the actual drug, the word itself. The Evergreen State legislature recently passed a bill banning the word “marijuana” from official state law and documents over concerns that it is “racist.” At the same time, to help increase diversity in the cannabis business, a taxpayer-funded task force has been spending the last two years focusing on helping minorities in Washington state break into the marijuana business. “The term ‘marijuana’ itself is pejorative and racist,” Washington state Representative Melanie Morgan (D) said during testimony regarding the piece of legislation officially known...
  • Washington lawmakers claim term 'marijuana' is racist, remove it from state laws

    04/24/2022 1:27:29 PM PDT · by DFG · 59 replies
    The Post Millennial ^ | 04/24/2022 | James Anthony
    A bill in Washington will soon take effect striking the word "marijuana" from all state laws after progressive lawmakers deemed the term "racist." The change removes the word, swapping it out for the term "cannabis" instead. Gov. Jay Inslee signed the bill, which passed unanimously and changes every Revised Code of Washington, into law March 11. The changes take effect in June. Supporters of the bill, House Bill 1210, say the word "marijuana" has a long history of racism, claiming its usage is racist against black and brown people. "The term 'marijuana' itself is pejorative and racist," Washington state Rep....
  • Ron DeSantis is against legalizing marijuana due to its "pungent odor"

    01/28/2022 4:12:20 PM PST · by RandFan · 164 replies
    twitter ^ | Jan 28 | NORML
    @NORML #Florida @GovRonDeSantis was asked about his position on legalizing #marijuana and he responded with this. This is what we are up against...
  • Californians Learn That Raising Taxes on Marijuana Fuels Black Markets for Drugs

    12/28/2021 4:53:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Reason ^ | 12.28.2021 | Scott Shackford
    If only they would apply that lesson to other goods and services.At the beginning of 2022, tax rates for marijuana cultivated in California are set to increase, even though black market sales completely dominate the retail market in the Golden State. Experts estimate that about three-quarters of all marijuana sales in California happen not through legal dispensaries, but through unlicensed vendors. California voters legalized the cultivation and sale of marijuana for recreational use in 2016, but extremely high taxes and oppressive regulations have caused the rollout to be a disaster. The tax increase set to hit on New Year's...
  • Rand Paul mocks Democrats for failing to pass cannabis reforms

    12/25/2021 9:32:45 PM PST · by RandFan · 12 replies
    twitter ^ | Dec 23 | Sen. Rand Paul
    @RandPaulDemocrats control the House, Senate and White House and we still can’t get cannabis banking reform bills passed. This should be a complete no brainer, as so many states have legalized now and we need business to operate. I would go much further and end the federal war on a plant entirely, but at LEAST let legal business operate as legal business. It probably doesn’t help that the two Democrat leaders are almost as old as the movie Reefer Madness, and clearly gave it two thumbs up when they watched it. The war on cannabis is among the many dumb...