Vote out most Republicans! Ballotpedia issues: marijuana and minimum wage. It is not socialist. It is Common Sense. (search for "poor" among Thomas Paine quotes). See: List of minimum wages by country. And: Medicare-for-all, like Canada, is not socialist either. See: US federal minimum wage has 35% less buying power than in 1969. 10 years since last increase. A record. . Vote!
12 Jul 2019: Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers To Fly Flag In Animated Series.
8 Jul: Trump buddy: Rodrigo Duterte's drug war is 'large-scale murdering enterprise' says Amnesty.
US household debt is at an all time high. $13.7 trillion. See PDF page 3.
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American revolutionary Thomas Paine. See: Common Sense. His statue in Thetford, England. See his quotes. Search for "poor" within those quotes. He supported economic justice, unlike today's Republicans.
6 Jul 2019: New York eyes plan to clear criminal records for over 200,000 pot busts.
3 Jul: Wisconsin Republican Senate leader opposes medical marijuana.
2 Jul: Texas Republicans' New Medical Marijuana Law Doesn’t Cover Veterans Suffering from PTSD.
2 Jul: There’s More Evidence That Raising the Minimum Wage Won’t Cost Jobs.
1 Jul 2019: Canadian Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Decriminalize All Drugs.
28 Jun: Malaysia Will Decriminalize Drug Possession, Top Gov't Official Says. .
27 Jun: New report finds ecstasy and cocaine less harmful than alcohol and tobacco.
21 Jun: Maine Legislature overwhelmingly approves recreational marijuana rules.
21 Jun: Marijuana Decriminalization Is Greatly Expanded in New York state. .
20 Jun: Congress Votes 267 to 165 To Block Feds From Enforcing Marijuana Laws In Legal States. The majority of Republicans opposed it. Only 8 Democrats voted against it.
18 Jun: Colombian court legalizes public pot consumption. .
17 Jun: Beijing says legalization of marijuana in US/Canada is a 'threat to China'. 2 Jul: Overseas influence blamed for rise in marijuana abuse among young Chinese.
12 Jun 2019: Earliest known signs of cannabis smoking unearthed in 2,500-year-old cemetery in China.
12 Jun: Ohio. Cincinnati City Council votes to allow marijuana possession up to 100 grams. 
12 Jun: 64% of Americans support legalizing adult use of marijuana. . By Gallup Poll. 19 April: CBS poll at 65% for legalization. Senate Republicans block the will of the American people. Vote!
12 Jun: Hundreds arrested in Moscow during protest over Ivan Golunov, and drugs planted by police.
11 Jun: Russian Journalist Ivan Golunov Is Freed; Ministry Orders Inquiry Into Drug Charges. .
8 Jun: AOC Pushes To Make It Easier To Study Shrooms And Other Psychedelic Drugs. .
7 Jun 2019: Marijuana Legalization Front and Center in 3 States.
6 Jun: New York City. Empire State NORML Activist Doug Greene Passes Away. .
4 Jun: Oakland Just Decriminalized Magic Mushrooms, Ayahuasca, Peyote, Iboga. . And: 8 May 2019: Denver voted to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms. 18 June: Is Canada next for shrooms?
Sao Paulo, Brazil. -- June 1, 2019. Huge crowd. Photos. . Marcha da Maconha. Marijuana March. Streets filled from end to end in overhead photos and videos. Video.
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Photo album. Sao Paulo, Brazil. Huge marijuana marches over years. .
31 May: Federal Appeals Court Rules DEA, Fed. Govt. Must 'Promptly' Reassess Marijuana's Illegality.
31 May: Illinois Becomes 11th State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana.
30 May: Zimbabwe government approves country's first cannabis farm. 
29 May: Colorado Governor Jared Polis Signs Bill Legalizing Social Marijuana Use Areas. .
28 May: Michigan Man Still Serving 60 Year Prison Sentence for Selling Weed in the ‘90s.
27 May 2019: 20-day pro-cannabis march embarks across Thailand.
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26 May: A Lesson From 1930s Germany: Beware State Control of Social Media.
24 May: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (Republican) vetoes medical marijuana expansion bill, saying 'Iowa must proceed cautiously' on changes. Republican vetoes and filibusters.
24 May: Trump dictatorship: Trump bypassing Congress with $8 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates. Trump's dictator friends: One of my Saudi clients is dead. Another is living, but he could be next: Exiled lawyer. Many dissenters regularly executed after torture and false confessions.
23 May: Federal Judge Rules People Can Secretly Record Police In Public Spaces.
23 May: Mexico’s President to the U.S.: We Don’t Want Your Armed Helicopters. He’s proposed across-the-board drug decriminalization in both nations. Cannabis is being legalized in Mexico.
21 May: 200+ Professors of Economics Endorse Single-Payer Medicare for All.
21 May 2019: Washington becomes 1st state to allow composting of human remains.
16 May: Bernie Sanders leads Joe Biden in Emerson national poll of 2020 contenders.
16 May: Serious Injuries From Domestic Violence Dropped After Marijuana Decrim, Study Finds.
16 May: 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg on the cover of Time magazine. #ClimateStrike
15 May: Amazon Tribe Wins Lawsuit Against Big Oil, Saving Millions Of Acres Of Rainforest.
13 May: St. Kitts And Nevis Court Rules Adults Can Legally Use Marijuana In Private.
9 May: Mexico Wants to Decriminalize All Drugs and Negotiate With the U.S. to Do the Same.
7 May: Cannabis Industry Work Costing U.S. Veterans Their Retirement Pensions. Senate Republicans refuse to allow simple majority votes on rescheduling or descheduling cannabis.
4 May: Illinois. Democrat governor (with Democrat legislature) announces plan to legalize marijuana.
3 May: 'Luxembourg Can Set an Example in Europe' When It Legalizes Cannabis in 2020. .
2 May 2019: Colorado. Marijuana Consumption and Hospitality Businesses Passes Legislature. It will allow dispensaries, restaurants, hotels and other businesses to apply for pot consumption areas.
1 May 2019: Las Vegas council approves marijuana ‘social’ lounges.
30 Apr: Large-Scale Cannabis Business Park in Detroit Will Train Past Marijuana Offenders.
30 Apr: Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (Republican) says Senate won't pass bill to lower penalties for marijuana.
29 Apr: People Over 40 Shouldn't Work More Than 3 Days a Week, Study Says. .
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29 Apr: Paul Free released after 25 years in prison for nonviolent marijuana offenses. .
Yearly GCM-420 city lists and maps. 27 Apr 2019: Why Senate Republicans block and filibuster the rescheduling of cannabis (even for medical purposes): Marijuana can block a green card holder’s U.S. citizenship — even in states where it’s legal. 24 Apr 2019: Will legal pot mark the end of the neighborhood weed man? Exorbitant dispensary prices.
2019 Facebook event pages and reports. 4/20 and Cannabis Marches worldwide. Getting lit! Stoners around the US and Canada celebrate the biggest 420 day EVER at public festivals after a tenth state legalizes recreational weed. Daily Mail.
History of 420 in cannabis culture and activism.
18 Apr 2019: For the fourth time, Democrat Sargent introduces bill to fully legalize marijuana in Wisconsin. Republicans again threaten to block it in a state with majority support for legalization.
16 Apr: Marijuana possession led to nearly 6% of all arrests in the USA; Here's where the Republican war on weed still rages on.
10 Apr: Medicare For All: Accept No Substitutes. . Medicare spends only 1.4% on bureaucracy:
Weekly totals for cities/towns worldwide for #FridaysForFuture youth strike for climate.
Video: A teenage climate activist (Greta Thunberg) called out world leaders in December 2018 at age 15. . Her videos have tens of millions of views. Wikipedia: School strike for climate.
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Louisiana. Serving Life w/ Hard Labor w/o Parole for $20 of Marijuana.
UK and Europe Cannabis Events Diary and Calendar. 420 and more.
9 Apr 2019: Washington State Bans Free Books to Prisoners for No Logical Reason.
7 Apr: Police across the UK are given green light to let cannabis users off.
6 Apr: Biggest Hash Bash ever: With pot legalized, rally draws huge crowd in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
4 Apr: Study: 88% of Madrid’s Hashish, Some From Morocco, Unsuitable for Humans.
3 Apr: Democrat Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Marijuana In Guam.
31 Mar: Israel Police to Enact Cannabis Decriminalization Tonight (March 31, 2019).
28 Mar: DEA looking for a contractor who can burn 1,000 pounds of marijuana per hour.
19 Mar 2019: ‘Not your normal church’: Kensington ‘temple’ is Philadelphia’s first safe space for cannabis consumption.
9 Mar: Man accused of having 16 pounds of marijuana in his car won't be prosecuted. Baltimore's prosecutor will not prosecute anyone for marijuana.
Democrat Senators Angry That Marijuana Sentences Are Longer Than Paul Manafort's.
8 Mar 2019: Watch: Missouri Police Officers Search Pancreatic Cancer Patient's Bags for Marijuana in Hospital.
7 Mar: Recreational Marijuana legalization bill passes New Mexico House. All Republicans opposed it.
7 Mar: New Poll Finds 52% of Arizonans Support Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization.
5 Mar: Arizona Bill Would Decrease Medical Marijuana Card Fee from $150 to $50 Annually.
5 Mar: Medical marijuana dispensaries bill passes Georgia House.
4 Mar: ‘It’s A Serious Degree’: Students Across US Now Majoring In Marijuana At Colleges.
3 Mar: Ohio’s budding medical-marijuana industry has more open jobs than candidates.
28 Feb: US Senator Cory Booker introduces bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level, with support from fellow 2020 candidates. Will Republican Mitch McConnell let it be voted on? .
27 Feb: New Hampshire House passes recreational marijuana bill. Republican governor threatens veto.
25 Feb: California homeless shelter receives 100 beds paid for by Port Hueneme pot businesses.
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For first time, as many Iowans support legalizing recreational marijuana as oppose. 23 Feb 2019.
23 Feb 2019: Trump Continues to Flip-Flop on Medical Marijuana.
23 Feb: Getting high on Thailand’s campaign trail. And: Bangkok 420 event. .
20 Feb 2019: U.S. Supreme Court Rules Unanimously That States Cannot Impose Excessive Fines. This limits ‘policing for profit’, asset forfeiture.
19 Feb: The Nursing Home With A Medical Cannabis Program The Feds Can Live With.
19 Feb: Oregon's small towns revel in weed tax windfall.
17 Feb: He pushed for marijuana legalization for nearly 20 years. Now the Weedman feels sidelined. . And: Bodega owners, too. 14 Feb: Democrat Senator Tim Kaine introduces bill to allow veterans access to medical marijuana through VA. Will Republican Senate block it?
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Marijuana Prohibition Hit Black and Latino People Hardest So They Should Profit From Legalization First. 14 Feb 2019 in Newsweek. 12 Feb: Denver-area pot shop offers 1-cent cannabis deal to striking teachers. 12 Feb: As tobacco sales dry up, Kentucky farmers look to the state’s ‘original crop’ — hemp. And: How A Powerful Psychedelic From Africa is Treating Opioid Addiction…& the U.S. Doesn’t Care.
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Say Goodbye to authoritarian kings and US Presidents. No European democracy has an executive veto power requiring a 2/3 vote to override. Wikipedia: Nuclear Option: Bring back "50% plus 1" democracy to the US Senate: Stop the: Republican Senate filibuster against federal marijuana legalization. Still true. See Wikipedia: Removal of cannabis from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. 2 in 3 Americans Support Legalizing Recreational Marijuana.
11 Feb 2019: Senator Kamala Harris acknowledges smoking weed in the past, supports legalization, and says it gives people joy. .
6 Feb: First Cannabis Vending Machine Installed in Athens, Greece. 5 Feb: Marijuana access is associated with decreased use of alcohol, tobacco and other prescription drugs.
2 Feb: Senator Cory Booker calls for legalizing marijuana as he launches 2020 bid. 1 Feb: Clueless Kentucky Republican Senate leader McConnell opposes election holiday to increase turnout as in other countries. . 31 Jan 2019: Mexico's President Declares an End to Drug War. 29 Jan: Baltimore to no longer prosecute pot possession. . 29 Jan: California's sluggish legal cannabis industry could get jump-start with tax cuts. .
24 Jan: Company launches mobile hemp, flax decorticators to extract valuable fibers.
24 Jan: Philippines and Bangladesh. Drug-war extrajudicial killings of many opposition leaders. 23 Jan: Pot advocate John Sinclair sues state of Michigan over Schedule 1 status. 23 Jan: Here's the Medical Cannabis Super Bowl Ad CBS Refused to Run. . 22 Jan: Pot website offers free medical marijuana to government workers amid shutdown. 22 Jan: Michigan business offers free marijuana with book-bundle purchase. 20 Jan: New Zealand company gets licensed for high THC cannabis. 16 Jan: Virginia House Republicans snuff out marijuana bills. Even decriminalization with civil fines.
15 Jan: Erdogan wants to revive cannabis production, and Turkish Islamists love it. . And: Turkey’s Authoritarian President Comes Out in Favor of Cannabis Cultivation.
14 Jan 2019: Americans Are Now More Likely To Die Of An Opioid Overdose Than On The Road.
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- See: Income inequality and drug war.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Hires Former Marijuana Lobbyist As Senior Advisor.
As Poll Shows Majority Back 70% Top Marginal Tax Rate for Ultra-Rich, Ocasio-Cortez's "Radical" Proposal Proves Extremely Mainstream. .
Ocasio-Cortez floats 70% tax on super wealthy to fund Green New Deal. And: Research backs her up. Progressive Republican President Eisenhower had a 91% top marginal income tax rate in the 1950s, and oversaw one of the greatest eras of economic prosperity-for-more in the US. With lower overall taxes on the middle class. Make America Great Again. Haters. Dancegate.
9 Jan 2019: The government shutdown spotlights a bigger issue:
78% of US workers live paycheck to paycheck. "Debt is also a growing issue for workers, CareerBuilder reports. Just more than 70 percent of all respondents say that they're in debt." - Medical debt (Republicans block single payer), student loans, etc..
The top line in the chart below is for hourly wages adjusted for inflation: Bottom of chart below says: "Data for wages of production and non-supervisory employees on private non-farm payrolls." Rich get richer; while middle class wages are flat (inflation-adjusted):
USA. Since 2001, labor’s share of national income has suffered a sustained decline:
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The rapidly rising income of the top 10% and the super-rich:
And: The Richest 10% of Americans Now Own 84% of All Stocks. . See Wikipedia: Wealth inequality in the United States.
See: Wikipedia: List of countries by wealth per adult. Partial table below:
Note that USA is number 21 in the 2018 list. Canada is number 8.
Median wealth is exactly in the middle. 50% of adults have more, and 50% of adults have less. Wealth is all assets (money, stocks, bonds, property, etc.) minus all debts.
The average median wealth per adult for Canada is much higher than for the USA, a former great nation. Trump is right. America is no longer great. It's due to Republican trickle-down voodoo economics: Giving tax cuts mainly to the rich instead of to the middle class and poor who actually need them. Combined with predatory mortgage loans and foreclosure. And predatory unforgivable student loans. And predatory medical bills and high deductibles from predatory for-profit health insurance companies.
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9 Jan 2019: New US Congressional Marijuana Bill Is Actually Numbered H.R. 420.
9 Jan 2019: Woodstock 2019: Official 50th anniversary festival to be held at Watkins Glen, New York. 
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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:
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.
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|Legal Marijuana Advocates Rank The Best And Worst Governors On Cannabis. 2.. By Tom Angell, Jan 16, 2019. From the article (emphasis added):
|Of the governors who received passing grades in the new scorecard, 22 are Democrats and only five are Republicans. Meanwhile, 100 percent of those who got A grades are Democrats. On the other end of the scale, the 15 who got D grades and the four who received an F are all GOP governors. No Democrat got less than a C.
|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.
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