News. Sources. GMM Facebook. Vote for cannabis! . Ballotpedia: marijuana and minimum wage. US minimum wage has 35% less buying power than in 1969. . ‘A Tale of 2 recessions’: Rich Americans get richer. Bottom half struggles. . Real democracy is ranked-choice voting (instant-runoff). And: Remove Presidential veto power. And: The evil history of the US Senate filibuster, or why the US no longer has simple majority rule. .
13 May 2021: Minnesota House passes legal cannabis bill; no future in Republican Senate.
11 May: USA. 15% of Black female high school students attempted suicide in a year. 9% of white female students. 12% of Hispanic female students. Time magazine. Republicans block universal healthcare.
1 May 2021: Shoutwiki: New York City. See 2021 section. Cannabis Parade and Rally. 420 links too.
1 May 2021: New York City. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will headline this year's NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally on May 1. As well as other dignitaries.
29 Apr 2021: He Fought for Decades to Make Marijuana Legal. Now What?. By Colin Moynihan. About Dana Beal. From New York Times.
|Packed, maskless rallies and marches are Covid super-spreader events. Though less young people are dying, they still spread Covid to others. More spread equals more deaths. See map of world vaccination rates by country. Many events are virtual online events.
23 Apr 2021: Five States Where Republicans Are Trying to Block Marijuana Legalization.
20 Apr 2021: New York City. Got vaxxed — get grass; Free joints in Union Square for proof of jabs. Many photos. .
20 Apr: Food Network's 'Chopped 420' stars Phoenix cannabis chef Derek Upton.
19 Apr 2021: House Passes Marijuana Banking Bill With Bipartisan Support . "The legislation passed the House with bipartisan support in 2019, but it was ignored by the Republican-controlled Senate."
16 Apr 2021: Biden’s Already On Board With Federal Marijuana Legalization Even If He Doesn’t Use That Word, according to Senators Booker and Schumer. "At the federal level, you call it 'decriminalization' because that lets the states legalize".
15 Apr 2021: Nationwide Poll: More Americans Than Ever Before (69%) Say That Marijuana Should Be Legal.
14 Apr: Jeff Mizanskey on Life After a Life Sentence for Marijuana. "I was actually the first one here to buy legal cannabis in Pettis County [Missouri]. It was strange — I mean, after spending almost 23 years in prison for cannabis, and now all of a sudden I can go into the store right here? It wasn't a mile from where I was originally arrested in 1993. I was almost afraid to go in the dispensary,"
14 Apr 2021: Montana Passes Landmark Bill Advancing Hemp as Animal Feed.
9 Apr 2021: Nikki Fried: Florida Republicans declare war on medical marijuana | Opinion. "House Bill 1455, put forward by [Republican] Representative Roach (ironic, right?), declares war on Florida’s medical marijuana program and patients."
8 Apr 2021: Virginia legalizes marijuana. "Adults 21 and older will be able to use and grow marijuana, starting in July. The state will also launch a legal, regulated market".
7 Apr 2021: Virginia, 16th State To Legalize Recreational Pot, Latest To Emphasize 'Social Equity'. "Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, also a Democrat, broke a 20-20 vote tie in Virginia's Senate to pass the bill. No Republicans supported the measure."
5 Apr 2021: Mexico Marijuana Legalization Bill Clears Key Senate Committee, With Floor Vote Expected This Month. "Under the proposal, adults 18 and older would be allowed to purchase and possess up to 28 grams of marijuana and cultivate up to six plants for personal use."
New York City. Looks like we legalized marijuana just in time:
28 Mar 2021: Marijuana takes center stage in New Mexico special session. Republicans oppose social and economic justice issues.
26 Mar: Georgia's Republican governor signed voter suppression law under a painting of a slave plantation. . See also: Wikipedia: Gerrymandering.
26 Mar 2021: France launches 2-year experiment with medical marijuana.
26 Mar 2021: What the Deal to Legalize Marijuana Means for New Yorkers. .
25 Mar: New York: Lawmakers reach deal to legalize recreational marijuana, source says.
25 Mar: ‘They are, in effect, supporting racism’: Black leaders zero in on Dems’ filibuster holdouts. .
24 Mar 2021: 68% of Voters Favor a Public Health Insurance Option. 55% support Medicare for All.
18 Mar 2021: Morocco's Bill to Legalise Cannabis for Medicine and Industry Divides Growers.
15 Mar 2021: Recreational marijuana sales since Jan 22, 2021 bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes for Arizona.
14 Mar: Stacey Abrams calls Republican efforts to restrict voting in Georgia ‘Jim Crow in a suit’.
13 Mar 2021: Mexico: Congress passes marijuana legalization bill. "Mexican President Obrador supports marijuana legalization. The bill will now have to pass Mexico's upper house of Congress, the Senate. The bill was previously passed by the Senate in November , but it will have to be voted on again following changes made in the lower chamber. ... The drug war has left an enormous human death toll, with more than 300,000 homicides since it began in 2006."
11 Mar 2021: Pennsylvania To Pay $475K To Family In Bulldozer Death Of Berks County Man Caught Growing Pot On Public Land
3 Mar 2021: U.S. Cannabis Sales Hit Record $17.5 Billion As Americans Consume More Marijuana Than Ever Before.
27 Feb 2021: Virginia joins 15 other states in legalizing marijuana "The House passed the measure in a 48-43 vote, and the Senate approved it in a 20-19 vote. Not a single Republican [dumbasses!] voted for the bill in either chamber."
27 Feb 2021: Youtube. Documental CANNÁBICAS - Cannabis Documentary. Female cannabis activists worldwide. In Spanish, English, Portuguese, etc..
26 Feb 2021: Washington Supreme Court Strikes Down Criminalization Of Drug Possession.
25 Feb 2021: Morocco to legalise cannabis production for medical and industrial use. .
25 Feb 2021: Poll Shows Majority Of Americans Support $15 Minimum Wage.
25 Feb 2021: Bernie Sanders: US sick of subsidizing 'starvation wages' at Walmart and McDonald's.
25 Feb 2021: Poll: Majority of West Virginians support $15 federal minimum wage. "Jayaraman says that small businesses actually fair better in states with higher wages. ... tipped workers like those who hold jobs in restaurant business deserve more. Right now, they are in what’s called the sub minimum wage group, they get about $2.13 an hour." And tips often do not bring that up to the federal minimum wage of $7.25.
25 Feb 2021: Texas power grid was 4 minutes, 37 seconds away from ‘total collapse’ . Clueless Republican leaders: "the state could have been left in the dark for weeks, ... Texas, which is the only state to run its own stand-alone electricity grid."
22 Feb 2021: Gov. Murphy (Democrat) Signs Regulation and Decrim Bills That Officially Legalize Marijuana in New Jersey.
21 Feb 2021: Texas army veteran faces $16,000 bill due to rocketing energy prices as billionaire gas producer and Dallas Cowboys owner stands to profit from it. Trump and Republican deregulation. Reverse Robin Hood.
21 Feb 2021: Massachusetts lawmakers want to decriminalize all drugs, raise soda tax.
21 Feb 2021: Patients Flock To Florida’s Medical Marijuana Program, Driving Surge In Job Growth.
20 Feb: India’s love-hate relationship with cannabis. .
19 Feb 2021: Lawmakers Voted To Approve Marijuana Legalization Bills In Four States This Week.
19 Feb 2021: Wisconsin. Republican leaders snuff out Governor Evers’ plan to legalize marijuana.
19 Feb 2021:Vive La France? - Is France Finally Going to Legalize Le Cannabis in 2021?
16 Feb 2021: Michigan’s marijuana industry surpasses Oregon in cannabis jobs, report says. And: The US cannabis industry now supports 321,000 full-time jobs. “Since 2017, the U.S. cannabis industry has averaged 27.5% growth each year,” Leafly reports. “No other industry even comes close.”
15 Feb 2021: Australian firm says it will bring HempBLOCK system to USA.
14 Feb 2021: Maine employers no longer require marijuana tests.
11 Feb: Northern Kentucky lawmaker (Democrat) files legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana use for adults. .
11 Feb 2021: A Psychedelic Lawyer Talks Loopholes, Getting High for Research and the Future of the Industry. .
9 Feb 2021: Bernie Sanders Clears Path in Congress to Raise Minimum Wage. .
8 Feb 2021: Denver successfully sent mental health professionals, not police, to hundreds of calls.
7 Feb 2021: Democrat Governor Evers proposes legalizing recreational marijuana in Wisconsin. . Will Republican legislature pass it? .
6 Feb 2021: Virginia Lawmakers Pass Marijuana Legalization Bills. The Democrat governor is expected to sign it.
5 Feb 2021: New Jersey Governor Signs Psilocybin Bill To Immediately Reduce Penalties For Possession.
5 Feb 2021: Cambridge, Massacuhsetts Votes To Decriminalize Psychedelics And All Controlled Substances.
3 Feb 2021: Idaho Senate approves constitutional ban on legal marijuana. And the winner of the 'most backward state' is ... Idaho! Thank you Republicans.
1 Feb: Kansas governor (Democrat): Medical pot should fund Medicaid expansion.
1 Feb 2021: Senate Democrats say consideration of cannabis reforms will be a priority. .
1 Feb 2021: Rochester Police Seen Pepper-Spraying 9-Year-Old Girl In Newly Released Video : NPR. On a practical level what amazes me is that with all these many police officers standing around the car in the video they can't grapple a 9-year-old girl and put her in the back seat without teargas. Dumbasses. Cops need mental health training, and a brain.
28 Jan 2021: Rise in Storefront Marijuana Dispensaries Associated with Declines in Opioid-Related Deaths. .
28 Jan 2021: Free Luke Scarmazzo! Now in year 13 of a 22-year federal sentence (feds under Republican President Bush) for running a legal medical cannabis dispensary in California. . He is in a maximum security prison in Louisiana, where he just got coronavirus.
24 Jan 2021: 14 States Where Marijuana Remains Entirely Illegal. "These 14 states all either currently have Republican leadership or have often leaned red in past elections. Furthermore, only three of these 14 states (Idaho, Nebraska, and Wyoming) use the initiative and referendum process."
|22 Jan 2021: Recreational marijuana sales kick off in Arizona. . "Recreational marijuana sales have started in Arizona, with many of the state's medical-marijuana dispensaries getting the OK on Friday [Jan 22, 2021] to open sales to anyone 21 or older. ... It is the fastest that any of the 15 states with recreational marijuana has gone from voter approval [Nov 3, 2020] to actual sales."
22 Jan 2021: Op-ed: Forgiving student debt will help senior citizens, too. Senators Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren See comments. "Student debt isn't just crushing our kids. 6.3 million borrowers 50-64 and nearly a million over 65 are still paying for a loved one’s education or their own."
17 Jan 2021: France launches public consultation on legalising cannabis. "In 2016, 41 percent of French people aged 15 to 64 had consumed it at least once – compared to the European average of 18.9 percent."
16 Jan 2021: The Republican Healthcare Plan. You die. ~~>>
16 Jan 2021: Racial Justice Requires Ending the War on Drugs, Experts Say. 14 Jan 2021: Marijuana Prohibition Was Designed As Racist System, Virginia Governor Says In State Of The Commonwealth Speech.
16 Jan 2021: National Rifle Association files for bankruptcy. See also: Republican-NRA-led drug war, mandatory minimum sentences, and handguns. And: Canada's murder rate is 1/3 the US rate. Handguns per household by country. Households with handguns: Canada: 3%. USA: 22%. And Canada does not have the NRA's drug war. Wikipedia: Percent of households with guns by country.
|15 Jan 2021:Local Massachusetts Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Psychedelics Decriminalization Measure. "Oakland, Santa Cruz and Ann Arbor—have also decriminalized possession of plant-and fungi-based psychedelics. In Oregon, November’s election saw the passage of a historic initiative to legalize psilocybin mushrooms for therapeutic purposes. ... Much of this reform progress can be traced back to Denver, which became the first city in the country to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms in May 2019."
13 Jan 2021: Virginia's Democratic Governor Unveils Bill To Legalize Marijuana As Democratic Lawmakers Schedule First Hearing. Legislators plan to move quickly to advance it.
13 Jan 2021: New York, Virginia And Other States Consider New Drug Decriminalization Bills.
12 Jan 2021: Mexico. After 3-year delay, medical marijuana will be legal as of Jan 13, 2021.
10 Jan 2021: Call for UK prisons to trial free cannabis to see if it cuts drug deaths.
7 Jan 2021: US Senate Flip to Democrats Opens Door for Big Cannabis Reform.
3 Jan 2021: Democratic governor of Illinois erases 500,000 low-level cannabis charges.
1 Jan: NJWeedman Opens First Citizen Dispensary. Sells Marijuana In Trenton, New Jersey.
1 Jan 2021: In 2021, more than twenty states will increase their minimum wages for workers. Most of these changes are effective January 1, 2021. Democrat candidate Jon Ossoff (in the Georgia runoff election on Jan 5, 2021 for the US Senate) supports raising the federal minimum wage to $15. - . Republican candidate David Perdue has yet to say he supports a federal minimum wage at all.
30 Dec 2020: New Georgia Senate runoff poll finds Democrats' leads widening . "Everybody fundamentally understands that it's going to become an issue of partisan turnout".
29 Dec 2020: Judge orders Georgia counties to halt voter purge ahead of Senate runoff. .
27 Dec: Why a key Georgia county flipped from red to blue—and what it means for Democrats. .
27 Dec 2020: Teens expand TikTok playbook to help Democrats in Georgia runoffs.
25 Dec 2020: Democrat Jon Ossoff puts cannabis policy front and center, tweets 'Legalize It' at 4:20am. Georgia runoff election is Jan 5, 2021. Flip the US Senate to Democrats.
24 Dec 2020: Georgia’s Election Might Determine the Future of Marijuana Federally.
24 Dec 2020: Michigan's Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer commutes 3 long sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.
24 Dec 2020: Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock pulls ahead of Kelly Loeffler in Georgia Senate poll. Warnock supports cannabis reform.
24 Dec 2020: Federal marijuana decriminalization may come down to Georgia runoff.
23 Dec: Republican Mitch McConnell Cheers Lack Of Marijuana Banking Protections In New COVID Bill.
23 Dec: Georgia Senate Candidate Jon Ossoff (Democrat) Pitches Marijuana Legalization Plan To Young Voters On TikTok. Both Democrats in runoff support cannabis reform.
21 Dec 2020: Robert E. Lee statue removed from U.S. Capitol. Virginia plans to replace the statue of Confederate general Lee with one of civil rights icon Barbara Johns.
18 Dec 2020: Multnomah County prosecutors adopt Oregon's drug decriminalization measure early.
17 Dec 2020: High Times Greats: Milla Jovovich. Story republished from November, 1994 issue of High Times. In honor of Milla Jovovich’s birthday on December 17, 1975.
17 Dec 2020: Georgia Senate Races Will Decide 'Whether Weed Gets Legalized,' Cory Booker Says.
17 Dec: Man jailed for life over $20 marijuana sale has been freed after serving 12 years. Homeless when he sold pot to undercover cops in Louisiana, the state with the world's highest incarceration rate. Wikipedia: List of countries by incarceration rate.
12 Dec 2020: To win Georgia and the Senate, Democrats need to go all-in on $15 minimum wage. Senate candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff both support raising the federal minimum wage to $15 over a few years.
Action Alert: Start Making Calls for Georgia GOTV! (Get Out The Vote!) - SSDP. Students for Sensible Drug Policy. And donate money. . "Students for Sensible Drug Policy is encouraging all of our U.S. members, alumni, and supporters to start making calls and get out the vote for Georgia’s special election on January 5th. ... The MORE Act, ... is looking to face a much more difficult fight in the Senate. ... We can not afford to wait two, four, or six more years for better legislators while marginalized people are being arrested for minor marijuana offenses."
11 Dec: What 100 Years of History Tells Us About Racism in Policing. "Again and again, commissions convened to examine why police brutality sparks unrest have come to the same conclusion: We must address the poverty and systemic racism that go hand in hand with policing communities of color."
| 11 Dec 2020: What’s at stake in the Senate runoffs. "Add to that the fate of the Affordable Care Act, marijuana decriminalization, criminal justice legislation ... Obama needed a Democratic House and Senate to pass the Affordable Care Act in 2010, while Trump could not have passed his massive tax cuts [for the rich] in 2017 without Republicans controlling both chambers."
9 Dec 2020: Man believed to be the longest-serving nonviolent cannabis prisoner, with a 90-year sentence, released: ‘I’m a blessed human being, a survivor’. . Richard DeLisi released in Florida at age 71 after serving 31 years. See also: FreeDeLisi.com.
4 Dec 2020: New Jersey Legislature, Democratic Governor Murphy Reach Agreement on Marijuana Legalization. Final legalization bill expected to pass, and be signed by governor.
2 Dec 2020: Morocco Votes ‘Yes’ in Historic Successful UN Vote on Medical Cannabis.
2 Dec 2020: Cannabidiol (CBD) in cannabis does not impair driving, landmark study shows.
2 Dec 2020: San Francisco bans tobacco smoking inside apartments; pot smoking OK.
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?
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- Ever-increasing US household debt under Republicans, and their 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
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