News. Sources. GMM Facebook. Vote for cannabis! . 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 minimum wage issue, and Trump says he will veto it. And: ‘A Tale of 2 recessions’: Rich Americans get richer. Bottom half struggles. Skyrocketing hunger in US. . And: Trump paid no federal income tax 10 out of 15 years. . Remove Presidential veto power. Presidents should not determine legislation.
2 Dec 2020: Press release — History made today: UN recognizes medical cannabis.
|Romance novelists raise $400,000 for Georgia Senate races – with help from Stacey Abrams|
25 Nov 2020 article. Senate cannabis reform depends on Democratis winning. "Abrams’ work fighting against suppression of black voters and organizing voter registration efforts is widely credited with helping Joe Biden become the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia in more than a quarter century. Democrats have said her work was 'pivotal' in flipping Wisconsin and other battleground states."
22 Nov: California cannabis industry banking on bills stalled in Republican Senate. A proposal to ease the federal ban on marijuana could encourage more banks to do business with cannabis companies.
21 Nov: Black women in Georgia crucial to Democrats in fight for US senate control. 2018 Democratic party nominee for governor Stacey Abrams has been lauded for registering some 800,000 new voters.
21 Nov: 'Longest-serving cannabis offender' to be released early from 90-year prison sentence .
20 Nov: 'The war on drugs failed': Democratic California lawmaker will push to decriminalize psychedelics in California.
19 Nov 2020: Vote in Mexico brings world's largest legal weed market one step closer. .
19 Nov: Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows. Non-COVID death rate doubles in poorly staffed homes. This wouldn't happen if US had single payer healthcare.
18 Nov: Michigan prisoner serving up to 60 years in pot case asks for mercy. 3 pounds of cannabis.
18 Nov: Congress To Vote On Nationwide Marijuana Legalization In December. The Democratic House will vote on federal descheduling, not state legalization. A Democratic Senate would pass it.
16 Nov: Democrat Northam: ‘We are going to move forward with legalizing marijuana in Virginia’. .
15 Nov: Democrat Warnock for Senate. "Health care is on the ballot". Jan 5 runoff in Georgia.
13 Nov: How To Help With The Georgia Senate Runoff Elections — & Where To Donate. .
13 Nov: Free Medical Marijuana Will Be Available to the Uninsured in Argentina. "implement measures to provide, for free on behalf of the state, products derived from the cannabis plant for patients who have a medical prescription and only have public health coverage".
12 Nov 2020: Israel announces plan to legalize recreational cannabis within 9 months. .
12 Nov: America’s longest serving nonviolent cannabis prisoner to be released. . 1988 arrest.
12 Nov: Argentina to Allow Medicinal Marijuana to Be Grown at Home. Will also allow pharmacies to sell cannabis-derived oils, creams and other products. Insurance must cover the cost of prescriptions.
9 Nov: Gallup: Record Percentage (68%) of Americans Say "Marijuana Should Be Made Legal".
4 Nov 2020: 1 in 3 Americans now lives in a state where recreational marijuana is legal - POLITICO. "New Jersey, Arizona and Montana passed measures to legalize adult-use marijuana. South Dakota became the first state to authorize both medical and recreational sales at the same time. ... South Dakota and Mississippi voters also approved measures to legalize medical marijuana on Election Day."
4 Nov: Oregon becomes first state to legalize psychedelic mushrooms under supervised use.
4 Nov: Oregon decriminalizes possession of street drugs, becoming first in nation. .
3 Nov: Washington, D.C. Voters Approve Psychedelics Decriminalization In Nation's Capital.
30 Oct: Germany firmly rejects recreational marijuana legalization bill as hope fades for reform.
29 Oct 2020: Who is Dalia Kafi? Handcuffed Black woman body-slammed headfirst by Calgary cop who broke her nose for breaking curfew. See the video. How is he still a cop?
Vote out most US Republicans and their cannabis war.
27 Oct 2020: Rick Steves. Make America Proud Again — Vote for Joe and Kamala. Rick Steves is a longtime cannabis activist, and a NORML board member.
Google searches: Racism and drug war. . And: ICU beds at capacity. . 2020 Ballot Initiatives.
How to Track Your Absentee Ballot by State. See if ballot received.
26 Oct 2020: France to Run Pilot Programme to Supply Patients with Free Medicinal Cannabis.
26 Oct 2020: Jubilation as Chile votes to rewrite constitution. "Chileans have voted overwhelmingly in support of rewriting their constitution, which dates to the dictatorship of Gen Augusto Pinochet [installed in a CIA-aided coup in 1973 that killed Salvador Allende, a democratically elected President]."
26 Oct 2020: NJWeedman Ed Forchion sells marijuana across the street from Trenton City Hall. Even the mayor is a fan.
21 Oct 2020: Marijuana Use Linked to Lower Hospital Mortality in COPD Patients.
19 Oct 2020: Legalizing Marijuana Is Risky, Trump-Appointed Prosecutor Warns Montana Voters. Dumbass Republican claims cannabis is addictive, and peddles the gateway drug theory.
14 Oct: Tampa business, Disco Dolls, joins coalition to raise minimum wage via Amendment 2.
14 Oct 2020: Montana Voters Poised To Legalize Marijuana, New Poll Shows.
14 Oct 2020. Illinois. Recreational pot taxes top $100 million in first 8 months of legal sales.
9 and 15 Oct: Bernie Sanders Facebook page graphics below.
7 Oct 2020. Dumping Trump is the only way marijuana legalization will happen | Leafly.
6 Oct 2020. French Republicans (Le Républicains) fight to block legalisation of cannabis.
1 Oct 2020: OSU Hemp Trial Could Change Livestock & Hemp Industries.
28 Sep 2020: Decarboxylation: How to Activate Cannabis. 144 cannabinoids in cannabis.
28 Sep: Bernie Sanders Facebook page graphics below.
28 Sep: Top 9 arguments in support of marijuana legalization and regulation.
26 Sep: Biden says Amy Coney Barrett will overturn Obamacare if confirmed to the Supreme Court.
25 Sep: Rock County (Madison, Wisconsin) makes maximum penalty $1 for cannabis possession.
25 Sep: When Is My Voter Registration Deadline? By state. From article: "Amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, many states have shifted deadlines and expanded registration options. Here’s what you need to know to register to vote in the 2020 general election."
24 Sep: Study: Use of Cannabis Long-Term Not Associated with Cognitive Differences in Older Adults.
21 Sep 2020: New York Launches Process For Destroying Marijuana Conviction Records.
19 and 21 Sep 2020: Bernie Sanders Facebook page graphics below.
US: $50 Trillion Transfer to the 1% from 1975 to 2018. . Plus Republican cannabis war.
|17 Sep: Cannabis in presidential race: Biden-Harris pledge to decriminalize marijuana. "Democrats' marijuana reforms are significantly more progressive than those of the Trump administration. At the start of his administration, Trump's first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, moved to crack down on states that had legalized marijuana. ... in the administration's 2021 budget, the president removed medical cannabis protections that prevented the Justice Department from interfering with state cultivation and distribution."
16 Sep 2020: Cannabis Pilot Programs Are Sprouting in Europe. Switzerland's trial legalization.
12 Sep 2020: These US states are voting on cannabis legalization this November.
Facebook event: South Africa Global Cannabis E-Protest. September 12-19, 2020. Banner below.
Marijuana on the ballot - Ballotpedia. Scroll down to 2020.
How vote by mail works in all 50 states for Election Day 2020 "Here's how each state and the District of Columbia is handling elections this year."
10 Sep 2020: Jimmy Carter says son smoked pot with Willie Nelson at the White House.
9 Sep: Oregon’s marijuana businesses face threat from devastating wildfires; 1 in 5 under some evacuation level statewide.
8 Sep 2020: Cannabis Equity Groups Helping Chicagoans Clear Old Weed Charges, ‘Righting The Wrongs Of The War On Drugs’ – Block Club Chicago.
5 Sep 2020: Marijuana Is Making Its Mark on Ballots in Republican States. "Republican-led legislatures have opposed legalization measures, so proponents are going right to the voters."
4 Sep: US House of Representatives to vote on federal marijuana legalization (descheduling; allowing states to make cannabis laws) for first time; future in Republican Senate uncertain.
3 Sep 2020: In ‘landmark decision’, Pakistan approves industrial use of hemp and medical cannabis.
3 Sep: High-flying drone drops hundreds of bags of cannabis over Tel Aviv, Israel. And: Video.
2 Sep: Protests erupt in upstate New York over video showing a black man, 41, suffocating to death in March after cops put a 'spit hood' over his head and pressed his face down until he stopped breathing.
1 Sep 2020: Mississippi Republican governor: No plan for pardon in woman's life sentence for pot. 26 Aug: A life sentence for less than two ounces of marijuana? "In July, [Republican Governor] Reeves vetoed a bill that would have made more Mississippi inmates eligible for the possibility of parole."
|1 Sep 2020: Historic US House vote to legalize marijuana federally expected this month.. VOTE! "This November, 35 of the Senate’s 100 seats go before the voters—which means the outcome of this fall’s general election could very well mean the difference between federal legalization, or the continuation of cannabis prohibition. NORML, Drug Policy Alliance, the ACLU, the Marijuana Policy Project and other legalization advocacy organizations urge you to register to vote and vote to support reform at all levels."
1 Sep 2020: Nearly 14% of Americans have wiped out emergency savings during coronavirus.
31 Aug: Nebraska Republican Governor Ricketts: 'There is no such thing as medical marijuana'.
31 Aug 2020: Republicans stridently oppose Democrats' House bill to deschedule marijuana. Further exposing continuing Republican support of the racist cannabis war.
28 Aug 2020: Nebraska Medical Marijuana Initiative Qualifies for November 2020 Ballot.
25 Aug: Pennsylvania Governor (Democrat) Calls For State To Legalize Marijuana, Citing Pandemic.
25 Aug: Teachers ‘executed’ in shooter drill sue Indiana sheriff’s office for trauma, injury. Many teachers bleeding from high-velocity plastic pellets. Officers repeatedly smirked, laughed, and joked.
24 Aug 2020: Minnesota’s White Earth Nation Tribe Legalizes Medical Cannabis.
24 Aug: South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws. Nov 2020 election. Ballot initiatives flyer:
21 Aug 2020: Someone turned green lights in Spokane, Washington into pot leaves.
Absentee/mail-in voting - Ballotpedia. Scroll down for list of US states offering no-excuse mail-in voting.
20 Aug: Mexican President Says Marijuana Legalization Will Advance Through Congress.
15 Aug 2020: Five States Will Vote to Legalize Adult-Use or Medical Marijuana in 2020.
13 Aug: Montana Will Vote On Two Marijuana Legalization Measures In November, State Confirms. "The Montana Democratic Party adopted a platform plank endorsing marijuana legalization in June."
13 Aug: Dolly Parton Backs Black Lives Matter: “Do We Think Our Little White Asses Are the Only Ones That Matter?” And: Dolly Parton Has Been Fighting the Good Fight for Decades.
12 Aug 2020: Kamala Harris and Cannabis: Setting the Record Straight.
11 Aug: Canada. Saskatchewan man granted exemption to use 'magic mushroom' therapy for end-of-life anxiety. Thomas Hartle has Stage 4 colon cancer. He will have to grow his own mushrooms.
10 Aug: Recreational weed added to Arizona General Election ballot.
8 Aug 2020: Thailand Bets on Private Medical Marijuana to Lift Economy.
6 Aug: New York Attorney General Moves To Dissolve The NRA After Fraud Investigation. See also: Republican-NRA-led drug war, mandatory minimum sentences, and handguns.
- Chart. Rate of homicide in Canada versus the USA over the years.
6 Aug: NPR. 300,000 Deaths By December? 9 Takeaways From The Newest COVID-19 Projections. If 95% in US wore masks (50% now), 66,000 lives would be saved. Republicans refuse to MANDATE MASKS!
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: Women Who Use Marijuana More Often Have Better Sex, Study Says. What this really means: Trump supporters overall have worse sex, since they have a higher rate of disapproval towards cannabis.
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 2020: 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 2020: 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."
- 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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