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  • Marijuana firms in cloudy haze over banking woes

    12/29/2017 6:11:20 PM PST · by fluorescence · 11 replies
    Dec 29 (Reuters) - Zach Lazarus, chief executive officer of A Green Alternative, a marijuana dispensary in San Diego, California, has lost count every time he re-opened a bank account after it was closed because of his connection to the cannabis industry. Lazarus has had to play a game of "whack-a-mole" with banks, likening his frustrations to a popular arcade game in which a player repeatedly gets rid of something only to have it re-appear somewhere else. Lazarus and other marijuana business owners in the $8 billion industry resort to cash-only transactions for business and to pay employees because they...
  • Tim Kaine promises bill to legalizeillegal immigrants in ‘first 100 days’

    07/25/2016 6:48:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 106 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/25/16 | Stephen Dinan
    Philadelphia — A new Clinton administration would pursue a bill to legalize illegal immigrants in “the first 100 days” of her tenure, vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine told Spanish-language network Telemundo in an interview Monday, presenting a deep contrast with Republicans. Mr. Kaine also predicted that House Republicans, who stopped President Obama’s last bid for legalization in 2013, will reverse themselves next year and said House Speaker Paul D. Ryan will lead the GOP to embrace legalization. “Paul Ryan and the other leaders of his party are going to understand that if they want a future for their party they
  • California Voters to Decide Whether to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

    06/28/2016 6:55:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 77 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 6/28 | Jonathan J. Cooper
    California voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana after Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Tuesday that initiative proponents turned in more than enough signatures to place the question on the November ballot. A successful vote in California would mean one in every six Americans lives in a state with legal marijuana sales, including the entire West Coast. The initiative is promoted by a well-funded and politically connected coalition spearheaded by former Facebook president Sean Parker. It asks voters to allow people 21 and older to buy an ounce of marijuana and marijuana-infused products at licensed retail outlets and...
  • Medical marijuana to go to ballot, Florida Supreme Court rules

    01/27/2014 6:51:27 PM PST · by wonkowasright · 23 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 1/27/2014 | Stephen Nohlgreen
    Floridians will vote on medical marijuana come November, after a divided Florida Supreme Court ruled Monday that ballot language for a proposed constitutional amendment meets all legal requirements. If at least 60 percent of voters agree, Florida could become the first Southern state to legalize use of marijuana for health-related reasons.
  • Ashrawi: Recognizing Israel Like 'Legalizing Racism'

    01/11/2014 10:21:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/1/14 | Elad Benari
    Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official Hanan Ashrawi said on Saturday that Israel's demand that the PA recognize it as a Jewish state is an attempt to “legalize racism,” reports the Ma’an news agency. Ashrawi, a member of the PLO’s Executive Committee, said that defining Israel as a Jewish state would signify that any Jewish person would have the right to return to “Palestine”, while Palestinian Arabs would lose that right. Israel wants to "create a narrative that denies the Palestinian presence, rights, and continuity on the historic Palestinian lands," she charged, in a conversation with Ma’an. She also claimed that...
  • Rubio: We need to legalize immigrants so they can pay for border security

    06/13/2013 8:16:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 117 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/13/13 | Byron York
    Why is it necessary to legalize the roughly 11 million currently-illegal immigrants in the U.S. before newly enhanced border security and internal enforcement measures are in place? Sen. Marco Rubio, the leading Republican on the Senate’s Gang of Eight, says part of the reason is that the federal government can’t afford to secure the border on its own and needs financial help from the immigrants themselves, in the form of fines paid when they are legalized. Rubio made the statement during a radio interview after he voted against an amendment from Republican Sen. Charles Grassley that would have put off...
  • Taking Back the Joint

    11/14/2012 8:12:19 AM PST · by MadIsh32 · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/14/2012 | Betsy Woodruff
    Much ink has been spilt in describing the precise nature of the soul-searching the GOP is undergoing in the wake of getting totally shellacked last Tuesday. There are a plethora of suggestions — of varying degrees of helpfulness — as to how the Republican party can re-brand and re-orient itself; ranging from capitulating on taxes to deciding that gay marriage isn’t a hill to die on. But there’s one easy ideological maneuver that Republicans could make that would simultaneously burnish their stance as the party of freedom and expand their base while alienating the president from his. It is a...
  • Nevada lawmakers call for ban on synthetic cocaine, marijuana

    01/17/2012 4:51:59 PM PST · by redreno · 6 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 17 Jan 2012 | By Cy Ryan
    CARSON CITY — Synthetic drugs that mirror cocaine and marijuana are showing up more often in Nevada, and some state legislators are unhappy that the state Pharmacy Board has not taken action to ban them. Assemblywoman April Mastroluca, chairwoman of the Legislative Committee on Health Care, said it’s been almost a year since the 2011 Legislature discussed the problem and she is frustrated the Pharmacy Board had not adopted a regulation to prohibit the “synthetic cannabinoids and bath salts.”
  • Senate Poised to Legalize Sodomy and Bestiality in U.S. Military

    12/01/2011 6:39:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 113 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 12/1/11 | Pete Winn
    The Senate this evening is poised to vote on a defense authorization bill that includes a provision which not only repeals the military law on sodomy, but also repeals the military ban on sex with animals--or bestiality. On Nov. 15, the Senate Armed Services Committee unanimously approved S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision to repeal Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Article 125 of the UCMJ makes it illegal to engage in both sodomy with humans and sex with animals.
  • Police say cash and drugs were traded for baby

    10/07/2011 6:35:27 PM PDT · by digger48 · 11 replies
    Kokomo Tribune ^ | October 7, 2011 | Mike Fletcher
    Kokomo — Sheriff deputies arrested one of four people believed to be involved in a child-selling case in which a baby was traded for $17,000 and drugs. Deputies arrested Stephen P. Lynch Jr., 31, Thursday afternoon on a warrant charging him with a Class A felony conspiracy to deal in a narcotic and D felonies conspiracy to commit child selling and profiting from an adoption. According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Howard Superior Court 1, Stephen Lynch, along with another person, gave another couple $13,000, a 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII valued at $3,531 and numerous drugs in exchange...
  • Petition to legalize pot is first to hit White House threshold; ET proposal close

    09/23/2011 7:37:21 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/22/11 | Brendan Sasso
    Petition to legalize pot is first to hit White House threshold; ET proposal closeBy Brendan Sasso - 09/22/11 06:33 PM ET A proposal to legalize marijuana is the first idea on the White House's online petition site to gather enough signatures to break the threshold required to receive an official response. The White House has promised to evaluate and issue a formal response to any idea that receives more than 5,000 signatures within 30 days. Visitors are free to offer their own proposals. The first proposal to reach that limit asks, "Isn't it time to legalize and regulate marijuana in...
  • Governor Schwarzenegger: 'No one cares if you smoke a joint'

    11/09/2010 9:14:02 AM PST · by patriotgal71 · 31 replies
    Three Fingers of Politics ^ | 11/9/2010 | SkinnieMinnie
    Last night on the “Tonight Show”, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger responded to host Jay Leno’s question about the failure of Proposition 19, a measure on the California ballot to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Schwarzenegger responded that the measure failed in part, because he had already decriminalized the use of less than 1 oz of pot, and also because, “No one cares if you smoke a joint.”
  • Details emerge about Mendocino pot garden victim (was not Norwegian)

    08/04/2010 12:35:51 PM PDT · by GunsAndBibles · 37 replies
    The Press Democrat ^ | 08/04/2010 | GLENDA ANDERSON
    A suspected marijuana grower who was fatally shot by a Mendocino County officer Tuesday once lived in Santa Rosa, was married, had a 4-year-old son and also had a prior criminal record. Angel Farias Hernandez, 24, leveled a rifle at law enforcers as they entered a huge marijuana garden in remote northeastern Mendocino County, Sheriff’s officials said. Law officials seized 11,635 marijuana plants from three gardens in the area following the shooting.
  • Legalize pot? Get mom onboard Activists target women in push to legalize marijuana

    05/08/2010 5:22:01 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 309 replies · 2,654+ views
    msnbc ^ | Sat., May 8, 2010 | KRISTEN WYATT
    DENVER - Moms got tougher drunk-driving laws on the books and were directly responsible for passing and then repealing alcohol Prohibition. Now marijuana activists are trying to enlist the nation's mothers in legalization efforts with a sales pitch that pot is safer than booze. The nation's largest marijuana legalization lobby recently started a women's group. The Moms4Marijuana website draws thousands. And just in time for Mother's Day, a pot legalization group in Denver has created a pink-carnation web card asking moms to support legalization. These marijuana moms argue that pot is no worse than alcohol, that teens shouldn't face jail...
  • Venezuelan drugs Boeing crashed in Mali: UN

    11/18/2009 3:47:21 PM PST · by Flavius · 13 replies · 799+ views
    afp ^ | 11/16/09 | afp
    A Boeing plane that used to transport cocaine from Venezuela to West Africa crashed in northern Mali earlier this month after a failed take-off, the representative of the UN's regional office on drugs and crime said Monday.
  • Obama: Legalize illegals to get them health care

    09/18/2009 8:31:38 AM PDT · by BellStar · 71 replies · 2,490+ views ^ | 9/18/09 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama said this week that his health care plan won't cover illegal immigrants, but argued that's all the more reason to legalize them and ensure they eventually do get coverage. He also staked out a position that anyone in the country legally should be covered - a major break with the 1996 welfare reform bill, which limited most federal public assistance programs only to citizens and longtime immigrants.
  • Mag: Legalize drugs for a better world

    09/14/2009 2:43:42 PM PDT · by freepersunite · 31 replies · 1,670+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 14th Sep | Clare Wilson
    Far from protecting us and our children, the war on drugs is making the world a much more dangerous place. SO FAR this year, about 4000 people have died in Mexico's drugs war - a horrifying toll. If only a good fairy could wave a magic wand and make all illegal drugs disappear, the world would be a better place. Dream on. Recreational drug use is as old as humanity, and has not been stopped by the most draconian laws. Given that drugs are here to stay, how do we limit the harm they do? The evidence suggests most of...
  • CA 2-fer: Bill would legalize, tax marijuana / State ranks 48th for seniors who go to 4-year college

    02/23/2009 6:44:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 702+ views
    Sac Bee/LA Daily news ^ | 2/23/09 | DUhhh
    What's wrong with California? Heck, What's right? Submitted for your consideration and comments. (cough) Tom Ammiano, newly elected homosexual state assemblyman in California, an former SF City/County Supervisor continuing in the finest traditions of the decadent liberal enclave known as 'Baghdad by the Bay' to many, has introduced legislation to reap the tax benefits of cultivation of pot in the Goldarn State. I thought the 4-year college ranking might add a little flavor to the arguments for and against the first article's proposed legislation.
  • SF Assemblyman Tom Ammiano wants California to smoke its way out of a deficit and I don't mean

    02/23/2009 4:55:02 PM PST · by Askwhy5times · 13 replies · 323+ views
    The Intellectual Redneck ^ | February 23, 2009 | The Intellectual Redneck
    Leave it to a loony Assemblyman from San Fransisco to suggest legalizing marijuana and taxing the sale of it as a way to improve the states budget. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano claims this would raise $1 billion dollars per year with a tax of $50 for every ounce. I wonder how he came up with that number? Perhaps, Assemblyman Ammiano has been doing a little personal research
  • Keep Drugs Illegal!

    01/15/2009 8:32:09 AM PST · by Ericka81 · 62 replies · 794+ views
    Culture11 ^ | 1/15/09 | David Fredosso
    he cause of criminal violence is not drugs or alcohol but rather criminals. To believe otherwise is to expect every drug dealer in America to give up and apply for a job at McDonald’s or WalMart the day legalization occurs. Every society contains a sizable element whose members refuse to make an honest living under any circumstances. The legalization of drugs will not change this large-scale reality of human behavior. For now, many societal malefactors have the option of selling or trafficking drugs. But their real trade is to profit from the unwillingness of others to take the risks involved...