. Tennessee state representative Andy Holt insults people defending medical cannabis Republican . 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. 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.
The Growing Movement for Marijuana Amnesty.
James Taylor cancels Philippines concert over Rodrigo Duterte's drug war killings.
2016-18 ballot issues. Register to vote. Facebook GMM. 2. And: Congressional Scorecard. Presidents alone can not reschedule marijuana. And: Obama commuted sentences of 153 people, and handed out 78 pardons.
Trump - Duterte Philippines: Trump's pal Duterte Threatens to Burn Down UN Building, Calls 3 Out of 5 Americans 'Idiots'.  . Duterte confirms he personally killed three men. 
Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte admits to killing people and abusing drugs. .
And: Philippines. ‘They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals’. New York Times. Philippines president Duterte: Trump Endorsed Deadly War on Drugs as ‘The Right Way’. And in the USA: He got life without parole for pot. And he was just denied clemency. . See: Life for Pot.
DEA writes illegal rule banning interstate sales of non-psychoactive CBD.  .
start another 'law-and-order' mass incarceration binge? Republicans
Denver 420 rally
The Official Denver 420 Rally 2017 .
Quezon City, Philippines. Nov 13, 2016. Medical cannabis march.
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:
Donald Trump Prepares. Hilarious Cold Open. SNL - Saturday Night Live.
Republicans in Congress Won’t Let Veterans Access Medical Marijuana After All.  .
Austin, Texas. Nov 11, 2016. Veterans Day. Medical marijuana.
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."
Map shows states that legalized pot on Election Day. And: 4 States Raise Minimum Wage; 7 Loosen Marijuana Laws. And: 28 Legal Medical Pot States & DC. . And: Clickable NORML map. .
See clickable map. And: enter address.
2016 vote. Predictions.
Cannabis is safer.
Maine Passes Revolutionary Voting System That Helps Third Parties. And: Insane Early Voting Lines Were a Direct Result of And: Voter Suppression Republican The 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. .
Australia legalized medical marijuana cultivation as of October 30, 2016. See: video. And: Obama releases 98 more drug-war prisoners. A single-year record. And: 72 more released after that.
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.
Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Jay Z, Stevie Wonder, Jon Bon Jovi, and Pharrell Williams get out the vote for Hillary.
Running list. .
Arkansas may become the first Southern state to legalize medical marijuana. . And: 2016 may be a watershed moment for legalization. .
Wages, weed and wind divide Vermont candidates. And: Turkey legalizes cannabis production in 19 provinces. .
Legalization Brings Massive Drop In Arrests, No Increase In Youth Use Or Traffic Fatalities. And: East Lansing, Michigan OKs pot smoking, possession of small quantities. And:
Police arrest more people for marijuana use than for all violent crimes combined.
Marijuana on ballot in 2016. And: Register and And: VOTE! Cannabis Festivals 2016-2017 help change public opinion for the better; even that of .
Republicans Minimum wage on the ballot - Ballotpedia. And: These states will vote on increasing the minimum wage. And: Supporters Hope Minimum-Wage Votes Will Push Democratic Turnout.
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.
Marijuana legalization is leading in every state where it’s on the ballot this November.  . And: Spain. Like Barcelona, Bilbao is Regulating and Normalizing Cannabis Social Clubs.
1942. Babi Yar, Kiev, Ukraine. Nazi mass murder.
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."
And: Philippine President Duterte: Hitler killed millions of Jews, I will kill millions of drug addicts. 2. 3. 75 years ago: 33,771 Jews slaughtered at Babi Yar, Kiev, Ukraine. Early Nazi mass murder.
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 Republican .
block bipartisan federal sentencing reform (nonviolent offenders) Republicans
Dr. Bronner’s donates over $600,000 to marijuana legalization efforts in five states. .
charts Mass incarceration could be costing the United States over $1 trillion a year. . See Alternatives. See
costs. 9 States Have Marijuana Initiatives On November Ballots.
Clueless . And: Governor of Arizona still claims alcohol is safer than marijuana Republican Fentanyl 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.
. New York Times article and video on epic fail of drug war     American Legion Calls for Marijuana Rescheduling. Vets want Republicans to return protection for VA doctors recommending cannabis. In VA funding bill. 
- Alternatives to Republican mass incarceration. And: Denver votes on marijuana in cafes, etc..
Unprecedented number of states vote on marijuana. 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:
Trump’s tax plan penalizes single parents. And: House GOP’s ‘Better Way’ Tax Plan A Much Better Way For Richest 1 Percent.
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 Republican
Philippines President calls Obama a "son of a whore" concerning 2,400 drug user killings . 2. Duterte says he is no American puppet.
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 Republican Chris Christie Vetoes New Jersey Minimum Wage Hike Minimum 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.
Oregon has first legal pot display in a state fair in the US. And: USDA approves organic hemp certification. .
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. And: Time. . And: Republican governor Hutchinson of Arkansas opposes legalizing medical marijuana 5 Olympians Who Smoke Weed & Win Gold. More THC allowed in blood tests.
Philippines President Duterte threatens to leave UN over criticism of his brutal drug war, and death squad killings of alleged drug users or dealers.  .
. And: Single Payer. Developed world paying half of what USA spends on healthcare Kentucky's . In contrast: Republican governor wants to eliminate health insurance for over 400,000. Like the rest of the Republican South . Patients can grow their own medical pot in Canada under new rules  . And: Marijuana Growers' Fair Opens in Oregon. First time at a state fair.
Sanders Says DOJ Ban on Private Prisons Doesn't Go Far Enough. And: DEA Stops Calling Marijuana One Of The 'Most Dangerous Drugs'.
, 1980 Ronald Reagan campaign speech "Leading medical researchers are coming to the conclusion that 1: whatever you want to call it, is probably marijuana, pot, grass, 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."
the most dangerous drug in the United States, 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:
86% of eligible Coloradans are registered to vote. Text voter registration, too.
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: - . 5 States Voting on Recreational Marijuana This Election. . 2. 3. . 4.
Register, VOTE! Duterte’s Brutal Drug War Skyrockets Killings In The Philippines.
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. .
Duterte wants martial law.
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.
Says President Duterte. CNN.
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.
Time magazine. Can Medical Marijuana Help End the Opioid Epidemic?
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." .
In a first, Oregon State Fair to feature marijuana plants. And: If You Are Succeeding in the Cannabis Industry, Thank an Activist.
Philadelphia. 25 July 2016.        .
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. .
. And: Pot activists meet with cops to prep for Democrat Convention 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
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.
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: . And: Lancet: Mass imprisonment of drug users driving global epidemics of HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis Pot Vs. Pills: Can Marijuana Help Cure The Opiate Crisis?
More current and former Canadian cops are using medical marijuana. Veterans too
After Democrats back marijuana rescheduling, Republicans vote against medical pot. .
Incarceration gap widens between whites and blacks.
Above table: 2010 incarceration by race and ethnicity.
Kansas City Marijuana Reform Advocates Launch Decriminalization Ballot Initiative. .
: "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: Democratic Party platform on marijuana .
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The Netherlands has a strange problem: Empty prisons. 2nd lowest incarceration rate in Europe
GOP mass incarceration
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
The Republican War on Voting Is Working. . Part of the War on the Poor, drug users, and the 99%. Historic discontent related to more than a decade of declining bottom-quartile wages. And: Income Inequality Is At The Highest Level In American History. "Incomes for the 99 percent have only recovered about 60 percent of what they lost. But the rich are doing great. ... They captured more than half of all the income growth in the country."
Republican leaders are ecstatic.
Survivors are fed up.
Murder in Western nations. USA on top. See above . Homicide rates of USA (top line), Australia, Canada, Spain (ESP), Great Britain, and the Netherlands. From: 1950-2010 chart OECD "How Was Life?", page 147.
. More people killed by US domestic gunmen (1,516,863) since 1968 than in all wars fought by America (1,396,733) . And: . Incarceration rate of Mass Incarceration and high murder rate damage U.S. Global Peace Ranking. - U.S. News and World Report. 693 per 100,000. .
Most firearm deaths in the USA
are from handguns.  . Canada has a much lower rate of handgun ownership than the USA. See See: And Canada has a . chart and , much lower murder rate . little mandatory sentencing And: NRA's high murder rate, and mandatory sentencing 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.
Tipping point? Ohio is 25th state to legalize medical marijuana.  .
Maryland repealed mandatory minimum drug sentencing despite initial Republican opposition.
“We have an under-incarceration problem.” Republican Senator Cotton.
Trillions of dollars.
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.
Democrats want independents to vote for them, but NOT in the primaries.
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. Many Democrat primaries lock out independents.
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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.
. And: Women who smoke weed are smarter than those who don’t Republicans block drug law reform unless their criminal friends allowed to thwart environmental and business regulation. And: E-cigarettes should be offered to smokers, say doctors - BBC News. .
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.
"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."
Mexico proposes legal medical marijuana, and increasing legal recreational possession from 5 to 28 grams (1 ounce).    . And: White House to meet with cannabis activists.
Bernie can pay for 2 years of public college by making 16 the legal age of adulthood. Freeing up 2 years of
average public high school costs of $12,000 a year. Plus room and board costs. .
Bernie Sanders Pulls Ahead Of Hillary Clinton In New Poll. Bernie wins in all national matchups.
Maryland Ends Mandatory Minimums For Drug Users, Lets Non-Violent Offenders Out Early. And: Medical Marijuana Legalized in Pennsylvania  . But also building prison. And: Victoria becomes the first Australian state to legalize medical cannabis.  . And: DEA could soon announce a major decision on rescheduling marijuana. And: Whoopi Goldberg founds medical marijuana company for women. And: Cancer patient shares graphic photos in call for pot to be legalized in Australia.
Republican system of
inequality, endless drug war, and mass incarceration being crushed by independents from within and without. The Republican House of Representative continues to block veterans from using cannabis -- by denying prescription VA painkillers if they use cannabis. Idiotic and cruel, since cannabis is much safer. .
Total arrests down in legal states, but blacks arrested for marijuana at twice the rate of peers. And: Trump and Cruz: Huge tax cuts for the rich paid for by tax increases on lower incomes.