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  • 'You can have cocaine and heroin, but not turkey?' Oregon Gov. Brown is slammed for telling people to SNITCH on neighbors violating COVID rules this Thanksgiving - weeks after Democrat state decriminalized ALL drugs

    11/24/2020 12:21:55 AM PST · by knighthawk · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 24 2020 | HARRIET ALEXANDER
    The governor of Oregon has sparked outrage by saying that neighbors should call the police if they find another family celebrating Thanksgiving with a large gathering in their home, in what one local official said turned people into 'second-rate slaves' in their own homes. Kate Brown, the Democrat ruler of the state, announced on November 17 that new restrictions would be put in place the following day, with no more than six people allowed inside any one home. And she said if Oregonians saw anyone breaking the rules, they should call the cops.
  • Cashing in on Psychedelics

    11/24/2020 5:39:19 AM PST · by rochester · 12 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | John Stonestreet & Roberto Rivera
    In 1967, ex-Harvard professor Timothy Leary famously coined one of the slogans of 60’s counter culture when he told hippies to “turn on, tune in, [and] drop out.” Psychedelics like LSD became a vital part of what Leary would later call the “graceful process of detachment from involuntary or unconscious commitments.” Advocating for psychedelics made Leary an academic pariah and a target of the FBI. Had he come along fifty years later, he may have landed a lucrative consulting gig with venture capitalists. On November 3, Oregon became the first U. S. state to legalize “magic mushrooms” for therapeutic use,...
  • Historic congressional vote on decriminalizing marijuana could happen in December

    11/20/2020 8:12:52 AM PST · by NobleFree · 31 replies
    Denver7 ^ | Nov 17, 2020 | Sam Cohen
    A historic bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level is expected to come up for a vote in the House of Representatives in December. This would be the first time a chamber of Congress has ever voted on removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act. Cannabis was included as what is called a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act in 1970. Schedule I drugs are defined as having a high potential for abuse and no medical benefit. Other Schedule I drugs include heroin, LSD, ecstasy and peyote. “I write to share the busy Floor schedule we have...
  • The Nanny State Is Coming After Your Beer

    11/18/2020 11:35:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 58 replies ^ | November 18, 2020 | Bob Barr
    The government’s long-running and destructive effort to control our nation’s economy at all levels, which went into overdrive this year with the advent of COVID-19, barely slowed for the speed bump that was the November 3 election. The current pattern has become distressingly clear and sadly predictable: issue declarations and then shame people into following them. Without any science to support many of their recommendations, unelected bureaucrats and politicians enamored of the power their status provides, continue to propose radical and often nonsensical measures. The American people can see this system at work simply by skimming through Joe Biden’s official...
  • Genius Canadians find hyperventilating can help you metabolize alcohol faster

    11/16/2020 6:19:33 PM PST · by be-baw · 21 replies
    The Takeout ^ | Lillian Stone
    It’s New Year’s Eve, and you’re lying in bed vomiting maraschino-hued bile into a small Mason jar. The room is spinning, your partner is shaking their damn head, and you are zonked out of your mind and longing for death. This is a strictly hypothetical situation, because I am a skilled wordsmith with a penchant for devising such boozy scenarios. But if I had personally lived this experience—which I haven’t—I’d probably be interested in a way to quickly clear excess booze from my body. Fortunately, the Canadians are on the case: according to The Guardian, researchers in Canada have discovered...
  • Virginia lawmakers say door is open to legalizing marijuana in 2021

    11/15/2020 9:44:25 AM PST · by BeauBo · 39 replies
    Virginia Mercury ^ | 14 Nov 2020 | Ned Oliver
    Members of the House of Delegates expect it to pass. In the Senate, they give it “slightly better than 50-50 odds.” And Gov. Ralph Northam’s office says he’s “certainly open to it.” Proposals to legalize recreational marijuana in Virginia are set to get their first serious hearings when the General Assembly convenes in January and, at least for now, it looks like there’s a decent chance they could succeed... The movement in Virginia comes after voters in four states overwhelmingly approved referendums legalizing marijuana, bringing the total nationwide total to 15. If lawmakers in Virginia move forward, the state would...
  • Oakland police shoot, kill 20-year-old man at scene of pot grow robbery

    11/07/2020 9:25:33 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 26 replies
    East Bay Times ^ | November 5, 2020 | David DeBolt, Bay Area News Group
    OAKLAND — The man shot by Oakland police Tuesday evening during a chaotic confrontation with suspected armed robbers died at the scene, authorities said late Wednesday. He was a 20-year-old Oakland resident. Police did not release his name. The shooting happened at around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday when officers interrupted an attempted burglary and robbery of a cannabis grow inside a building in the 1400 block of 92nd Avenue, at Holly Street. The burglary was one of several officers responded to Tuesday evening, as a group police described as a “caravan of armed robbers” robbed or attempted to rob several marijuana...
  • Ballot Initiatives on Legalizing Weed Pass in 5 States

    11/06/2020 10:27:34 AM PST · by Morgana · 37 replies ^ | Nov 5 2020 | Rick Moran
    That most American of institutions — the referendum — has been growing in recent election cycles as voters realize how much direct power they can wield on certain issues. Pioneered by California’s reformist Governor Hiram Johnson, the ballot initiative has become popular with both the left and right as a means to short-circuit entrenched interests. Some states make putting an issue on the ballot a simple matter of getting enough signatures. Other states find ways to put roadblocks in the way of citizens looking to change the system or the law. But without a doubt, ground zero for referenda continues...
  • Video: DUI driver pulled from burning SUV after crashing into street sweeper, deputies say

    11/05/2020 9:54:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    CLICKORLANDO ^ | Adrienne Cutway, Loren Korn
    Watch commander, bystander rescued man A watch commander and a bystander teamed up to rescue a DUI driver that was pinned under his steering wheel as his SUV caught on fire, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said Ari Waffle, 28, was driving a silver GMC SUV on Old Kings Road North around 1 a.m. Saturday when he crashed into a street sweeper owned by the city of Palm Coast. When FCSO Watch Commander Jason Neat arrived on scene, he saw a man and woman trying to pull Waffle out of the burning vehicle but he was trapped...
  • Pot: The Gateway Crime

    11/06/2020 8:12:06 AM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 40 replies
    Look Around | 11/06/2020 | blueunicorn6
    Marijuana has been called a “Gateway” drug. The thinking is that once a person experiences the effects of pot, they will have lost their reluctance to try stronger drugs such as cocaine, meth and heroin. “I smoked pot and lived through it. I kind of liked it. Maybe the stronger drugs won’t hurt me. Maybe they will be like pot, only better. They probably won’t kill me. Plus, it’s kind of exciting.” We sit after this election wondering how so many of our fellow citizens feel the need to cheat to achieve a political goal. Cheating is against the rules....
  • Oregon Becomes First State to Decriminalize Meth, Heroin & Cocaine

    11/04/2020 10:05:35 AM PST · by Steve1999 · 31 replies
    NN ^ | 11-04-20 | Jay Greenberg
    Democrat-controlled Oregon has become the first state to decriminalize hard drugs, including meth, heroin, and cocaine, according to reports. The state's lawmakers passed legislation early on Wednesday morning in a 59-41% vote, according to the Associated Press. The "Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act" seeks to transition Oregon's drug policy from a punitive, criminal approach to "a humane, cost-effective, health approach."
  • On Election Night, the Real Winner Was Drugs

    11/04/2020 3:45:37 PM PST · by Lurking Libertarian · 51 replies
    Reason ^ | Nov. 4, 2020 | Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    Drugs are winning the war on drugs. [...] But there was one absolutely certain loser last night: the war on drugs. If Americans across the country provided a clear mandate for anything this year, it's ending the hold that drug prohibition has on our country. Of nine drug decriminalization or legalization measures on state ballots last night—including two addressing hallucinogens and one covering all illegal drugs—not a single one failed. These were decisive victories, too, not close calls. And unlike some previous waves of pro-marijuana votes, which were concentrated in predictable areas, successful anti–drug war measures in 2020 spanned a...
  • 5 States Approve Ballot Measures Expanding Access To Marijuana (Recreational Use in NJ, AZ, MT and SD)

    11/04/2020 9:59:56 AM PST · by BeauBo · 39 replies
    NPR ^ | 4 Nov 2020 | Rachel Treisman
    The Associated Press says voters in five states have approved measures to legalize medical or recreational marijuana, or both, in Tuesday’s election. Voters in Arizona, New Jersey, Montana and South Dakota voted to legalize recreational marijuana for people ages 21 or older, joining 11 other states and Washington, D.C. South Dakotans also approved a measure to establish a medical marijuana program in the state for “individuals with a debilitating medical condition.” According to the Marijuana Policy Project, that makes South Dakota the first state to legalize medical and adult-use marijuana on the same day. In Mississippi, two versions of a...
  • Oregon becomes the first state to decriminalize possession of ALL drugs including HEROIN and COCAINE - as New Jersey and Arizona legalize pot

    11/04/2020 5:51:41 AM PST · by mmanager · 76 replies
    D.M. ^ | November 4, 2020 | A/P
    Oregon has become the first state in the U.S. to decriminalize personal possession of all drugs, while Washington D.C. allows for consumption of magic mushrooms and New Jersey and Arizona legalize marijuana for recreational use. The move to decriminalize hard drugs including heroin and methamphetamine in Oregon - as well as legalizing the use of psilocybin mushrooms - passed by two large margins on Tuesday. Known as Measure 110, it will completely change how Oregon's justice system treats those who are found with personal-use amounts of the hard drugs.
  • Cannabis Stocks Down, Positive Indicator for Trump

    11/03/2020 10:20:26 AM PST · by grayhog · 25 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 11-3-20
    Cannabis stocks are a good indicator for what the stock market is thinking about the election. After the VP debate when Harris pitched decriminalizing cannabis at the federal level, these stocks soared. Today they are largely down despite a big up day for the market. I'm watching CGC, TLRY, ACB, TCNNF as a representative basket.
  • These are the states voting this week to legalize marijuana

    11/02/2020 2:59:17 PM PST · by BeauBo · 43 replies
    Border Report ^ | Nov 2, 2020 | Nexstar Media Wire
    As voters head to the polls to select the next president, citizens of five states will decide whether to legalize medical or recreational marijuana. Right now, 33 states have legalized medical cannabis, according to CNN. Eleven of those states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. In 2016, pot measures passed in eight out of nine states where it was on the ballot. Here’s a look at the states where voters will decide the future of pot: Arizona A proposition on the ballot would legalize the possession and use of marijuana for adults who are 21 or older. People would be...
  • Oregon could become 1st US state to decriminalize hard drugs

    11/01/2020 7:02:56 PM PST · by dynachrome · 145 replies
    ABC ^ | 10-30-20 | ANDREW SELSKY
    In what would be a first in the U.S., possession of small amounts of heroin, cocaine, LSD and other hard drugs could be decriminalized in Oregon under a ballot measure that voters are deciding on in Tuesday’s election. Instead of being arrested, going to trial and facing possible jail time, the users would have the option of paying $100 fines or attending new, free addiction recovery centers. The centers would be funded by tax revenue from retail marijuana sales in the state that was the country's first to decriminalize marijuana possession.
  • 7 bodies, nothing stolen: Were killings at California marijuana grow 'a message'?

    10/29/2020 1:12:50 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 52 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Oct. 29, 2020 | Matthew Ormseth and Stephanie Lai
    The boy knew how his mother made a living. He also knew the danger inherent in it. As recently as two months ago, he had stayed at a property in Aguanga, a small community in rural Riverside County, where his mother, helped by recent immigrants from Laos, grew marijuana.
  • States Should Stop Treating Sober Cannabis Consumers As Public Menaces

    10/28/2020 12:41:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | October 28, 2020 | Jacob Sullum
    Four years ago, Pennsylvania allowed patients suffering from any of 17 serious medical conditions to relieve their symptoms with marijuana. But there was a catch: If they used cannabis as a medicine, they could no longer legally drive. Last week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved a bill that would eliminate that legal disability by requiring evidence of impairment to convict medical marijuana patients of driving under the influence. That reform points the way to an overdue reevaluation of DUI laws that irrationally and unfairly punish cannabis consumers who pose no threat to public safety. Thirty-three states have legalized medical...
  • The True Cost of Marijuana: A Colorado Town That Went All-In

    10/27/2020 8:58:09 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 62 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 10/27/2020 | Charlotte Cuthbertson
    PUEBLO, Colo.—It’s a common story across America: A city loses its main employer, usually a manufacturing company with well-paying, blue-collar jobs (that often go to China). The city’s economy crumbles, and those who can move out, do. Decades later, and looking peeling-paint tired, the city hasn’t managed to recover, but drugs have found a permanent home. In Pueblo, Colorado, the manufacturer was a steel plant beleaguered by a market crash in the 1980s and worker strikes in the 1990s. And one drug was given a red-carpet welcome. For years, Pueblo has been looking for industries to revive its economy, and...