Gina Haspel became chief of the "Cat's Eye" CIA black site in Thailand in late October 2002. .
Alabama Republican Sheriff Todd Entrekin Legally Took $750,000 Meant To Feed Inmates, Bought Beach House. . Citizen who exposed him framed with marijuana distribution charges. And: Cannabis Industry Is Saving Cities With Struggling Economies. . And: Canadian Health Insurance Company to Cover Medical Cannabis. Up to $6,000 per year.
Meet Beto O'Rourke, the Pro-Pot Former Punk Guitarist Who Could Beat Ted Cruz And Ignite Blue Wave. And: Greek Parliament Passes Bill to Regulate Medical Cannabis Production. .
2018 Global Marijuana March and 420 events. April 20 and May 5, 2018.
Global mass revolution against Republican-led mass incarceration.
Drug War, NRA, mandatory minimum sentencing, handguns, homicide rates.
Iowa grants gun permits to the blind. USA Today. What could go wrong? Blind people can drive... right? US gun laws are insane.
The Teens Are Coming For The NRA. We are witnessing history.
John Knock - Buried Alive. Nonviolent marijuana drug conspiracy. . NRA-supported mandatory sentence of life without parole.
Jeff Sessions running after cannabis users:
per adult in
Marijuana Criminal Cases Dropped En Masse by Philadelphia District Attorney.
Jeff Sessions Opposes Bipartisan Drug Sentencing Reform Bill. And: Fox News is afraid that the American people will find out the truth about Canada's single-payer health care. Bernie Sanders video.
US middle-class wealth has collapsed. . See chart to the right.
Median wealth is exactly in the middle. 50% of adults have more, and 50% have less. Wealth is all assets (money, stocks, property, etc.) minus all debts.
U.S. household debt at all time high. Chart below from page 3 of PDF.
2003 to 2017 (4th quarter). Total Household Debt by Type:
Click to enlarge. Timeline is by quarters.
Income Inequality Is At The Highest Level In American History. By Bryce Covert. July 1, 2016. ThinkProgress. "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."
Drug War, NRA, mandatory minimum sentencing, handguns, homicide rates
|Gun-related deaths in high-income countries. Deaths per million people. Suicides in gray on the left. Homicides in darker color on the right. USA is the long bloody line at the end.
Mayor Jenny Durkan: Why Seattle Is Erasing Misdemeanor Marijuana Convictions. . And: San Francisco’s D.A. Is Clearing Thousands of Marijuana Convictions. Others Around the Country Should Do the Same. And: International Criminal Court to begin preliminary examination on Philippines killings by Duterte. And: Trump Says He Will Focus On Opioid Law Enforcement, Not Treatment. And: Police officer (and veteran) fired for not shooting black suspect wins $175,000.
Military veterans defy Jeff Sessions, fight for medical marijuana to kick opioid addiction. Of all the veterans returning from the Middle East, about 60 percent experience chronic pain. And: California could make it easier to erase your old marijuana convictions. And: Maine becomes first state to protect marijuana use outside of work.
Bernie Sanders video. Debunking Single Payer Myths with Dr. Danielle Martin of Canada. . And: Dennis Peron, gay hippie Vietnam veteran, and Early Medical Marijuana Advocate, Dies at 71. New York Times. . And: Federal judge: Florida’s felon voting restoration flawed. And: Floridians will vote this fall on restoring voting rights to 1.5 million felons. And: 27 percent of all the disfranchised felons in the U.S. live in Florida. And: Marijuana Company Donates 1 Million Meals To Needy Californians. And: Russian Presidential Candidate Wants to Legalize Marijuana. .
Virginia Senate Republicans kill bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.
France To Consider Decriminalising All Drug Use, Following Government-Commissioned Report. And: Florida: Judge rules medical marijuana law allows patients to grow own drug. And: Malaysia: Amiruddin facing death penalty for possession and distribution of medical marijuana.
Governor signs bill: Vermont Makes History By Legalizing Marijuana through legislature. . And: Thailand About to Make Medical Marijuana Legal. And: Police chief advises police candidate concerning teen marijuana users: "F*ck the right thing! If Black, shoot them!" And: Ontario (Canada) seeks public feedback on allowing cannabis lounges as legalization looms. And: California is Allowing One Million Residents Convicted of Weed Charges to Wipe Slate Clean.
New poll shows Trump with historically low approval rating. Jan. 19, 2018 article.
Chart below is from a Washington Post article on Dec. 29, 2017:
"The U.S. has one of the stingiest minimum wage policies of any wealthy nation."
Bernie Sanders video. We took some American doctors to Canada to see a universal health care system up close. . And: Canada. Liberal MPs urge dropping criminal penalties for all illicit drug use.
Democrats Score Special Election Upset In Wisconsin GOP Stronghold. And: Portuguese doctors back marijuana medicine as bill enters parliament. And: Video. $8000 for an ambulance ride in the USA. $12 in Germany! And: Latest Pew Poll Finds Record Support in Favor of Marijuana Legalization. And: Video shows apparently incapacitated, half-naked woman put out in cold by Baltimore hospital. . And: Federal Court Strikes Down North Carolina Congressional Map As Unconstitutional Gerrymandering.
Kansas Republican Representative Steve Alford claims blacks responded badly to pot use due to character, genetics. .
Kansas. Facing 30 years in prison, and custody loss, for treating her Crohn’s disease with cannabis, Shona Banda’s two-year court case ends with plea agreement of mail-in probation in Washington state.
Fabrics Made From banana, pineapple, bamboo, jute, aloe vera, flax, hemp, beetroot, pomegranate, teak, sewali flower? The Fashion Industry Is Making It Happen!
Vermont Defies Jeff Sessions By Legalizing Recreational Marijuana. . And: Attorney General Jeff Sessions To Crack Down On State-Legal Marijuana. . And: Marijuana legalization 2018. At least 12 states could consider cannabis laws this year. And: California’s Marijuana Legalization Aims To Repair Damage From The War On Drugs. . And: Boy who missed eight years of school makes astonishing recovery due to CBD oil. . And: Mexico to legalize marijuana-based product sales in 2018. And: What if this was your mother, wife, or daughter? WATCH: Tyrant Cop Knocks Handcuffed Woman Unconscious for No Reason & Lies About It.
Watch this Canadian politician explain the difference between health care in Canada and in America.
Norway to decriminalize all drugs, likely following Portugal's model. . And: Trump approval rating hits new low (35%) in CNN poll. 32% in Associated Press–NORC poll. Lowest in history for a first-year President. Dec. 19, 2017 article.
Chart below from: A Tax Plan to Turbocharge Inequality, in 3 Charts. Dec. 17, 2017. New York Times.
Marc and Jodie Emery plead guilty, fined nearly $400,000 in Cannabis Culture court case . And: California Enlists Cheech Marin To Help Register Pot Businesses.
World Health Organization (WHO): Pot's CBD Has Health Benefits. . And: British man faces two years in Dubai jail after testing positive for cannabis. . And: Bermuda. House of Assembly: cannabis decriminalisation passes. To Senate next. And: Jeff Sessions Is Being Sued By 12-Year-Old Girl (Alexis Bortell) Over Department of Justice Medical Marijuana Policy. “It’s a lot better than brain surgery.” Alexis Bortell wins "Most Influential Individual 2017!" - Video. .
Obamacare sign-ups defy Trump’s sabotage campaign, but “the window is closing” Dec. 15. Many plans are free. Some states have later deadlines. . And: Marijuana in Indiana: Battle lines drawn for 2018 legislative session. Veterans versus prosecutors. And: 30% of Vietnam vets have had PTSD in their lifetime.
Paraguay About to Legalize Medicinal Marijuana. And: Jeff Sessions spars with DOJ interns over marijuana, police violence in newly leaked video. . And: Canada. Conservative Alberta representative says pot legalization could lead to communist revolution.
"$5.6 trillion" for endless Mideast wars that started with Bush and CIA WMD lies about Iraq. . Interstate Highway System cost $526 billion in 2016 dollars. And: Landing a human on the moon cost $221 billion. And: Marijuana may hold promise in treating veterans with PTSD. .
Trillion-dollar Cost of Republican-led U.S. drug war. And: Its racist application. .
| Will 2018 midterm elections remove Republicans? 2018 ballot issues: marijuana & minimum wage.
|Republican tax bill hurts the poor more than originally thought, Congressional Budget Office finds.
||"By 2019, Americans earning less than $30,000 a year would be worse off under the Senate bill, CBO found. By 2021, Americans earning $40,000 or less would be net losers, and by 2027, most people earning less than $75,000 a year would be worse off. On the flip side, millionaires and those earning $100,000 to $500,000 would be big beneficiaries".
| 2 polls: Only 29% of Americans approve of Republican tax plan. 2.
Canada. Federal marijuana legislation clears House of Commons, headed for the Senate. . And: Africa. Good News: Congo Is Ditching Conflict Metals For Cannabis. And: Will Attorney General Jeff Sessions end medical marijuana for all US states in December 2017? And: 10,000 people died waiting for a disability decision in the past year. Will he be next?
Evolving Republican tax plan. By 2027, Americans earning $75,000 a year and below would, as a group, see their taxes increase. New York Times. . And: Canada. How the provinces are planning for pot legalization by July 2018. And: As Canada prepares for legal pot, ex-cops get into the business. . And: Video. USA. 3 months behind bars for sexual assault/rape, versus 21 years behind bars for marijuana. . And: Robert Reich: The Poor Are Being Barred From Voting. And That’s Unconstitutional. And: CBD cannabis oil use in the UK doubles in a YEAR. And: Veterans Being Denied Medical Cannabis Are Crushed By Pills, PTSD, And Suicide. And: “It’s Time:” Effort to Legalize Recreational Marijuana in North Dakota Underway. And: Maryland Man Gets 20 Years for 6 Grams of Marijuana. And: Wisconsin Legislature Unanimously Approves Industrial Hemp Bill. And: Video. This is how fast Cannabis can stop a seizure!!
Bernie Sanders CHART. Households making over $1 million will get almost 40% of the benefits from the Republican tax plan, while households making under $50,000 will get less than 1% of the benefits. And: The middle class will actually end up paying even more in taxes.
2012, the year the Republicans
lost the trillion-dollar Cannabis War. They don't know it yet, so be sure they get the message in the 2018 midterm elections. Facebook comments
Marijuana Won Big in the November U.S. Elections. . And: Maine voters expand Medicaid to 70,000 low-income people under Obamacare. . And: Indiana prosecutors pushing against medical marijuana. And: Breaking News: Jeff Sessions to Stand Trial in Cannabis De-Scheduling. . And: Viral video on racial profiling. And: Cannabis smokers shouldn’t go to jail. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. And: Pro-Marijuana Legalization Democrat Phil Murphy Wins New Jersey Governor Race. . And: 7 reasons why the future has arrived in the Netherlands.
Maine's Republican governor vetoes voter-approved bill to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana. 
German Parties Consider Sale Of Recreational Marijuana In Pharmacies Or Dispensaries. . And: Marchers in Kiev, Ukraine call for legalization of cannabis (PHOTOS).
Trump’s Obamacare sabotage accidentally resulted in more free health plans. Open enrollment is Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, 2017. And: Smoking Marijuana Causes ‘Complete Remission’ of Crohn’s Disease for some, No Side Effects, New Study Shows. And: Using cannabis in place of anxiety meds.
Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana in Record-High Numbers: October 2017 Poll. 2. And: Oklahoma City police officer handcuffs woman for riding a bike and handing him her ID. . "throwing stuff at me. You handed the ID card to me like you wanted to use it as a weapon and throw it at me.” Body cam shows otherwise. Audio starts at 30 seconds in.
80% of Republican tax cuts would go to the top 1%. See chart in Bernie Sanders Facebook post. And: Will Illinois legalize recreational marijuana? Most Democrat candidates for governor support it. And: Legalize marijuana in New Jersey? Your choice for governor on Nov. 7, 2017 will determine that. (Democrat versus Republican). .
Pro-Legalization Congressman To Target Anti-Cannabis Lawmakers. .
Peru legalises medical marijuana in move spurred by mother's home lab. 2. And: Canada. Airport security stops calling police on passengers carrying prescription pot. And: Legal marijuana is saving lives in Colorado, study finds. Opioid-related deaths fell 6.5% after recreational marijuana legalized. . And: Former Mexican President Imagines Future Where Legal Weed Is an Internationally Traded Cash Crop.
The Trump tax plan would make the rich richer.
An Open Letter to Apple CEO Mr. Tim Cook from 131 organizations to immediately remove numerous apps that are promoting war on drugs in the Philippines that has killed 13,000 people. . And: Now you can add a marijuana degree to your higher education.  .And: 29 states have legal pot. Jeff Sessions wants to stamp it out, and he's closer than you think. . And: Police brutality. Cop who forcibly arrested nurse for refusing to draw blood is fired. Previously disciplined for sexual harassment. And: 8 things Trump's done to hurt women and girls since taking office. . And: London, UK: MPs join medical marijuana protest outside Parliament. And: Canadian Doctors Explain Universal Health Care. A video. . And: Why Dr. Oz Thinks Medical Marijuana Can Solve The Opioid Crisis. .
NRA history of mandatory minimum sentencing and drug war. Atlanta, Georgia decriminalizes marijuana. . And Youtube: Tom Petty music video - You Don't Know How It Feels. "let's roll another joint." . And: 80 Years Ago This Week, Federal Marijuana Prohibition Began With These Arrests. And: Federal Court Ruling a Huge Victory for Cannabis Business Owners. And: Costly medical marijuana pushes patients to street sales. And: Portugal treats addiction as a disease, not a crime.
Why the decriminalisation of marijuana is a civil rights cause. Al Sharpton. . And: Harris County, Texas DA Stops Prosecuting Drug Cases Involving Minuscule Amounts. And: Chicago cops to be punished for ‘taking a knee’ in protest against police brutality. And: America’s opioid problem is so bad it’s cutting into U.S. life expectancy. And: Big Pharma Losing Grip as Study Shows Nearly 100% of Cannabis Users Give Up Rx Pain Meds. And: Iceland Gets Cooler with Proposal to Legalize Cannabis. .
Lesotho. This Tiny Nation Just Became Africa’s Medical Cannabis Leader. . And: 41 States To Investigate Pharmaceutical Companies Over Opioids. And: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte orders police to kill eldest son if 'rumours' are true. And: Pennsylvania Democratic Party Adopts Marijuana Legalization Into Policy Platform. And: New Study Finds Legal Cannabis Equals Fewer Pharmaceuticals. And: “I’m not a criminal:” Indiana man criminally charged for possessing CBD oil. And: Federal drug agency asks Rhode Island for medical marijuana patient data. And: British Columbia may not follow Ontario’s pot distribution system: Premier Horgan.
Why Are Opioid Painkillers Legal But Marijuana Isn't? And: Federal government knew cannabis cured epilepsy over 60 years ago and still made it a Schedule 1 drug. And: Sheriffs Say Marijuana Legalization Should Be Overturned Because It Makes Them Uncomfortable. Colorado.
The dam is breaking on Democrats’ embrace of single-payer
Bernie Sanders Is the Most Popular Politician in America, Poll Says. See Bernie on Colbert's Show . And: LA Times editorial board: Trump and Sessions are ignoring voters' overwhelming support for medical marijuana. Will Congress listen? . See: Temporary reprieve. . And: Hooked, hoodwinked: Some drug rehabs aim for relapse and money. And: ‘Return my bong’: Ontario man protests in underwear outside courthouses, police stations. And: Oral, saliva, and urine measurement of THC intoxication level is not feasible, study concludes.
Green gold: how China quietly grew into a cannabis superpower. Half of world's hemp cultivation.
India issues its first-ever license to grow medicinal cannabis for research purposes. 2nd Most Populated Country. And: Utah Launches Medical Cannabis Signature Drive for November 2018 ballot issue. And: Federal judge blocks prosecution of Northern California pot growers. Jeff Sessions opposes restrictions. And: Federal Judge Rules Medical Marijuana Patient Can Sue For Being Denied Job Over Failed Drug Test. And: Justice Department (Jeff Sessions) Shuts Down Marijuana Research At DEA.
"They can move in and out of any software still hardwired to their system. That means that anyone we haven't unplugged is potentially an agent. Inside the matrix, they are everyone and they are no one." -Morpheus in The Matrix. .
Lexington, Kentucky mayor announces all Confederate statues are coming down because of Charlottesville. And: Philippines newspaper. "Marijuana as Medicine" on front page. And: Heather Heyer, the woman killed in Virginia was destined to be face of change, mom says. . And: Indiana lawmaker pushes for medical marijuana to curb opioid epidemic. His fellow Republicans are the ones likely to block him. Here are the Confederate memorials that will be removed after Charlottesville. .
Dear America, universal health care is what real freedom looks like. USA Today. And: IT COSTS LESS. . And: In Portugal, Drug Use Is Treated As A Medical Issue, Not A Crime. NPR. CBC. . And: 90% of drug control money is spent on health care, just 10% on police enforcement.
Will 2018 midterm elections remove Republicans? 2018 ballot issues: marijuana & minimum wage.
Illinois Is Officially The 21st State To Decriminalize Weed. And: India. The people of Mumbai (also known as Bombay) talk about marijuana. Youtube.
Since decriminalizing all drugs in 2001, Portugal's overdose rate has decreased by ~75% and now has one of the lowest overdose rates in all of Europe. . Overdose death rates by country. Chart below. .
Medicare spends less than 2 percent on bureaucracy. 1.4% to be exact. We need Medicare for All. Nearly a third of our health care dollars go to something other than health care. And: Universal healthcare and drug war.
Senator Cory Booker Debuts ‘Marijuana Justice Act’ to Legalize Cannabis, & support racial justice. .
Massachusetts governor signs bill to allow recreational pot. .
Marijuana should be legalised in India for medical purposes: Maneka Gandhi And: Trump Said Sacks Of Drugs Are Falling On Peoples’ Heads. A Congressman’s Response Is Perfect. And: Landmark Study Shows Legal Marijuana Sales Reduce Crime. And: Why Are So Many People Dying from Opiate Overdoses? It's Our Broken Society. Absurdly low minimum wage too..
USA. National Public Radio parrots minimum wage lies. . And: $750,000 settlement after woman dies after going through heroin withdrawal in Mason County, Kentucky jail. And: Washington state distracted driving law starts July 23. And: Medicaid enrollees largely satisfied with the health care they receive. . And: Marijuana was the secret to ending this woman's addiction to heroin. Video. . And: Philip Morris: Tobacco giant ordered to compensate Australia. And: Trump-supporting sheriff in Butler County, Ohio (heart of opioid epidemic): My deputies won't use Narcan. . And: Jeff Sessions: Anti-Weed Crusader Received Big Money From Big Tobacco. And: American Media Silent After UN Just Called for Decriminalizing Drug Use Worldwide.
Greece legalises marijuana for medical purposes. That makes 6 EU countries. . And: District of Cannabis. It’s summer, and Washington DC smells like weed. Everywhere, all the time. And: Missouri Republicans Lower St. Louis Minimum Wage From $10 To $7.70. And: Lobbyists Have Pushed for a Big Pharma Monopoly on CBD. And: United Nations and World Health Organisation call for drugs to be decriminalised. .
20 million more uninsured = 20,000+ more deaths yearly. . And: Politifact: Bernie Sanders' projection of 'thousands' of deaths from lost health coverage is well-supported. June 27, 2017. See article sidebar for many sources. . And: Politifact: Paul Ryan wrong that most of the 22 million uninsured would be uninsured by choice. . And: 17 Charts and Figures that show the US is not as developed as you’d think. America is not great. . And: 93% of Patients Prefer Cannabis Over Opioids For Managing Pain, According to New Study. And: Medicaid Could Have Saved $1 Billion If Medical Marijuana Was Legalized nationwide. And: How Big Tobacco-style marketing propels U.S. opioid crisis — and powers $400 billion pharma industry. .
Nevada becomes 5th state to legalise marijuana for recreational use. . And: Catalonia region of Spain legalises marijuana consumption, cultivation, and distribution. And: 43 arrested. Blood on the floor. Protester: Mitch McConnell Thinks Disabled Americans Are ‘Better Off Dead’. . And: Bernie Sanders Slams ‘Moral Outrage’ Of Trumpcare At Pittsburgh Rally. $500 billion in tax breaks to the top two percent. . And: Marijuana legalization doesn't lead to more fatal car crashes. American Journal of Public Health. And: The GOP Health Care Bill Will Doom Millions Of People Struggling With Addiction. And: Healthcare groups issue scathing criticism of Senate bill. Trumpcare 4.0. . And: Do We Really Need A Middleman (private insurers) In Our Broken Health Care System? . And: Officer who shot Philando Castile said smell of marijuana made him fear for his life. . And: Brockton, Massachusetts. Firefighters agree to a drug test policy that excludes pot. And: Oklahoma voters will decide fate of medical marijuana. And: Mexico Legalizes Medical Marijuana. And: How Swiss Marijuana Reform Will Lead To Full Legalization In Europe.
Artist Projects Image Of Jeff Sessions In KKK Hood Across Department Of Justice. And: Senate introduces bill to end federal medical marijuana prohibition. . And: Sessions asks Congress to let him prosecute medical pot shops, patients. . And: Science Calls Out Jeff Sessions on Medical Marijuana and the "Historic Drug Epidemic" - Scientific American. . And: This Arab country is among list of places that smoke most hash. And: Coffee, Cocoa, Cannabis: New Push to Legalize Marijuana Launched in Switzerland. And: Holy Smoke: Israel Begins Decriminalizing Cannabis. . And: France Just Ended Prison Terms For Marijuana Use. . And: Uruguay, the first country where you can smoke marijuana wherever you like. And: "I Was Wrong": Former Judge Treated With Cannabis Oil Regrets Having Sent People to Jail for It. And: Duterte tells troops they can RAPE women in 'joke' as he rallies soldiers battling foreign fighters in ISIS 'invasion' of besieged Philippines city. 
Will 2018 midterm elections remove Republicans? 2017-18 ballot issues: marijuana & minimum wage. Democratic Party, following Bernie Sanders lead, proposes bill to raise minimum wage to $15 by 2024. Republicans oppose raising federal minimum wage.  .
Trumpcare 3.0 Would Leave 23 Million More Uninsured, Budget Office Says. . And: Vermont's Republican Governor Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization bill of Democrat legislature. And: Democrats pick up two GOP-held legislative seats, the first flips of the Trump era. And: Trump Called Rodrigo Duterte to Congratulate Him on His Murderous Drug War: “You Are Doing an Amazing Job”. . And: California. Single-Payer Would Cost A Third of Current Health Care Costs Per Family.
Conservative morons worldwide: British Prime Minister Just Claimed Cannabis Leads To Heroin And Suicide. And: American Legion to Trump: Allow marijuana research for vets. . And: Marijuana convictions go up in smoke with California legalization. And: Cannabis may help wean people off crack, study finds. And: Trump thinks health insurance costs $15 a month. And: Doctors hate Trumpcare. And: Prison healthcare, deaths. And: At heated North Dakota town hall watch a man stuff money into shirt Of GOP Congressman Who Voted To Repeal Obamacare. .
Jeff Sessions once wanted to execute pot dealers. And: Georgia Cop Decides A Sober Woman Is High On Marijuana, Jails Her. And: Criminal Charges For Georgia Police Officers punching and kicking handcuffed marijuana user in head. . And: Jeff Sessions Rolls Back Obama-Era Drug Sentencing Reforms. Harsher punishments for low-level drug crimes. . And: 'The Drug Whisperer': Drivers arrested while stone cold sober by dumbass Georgia cops.
Willie Nelson to Jeff Sessions: Smoke Some Pot.
Trump approval hits new low (35%) in CNN poll. 32% in AP–NORC poll. Lowest in history for a first-year President. . Bring back democracy: Remove Presidential veto power. And: Senate 60% rule.
See: More News. And: Cannabis is safer.
Will 2018 midterm elections remove Republicans? 2018 ballot issues: marijuana & minimum wage.
|A or F? How Congress scores on marijuana. 2. By Danielle Keane, NORML political director. 2016. "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." For your state see: Congressional Scorecard. NORML. Grading was based upon members' voting records.