News. Sources. GMM Facebook. Vote out most US Republicans! Ballotpedia: marijuana and minimum wage. US minimum wage has 35% less buying power than in 1969. . Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell will not take up the minimum wage issue, and Trump says he will veto it.
3 Aug 2020: South Africa. Child dagga (cannabis) criminality lifted.
2 Aug: CDC predicts up to 11,000 people (in US) will die every week this month from coronavirus.
2 Aug: We Should Consider Starting Covid-19 Vaccinations Now. From: Forbes.
31 July: Covid-19 Is Turning Prison Terms into Death Sentences in the US.
31 July: Democrat Pelosi defends cannabis in coronavirus response: 'This is a therapy'.
28 July: Canada. Four cents per gram? Outdoor pot is piling up in a ‘constipated’ market.
28 July: Medical Marijuana Just One Step Away From Making Ballot In Nebraska.
28 July: Cannabis light: the confusing illusion of legal marijuana in Rome, Italy.
27 July: 'Rednecks For Black Lives' Urges Southerners To Fight For Racial Justice. See Facebook.
26 July: Texas House Speaker Says Legalizing Marijuana 'Could Be A Help' To Budget Woes, But He'd Vote Against It. We need to vote out these Republican morons.
24 July: CEO of largest marijuana company says a blue wave could trigger legalization ‘very quickly’.
16 July 2020: Seth Rogen Says Racist Cannabis Policing Harms Black Community, But Expungement Can Help. From: Forbes.
14 July: ‘Hero’ Pay Raises Disappear for Many Essential Workers. Raise minimum wage! .
8 July: Biden, Sanders unity task forces release policy recommendations. And: Biden task force takes states-rights approach to cannabis legalization. From the PDF document:
|Marijuana: Decriminalize marijuana use and legalize marijuana for medical purposes at the federal level. Allow states to make their own decisions about legalizing recreational use. Automatically expunge all past marijuana convictions for use and possession. Lift budget rider blocking DC from taxing and regulating legal marijuana and remove marijuana use from the list of deportable offenses. Encourage states to invest tax revenue from legal marijuana industries to repair damage to Black and brown communities hit hardest by incarceration.
Countries with more people wearing face masks have much lower Covid-19 death rates. . Chart below from BBC: Coronavirus: Japan's mysteriously low virus death rate. See more charts. . See Wikipedia: COVID-19 pandemic death rates by country.
July is disability pride month.
9 July: Canada. Police chiefs call on Ottawa to decriminalize possession of illicit drugs for personal use.
6 July: ‘Lazy Stoner’ Stereotype Smashed By Study Finding Marijuana Consumers Exercise More.
2 July 2020: Austin, Texas. Police Will Stop Marijuana Possession Arrests And Citations.
1 July: Arizona Recreational Marijuana Initiative Files 420,000 Signatures With State. .
1 July: Nashville DA to stop prosecuting minor marijuana possession offenses immediately.
30 June: National mask mandate could save US from a 5% GDP hit, Goldman Sachs says. Clueless Republican hate radio is still arguing over the "manliness" and effectiveness of face masks. But money talks and bullsh*t walks. 5% of $20 trillion US GDP (yearly economy) is 1 trillion dollars.
- We Asked Health Experts About the ‘Wear Your Mask: The Urine Test’ Meme.
26 June 2020: With 40,000 Americans Incarcerated For Marijuana Offenses, The Cannabis Industry Needs To Step Up, Activists Said This Week. From: Forbes.
25 June: Should the U.S. Declare the KKK a Terrorist Group? . And a petition to do so.
25 June: New Jersey. Medical marijuana patients can now have cannabis delivered.
25 June: Cops fired over violent, racist talk about Blacks: We are going to 'start slaughtering them'.
24 June: Idaho Medical Marijuana Initiative Could Get New Chance At Ballot After Federal Court Ruling.
24 June 2020: Pentagon Quietly Moves to Make CBD Use a Criminal Offense for Troops.
23 June: Canada. Video in civil claim shows RCMP officer dragging student, stepping on her head after wellness check.
18 June: Bernie Sanders Calls For Marijuana Legalization In Senate Floor Speech On Policing Reform. "When we talk about police department reform, we must end police officers continuing to arrest, search or jail the people of our country, predominantly people of color, for using marijuana."
18 June 2020: Europe Released 128,000 Prisoners to Prevent Virus Outbreaks.
18 June: New Jersey Assembly Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Ahead Of Legalization Referendum. See info on November 2020 referendum.
17 June: Nevada Pardons 15,000+ People With Marijuana Convictions Under Democratic Governor’s Resolution. Unanimously approved by the state’s Board of Pardons Commissioners.
17 June: Colorado lawmakers let Democratic governor mass-pardon marijuana convictions. .
16 June: Democratic Louisiana Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Into Law.
16 June: Marijuana Lifer Craig Cesal Finally Released to Home Confinement. . See Facebook.
16 June: Library Of Congress Highlights Racist News Coverage Used To Justify Criminalizing Marijuana A Century Ago. . And racist drug law enforcement to the present day. And Google search.
- Sources, shares, and comments. . With references.
14 June: Trump has trouble lifting glass of water and walking down ramp at West Point graduation.
13 June: More global protests emerge over racism, police actions.
12 June 2020: Life for Pot. John Knock was denied compassionate release. He is a 72 year old nonviolent marijuana offender. He has no priors. He has been incarcerated since 1996.
- John Knock and relatives. Source and comments.
12 June: Readers React: U.S. drug war partly to blame for rift between communities and police. "It is time to treat drug addiction as a public health problem rather than a police matter. Portugal takes this approach and their drug-induced death rate is one-fifth the European Union average." 12 June: Bernie Sanders And Cory Booker Talk Racial Injustices Of Marijuana Criminalization At Virtual Town Hall.
12 June: Colorado Activists Likely To Pursue 2022 Psilocybin Ballot Measure After Poll Shows Support.
12 June: Government Agencies Testify In Favor Of U.S. Virgin Islands Marijuana Legalization Bill At Hearing
11 June: Nevada Governor Introduces Measure To Pardon Tens Of Thousands With Marijuana Convictions. "The [Democratic] governors of Washington State and Illinois have both issued pardons for cannabis offenses since their states legalized the plant. ... a means of addressing racial inequities."
10 June: South Dakota voters to decide future of medical and recreational marijuana in the state.
10 June 2020: Know The Signs: How to tell if your grandparent has become an antifa agent.
- Source. .
10 June: Should Police Departments Receive Military-Grade Equipment? "Critics also argue that the requirement the 1033 Program equipment be used within a year of approval incentivizes police departments to bring military equipment to situations that don't warrant it."
10 June: NASCAR bans Confederate flags at all races, events.
8 June: Terminally ill Canadians apply for legal access to 'magic mushrooms' drug. .
6 June: Arkansas. Group pushing for recreational marijuana continues efforts to gather signatures. Electronic signatures allowed. Initiative would also allow for home growing.
6 June: Images show just how massive the global Floyd protests were on Saturday, June 6. . Click on Twitter icons to go to working videos on Twitter. Sunday, June 7, too.
6 June: Activists create public online spreadsheet of police violence videos. Spreadsheets: .
5 June: Marine Corps officially bans Confederate battle flag on military bases — including on bumper stickers and coffee mugs.
4 June: Manuel Ellis: Tacoma Man Died In Police Custody, Saying He 'Can't Breathe' : NPR.
4 June: Police Attack Press Freedom at George Floyd Protests: Watchdogs Say Assaults on Journalists Covering Protests Is on a 'Scale That We Have Not Seen Before'. . Videos. .
3 June: Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Officer accused of pushing teen during protest has 71 use of force cases on file. 2 June: Black Female Police Officer Confronts White Cop Who Pushed Kneeling Woman.
2 June: Birmingham, Alabama. City Officials Finish Protesters’ Job and Pull Down 115-Year-Old Confederate Monument. And: More info, and video of removal.
2 June: Photos: Thousands March In Wake Of George Floyd’s Death, From Amsterdam To Tokyo. .
- Sources. . And: Trump declared war on America on Monday night, June 1, 2020. .
1 June: Since the beginning of 2015 Minneapolis police rendered 44 people unconscious using neck restraints 237 times. Half of those 44 were injured.
29 May: Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot tells Trump 'F-U' after tweet about Minneapolis looting. Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker calls Trump "a racist, misogynist, a homophobe, a xenophobe."
29 May: Biggest US petition of all time! Justice for George Floyd. Change.org.
29 May: New Congressional Resolution Condemns Police Brutality And War On Drugs. .
>> Race and the Drug War. Drug Policy Alliance. . And: Wikipedia: Race and the drug war. And: Race, ethnicity, and drug war. The chokehold that helped kill Eric Garner (for allegedly selling loose, untaxed cigarettes) in 2014 was banned in New York City at the time of his death, yet the cop who used it was never charged with anything, and was only fired in August 2019. See Wikipedia: Death of Eric Garner. Apparently, cops can use these "death-holds" with impunity. In response to the pleas of bystanders to check his pulse the cop protecting the cop doing the killing of George Floyd said "Don't do drugs, guys". .
28 May: Drug Policy Alliance Statement on the Horrific Police Killing of George Floyd.
27 May: Most Minnesota law enforcement agencies ban the neck-pinning maneuver used against George Floyd — but it's still allowed in Minneapolis.
Trump encouraged police to rough up suspects. They applauded. VIDEO.
- George Floyd. See: Full video. And: This Is Why. . And: Graphics, comments: .
27 May: After George Floyd's death in Minnesota, still think Colin Kaepernick's knee was the problem?
25 May: UFC: Israel Adesanya lends support to cannabis legalisation in New Zealand.
22 May: Chris Wallace of Fox News debunks Trump: No record of massive or serious fraud from mail-in voting in red or blue states. No indication it favors one party over another.
22 May: Man Serving 18 Years On Marijuana Charges Died In Federal Prison COVID-19 Outbreak.
22 May: Massachusetts recreational marijuana stores plan to manage flow of customers as sales resume Monday, ask consumers to order ahead - masslive.com.
20 May: Biden widens lead over Trump in new national poll. Leads by 11 points. 50%-39%.
20 May: Judge Orders Ohio To Let Decriminalization Campaigns Collect Signatures Electronically.
15 May 2020: Spray Applied Hempcrete Building. 1st Hempcrete Build of 2020.
15 May: 3 and a third years of federal prohibition (no rescheduling or descheduling) by Trump and Republican Senate: - Federal mental health grants canceled because Maine has legal marijuana.
14 May: BBC. South Africa minister embraces cannabis video meme. "When people ZOL". .
12 May: Lawmakers In Virginia Capital Vote To End Marijuana Testing Of City Workers.
12 May: Missouri Man in Prison for Growing Marijuana Dies in Less Than a Year.
10 May: AOC. In Denmark starting pay at McDonald's is about $22 an hour. It's true. See Politifact.
10 May: Saturday Night Live. Alec Baldwin returns as Trump drinking Clorox in 'SNL' opener.
8 May: DW. Cannabis may increase resistance to coronavirus. Preliminary research.
7 May: Montana Begins Signature Gathering For Legalization Measure With New Safety Protocols.
7 May: Marijuana May Not Lower Your IQ. Scientific American. Article quote (emphasis added):
in Jackson and Iacono’s analysis [of the twin study], marijuana use and IQ were completely uncorrelated, and IQ measures fell equally in both the users and abstainers. Subsequent twin studies, including one performed with U.K. data by the Dunedin team, corroborated these findings of no relationship between marijuana use and a falling IQ.
6 May: Louisiana Lawmakers Vote To Allow Medical Marijuana For Any Debilitating Condition, And To Legalize Delivery Services.
6 May: Why are Russian coronavirus doctors mysteriously falling out of windows? Corrupt system (like USA) under massive stress, political pressure, cronyism.
2 May 2020: 2020 Global Cannabis March. Many virtual, online events.
- Germany. May 2, 2020: Global Marijuana March - Online Demonstration für Legalisierung. Youtube: DeutscherHanfverband. See: Archive of May 2 livestream.
27 Apr: Swiss Parliament Passes Motion To Authorize Cannabis Production And Export.
24 Apr: Top Republicans oppose electronic signature collection for marijuana ballot measure.
21 Apr: Lebanon Passes Legislation Legalizing Medical Marijuana Cultivation As Economy Struggles Amid Coronavirus Fallout.
20 Apr: Here's What Politicians Are Saying About Marijuana Laws On 4/20. Huge list.
20 Apr: Online 420 cannabis events in 2020. Compilation of many events.
- Sign posted early April 20, 2020 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Online events: .
20 Apr: Coronavirus sends 420 gatherings up in smoke, but potheads still plan virtual toke - ABC.
20 Apr: 4/20 in 2020: How to Celebrate Weed's Biggest Holiday Virtually | PotGuide.com.
18 Apr: ‘They’re Death Pits’: Virus Claims at Least 7,000 Lives in U.S. Nursing Homes. Many more deaths in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities have not been counted yet.
17 Apr: Two-thirds of Americans believe that Trump was 'too slow' to respond to the coronavirus crisis and 73% believe that the worst is still to come, poll finds.
17 Apr: Prison warden trying to kill older nonviolent pot lifer with health problems. Even though Craig Cesal approved for release by Bureau of Prisons regional office.
16 Apr: Snoop Dogg smoking a blunt outside the White House saying 'f*ck the president'
16 Apr: Interviewed in hiding, escaped NC inmate says he fled coronavirus ‘death sentence’. .
16 Apr: Federal judge orders Texas prison to provide inmates hand sanitizer, masks.
14 Apr: ‘Help We Don’t Wanna Die’: Inside First Prison To Protest Lack Of COVID-19 Protection.
13 Apr: Virginia just decriminalized marijuana. 27th state to decriminalize or legalize adult use. .
13 Apr 2020: NPR. A Month After Emergency Declaration, Trump's Promises Largely Unfulfilled. For example; massive testing. 13 Apr: Nursing home deaths soar past 3,600 in alarming surge. The true toll is likely much higher due to Trump's lack of testing.
11 Apr: Marijuana dispensaries deemed 'essential' but ineligible for federal stimulus. . That is because Republicans block descheduling and other cannabis reform bills in the Senate.
10 Apr: Massive testing, masks, contact tracing, and app mapping are the big lessons from South Korea's coronavirus response. Now they can go out more (in masks). Vox video. .
Wikipedia: United States influenza deaths and hospitalizations by flu season. COVID-19 US deaths have already surpassed 2020 US flu deaths. 10 April: Hundreds of bodies recovered from New York City homes every day are NOT included in coronavirus death count even if they had symptoms.  COVID-19 table by country (scroll down). Cases, total deaths, deaths per million, etc.. .
8 Apr 2020: Massachusetts. If Liquor Stores Are “Essential,” Why Aren’t Marijuana Dispensaries?
8 Apr 2020: The briefings aren’t working: Trump's approval rating takes a dip.
8 Apr: Covid-19 is disproportionately taking black lives. And: 'It's a racial justice issue': Black Americans are dying in greater numbers from Covid-19.
7 Apr: Charlotte Figi, namesake of Charlotte's Web medical marijuana strain, dies with COVID-19. Girl who inspired CBD movement dead at 13. .
7 Apr: Businesses that ‘indirectly’ work with marijuana industry ineligible for federal coronavirus loans. Another result of Republican refusal to federally reschedule or deschedule cannabis.
4 Apr 2020: Trump Administration Adopts Mini-Universal Health Care for COVID-19. $$$. Health Care CEO Who Makes Millions Says No to Hazard Pay for Coronavirus Workers. These leaders should take a huge pay cut to buy more equipment to save nurses' lives.
4 Apr: Canada: Double standard! Ontario's marijuana stores ordered to close. While alcohol sales are liberalized through take-out and delivery services! . See: Cannabis is safer!
29 Mar: New Jersey. Let sick people grow their own weed at home, N.J. medical marijuana industry advocates say.
29 Mar: COVID-19 sparks prison massacre in Colombia.
29 Mar: "A Michigan emergency room nurse posted a gripping, seven-minute video on Instagram saying that they're out of fentanyl, Tylenol and ventilators." From: Article with more videos. . Healthcare workers need crowd-sourced masks. State by state lists.
28 Mar: Biden leads Trump in new polls despite coronavirus approval bounce. 2020 US election may come down to "My rapist is better than your rapist". Lesser of evils. Google Tara Reade. And Bernie Sanders shot himself in the foot by refusing to give up his pet word, "socialist". Presidential power should be abolished. They are all flawed. Presidents should be figureheads only, like UK's queen.
27 Mar: Cannabis finds its moment amid coronavirus outbreak.
Not wearing masks to protect against coronavirus is a ‘big mistake,’ top Chinese scientist says. .
24 Mar: Nepali lawmakers push marijuana legalization. Production, sale, consumption. Grow 6 plants.
23 Mar 2020: Coronavirus Crisis Shows Marijuana Is ‘Essential’ And Mainstream. .
22 Mar: Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners has mega-packing day before COVID-19 shutdown.
20 Mar:Italian hospital makes heartbreaking decision not to intubate anyone over the age of 60. Prioritizing the young or those without comorbidities. 50% of ICU patients are dying. .
19 Mar: Colorado Just Issued The First Marijuana Delivery License In The State.
19 Mar 2020: Los Angeles, California. Cannabis dispensaries listed as essential businesses under L.A. County coronavirus order.
18 Mar: New York Police Officer Caught Planting Marijuana in a Car — Again. By Alice Speri. The Intercept. Image below from video at 1 minute 45 seconds in. See Facebook.
18 Mar: Baltimore To End Most Drug Prosecutions Amid Coronavirus Outbreak.
- Ever-increasing US household debt under Trump, and his huge tax breaks for the rich, but not for the middle class who need it the most. Huge medical and student debt. Low minimum wages in many Republican states. See map. .
Trump signed tax law that gave 83% of benefits to the top 1%.
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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 to something other than health care. See also:
Universal healthcare versus drug war. Canadian single-payer healthcare and Portuguese drug decriminalization
- Can't we all just get a bong?
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