News. Sources. GMM Facebook. 2022 GMM. Ballotpedia: marijuana and minimum wage. US Congress could legalize or deschedule adult-use cannabis at the federal level if the Republican filibuster was gone. Do not vote for US Senate candidates that support the filibuster. .
21 June 2022. Mississippi Supreme Court Upholds Life Sentence for Weed Possession. 2.5 ounces. 3 prior felony convictions. None involved actual violence against people. Mississippi is a Republican state. 3rd highest incarceration rate in the world behind Louisiana and Oklahoma. All 3 are far higher than the US as a whole. US has highest rate among countries.
11 June 2022. Sao Paulo, Brazil. 100,000 at marijuana march. See photos.  See videos: . Video with overhead drone views.
9 June 2022: Thailand just decriminalized cannabis. But you still can't smoke joints, minister says. . "More than 3,000 inmates serving prison terms for cannabis and hemp-related drug offenses will be released on Thursday. ... And huge festivities are planned this weekend. One event organized by Highland Legalization, a Thai marijuana advocacy group, will see two days of musical performances, panel discussions and cannabis food sales."
11 May 2022: Thailand to Give Away 1 Million Free Cannabis Plants for Home Cultivation. .
8 May 2022: Austin voters overwhelmingly say yes to marijuana. .
8 May 2022: Seven Highlights from the 2022 New York City Cannabis Parade & Rally. .
6 May 2022: Germanys health minister Karl Lauterbach confirms on twitter the starting of the process of Legalisation of Cannabis in Germany. . They also want a new start in #drugpolicy in general! #DontPunish
- Federal cannabis reform also blocked by their filibuster support.
Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin could save abortion rights but ... they won't.
2022 Global Cannabis March and 420 map.
Germany. 2022 map of many cities with Global Marijuana March events on May 7, etc.. .
22 Apr 2022: New Jersey gets high on its own supply as legal weed sales begin. .
Multi-city 420 lists
18 Apr 2022: Legalizing marijuana lowers demand for prescription drugs, study finds. "The reductions in drug utilization that we find could lead to significant cost savings for state Medicaid programs."
30 Mar 2022: Bill to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky appears dead. "The measure won approval in the House, but the [Republican] Senate hasn’t brought it up for a vote. Advocates like Julie Cantwell say they’re furious. She says her son used to have 100 small seizures every day. Now, with help from out-of-state medical marijuana, she says he’s been seizure-free for 29 months. ... Support for medical marijuana is widespread in the commonwealth. A poll from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky says nine in ten adults support legalization."
26 Mar 2022: Mitch McConnell’s Confederate Flag Photo Resurfaces as He Announces He Will Oppose Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court Confirmation.  . The Republican roots of the racist drug war go all the way back to President Nixon. See: Race, ethnicity, and drug war.
25 Mar 2022: Native Americans Are Operating New York State’s First Legal Cannabis Dispensaries.
24 Mar 2022: Japan sees record 5,400 cannabis offenders in 2021. "rising for the eighth consecutive year".
22 Mar 2022: New Mexico set to launch $400 million adult-use marijuana market likely to attract Texans. Many Texans will be liberated in spite of Texas Republican leaders. Article: the fact New Mexico doesn’t have a state cap on licenses "will allow greater entrepreneurialism and opportunities for everyone in the state," Wellington said. ... "Our studies show that 40% to 42% of all adult-use cannabis will be derived from out-of-state purchases, particularly Texas."
16 Mar 2022: Delaware. Cannabis legalization backers question ‘suspicious’ amendments before bill fell short in house vote. . Republicans actually lost this vote. But their anti-democracy rule killed the bill: "The three-fifths vote is required on legislation that raises revenues."
13 Mar 2022: New York City. These Weed Sellers Aren’t Waiting for Permits: ‘Like a Dream Come True’.
11 Mar 2022: First New York cannabis licenses to go to hemp farmers and those impacted by war on drugs.
8 Mar 2022: 2022 New York City Cannabis Parade & Rally set for May 7, 2022.
8 Mar 2022: Virginia Bill to Allow Marijuana Resentencing Killed by Republicans.
6 Mar 2022: Stuttgart, Germany. Global Marijuana March on Saturday, May 7, 2022.
6 Mar 2022: Mercury center Brittney Griner reportedly detained in Russia on marijuana charges. .
5 Mar: Dude escaping Ukraine during active shelling says he's okay because he smokes cannabis. Tells reporter to legalize it.
4 Mar 2022: Upstate New York’s Cayuga Nation expands its legal marijuana business. Several of the state’s Indian nations sell cannabis.
4 Mar 2022: Legalization of recreational marijuana in South Dakota now up to voters. Republican House members killed the bill for the last time Thursday. Voters will decide in November.
2 Mar 2022: Texas. Beto O'Rourke promises marijuana legalization after winning governor nomination. Why would anyone vote again for that idiot Republican Greg Abbott, the current governor?
2 Mar 2022: Green Bay, Wisconsin moves to no longer fine people for marijuana possession, if they're at least 21 and it's not too much pot.
2 Mar 2022: Costa Rica Legalizes Medical Marijuana and Hemp. . "Two presidential candidates José María Figueres and Rodrigo Chaves, who will compete in a runoff election April 3, have both spoken in favor of legalizing recreational use of marijuana."
1 Mar 2022: Medical, smokable marijuana is now for sale in Minnesota.
28 Feb 2022: Virginia. House Republicans Block Bill to Speed Retail Marijuana Sales. 
26 Feb: Arizona cannabis industry is booming, report says. Hauling $1.35 billion in revenue last year.
25 Feb 2022: Louisville family held at gunpoint during botched SWAT marijuana raid settles lawsuit for $460K. Some of these cops were later involved in the Breonna Taylor killing.
23 Feb 2022: Court: Medical Marijuana Can’t Be Taxed In New Mexico.
17 Feb 2022: Democrat lawmakers filing bills to legalize marijuana in Kentucky. Now it's up to Republicans who control both houses. Governor is a Democrat.
17 Feb 2022: Psychedelic Reform Possibilities in 2022.
11 Feb 2022: Marijuana Icon Willie Nelson Pushes For The Legalization Of ‘Comfort’ In Super Bowl Ad…For Shoes.
9 Feb: These States Could Still Approve Medical Marijuana in 2022. Republicans are blocking most cannabis reform in the remaining states. Wikipedia: List of state parties of the Republican Party.
9 Feb: CDC: Unvaccinated Adults 97 Times More Likely to Die from COVID-19 Than Boosted Adults. Unvaccinated adults 14 times more likely to die than fully vaccinated adults without booster dose.
9 Feb: Ohio. Proposal to legalize marijuana faces yet another roadblock in Senate Republican leader.
7 Feb 2022: Senator Joe Manchin Becomes Target In Various Democratic Senate Primaries. Manchin's filibuster support is the target. Also, it is blocking federal cannabis reform.
6 Feb 2022: Casino and ... cannabis? California tribe opens marijuana dispensary in Fresno area. "just one of five tribal-owned dispensaries in the state and the first to be set next to such a large population base."
3 Feb 2022: Mississippi Becomes Latest State to Legalize Medical Marijuana. "Mississippi becomes the 37th state to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes."
29 Jan 2022: Anti-Vax Cop Who Told Guv to ‘Kiss My Ass’ Dies After Battle With COVID. In Washington state. The virus doesn't care if you are macho.
28 Jan: Bill to legalize marijuana in Ohio heads to lawmakers after hitting signature requirements. "We are also fully prepared to collect additional signatures and take this issue directly to voters on November 8, 2022, if legislators fail to act."
28 Jan 2022: Researchers say hemp-based rebar could replace steel in construction.
27 Jan 2022: Kyrsten Sinema Would Lose 2024 Arizona Primary in a Landslide: Poll. . Senators Sinema and Manchin are blocking federal cannabis reform due to their filibuster support.
26 Jan 2022: Hempcrete Submitted for Certification in US Building Codes.
25 Jan 2022: The Anti-vaccine Right Literally Brought Human Sacrifice to America. Article: Tucker Carlson discussed vaccines on half of his nightly broadcasts after Joe Biden became president, “and all but one of those episodes featured a claim that undermined vaccines or vaccination efforts.”
Today: Google News search: Republicans refuse to get vaccinated. The Covid pandemic would be over by now in the US if not for the lies of the Republican echo chamber. Unvaccinated Republicans are dying in droves.
24 Jan 2022: Thailand. Legalisation of household cannabis, limited recreational use. .
20 Jan 2022: CNN. States with weaker gun laws have higher rates of firearm related homicides and suicides, study finds. With map. . See: NRA drug war. US National Rifle Association.
18 Jan 2022: Does Marijuana Enhance Orgasm & Sexual Performance? Why A New Study Says Yes!
16 Jan 2022: 'Wild West' Hits New York City: Unregulated Cannabis Dispensaries Are Booming.
15 Jan 2022: Almost There: Italian Activists Collect Enough Signatures For Marijuana Legalization Referendum. "If the Constitutional Court allows the referendum to go forward, voters are expected to decide on the policy change sometime between April 15 and June 15."
14 Jan 2022: Guns, ammo … even a boat: how Oath Keepers plotted an armed coup.
14 Jan 2022: South Dakota Governor (Republican) Wants Marijuana Activists To Pay Legal Bill For Her Lawsuit That Blocked Legalization.
11 Jan 2022: Minimum wage in Germany to be raised once again in 2022.
11 Jan 2022: Vice News video. The Battle Over Psychedelic Therapy’s Future.
11 Jan 2022: Mitch McConnell Told To 'Save The Damn Crocodile Tears' After Whining About Voting. "Seems @LeaderMcConnell is weak on the math skills. The Democratic half of the Senate represents 41,549,808 more Americans than the GOP half."
11 Jan 2022: Why is so little known about the 1930s coup attempt against FDR? "FDR struck a deal with the plotters, allowing them to avoid treason charges – and possible execution – if Wall Street backed off its opposition to the New Deal."
6 Jan 2022: Psilocybin Services Would Be Legalized In Washington State Under New Bill. 7 Jan 2022: Oregon launches interest survey for psilocybin services.
3 Jan 2022: Texas. Beto O’Rourke’s blunt support of marijuana legalization gives advocates hope for policy change. Nov 2022 election for governor.
1 Jan 2022: Wikipedia: List of US states by minimum wage. Well, it's a new year and many states have increased their minimum wages. In contrast to the clueless Republican states where poor MAGA Trumpists vote in their own slave masters.
29 Dec 2021: Plant-based, smokable medical marijuana becomes legal in Louisiana on January 1, 2022. .
23 Dec 2021: Killed by a pill bought on social media: the counterfeit drugs poisoning US teens. "A flood of fentanyl-filled counterfeit pills being sold on social media".
21 Dec 2021: How General George Patton’s family entered the cannabis industry in Southbridge, Massachusetts.
19 Dec 2021: Straight out of Inwood: ‘Legacy’ New York City pot dealers going legit — ‘We got that good work. The best of the best.’
18 Dec 2021: Malta Officially Legalizes Marijuana With President’s Signature, Becoming First In Europe To End Cannabis Prohibition. 13 Dec 2021: Malta to legalise cannabis for personal use in European first. .
16 Dec 2021: German Company in Talks With Afghanistan On Cannabis Cultivation. "The previous government was in bed with criminals who wanted to keep a monopoly on illicit cultivation and blocked our contract. Why has the law existed since 2017 and they never proceeded? America has been propping up a corrupt government." 6 Oct 2021: A Glimpse Into Afghanistan’s Traditional Cannabis Culture. 17 Aug 2021: What Taliban Rule Means for Afghanistan’s Drug Trade.
13 Dec 2021: Free Speech Under Attack in Czech Cannabis Crackdown. .
10 Dec 2021: Covid-19 patients at this hospital are dying 'at a rate we've never seen die before' -- and it's taking a toll on health care workers. "Most hospitals and health systems in the state of Michigan have gone to code-red triage, which means they won't accept transfers. ... If you really want to support your staff, and you really want to support health care heroes, get vaccinated".
9 Dec 2021: Filipino journalist shot dead in 'cowardly' killing, say Philippine authorities. "Malabanan last worked with Reuters on the agency's reporting on Duterte's war on drugs, which won a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting".
9 Dec: Record number of journalists are in prison right now, according to press freedom report.
3 Dec 2021: Do You Know What’s in Your “Legal” CBD or THC Vape? . "these chemicals can create injury to the lung tissue, ... The study’s authors analyzed 241 vaporizer products, including THC and CBD vaporizers as well as tobacco pods from manufacturers like JUUL and refillable e-juices. In these, they found 350 chemicals." See: Cannabis is safer. Wikipedia: Electronic cigarette. And: List of additives in cigarettes.
28 Nov 2021: Around 9% of towns, villages have opted out of recreational marijuana law in New York. "It appears there is not a major wave of opt-outs sweeping across the state".
24 Nov 2021: Germany's incoming government unveils plans to legalize cannabis and phase out coal. .
Tax the rich! End drug war!
The drug war is a control tool of the Republican Party.
Nov 2021: 40 under 40 Outstanding BIPOC leaders in Drug Policy - SSDP. BIPOC stands for "Black, Indigenous, and People of Color". SSDP = Students for Sensible Drug Policy.
23 Nov 2021: Jury finds Unite the Right defendants liable for more than $26 million in damages. . 17 Nov: Black man stomped by South Carolina officer gets $650,000.
20 Nov: Oregon raid seizes an epic amount of illegal marijuana. 500,000 pounds. .
19 Nov 2021: Cannabis bust on Indigenous land highlights legal divide. "uncertainty and resentment about U.S. drug enforcement priorities on Native American reservations, as more states roll out legal marketplaces for recreational pot sales."
19 Nov 2021: Indiana Democrats push marijuana reform in 2022. "Because of its popularity with Hoosiers, Schmuhl said the [Democratic] party wanted to be on the forefront of the issue, pushing for cannabis reform. However, with Republicans holding a supermajority in both chambers, Schmuhl admitted chances are slim."
15 Nov 2021: Democrat Beto O'Rourke announces bid to take on Republican Greg Abbott in 2022 Texas gubernatorial race. "He said Abbott and Republicans in Austin have failed to tackle larger issues, including expanding Medicaid, legalizing marijuana, improving the electricity grid and improving schools."
14 Nov 2021: Food banks struggle to feed hungry Americans. Minimum wage needs to be raised in Republican states where it is low. See US map. Click states for rates by state. See tables in Wikipedia: Minimum wage in the United States
10 Nov 2021: Senator Warren presses Biden on pardons for nonviolent cannabis convictions. Article: The letter cites the Democratic primary debate in November 2019, during which Biden laid out his views on marijuana reform. "Number one, I think we should decriminalize marijuana, period," Biden said at the time. "And I think everyone — anyone who has a record should be let out of jail, their records expunged, be completely zeroed out."
5 Nov 2021: Australia. Mathias Cormann calls for fossil fuel subsidies to be abolished. And: World spends $423 billion a year to subsidize fossil fuels.
5 Nov 2021: The United States of Tax Havens. And: Inequality chart.
4 Nov: 5 more drug convictions tied to corrupt Chicago cop vacated. 110 convictions vacated so far. Ongoing investigation into more cops. Prison terms already served by some cops.
2 Nov 2021: Judge throws out man’s guilty plea after bodycam footage reveals New York City cop planting cannabis in cupholder of car of a couple of color. Racist prosecutors delayed releasing footage. Cop had done this before. Calls for prosecuting the cop.
2 Nov 2021: California legalized weed five years ago. Why is the illicit market still thriving? "Vast majority of the market remains underground – about 80-90%. ... Businesses frequently pay an effective tax rate of 70%, in part because they are breaking federal law and therefore aren’t able to take tax deductions." Due to Senate Republicans (!) filibustering federal descheduling of cannabis.
28 Oct: Here’s how Biden’s Build Back Better framework would tax the rich. . "The IRS would hire enforcement agents trained to pursue wealthy tax evaders, ... It estimates these measures would raise $400 billion over 10 years."
27 Oct: 15 States That Could Legalize Cannabis in 2022. "Only 14 states remain without full medical or adult-use legalization. With all traditionally blue states out of the way, red states are now weighing their options." Vote out these dumbass conservative Republicans!
27 Oct 2021: Private Prison Operator GEO Group Must Pay Inmates Minimum Wage, Jury Rules.
27 Oct 2021: This Weed Influencer Was Arrested for Farming Marijuana. He’s Not Giving Up. Sri Lanka’s leading weed scholar and influencer who has a PhD in the natural sciences.
26 Oct 2021: South Africa. Quanita Booley on the ballot in Cape Town for the Dagga Party. .
25 Oct 2021: BBC UK. Minimum wage for 23 and above to rise to £9.50 an hour ($13 an hour). . "Independent experts maintain there has been little or no evidence of job losses as a result of rising minimum wage levels."
22 Oct: TikTok, the company whose censorship decisions are sometimes made by the Chinese dictatorship, bans South African political candidate and cannabis activist, after he posted a viral campaign video about cannabis. . See Wikipedia: TikTok.
21 Oct 2021: New York employers are banned from testing most workers for marijuana.
Vote for cannabis.
US Republicans Voted Often to Kill Coverage of Pre-Existing Conditions. .
Medicare spends less than 2 percent on bureaucracy. 1.4% to be exact. See chart. We need Medicare for All. Nearly a third of our health care dollars go for something other than health care. Health insurance companies, for example. See also:
Universal healthcare versus drug war. Canadian single-payer healthcare and Portuguese drug decriminalization
USA. The state of the nation.
See: More News. And: Cannabis is safer.
CannabisVoter.info - Click your state to see which anti-cannabis Republicans to vote out.
Vote out most US Republicans and their cannabis war.
The drug war is a control tool of the Republican Party.
Real democracy is ranked-choice voting (instant-runoff). And: Remove Presidential veto power.
The filibuster and the presidential veto should be temporary delays before simple majority votes (50% +1).
The evil history of the US Senate filibuster, or why the US no longer has simple majority rule. .
2022 Global Cannabis March and 420 map. Event links: 2022 talk. & Main talk.
US Republican states. It's not just cannabis prohibition.
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