Utah Launches Medical Cannabis Signature Drive for November 2018 ballot issue. And: Federal judge blocks prosecution of Northern California pot growers. Jeff Sessions opposes restrictions. And: Federal Judge Rules Medical Marijuana Patient Can Sue For Being Denied Job Over Failed Drug Test. And: Justice Department (Jeff Sessions) Shuts Down Marijuana Research At DEA.
- And let's not forget: The war on drugs is racist. Donald Trump is embracing it with open arms. And: Report: Aide says Nixon's war on drugs targeted blacks, hippies. And: Race, ethnicity, and drug war.
"They can move in and out of any software still hardwired to their system. That means that anyone we haven't unplugged is potentially an agent. Inside the matrix, they are everyone and they are no one." Morpheus. .
Lexington, Kentucky mayor announces all Confederate statues are coming down because of Charlottesville. And: Philippines newspaper. "Marijuana as Medicine" on front page. And: Heather Heyer, the woman killed in Virginia was destined to be face of change, mom says. . And: Indiana lawmaker pushes for medical marijuana to curb opioid epidemic. His fellow Republicans are the ones likely to block him. Here are the Confederate memorials that will be removed after Charlottesville. .
Dear America, universal health care is what real freedom looks like. USA Today. And: IT COSTS LESS. . And: In Portugal, Drug Use Is Treated As A Medical Issue, Not A Crime. NPR. CBC. . And: 90% of money is spent on health care, just 10% on police enforcement.
|Poll. Voters support single payer Medicare-for-all 51 - 38 percent. As do doctors. And: List of countries by total health expenditure per capita. Click any year to sort highest to lowest cost per person. See: Australian single payer.|
Medicare for ALL. Medicare spends less than 2 percent on bureaucracy. 1.4% to be exact. And: Nearly a third of our health care dollars go to something other than health care. And: Universal healthcare and drug war.
Marijuana should be legalised in India for medical purposes: Maneka Gandhi And: Trump Said Sacks Of Drugs Are Falling On Peoples’ Heads. A Congressman’s Response Is Perfect. And: Landmark Study Shows Legal Marijuana Sales Reduce Crime. And: Why Are So Many People Dying from Opiate Overdoses? It's Our Broken Society. Absurdly low minimum wage too..
. And: $750,000 settlement after woman dies after going through heroin withdrawal in Mason County, Kentucky jail. And: Washington state distracted driving law starts July 23. And: Medicaid enrollees largely satisfied with the health care they receive. . And: Marijuana was the secret to ending this woman's addiction to heroin. Video. . And: Philip Morris: Tobacco giant ordered to compensate Australia. And: Trump-supporting sheriff in Butler County, Ohio (heart of opioid epidemic): My deputies won't use Narcan. . And: Jeff Sessions: Anti-Weed Crusader Received Big Money From Big Tobacco. And: American Media Silent After UN Just Called for Decriminalizing Drug Use Worldwide.
. And: District of Cannabis. It’s summer, and Washington DC smells like weed. Everywhere, all the time. And: Missouri Republicans Lower St. Louis Minimum Wage From $10 To $7.70. And: Lobbyists Have Pushed for a Big Pharma Monopoly on CBD. And: United Nations and World Health Organisation call for drugs to be decriminalised. .
. And: Politifact: Bernie Sanders' projection of 'thousands' of deaths from lost health coverage is well-supported. June 27, 2017. See article sidebar for many sources. . And: Politifact: Paul Ryan wrong that most of the 22 million uninsured would be uninsured by choice. . And: 17 Charts and Figures that show the US is not as developed as you’d think. America is not great. . And: 93% of Patients Prefer Cannabis Over Opioids For Managing Pain, According to New Study. And: Medicaid Could Have Saved $1 Billion If Medical Marijuana Was Legalized nationwide. And: How Big Tobacco-style marketing propels U.S. opioid crisis — and powers $400 billion pharma industry. .
. And: And: 43 arrested. Blood on the floor. Protester: Mitch McConnell Thinks Disabled Americans Are ‘Better Off Dead’. . And: Bernie Sanders Slams ‘Moral Outrage’ Of Trumpcare At Pittsburgh Rally. $500 billion in tax breaks to the top two percent. . And: Marijuana legalization doesn't lead to more fatal car crashes. American Journal of Public Health. And: The GOP Health Care Bill Will Doom Millions Of People Struggling With Addiction. And: Healthcare groups issue scathing criticism of Senate bill. Trumpcare 4.0. . And: Do We Really Need A Middleman (private insurers) In Our Broken Health Care System? . And: Officer who shot Philando Castile said smell of marijuana made him fear for his life. . And: Brockton, Massachusetts. Firefighters agree to a drug test policy that excludes pot. And: New Jersey Democrats Begin Push to Legalize Marijuana. And: Oklahoma voters will decide fate of medical marijuana. And: Mexico Legalizes Medical Marijuana. And: How Swiss Marijuana Reform Will Lead To Full Legalization In Europe.
Senate introduces bill to end federal medical marijuana prohibition. . And: Sessions asks Congress to let him prosecute medical pot shops, patients. . And: Science Calls Out Jeff Sessions on Medical Marijuana and the "Historic Drug Epidemic" - Scientific American. . And: This Arab country is among list of places that smoke most hash. And: Coffee, Cocoa, Cannabis: New Push to Legalize Marijuana Launched in Switzerland. And: Holy Smoke: Israel Begins Decriminalizing Cannabis. . And: France Just Ended Prison Terms For Marijuana Use. . And: Uruguay, the first country where you can smoke marijuana wherever you like. And: "I Was Wrong": Former Judge Treated With Cannabis Oil Regrets Having Sent People to Jail for It. And: Duterte tells troops they can RAPE women in 'joke' as he rallies soldiers battling foreign fighters in ISIS 'invasion' of besieged Philippines city. 
Trumpcare 3.0 Would Leave 23 Million More Uninsured, Budget Office Says. . And: Vermont's Republican Governor Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization bill of Democrat legislature. And: Democrats pick up two GOP-held legislative seats, the first flips of the Trump era. And: Trump Called Rodrigo Duterte to Congratulate Him on His Murderous Drug War: “You Are Doing an Amazing Job”. . And: California. Single-Payer Would Cost A Third of Current Health Care Costs Per Family.
And: American Legion to Trump: Allow marijuana research for vets. . And: Marijuana convictions go up in smoke with California legalization. And: Cannabis may help wean people off crack, study finds. And: Trump thinks health insurance costs $15 a month. And: Doctors hate Trumpcare. And: Prison healthcare, deaths. And: At heated North Dakota town hall watch a man stuff money into shirt Of GOP Congressman Who Voted To Repeal Obamacare. .
And: Georgia Cop Decides A Sober Woman Is High On Marijuana, Jails Her. And: Criminal Charges For Georgia Police Officers punching and kicking handcuffed marijuana user in head. . And: Jeff Sessions Rolls Back Obama-Era Drug Sentencing Reforms. Harsher punishments for low-level drug crimes. . And: 'The Drug Whisperer': Drivers arrested while stone cold sober by dumbass Georgia cops. And: Willie Nelson to Jeff Sessions: Smoke Some Pot.
Poll: Bernie Sanders is most popular U.S. politician . And: Bernie Sanders And Democrats Introduce A New $15 Minimum Wage Bill. And: And: Patrick Stewart Reveals He Uses Marijuana Daily To Help With Arthritis Symptoms. And: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Calls For Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition.
I had a health crisis in France. I’m here to tell you that ‘socialized medicine’ is terrific. . And: Medical marijuana could save Medicaid $1 billion in prescription drug costs. . And: West Virginia becomes 29th state to legalize medical marijuana. . And: Republican Governor, Terry Branstad, rolls back local minimum wage increases in Iowa.
. Among current users: 14% Republican, 43% Democrats, 42% independents. And: . And: Smoke pot in Oregon? Your name now protected from feds. And: And: She also vetoed the 911 Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Bill. And: Idaho's Republican governor vetoes a broadly-supported asset forfeiture reform bill.
For The First Time Ever, The Federal Government Is Referring To Marijuana As Medicine. And: Bernie Sanders: Americans pay highest prices for pharmaceutical drugs in the world. And: Canada has universal health care, and higher minimum wage than USA. And: The disease killing white Americans goes way deeper than opioids. . And: Trump's Health Care Plan Could Exacerbate Opioid Epidemic, But Medical Marijuana Could Help. . And: Former premiers and Australian police chiefs call for drug decriminalisation. . And: NPR: Former Drug Czar Says GOP Health Bill Would Cut Access To Addiction Treatment.And:
17,000 more people annually could die in 2018 if Trumpcare becomes law. 14 million more people uninsured in 2018. 24 million in 2026. 29,000 more dead annually in 2026. And: and See chart below. USA versus top ten healthiest nations. . List of countries with universal health care.
Quinnipiac poll: 71% oppose enforcing federal marijuana laws in states where the drug is legal. And: Canada. Human rights board orders insurer to pay medical marijuana costs in precedent-setting case .
|Bernie Sanders wins CNN healthcare debate with Ted Cruz.|
Canada passes US in middle-class wealth. Median after-tax middle-class income in Canada is higher. . One reason why: Canadians pay so much less for far better healthcare.And:
|. And: How?: And: , and And: Prescriptions are free in Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland. Vs. USA. . And: And:|
Repealing the Affordable Care Act will kill more than 43,000 people annually, and 30 million will lose their healthcare coverage. Physicians for a National Health Program. And: A Trump Fan Cheering Obamacare Repeal Just Found Out He’s On Obamacare. Hilarity Ensues. And: 15 charts that show how Obamacare works now — and how Republicans would overhaul it.
Uruguayans sign up for state cannabis in world first. And: Man wins historic medical marijuana trial. 46 plants. And: Congress Gives Jeff Sessions $0 To Go After Medical Marijuana Laws. . And: Montel Williams reveals how smoking marijuana every day for 17 years changed his life. And: Bipartisan Senate Bill Introduced To Rein In Trump Support For Philippines Drug War.
. And: Duterte slammed over discovery of abused prisoners in secret cell in Manila.
. And: 'Mass murder' complaint filed against him at International Criminal Court.
And: European Union Parliament to vote on call for probe into Duterte's drug war. . And: Philippine VP Robredo: She says bullets can't stop illegal drug use. .
. And: Denver-based International Church of Cannabis is now offering weed weddings. The 'Elevated Wedding'. And: California's 'weed nuns' on a mission to heal with cannabis. And: Weed Nuns. And: 4/20 celebration leads to 7 arrests by US Capitol Police. . And: 4/20 event lists. And: Canadian Veteran Walks 750 Miles Through Snowstorms To Protest Cuts To Medical Marijuana Treatments. And: USA. 2.3 million uninsured veterans. Universal healthcare would cover everybody. And: 10 best 4/20 sites: Where marijuana history was made. And: Weed around the world: what legal marijuana looks like in other countries. And: Uruguay in July will become the first modern nation to fully legalize the production, sale and consumption of cannabis.
Mexican Congress approves use of medical marijuana. Goes to President to be signed into law. . And: The booming business of cannabis in Spain. Article and video. . And: Republican Roger Goodell Thinks Marijuana Is ‘Addictive’ And Bad For NFL Players. He’s Wrong. . And: Epilepsy takes life of a young cannabis advocate.And:
David Peel, Downtown Singer and Marijuana Evangelist, Dies at 74. New York Times. And: Kansas City, Missouri. Voters Approve $25 Fine In Easing Of Marijuana Law.. And: Argentina Approves Medical Use of CBD Cannabis Oil. Video.
. And: Philly420: The most arrested drug in Camden, N.J. is ... And: Pennsylvania. Auditor General: If it were legalized, taxing marijuana could yield $200 million annually for state. And: CTV News Channel: 'Quite traumatized': Jodie Emery. After her arrest in Canada . And: Infamous "F*ck it, I Quit" Reporter (while in Alaska) Launches Her Online Weed Show in Los Angeles.
|Top 10% of earners receive 50% of all income.|
. And: Severely Epileptic Child Granted Cannabis Oil in Ireland, Setting Precedent: Almost Homeless in LA. And: Medical marijuana given green light in South Africa: report. And: First Marijuana Testing for Vets with PTSD Underway in Phoenix; Volunteers Wanted. And: New Study: Cigarettes Tied To Increased Stroke Risk But Not Marijuana.
The US federal minimum wage hit its peak purchasing power nearly 50 years ago. And: Feds refuse to stop taxing the canceled student debt of severely disabled people.
And: The Student Debt Crisis Is Driving Elderly People Into Poverty. And: Republican governor Kasich quietly bans Cleveland voters from raising minimum wage in their city. And: Working full time at state minimum wage is not enough for a one-bedroom apartment in any state. Click states
DEA Slapped in Face: American Epilepsy Society Accepts Marijuana Extract Obliterates Seizures in Epileptic Children. And: Big Pharma Shaking in Their Boots as 80% of Cannabis Users Give Up Prescription Pills for Pot. And: Branford, Connecticut. America’s oldest hospice to study medical marijuana.And:
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Marijuana and gender equity: Cannabis industry is a magnet for women executives. And: 'America Is Full Of Hypocrites': Marijuana Lifer John Knock Speaks Out. And: Hemp Industries Association Sues DEA Over Illegal Attempt to Regulate Hemp Foods as Schedule I Drugs. And: Will Trump Crush the Modest Progress in Fighting Mass Incarceration? Momentum at state level. .
New UN chief António Guterres was Prime Minister of Portugal when it decriminalized drugs . And: Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (Democrat) Pardons 192 for Marijuana Convictions. And: On average, states with medical marijuana laws see dips in fatal car crashes.
|Drug wars, mass incarceration, and ground wars of patriarchal Republican Christian fundamentalism, Islamic jihadi fundamentalism, Jewish settler fundamentalism, Iranian nuclear fundamentalism, and North Korean communist fundamentalism. More incompetent Republican "Axis of Evil" wars of control and distraction? As the rich get richer and the poor get poorer? Trump World: Just 8 men own same wealth as half the world.|
And: Marijuana, made in Italy: Inside the military police cannabis lab. And: Israel moves to decriminalize marijuana use . And: Germany expands medical cannabis legalization. Insurance will pay for it. . And: People in the US and Canada spent over $53 billion on marijuana in 2016. And: Mass incarceration doesn't do much to fight crime. But it costs an absurd $182 billion a year. And: Imagine That! Police Solve Far More Murders After they Stop Arresting Cannabis Users.
First Marijuana Bill Already Introduced In New US Congress. And: Georgia (country). Constitutional Court decides prison is too harsh punishment for marijuana use. . And: Mexico Begins Importing Medical Marijuana As Views on Therapeutic Cannabis Evolve. And: The Taboo of Marijuana in Mexico May Be Fading Away.
. And: More than 1,100 law school professors nationwide oppose Sessions’s nomination as attorney general. And: MSNBC Guest: Upcoming Attorney General Jeff Sessions Is a ‘KKK Sympathizer’. And: Sessions: KKK "was O.K. until I found out they smoked pot." . And: Sessions Racism Accusations: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know. . See: Race, ethnicity, and drug war. And: US News & World Report. Activists Roll Joint, Offer Free Pot at Jeff Sessions Office as Threats Swirl to Legalization Framework. . Viral video.
Republican Tennessee state representative Andy Holt insults people defending medical cannabis. . And: Idaho teen football player walks free after sodomizing black disabled teammate with wire hanger. And: The Racial Achievement Gap is Directly Tied to Mass Incarceration of Black Parents According to New Study. Drug laws in particular. See: Alternatives to Republican-led mass incarceration.
Massachusetts legalizes on Dec. 15, 2016. What you can and can't do. And: Toddler back home after becoming first legal medical cannabis user in Ireland. And: Mexico’s Senate Passes Medical Cannabis Bill in Landslide Vote.
|Presidents (and governors) have too much power.||Johnson: Vietnam War, Warren Commission. Nixon: War on Drugs. Reagan: Mandatory minimum sentencing and mass incarceration. -- Video. Bush 1: More mass incarceration.|
|Republican governors trying to block marijuana laws passed by voters. In contrast: California green wave: Legalized marijuana setting thousands of defendants free.|
Quezon City, Philippines. Nov. 13, 2016 march for medical cannabis . And: Insurers are beginning to cover medical cannabis. And: United Kingdom Could Be Forced to Consider Marijuana Legalization . And: Alec Baldwin Responds to Donald Trump's 'SNL' Criticism. And:
|Canada legalization takes big step with federal report now complete. And: Obama Says Marijuana Should Be Regulated Like Cigarettes, Alcohol. And: Trump adds another marijuana opponent to his Cabinet.|
|New Attorney General. Republican 'Drug War Dinosaur' Jeff Sessions. Existential Threat to Cannabis Reform.2. Most Americans want legalized recreational marijuana, a higher minimum wage(2)(3), and an end to mass incarceration. All blocked mainly by Republican politicians in state and federal legislatures.|
Surprise! Voter turnout in 2016 likely higher than 2012. And: Denver, Colorado legalizes cannabis in cafes and other venues. And: Texas activists call for expanding medical use law. And: Will Team Trump turn back cannabis reform? . And: Michael Moore predicted the Trump win. "5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win."
|States that have legalized.|
|Well, At Least Marijuana Won Big On Election Night. California, Nevada, Massachusetts, Maine legalize recreational pot.|
Maine Passes Revolutionary Voting System That Helps Third Parties. And: Insane Early Voting Lines Were a Direct Result of And: Voter SuppressionThe Real Voter Fraud. Fewer polling places, long lines, millions of disenfranchised not allowed to vote, fewer early voting days, or none. .
Only Bernie Sanders Can Save the Democratic Party Now. And: Clinton lost. Bernie could have won. And: Shades Of 2000? Clinton Surpasses Trump In Popular Vote. 2. And: PolitiFact: 70% of Trump's statements are false or mostly false. .
|Would Bernie Sanders have defeated Donald Trump? And: Team Bernie: We Told You So. And: Sanders Statement on Trump.|
Arkansas Poll Results Show Medical Marijuana A Tight Ballot Issue. And: Momentum Builds as More Artists Come Out in Support of Prop 64 Legalization in California. And: Bernie Sanders (Prop 64 supporter) Goes 'All In' for Hillary Clinton With an Eye Toward Post-Election Goals.
|Google your question, and see specific info for your state or address. Google: Vote early. And: Google: Where do I vote? And: Google: Am I registered to vote?|
|Rick Steves Counters Reefer Madness Prohibitionist Governor Paul LePage in Maine. 2. And: 2. And: After the 2016 election marijuana could be legal for recreational or medical use in 29 states.|
|Running List Of Women Accusing Trump Of Sexual Assault. 2.3.|
|Robert De Niro Unloads On Donald Trump With (Almost) Every Insult Under The Sun. 2.||Trump Denied Ever Sexually Abusing Anyone. Plenty Of Women Say Otherwise.18.104.22.168.|
|Trump tax plan good for the rich, explodes US debt. And: It would significantly raise taxes on middle class. 234. And: 3.5 million jobs would disappear under his plan. Clinton plan creates 3.2 million jobs.|
Great video. Lives are being destroyed by the war on drugs. Democrat Gavin Newsom. And: Gary Johnson Is a Moron (And If You Vote For Him, You Are Too). And: Gary Johnson opposes the federal minimum wage. As governor he vetoed an increase. And: Colorado. Vote “yes": Opposition to minimum-wage increase is stuck in the past. And: Recreational Marijuana Polls Suggest Legalization in 5 States. And: Arizona Doctors And Nurses Say Vote ‘Yes’ On Prop. 205. And: Actress Susan Sarandon Urges Voters To Support Arizona Legalization.
|NPR transcript of 1st debate, + fact checks.2. Video. And: Hilarious Saturday Night Live debate with Alec Baldwin as Trump. 2. SNL video.|
A first for USA TODAY's Editorial Board: Trump is 'unfit for the presidency'. "been on so many sides of so many issues ... 124 shifts by Trump on 20 major issues."
|Presidents have too much power.||Johnson: Vietnam War, Warren Commission. Nixon: War on Drugs. Reagan: Mandatory minimum sentencing and mass incarceration. -- Video. Bush 1: More mass incarceration.|
|Clinton, Sanders promote tuition-free college in joint New Hampshire appearance. 2.|
2016 Early Voting Underway! And: 34 states have no-excuse early voting programs. And: Maine voters may legalize marijuana in November. Social clubs too. See poll. And: Montana will vote to overturn severe . And: medical cannabis restrictions. block bipartisan federal sentencing reform (nonviolent offenders)
|Google: "How to register to vote". Online, by mail, or in person. Register. 2.|
|The racism of drug war and all aspects of the criminal justice system.|
|Nashville passes marijuana decriminalization measure. And: Marijuana Strains Developed By Merle Haggard to Hit the Market. 2.3.|
Clueless . And: Governor of Arizona still claims alcohol is safer than marijuanaFentanyl Maker Donates Big to Campaign Opposing Arizona Pot Legalization. . And: Prop 205 Poll: Half want to see marijuana legalized in Arizona. 50% for, 40% against.
|HuffPost Polls, Charts .|
|Vote Mass Incarceration, a low federal minimum wage, more income inequality, and Schedule 1 cannabis.America needs the Freedom of continued|
- Your state representatives graded from A to F.
44% of Black women (and 32% of Black men), but only 12% of White women (and 6% of White men), have a family member imprisoned . Prisons and taxes keep the poor in line:
|Obama alone can not reschedule marijuana. Neither will this Congress.|
|Census Data 'Starkly Illustrates' the Time for Single Payer Is Now. The failure of private health insurance.|
Amendment 70. Colorado. Why small business owners support raising the minimum wage. And: Banning Canadians from U.S. for life for smoking pot 'ludicrous,' says Goodale. And: Narcan Prices Are Skyrocketing, and . Big Pharma Is Ecstatic
- Appalling Absurdity of Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentences. . Refuse to serve as juror on felony cases. Tell judge you won't convict. USA. Life for pot. And: What It Will Take to End Mass Incarceration .
- Melissa Etheridge's cannabis business, Etheridge Farms products. Moderating a sports panel on concussion.
|Cannabis is safer. See Philippine petition.|
|Duterte enacts emergency powers by declaring 'state of lawlessness' in Philippines. And: Refuses to meet UN chief during Southeast Asian Nations meeting.|
Income inequality is slowing the global economy. And: Want to Reduce Crime and Mass Incarceration? Raise Wages. And: Minimum wage splits candidates along party lines. And: . See Chris Christie Vetoes New Jersey Minimum Wage HikeMinimum Wages by Country. And: Overzealous Prosecutors Are Losing Elections. And: Obama Administration Continues Pulling Away From Private Prison Companies. And: Pennsylvania Poll Shows Why Democrats Are On The Verge Of Senate Takeover.
|A Lot Of People Are Dying At This Understaffed Texas Jail. And: How the Money Bail System Perpetuates America’s Mass Incarceration Problem. And: Justice Department blasts ‘unconstitutional’ fixed bail schedules. Many innocent people in jail.|
|Obama to meet Philippines President Duterte, raise issue of 1,900 drug war killings. CNN.|
|Philippines: 5-year-old girl killed in drug war. Human Rights Watch. CNN. And: National police chief tells drug users to kill drug dealers and burn down their homes. See:|
EpiPens cost just several dollars to make. Customers pay more than $600. . Canada's Single Payer healthcare helps remove some of the monopoly profit.
A Day in the New Life of an Injured, Marijuana-Smoking Army Veteran. Time. And: . And: governor Hutchinson of Arkansas opposes legalizing medical marijuana5 Olympians Who Smoke Weed & Win Gold. More THC allowed in blood tests.
|1,800 dead since May 10, 2016 in the Philippines’ War on Drugs. Time. 2.3. Lists.|
|Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world. See: more:|
Single Payer. Developed world paying half of what USA spends on healthcare. And: Kentucky's . In contrast: governor wants to eliminate health insurance for over 400,000. Like the rest of the South . . And: Marijuana Growers' Fair Opens in Oregon. First time at a state fair.
|The VA: Another reason for single payer. Physicians for a National Health Program. And: New Jersey veterans fight to use medical marijuana for PTSD.|
|Cannabis is safer.|
|Ronald Reagan, 1980 campaign speech 1: "Leading medical researchers are coming to the conclusion that marijuana, pot, grass, whatever you want to call it, is probably the most dangerous drug in the United States, and we haven't begun to find out all of the ill effects, but they are permanent ill effects. The loss of memory for example."|
Nation’s first memorial to commemorate victims of lynching and mass incarceration. . Republican state senator opposes "more race talk". And: Republican Chris Christie Vetoes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Again. But 5 other states have it. And:
Sanders Condemns Obscene Levels of Inequality Documented in New CBO Report. And: Judge rules in favor of minimum wage. And: Baltimore votes for $15 minimum wage by 2022. And: Trumponomics: Off-The-Shelf, Warmed-Over Trickle-Down Policies. Newsweek. And: -
|Cannabis is safer.|
Richard Branson asks President Duterte to stop murderous Philippine drug war. . And: Washington Post editorial board: Death squads in the Philippines. And: PHOTOS. Dead bodies and hellish prisons on Philippines police graveyard shift. .
|Obama frees 214 inmates (67 in for life), almost all for nonviolent drug offenses. 2. And: Obama's approval rating is near its highest point ever.|
Bodies pile up in Philippine drug war. AFP. See maps, charts, lists of dead. And: Jennelyn Olaires hugs murdered partner Michael Siaron, 30, killed by presidential Philippines death squad in July 2016. Hundreds of alleged drug users killed with approval of President Duterte. . See: Kill List. And: "Olaires insists that he was just a pedicab driver and had no ties to the drug trade." - CNN. Wikipedia: Philippine Drug War. And: Rodrigo Duterte.
At least 704 people have been killed since May 10, when Duterte’s election win became clear. And: Choirgirl, 22, killed with a bullet to the head during Duterte's 'state-sponsored butchery'. And: Human Rights Watch: Duterte’s drug war packs jails to ‘breaking point’. And: Philippines President Vows ‘No Mercy’ In Drug War; Estimates 100,000 Will Be Killed. And: Seeks even more Presidential power, though public opinion turning against giving it to him.
Philadelphia during the Democrat Convention. 26 July 2016. Part of "the 'Great Wall of Love' with our LGBTQ friends to keep out the hate spewing bigots from the Westboro Baptist Church." .
|Illinois reduces punishment for minor pot possession from jail to citation. 2. 3.|
|When and how did the British monarchy lose actual power? One hopes U.S. presidents also become token figureheads without veto power. George Washington could have been a king, but refused. We need more democracy. The majority wants a higher federal minimum wage, legal cannabis, cheaper single-payer healthcare, more taxes on the rich, and less taxes on the middle class and poor. Republican obstructionism in Congress is responsible for the impoverishment of the middle class, and continued mass incarceration.|
|Marijuana rallies in decriminalized Philadelphia during Democrat Convention.|
Medical marijuana has potential as Alzheimer's treatment, study says. And: Republicans block it?: Senate Bill Would End Massive Tax Breaks for Private Prisons. . And: Legal medical pot nationwide would save Medicare $468 million. .
|Virginia Governor Bypasses Court Ruling To Help 200,000 Ex-Felons Vote. Republicans block cannabis/drug felons from voting against drug wars.|
Pot activists meet with cops to prep for Democrat Convention. And: Restorative justice. An alternative to mass incarceration. . Versus $31,000 a year for prison. Florida: More high-THC medical marijuana available if 2016 ballot issue passes. And: Police head wants less limits on past marijuana use of police recruits.
|Trump family would get $7 billion windfall from his plan to eliminate all estate taxes.|
|Republican Party. Greed, ground wars, drug wars, and mass incarceration.|
Michael Moore Thinks Donald Trump Will Win Presidential Election: Find Out Why! And: Italian Parliament To Consider Marijuana Legalization. . And: Italian farmers are planting hemp to decontaminate polluted soil. And: Latin American Medical Cannabis Conference in Costa Rica – July 27-29. And: MP to move bill in Indian Parliament to legalize common recreational drugs like pot.
|Republican platform opposes increase in federal minimum wage.|
|Internal squabbling over Trump's proposal for HUGE tax cuts for the rich.|
Florida police shoot black man with his hands up as he tries to help autistic patient. And: Trump campaign channels Nixon "law-and-order" strategy (and war on drugs?). And: Politifact agrees that Nixon's drug war led to a massive increase in incarceration. See Wikipedia: War on drugs. See: Drug war causes high U.S. incarceration rate. And: Lancet: Mass imprisonment of drug users driving global epidemics of HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis. And: Pot Vs. Pills: Can Marijuana Help Cure The Opiate Crisis?
|Video describes how Portugal's decriminalization and harm reduction reconnects people. 2.. And: Times of London has called for Portugal's decriminalization. 2.|
Canadian Single-Payer Healthcare and Portuguese Decriminalization. Saves trillions of dollars. Obama and Democrat platform want single payer (public option) healthcare 2. Republicans will expand the useless health insurance industry.
|Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the U.S. and the world. Georgia has around 8% of its adult population under correctional supervision (jail, prison, probation, parole). And: 2.|
- World’s Saddest Polar Bear Dies After 22 Years In Concrete Pit. End solitary confinement. Humans too. Zoo will Free Its Animals! Stop mass incarceration of all.
- Detailed history of marijuana on the ballot - Ballotpedia. Years, charts, timelines.
Democratic Party platform on marijuana: "Because of conflicting laws concerning marijuana, both on the federal and state levels, we encourage the federal government to remove marijuana from its list as a Class 1 Federal Controlled Substance, providing a reasoned pathway for future legalization." See: Full text.
|4 states have minimum wage on the ballot in 2016.|
|12 states may Vote on Marijuana This November.|
- Republican Speaker Paul Ryan’s Tax Plan gives big tax breaks to the 1%.
- Congresswoman proposes drug tests for 1% getting huge tax breaks. Vs food stamps.
- Never-ending wars and drug wars paid for by the 99%:
Tony Blair, like Republican Bush in the past, blasted by UK Chilcot Report on the Iraq War.  . And: House Republicans Buy the Navy a $400 Million Pork Ship the Secretary of Defense does not want. And: New Mexico (Republican governor) Defrauds The Poor Out Of Food Stamps, Whistleblowers Say
|Top doctors group (AMA) declares gun deaths a 'public health crisis'.|
Murder in Western nations. USA on top. See above 1950-2010 chart. Homicide rates of USA (top line), Australia, Canada, Spain (ESP), Great Britain, and the Netherlands. From: OECD "How Was Life?", page 147.
|If Islam Is a Religion of Violence, So Is Christianity. Radical Christianists have promoted the drug war, and approved the killing of gays. Both historically in the Bible, and today. No religion is inherently peaceful or violent. 2.|
More people killed by US domestic gunmen (1,516,863) since 1968 than in all wars fought by America (1,396,733). . And: Mass Incarceration and high murder rate damage U.S. Global Peace Ranking. - U.S. News and World Report.. Incarceration rate of 693 per 100,000. .
Most firearm deaths in the USA are from handguns. . See: And: A ten-round magazine is sufficient for semi-auto rifles in the real world. And: What a semi-auto rifle can do to the human body. And: Congress Refuses, So California Funds Its Own Gun Violence Research Center.
- Advocacy groups call for solitary confinement reform in Ohio. . And: "We will not sit on the sidelines": John Legend’s proposal to end mass incarceration .
“We have an under-incarceration problem.” Republican Senator Cotton.
|What are the chances Democrats will gladly change all states to open primaries? Then ask what are the chances independents will gladly vote for Clinton in November.|
|Republican big spending: Ground wars, drug wars, and US healthcare costs and incarceration costs. See: Business people for Single-payer Healthcare. Fed up with uncontrollable costs of U.S. healthcare.|
|Democrats want independents to vote for them, but NOT in the primaries.|
|*Greg Palast: Many independent voters illegitimately stopped from voting in California . Institutionally-rigged nature of many closed and semi-closed Democrat primaries. See: Wikipedia: Primary elections in the United States. See OpenPrimaries.org map. Click states.|
|Bernie wins the debate: 50-39% Sanders vs Trump. Clinton follows in Al Gore's footsteps. “No We Can’t” Hillary puts down the "Yes we can" independents who far outnumber Democrats.|
- 52 vs 40%. Why Does Sanders Do Better Than Clinton Against Trump? - NBC News.
- Man sentenced to 55 years for small-time cannabis dealing is released early. .
Bill Maher And Bernie Sanders Take Down ‘Chicken’ Donald Trump. . Presidents have too much power. Canada elects a prime minister who can be removed by a majority vote. In the USA Republicans and Democrats are often closed political cults. Wikipedia: Results of the Democratic presidential primaries, 2016.
- World’s Saddest Elephant Dies After 60 Years Alone In Her Cell. Stop mass incarceration and solitary confinement. Of all species.
Gallup poll: Majority in U.S. Support Single Payer Healthcare. As do doctors. . And: Polling shows the majority of Americans agree with Bernie Sander's views: Single payer healthcare (which costs less per person), income inequality, progressive taxation (it does not increase total taxes; it assigns higher and lower tax rates depending on income), minimum wage, cannabis reform . See Wikipedia: List of countries by total health expenditure per capita.
|Canada's popular single-payer healthcare is not socialism. Like road building, it is done by private services. See: Canadian healthcare and Portuguese decriminalization.|
|Sanders versus Trump.|
Polling trendline over time.
Happy 4/20! NORML Unveils Our 2016 Congressional Scorecard. And: A or F? How Congress scores on marijuana. Grading based upon members' 2015 voting records.
|USA: "Of the 233 Democrats in Congress, 208 members (89.3 percent) received a passing grade of a 'C' or higher. Of the 302 Republicans in Congress, 102 members (33.8 percent) received a passing grade of a 'C' or higher."|
For older news see:
2017 Global Marijuana March and 420
May 6, 2017, Saturday, or thereabouts. And April 20 (4/20), or thereabouts. Rallies and marches overall change public opinion for the better! See: Cannabis polls.
- 2017 Global Marijuana March and 420 events. - Worldwide.
- USA. 2017 Global Marijuana March and 420 city list. - USA.
- 420 event lists. - Worldwide.
|US states that have legalized|
as of November 2016 election.
Cannabis is safer
|Ronald Reagan, 1980 campaign speech 1: "Leading medical researchers are coming to the conclusion that marijuana, pot, grass, whatever you want to call it, is probably the most dangerous drug in the United States, and we haven't begun to find out all of the ill effects, but they are permanent ill effects. The loss of memory for example."|
- Obama correctly said that cannabis is safer than alcohol. See: Cannabis is safer. He also said marijuana should be treated more as a public health issue than a criminal one. And: Obama signals support for legalizing medical marijuana. . See video.
- USA. 1 in 10 deaths of working-age adults are alcohol-related (disease, overdose, car crashes, falls, violence, etc). 87,798 per year, 2006 to 2010. .
See longer article: Cannabis is safer.
- Imagine if Mitt Romney had been elected President in 2012 instead of Obama.
- Obama on marijuana legalization. . "My suspicion is that you’re gonna see other states start looking at this". The Washington Post. Jan. 22, 2015.
- Obama administration asks Supreme Court to reject lawsuit filed by Republican governments in Oklahoma and Nebraska to stop legal marijuana in Colorado . December 2015.
USA. Republican war on cannabis
The Cannabis War is over and the U.S. Republican Party has lost. They may not know it yet, so keep marching, lobbying, and voting! Please register and vote! See: Reagan's War on Cannabis. And: Drug war, control, and Republican-led income inequality. And: Alternatives to Republican-led mass incarceration.
Vermont's Republican Governor Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization bill of Democrat legislature. May 24, 2017. And: New Mexico's Republican governor vetoes a bill that would have allowed medical marijuana for opioid addiction. April 7, 2017. And: New Mexico's Republican governor vetoes the 911 Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Bill. April 7, 2017. And: Idaho's Republican governor vetoes a broadly-supported asset forfeiture reform bill. April 7, 2017.
|U.S. Republican Party: Greed, Ground Wars, Drug Wars, and Mass Incarceration.|
- Missouri's Republican governor signs state law lowering St. Louis minimum wage. . July 3, 2017. And: Iowa's Republican governor signs law overturning local minimum wage increases. March 30, 2017.
Presidents alone can not reschedule it
- See main article: Presidents alone can not reschedule marijuana.
The president alone can not reschedule marijuana.  . Since HHS (Health and Human Services) and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) have again declined to reschedule or deschedule cannabis, then only Congress can do so. But Congress removed help for veterans: . And Congressional committee leaders refuse hearings on CARERS bill to reschedule cannabis. See: Medical Marijuana Advocates Rally to Loosen Restrictions. By Alicia Ault. 23 Mar 2016. Medscape.
- Wikipedia: Drug Enforcement Administration. See "Criticism" section.
- Wikipedia: Removal of cannabis from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.
- DEA Removes Marijuana Misinformation From Website After Months of Pressure. By Steve Elliott. Feb 13, 2017.
- DEA Pulls Back From Calling Marijuana One Of The 'Most Dangerous Drugs'. By Cody Fenwick. August 16, 2016. Patch Media
- The Science behind the DEA's Long War on Marijuana. 19 April 2016. Scientific American. Unless Congress acts, the DEA has final say on rescheduling or descheduling marijuana.
- Pot Matters: For Legalization, Set Your Sights on the Senate. 23 Mar 2016. By Jon Gettman. "it will be helpful, and indeed crucial, for advancing legalization for Democrats to take control of the Senate." Maybe in 2018?
- FDA Weighs in on Rescheduling Cannabis. By Ben Adlin. 28 Dec 2015. Leafly.
Drug war, control, mass incarceration
|The majority of people incarcerated in prisons and jails in the USA are in due to drug-related offenses, crimes to get money for drugs, or drug-related parole or probation violations. Wikipedia: Drug-related crime. The number of inmates in the USA has increased almost 5 times over since 1980. The USA has the highest incarceration rate of any nation b c (except for the tiny country of the Seychelles). Compare incarceration rates worldwide. The cost of the U.S. drug war is at least 1.5 trillion dollars. Cannabis is safer! Share link.|
|A Lot Of People Are Dying At This Understaffed Texas Jail. And: How the Money Bail System Perpetuates America’s Mass Incarceration Problem. 2. And: Justice Department blasts ‘unconstitutional’ fixed bail schedules. Many innocent people in jail. And: Many marijuana users in jail without bail money. And: Senator Kamela Harris push for bail reform.|
|Rundle Won't Charge Prison Guards Who Allegedly Boiled Schizophrenic Black Man to Death for 2 Hours in Shower. Death Ruled An Accident. Documents Show They Omitted Key Details. Florida inmate in for cocaine possession. 2345. Due to lack of single-payer universal healthcare the mentally ill end up incarcerated and untreated. Prison costs far more than caring for them to begin with. For their non-violent offenses three-quarters of Americans favor ‘rehabilitation’ over jail time, survey finds. |
- Abortion Rates Dropped Sharply. What Caused It?
- Free birth control under ObamaCare.
- Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success. Free birth control.
|Republicans think they can spend an infinite amount of money on health-insurance-company-based healthcare, and have an , to feed their appetite for , and for more inmates for more prisons for|
|Wikipedia: Population milestone babies.|
|As with cannabis legalization Colorado leads the way.. More info. 2.3..|
Single Payer. Half the cost of Trumpcare
20 million uninsured: 20,000+ deaths yearly
Portugal. Few die of overdoses
- Bernie Sanders' projection of 'thousands' of deaths from lost health coverage is well-supported. By Louis Jacobson. June 27, 2017. Politifact. See article sidebar for many sources. .
- See: Canadian single-payer healthcare and Portuguese drug decriminalization.
Portugal has decriminalized all drugs. Like Canada it has universal healthcare. See: Portugal. Cannabis-related links. See: Wikipedia: Drug policy of Portugal and Wikipedia: Health in Portugal. Nearly all of the European Union (EU) has universal healthcare. . See: List of countries with universal health care.
Source for above chart: Are any conservatives in the US for a single payer and a universal health care system, or can they not coexist? Chart is from comment around March 11, 2017 by Dan Munro, "author of Casino Healthcare and Forbes contributor".
Canada passes US in middle-class wealth. Median after-tax middle-class income in Canada is higher. . Why? Canadians pay so much less for far better healthcare. And:
The $0 Alternative To Trumpcare. See chart below. USA versus top ten healthiest nations.
2015 article by Chris Ingraham. Chart below is from the article.
"The country has 3 overdose deaths per million citizens, compared to the EU average of 17.3."
- Overdose stats for the rest of the world.
- Wikipedia charts: Drug-related death statistics. See the upload page.
- Overdose Death Rates. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Charts.
- These Are the Drugs That Cause the Most Overdose Deaths. Chart.
- Our nation’s drug overdose problem, in five bleak charts.
- How the opioid epidemic became America’s worst drug crisis ever, in 15 maps and charts.