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Posted 12 September 2019 - 04:50 PM

For Republicans this is the way things ought to be. This is a Jeff Sessions wet dream.

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An Oklahoma woman who received a 12-year prison sentence for selling $31 worth of marijuana to a police informant was jailed again this week over unpaid court fees.

The Washington Post reports that 34-year-old mother of six Patricia Spottedcrow was arrested for selling marijuana to an undercover informant back in 2010 when she was living with her mother in the small town of Kingfisher, Oklahoma.

Despite the fact that selling the marijuana was her first offense, she received a surprisingly harsh sentence of 12 years in jail. Local reporting from the Tulsa World newspaper drew attention to her case and sparked outrage that led to her being released from jail early.

This week, however, she found herself back in the clutches of the criminal justice system because she had not been able to afford the court fees that piled up during the lengthy legal battle over her case.

“Spottedcrow still owed thousands in court fees that she struggled to pay, since her felony conviction made it difficult to find a job,” the Post reports. “Notices about overdue payments piled up, with late fees accumulating on top of the original fines. On Monday, the 34-year-old was arrested on a bench warrant that required her to stay in jail until she could come up with $1,139.90 in overdue fees, which she didn’t have.”

The story has a somewhat happy ending, however, as local news station KFOR reports that anonymous donors paid off her court fees. She has since been released.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 01:26 PM

I visited Smiths Falls, Ontario last month. An old town on the Rideau Canal that had fallen on hard times until it was saved by the marijuana company, Canopy Growth Corporation, which moved its HQ there in ‘14. Now it’s a pretty amazing little town.

They even got the old Hershey Chocolate factory going again to make chocolate edibles.

https://en.m.wikiped...ki/Smiths_Falls



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Posted 17 November 2019 - 05:15 PM

I'd be more optimistic if this was happening in the Senate. Moscow Mitch will likely kill any bill just to keep the Jeebus freaks happy.

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A key congressional committee plans to hold a historic vote on a bill to end the federal prohibition of marijuana next week, two sources with knowledge of the soon-to-be-announced action said.

The legislation, sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and set aside funding to begin repairing the damage of the war on drugs, which has been disproportionately waged against communities of color.

Those programs—such as job training and legal aid for people impacted by prohibition enforcement, loans for small cannabis businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and efforts to minimize barriers to licensing and employment in the legal industry—would be paid for with a new federal five percent tax on marijuana sales instituted under the bill, and some of them would be administered by a new Cannabis Justice Office in the Department of Justice.

The proposal, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, would also provide for resentencing and expungement of records for people previously convicted of cannabis offenses and would shield immigrants from being denied citizenship status over marijuana.

It currently has 55 cosponsors, all but one of whom are Democrats.

A Senate companion is being led by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a 2020 presidential candidate, though it has not yet been scheduled for action in the GOP-controlled chamber.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 03:35 PM

Michigan's legalized recreational sales are rolling out (pun intended). Illinois is set to being sales Jan 1 of 2020.

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Over the weekend Michigan became the first state in the Midwest to allow recreational marijuana sales.

The state, where voters backed marijuana legalization in 2018, allowed stores to start selling weed to recreational users on Sunday. Michigan officials issued 18 licenses, including to growers and processors, for the first day of sales, and let stores shift some of their medical marijuana supply to recreational — at least until more recreational businesses are up and running in January.

In Michigan, anyone 21 or older can purchase and possess marijuana. The state is licensing retailers and others along the supply line — although, as in other states, local jurisdictions can opt out of sales.

For now, sales in Michigan are largely in Ann Arbor, also home to the University of Michigan. More retailers are expected to be licensed across the state over time.

According to USA Today, about 80 percent of municipalities in Michigan have opted out of allowing recreational sales within their borders. Depending on how legalization goes, more jurisdictions could eventually opt in or out.

Although Michigan was the first state in the Midwest to legalize, one other state is already following suit: Illinois legalized marijuana through its legislature earlier this year, with sales expected to begin on January 1, 2020.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 04:17 PM

Another big step forward in the potential medical use of psilocybin mushrroms.

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Under a new designation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), psilocybin – a hallucinogenic chemical found in psychedelic mushrooms – is now considered a “breakthrough treatment” for major depressive disorder (MDD), putting it on the “fast track” for future clinical studies.

A Breakthrough Therapy designation grants a potential treatment priority review by the FDA to further understanding of how it may treat certain disorders and illnesses. The designation was granted after a request from the Usona Institute, a nonprofit medical research group conducting research on psilocybin, in recognition that there is an unmet medical need that may be fulfilled through psilocybin’s potential to improve existing therapies.

Characterized by a persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest, MDD is a mood disorder that affects how a person may think, feel, and behave – all of which can trickle into everyday activities, according to the Mayo Clinic. MDD impacts more than 16 million people in the US and is the leading cause of disability in those between the ages of 15 and 44, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. It is estimated that 322 million people globally live with some type of depression.

Previous studies have shown that magic mushrooms can ease severe depression and may “reset” the brains of people with depression without the emotional numbing associated with some traditional antidepressants. It is unclear how exactly the chemical compound may treat depression, but a study from the Beckley Foundation suggests that psilocybin may reactivate or connect certain regions of the brain and their neural capacity.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer





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