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LEGAL RECREATION POT LOOKS BETTER THAN LEGAL CORRUPTION IN ALBANY

LEGAL RECREATION POT LOOKS BETTER THAN LEGAL CORRUPTION IN ALBANY | To legalize, regulate, & tax marijuana. | Scoop.it

Senator Krueger’s marijuana bill (MRTA) died last year so that medical marijuana would live. In other words, power brokers passed the medical marijuana bill so a few ‘Multi million Dollar’ medical marijuana companies and lobbyists could start profiting from the ‘Compassionate Care Act’. That fiasco ended up a disaster after Cuomo ‘extorted’ concessions until we have the most restrictive medical pot program in the U.S.  It hasn’t served anyone medical marijuana 10 months later. Senator Krueger reintroduced MRTA this year without much distractions but she believes MRTA doesn’t stand much chance in the Republican controlled Senate. However, she believes it will stimulate ‘public conversation’.

 

We respectfully disagree with Senator Krueger’s view that MRTA doesn’t stand a chance. Recreation pot looks much better now after U.S. Attorney Preet Bharra announced last week the arrest of powerful longtime Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on federal corruption charges. Shortly there after, NBC reported that Bharara is looking into outside income of Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos. This is just what the doctor ordered (Pun intended). Truth be told New York’s legislature is controlled by the Governor, the Senate Majority Leader, and the Speaker of the Assembly i.e. Silvers, Skelos and Gov. Cuomo. 

 

 We think more public ‘conversation’ isn’t needed because we are preaching to the choir i.e. over 50% of the people support recreation pot (see chart below). We are preaching to ourselves.  We need to persuade the legislature to pass MRTA and Governor to sign it. There is a pathway through the turbulent corruption scandal in Albany. It has shaken up the so-called ‘three men in the closet’. We must seize this time to organize for change. Remember, over fifty percent of New Yorkers smoke marijuana for recreation.  The question is ‘who can we trust’? We are going to organize our people statewide and seek collaborations with other community organization who are involved in related issues e.g.  Projects  who work for better government. Reach out to local organizations. Ask them to work with us. This is our time.  UNITED WE STAND. DIVIDED WE FALL.  


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PTSD and Pot: The Fight to Get Veterans Some Weed - RollingStone.com

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Doctors and veterans' advocates are fighting for the right to use medical marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress after war.
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6 facts about marijuana

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A new Pew Research Center survey on the nation's drug policies found a continued support for legalizing marijuana. These are six key facts on views about the issue.
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Should marijuana be legal? More people saying yes, Pew Research Center finds

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The pot poll question - KRQE News 13

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - National momentum to change marijuana laws continues, but certain roadblocks to reform remain in New Mexico.
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Eric Holder Signals Support For Marijuana Reform

USA -- Just as Attorney General Eric Holder prepares to step down from his post, he appears more open than ever to the argument for rescheduling marijuana as a less dangerous, more beneficial drug.

"I think it's certainly a question we need to ask ourselves, whether or not marijuana is as serious of a drug as heroin," Holder said in an interview with Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric, released on Thursday. "Especially given what we've seen recently with regard to heroin -- the progression of people from using opioids to heroin use, the spread and the destruction that heroin has perpetrated all around our country. And to see by contrast, what the impact is of marijuana use. Now it can be destructive if used in certain ways, but the question of whether or not they should be in the same category is something that we need to ask ourselves and use science as the basis for making that determination."

Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug, along with heroin and LSD. Schedule I drugs, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, have a "high potential for abuse" and "no currently accepted medical use."

Yet science clearly indicates otherwise about marijuana. A growing body of research has demonstrated its medical potential. Purified forms of cannabis can be effective at attacking some forms of aggressive cancer. Marijuana use has also been tied to better blood sugar control and may help slow the spread of HIV. Legalization for medical purposes may even lead to lower suicide rates and fewer pain pill overdoses.

The Schedule I classification hinders federal funding for further research into the benefits of cannabis. Columnist Jacob Sullum recently wrote in Forbes that moving marijuana to Schedule III or below could make it easier for university researchers to look into the drug's full potential.

While marijuana use would still be illegal under federal law, recategorizing it could also remove some of the financial burdens that state-licensed marijuana businesses currently face.

A provision of the federal tax code prohibits any business that "consists of trafficking in controlled substances," which include Schedule I and II drugs, from making tax deductions. Because of this, pot shops cannot deduct traditional business expenses like advertising costs, employee payroll, rent and health insurance from their combined federal and state taxes. Dispensary owners face effective tax rates of 50 to 60 percent -- and in some states, those rates soar to 80 percent or higher. The tax rule would no longer apply to pot businesses if marijuana were moved to Schedule III or lower.

To date, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical use, while Colorado and Washington remain the only two states to have legalized it for recreational use.

On whether he thinks marijuana should be decriminalized at the federal level, Holder told Couric, "That's for Congress to decide."

"I think we’ve taken a look at the experiments that are going on in Colorado and Washington, and we’re going to see what happens there, and that'll help inform us as to what we want to do on the federal level," Holder added.

"For you, the jury is still out?" Couric asked.

"Yeah," Holder said, "it is."

Holder's statements to Couric on the potential rescheduling of marijuana appear to follow a continuing evolution of his views on the drug. Under the Obama administration, the DEA and several U.S. attorneys have raided hundreds of marijuana dispensaries that were compliant with local laws in states like California and Colorado. But it was Holder who announced in 2013 that the Department of Justice would allow Colorado and Washington to implement their new laws legalizing and regulating the possession, use and sale of marijuana.

More recently, Holder said that the Obama administration would be "more than glad" to work with Congress to re-examine how cannabis is scheduled. He even said in April that he's "cautiously optimistic" about how the historic changes in Colorado and Washington were working out.

"It's refreshing to hear these remarks from the attorney general, especially since the science couldn't be any clearer that marijuana doesn't meet the criteria for being classified as a Schedule I substance," said Tom Angell, chairman of the advocacy group Marijuana Majority, after the Couric interview. "Numerous studies confirm marijuana's medical value, and if the administration is serious about taking an objective look at this issue, rescheduling is very achievable by the time this president leaves office. They can do this administratively without any further action from Congress."

Neill Franklin, a retired police officer turned executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, also praised Holder's comments. He said he hoped the attorney general's successor "will recognize the war on drugs for what it is: the single biggest problem afflicting our criminal justice system and the central civil rights issue of our time."

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Sarah Silverman shows off her 'liquid pot' vaporizer before winning an Emmy

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A 7:30PM ET, showing off her vape pen on the E! Red Carpet special: "This is my pot. It's liquid pot."
9:40PM ET, accepting the Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special (for her HBO standup...


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A huge thank you to Sarah Silverman and Whoopie Goldberg for their public acknowledgement of their enjoyment of legal Cannabis. 

"Liquid pot" indeed!! 

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How New York's Medical Marijuana Movement won the worse medial marijuana program in the U.S.?

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The marijuana movement in the U.S. is made up of two different groups with the same goal. The biggest group is made up of recreation smokers who want marijuana legalized and regulated for adults. The smaller group is made up of people and relatives who are sick and want medical marijuana legalized for anyone with health problems. These two groups mostly work together for the ultimate goal of legalization but sometimes they end up fighting against each other. For example, New York’s struggle to get marijuana legalized. Advocates began demanding legal marijuana in New York immediately following news that Washington and Colorado had legalized marijuana. Most recreational smokers believe it makes perfect sense to fully legalize marijuana. That automatically includes medical marijuana and all the other products that can be produced from marijuana i.e. from the ‘cannabis’ plant. Colorado and Washington was the first two states to let the people vote to legalize recreational and medical marijuana. Most New Yorkers understood the strategy and they wanted to follow Washington and Colorado’s path but they couldn’t because New York doesn’t allow voter backed initiatives and/or referendums that would have allowed us to by pass the political shenanigans in Albany. Out of the vacuum came a medical marijuana partnership that had money and political connections.

The partnership of medical marijuana businesses and private equity firms propelled medical marijuana into the leadership role of the legalization movement. The medical marijuana community’s first decision was to launch the most effective public relations campaign in New York history. State and local news shows broadcast videos of sick adults and children every day pleading with politicians to pass the medical marijuana bill. Even the hardhearted leadership of the Republican Party broke down and supported legalizing medical marijuana. Then the Governor came on board but he immediately challenged the leadership and power of the medical marijuana movement. He demanded draconian change after change to New York’s ‘Compassionate Care Act. Then came what was the medical marijuana movement’s most humiliating moment when Cuomo demanded that smoking marijuana be prohibited. The so-called negotiations became a scene from Stallone's Rocky Movie. At the bell for the 12th round, Medical marijuana was staggering and beat to a bloody pulp but they won a revised version of the old restrictive medical marijuana program that was the worse in the Country. Marijuana smokers were stunned and in shock.

The last humiliating straw was Cuomo making the implementation of the medical marijuana program set to go into effect in 18 months. Sick New Yorkers began to look like losers. The real winners were the Medial marijuana companies now circling New York like vultures waiting to feed on the carcass of the so called medical marijuana movement. Well funded equity funds like ‘Emerald Ocean Capital Fund’ stood ready to finance medical marijuana. ArcView Group, a San Francisco firm that is doing venture-style financing of medical pot companies spoke up. These equity firms have joined with the medical marijuana businesses based in New York. “Plaeo Tech” and “H2 Growers” are also big time medical marijuana companies involved in the new medical marijuana business industry in New York. Another company that's prominently pursuing a medical marijuana position in New York is ‘Ideal 420 Soil’, which sells cannabis cultivation products. Last but not least, farmers in upstate New York who are sitting on large tracts of land are waiting to convert to farming for medical marijuana. The biggest losers are recreational marijuana smokers. They must continue to buy marijuana in the New York underground and risk arrest and jail. It’s a damn shame.

The question going forward is what have we learned? Without doubt, the majority of marijuana smokers believe people who are sick should have access to medical marijuana. But, we need to accept the truth. York State population is approximately 19,651,127 people. It’s estimated that half of them have used recreational marijuana. That is approximately 8,000,000 people in New York has used marijuana as represented by the green in the diagram. On the other hand, it is conservatively estimated that no more than 100,000 people will be eligible for medical marijuana in New York. People eligible for medical marijuana are represented by the small yellow circle in the diagram. Together We Stand. Divided We Fall.

Recreational smokers are the majority in New York. We can’t accept detrimental compromise or allow Cuomo to bully us into accepting a restrictive medical marijuana program that will only work for a few people. We must network with more progressive political groups and join broader fights for justice and equality that include the right of adults to smoke marijuana. Let’s remember, 8,000,000 New York adults smoke marijuana for recreation. Secondly, we need to register adults who smoke medical or recreation marijuana to vote. New marijuana voters can make a difference in elections and politicians know that. Let’s get us a genuine Political Action Committee and go forward. Remember. United We Stand. Divided We Fall. E mail: levicobx@yahoo.com or americanpotsmokers@gmail.com

BY: DENNIS LEVY

PRESIDENT THE NEW YORK STATE COMMITTEE TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA

AUGUST 24, 2014

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The New York Times Calls for Marijuana Legalization

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The federal government should follow the growing movement in the states and repeal the ban on marijuana for both medical and recreational use.
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How to Eat Pot: Less is More - TakePart

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After Maureen Dowd's op-ed about her frightening experience with edibles, eating pot got a bit of a bad rap. Weed dive Watermelon explains that consumers cannot eat edibles in the same amount that they smoke it.
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NEW YORK BECOMES 23rd STATE TO LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA (Cuomo wins major concessions

NEW YORK BECOMES 23rd STATE TO LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA (Cuomo wins major concessions | To legalize, regulate, & tax marijuana. | Scoop.it

Legislative leaders said early Thursday that they had a tentative agreement on a “pilot program” for medical marijuana. The ‘pilot program’ will provide access to medical marijuana for a limited number of sick New Yorkers, making us the 23rd state and one of the largest to embrace marijuana as medicine. The announcement came after days of intense negotiations between Assembly members Sen. Diane Savino, a Staten Island Democrat, Richard Gottfried a Manhattan Democrat and the Governor.

 

Cuomo pressed for a more restrictive system and it turns out he got the mother of all concessions. Savino gave in to a major demand of Cuomo that no smoking of the drug would be permitted, though a variety of other options – including edibles and tinctures – would be. Patients would also be allowed to inhale if the drug was vaporized, similar to e-cigarettes.

 

This was a huge disappointment to serious advocates throughout the state and a sell out. The bill should not be call ‘Compassionate Care Act’ because Cuomo bullied Savino and Gottfried to agree to this so-called experimental program designed to test administrative and operational procedures and to collect information. Truth is told this program will create a monopoly on marijuana for the 1% well before the 99% get their medicine said some advocates. The program effectively shuts out thousands of sick people and millions of recreational smokers.

 

“The thing that pisses me off the most” said an Occupy Wall Street veteran, ‘is that despite strong medical evidence about the benefits of smoking marijuana, Savino allow Cuomo to prohibited smoking marijuana. Now, doctors and patients in New York don’t have smoking as an option. It’s a damn shame. We ‘sold out’ on this one thing everyone agrees should be elementary. We strongly believe that the decision about the mode of administration for any medication should be left up to your doctor and their patients.

 

The new version of the legislation tightens some rules as to the conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana. According to our spies epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, A.L.S. (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, neuropathies, spinal cord injuries, cancer and HIV/AIDS will be covered. Cuomo negotiated for a sunset provision in the legislation that would automatically end the program after five years, but the bill also includes a "failsafe," Cuomo said, to enable the governor to shut down the program if it somehow goes awry, or leads to increased drug diversion and illegal use.

 

The new bill also sets limits on the levels of THC – the compound in the drug that gets people high. “Fuhgeddaboudit,” asserted AIDS activist Herb Harris. ‘The ‘high’ is part of the medicinal component of marijuana”. New York will use oil-based low THC medical marijuana like forms of marijuana used in Colorado and California to treat children with rare and debilitating seizure disorders.Under the terms of the deal, the program would be operational within 18 months of the bill’s enactment. Only doctors could administer the program, which would be run by the state's health department.

The new version also sets more rules on doctors dispensing the drug, including requiring them to state such things as the dose and variety of marijuana to be used by a patient. It requires, for instance, specific doses directed at treating “the patient’s specific certified condition.’’ It also establishes insane rules to prevent what prohibitionists continue to believe is ways to market marijuana to teenagers, and keeps in place a previous ban on smoking of marijuana for approved patients under the age of 21.

“People will abuse the 'right to medical marijuana' if they eligible. Shit, why don't we just legalize and regulate it like alcohol” asserted one patient with cancer. “We wouldn’t have this stupid problem then. Full recreational marijuana legalization under Liz Krueger's Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act is the best way to not only ensure that patients have access to quality, homegrown, organic medicine (as opposed to the monsanto shit that we'll get from Cuomo’s bill) and also to begin the process of cleaning up the corruption in Albany. Bada-bing, bada-boom. First up to prosecute: Let’s get Cuomo out of office.

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Drug decriminalisation in Portugal: Setting the record straight | by @TransformDrugs

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The reality is that Portugal’s drug situation has improved significantly in several key areas. Most notably, HIV infections and drug-related deaths have decreased, while the dramatic rise in use feared by some has failed to materialise. However, such improvements are not solely the result of the decriminalisation policy; Portugal’s shift towards a more health-centred approach to drugs, as well as wider health and social policy changes, are equally, if not more, responsible for the positive changes observed. Drawing on the most up-to-date evidence, this briefing clarifies the extent of Portugal’s achievement, and debunks some of the erroneous claims made about the country’s innovative approach to drugs


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Bravo Portugal. Activists, this is important news! End the Drug War! 

First Portugal, next the world. 

 

 

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Decriminalisation is the way to go!
 

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DECRIMINALISATION OF DRUGS IS DEFINATELY THE WAY FORWARD, IN MY OPINION

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5 Annoying Drug Dealers

 

1.    College kid who’s just doing it for now, you know, but we can still be friends and stuff. Conversation commences with congenial greetings given to reduce the deal’s awkward air. Watch as bud balances on his scale. He bags it while a bowl floats through the room. “What are my plans? Oh, you know, just chilling, probably not doing a whole lot. How about you?” Well, all right. See you soon, man. Exist .

 

2.    “Dead” Family Spaceman
At Camp Bisco or [insert electronic/jam band music festival], there’s that guy. You know, the one who’s taken a thumb-stamp of LSD and is still somewhere off in space while his physical body tries to push acid on you. That guy. What’s that rotten meat smell? That’s him. Beware of unwanted dosing.

 

3.    The Apartment-Complex Coke Dealer
Have you ever bought coke out of an apartment without having a really, really uncomfortable encounter with your dealer? It’s coke, it’s a dirty drug, he’s a coked out, dirty guy whom you realize is ripping you off even as he explains in painstaking detail how great his shit is and how he’s hooking you up. You don’t call him out when he hands you a .5 baggy instead of the full g because he’s that guy: the one you don’t want to be around for more than five minutes. The guy who maybe, despite fucking you over regularly -- or even that-one-time -- thinks that you and he are friends.

 

4.    Mollyfied Tweaker
It’s all in the jaw. That  twitch. Those bug eyes. The  hop-dance. Expect botox-level smile paralysis, stanky sweat and probably some bomb molly.

 

5.    Black Tar Bill
He sells Xanax, average bud, some mystery pills, “opium” and black tar. Two days after you encounter him at “friend’s” apartment, he goes to jail for playing with butcher knives in public. Come on, bro.

 

 

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LOOK: 10 Pot Treats That Could Pass As 'Real' Food

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The legalization of marijuana -- be it medical or recreational -- in more than 20 states across the U.S. has inspired a new industry: marijuana-infused food products. People choose to eat pot-infused treats for a variety of reasons.

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OMG... these edibles... oh yum. Medicated ice cream. The. Best. Still annoyed at the Boulder retailer who stopped making theirs as it was delish. I'd like to try the Hash Honey on Fage yogurt. 

Dang. Great pics. 

 

 

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This shows that marijuana is being used to make food for many purposes such as medical nessecity. For example, medicated ice cream is being made...yumm!

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SECOND TIME AROUND FOR RECREATION POT BILL IN NEW YORK!

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(New York) –.Sen. Liz Krueger (D – Manhattan) is reintroducing her bill to legalize recreation pot after making changes to how the tax would be structured and clarifying who would be able to work in the state’s marijuana industry. The bill S1747-2015 was enacted on Jan. 14th. In a statement, she told Long Island News 12 the next day, “Prohibition of marijuana is a policy that just hasn't worked. It's time we have an honest conversation about what we should do next. The illegal marijuana economy is alive and well, and our unjust laws are branding nonviolent New Yorkers, especially young adults, as criminals."

 

Indeed, the NYPD arrested and jailed nearly 400,000 people for possessing small amounts of marijuana between 1997 and 2007, a tenfold increase in marijuana arrests over the previous decade, according to a report released by the New York Civil Liberties Union. In 2011, NYPD made upwards of 60,000 arrests for Marijuana Possession and Blacks and Latino comprise 85% of arrests even though White youth use marijuana in the same amounts. More than 750,000 people were arrested for simple possession last year. Mayor Bill de Blasio took office promising to reform the Police Department and repair relations with black and Latino communities. Last year he and police commissioner unveiled his plan to change the way the police enforce the law on marijuana possession. Under the change, which went into effect last November, officers will issue a court summons to people found in possession of 25 grams or fewer of marijuana. Advocates say the imitative does not go far enough.

 

 “There is no question that New York’s marijuana policies are broken,” said Kassandra Frederique, Policy Manager at the Drug Policy Alliance, at a public forum organized earlier this month by Senator Krueger and Assemblyperson Crystal Peoples-Stokes.  “Each year, tens of thousands of New Yorkers are swept into the maze of the criminal justice system for nothing more than possessing small amounts of marijuana. Enforcement of these policies is focused almost entirely on young people, primarily young people of color, such that our laws are now applied differently to different people based on the color of their skin and their income level – this must stop,” she said.

 

Furthermore, there is no scientific basis to not legalize marijuana in New York. Truth be told, marijuana is far less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco. Around 50,000 people die each year from alcohol poisoning. Similarly, more than 400,000 deaths each year are attributed to tobacco smoking. By comparison, marijuana is nontoxic and cannot cause death by overdose. According to the prestigious European medical journal, The Lancet, "The smoking of cannabis, even long-term, is not harmful to health. ... It would be reasonable to judge cannabis as less of a threat ... than alcohol or tobacco." Medical researchers have found that cannabis is a valuable aid in the treatment of a wide range of medical conditions. These include Cancer, HIV/AIDS, pain relief, nausea, glaucoma, and movement disorders. As a result of state wide support, Governor Cuomo signed a medical marijuana bill last summer. The bill is too restrictive and it is taking too long to implement, say advocates.

 

Senator Krueger said in an interview with Metro News, “The real motivation for this bill comes from the fact that we have spent decades attempting to do prohibition and a war on drugs that has actually done nothing and is particularly ruining the lives of young people of color and having them go into the criminal justice system and come out with the kind of citations that limit their access to financial aid for college and exposes them to a criminal justice system that frankly I do not believe they should have been exposed to in the first place, for simply using a drug that is proved to be less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco.”



Dennis Levy is President of ‘New York State Committee to Legalize Marijuana’. For more information, E Mail: nysctlm@gmail.com  

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Legalized Marijuana could mean Jobs not Prison for young black men!

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  New York State could soon legalize marijuana for recreational use. State Senator Liz Krueger is reported to be reintroducing the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act during the next legislative session in January 2015. Brad Usher, Krueger’s chief of staff, told HuffPost, "We’re definitely introducing the bill next session. We’ve received a variety of feedback since we first introduced it last December and we’re working on amending it. We are also looking to see what we can learn from Colorado and Washington when we reintroduce it.” The primary differences between this bill and last year’s are the specifics in taxes and the additional requirements as to who would be able to work in these dispensaries, he said.

 

Communities of Color could have a real chance to create ‘legal’ wealth and jobs if Senator Krueger’s bill passes. “We have close to a million people who use marijuana on a regular basis in New York City. That’s a market of $1.65 billion per year,” said previous City Comptroller John Liu, who has studied the issue. Another comprehensive research report from Greenwave Advisors, “a company that provides comprehensive financial analysis of the legalized marijuana industry," projects that legal cannabis could be an industry with revenues of $35 billion by 2020. To put that figure in perspective, $35 billion represents more annual revenue than the National Football League (NFL) currently $10 billion. Most experts agree this may in fact be a new green rush that includes a new interest in marijuana penny stocks, marijuana grow technology and just about any other business historically applied to crop based commodities e.g. hemp.

 

. There should be no question; we need jobs and wealth for our people by any means necessary. Just a few years ago, whites had about 22 times the  wealth of African-Americans according to a study by the Urban Institute. Those numbers have gotten worse over the last five years during the so-called ‘Great Recession’. The Daily News recently had an editorial called “Our Emerald City” (N.Y. Daily News, Oct. 26, 2014 Sunday Opinion). It said “African American income in New York are barely half those of Whites.” In Brooklyn roughly one in four –mostly- black and Latino people live in poverty, the article said. Sadly, no one has come up with a courageous and visionary plan to bring jobs and wealth to poor communities. Last summer, the ‘Marijuana Policy Program’ (MPP), a national advocacy organization working to get marijuana legalized, held a fund raiser in lower Manhattan. The main attraction was New York State Senator Liz Krueger (D. Manhattan). She discussed legal marijuana for adults in New York and what it means for poor African American men who have been disproportionately arrested for possession of small amounts of pot. Several hundred people came and paid $250 at the door to hear Krueger talk. Only a few African Americans attended the fund raiser. Why?

 

Is it a fear of being arrested?  A new report by the Drug Policy Alliance says Marijuana possession-related arrests in New York City under current Mayor Bill de Blasio are on track to equal or possibly surpass the number of arrests under previous Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "The NYPD routinely targets young men based on their skin color and where they live," said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the NYCLU. This unfair arrest of young black men for possession of small amounts of marijuana should be enough reason to advocate for passage of Senator Krueger’s marijuana bill, she said.  

 

Misinformation is another reason African Americans are not supporting legalized marijuana. Unfortunately, many African Americans, especially single parents, see marijuana as a gateway for teenagers to get involved in more serious drugs like cocaine and heroin. This is not true.  According to one of many studies there is no evidence to support the hypothesis that marijuana is a “gateway drug”. Just as important, nobody has ever over dosed from marijuana. It has been found to be non addictive and harmless. Isn’t it time for African American’s to lighten up?

 

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Oops: Man accidentally texts probation officer for pot

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File this under 'Doh! A criminal in Georgia is headed back to jail after accidentally texting his probation officer asking if he had any marijuana.
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Vote Medical Marijuana TV Ads

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Let Congress know we are watching! Watch the Vote Medical Marijuana TV ads and find out how you can help support ads in your district.

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Running for office? We are watching. #VoteCannabis #VoteMedicalMarijuana Ask your representatives & demand answers. 

Great new ad by Americans for SafeAccess. Remember your vote counts and the people running for office or running to keep their positions work for YOU. 

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Recreational Pot Outsells Medical for First Time in Colorado in July

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Colorado tax records for July show that recreational dispensaries in the state pulled in $28,921,068 in July, while medical sales...
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Facebook Still Staunchly Anti-Marijuana

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The Internet is addicted to marijuana, with a Web traffic bonanza usually following wherever the plant leads. Facebook is an exception. The dominant social network...

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Sara Conrad's curator insight, September 3, 2014 12:29 PM

Dear Mark Zuckerberg & Facebook,

 

News Flash -- Cannabis/Marijuana/weed is no longer illegal in several states. Whether for medicinal or adult-use, the time is yesterday to allow legit businesses to advertise their services. 

 

Wake the fuck up.

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Marijuana Maturity: AARP Coming Out of the Pot Closet

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For the third time this year, AARP Magazine has highlighted a Top CelebStoner in its pages. In January, Susan Sarandon spoke about weed, and now Willie Nelson and Jeff Bridges are featured in the latest issue.

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Sara Conrad's curator insight, August 11, 2014 12:47 PM

AARP - behind the times as usual. 

I'll take your challenge Ellen Komp...

     

"It’s high time that former campus radicals of the '60s take over their local AARP chapters and lobby for the group to espouse medical marijuana, a pain treatment that actually works. Find your local chapter here."

  
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16 Jobs Growing Out Of The Legal Marijuana Boom

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What are some of these jobs, what do they pay, and how can you get one?

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Sara Conrad's curator insight, July 28, 2014 10:01 PM

Cannabis consultant is listed. So is tourism. Hmmm... PR and social media, email marketing etc. 

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CUOMO PULLS FAST ONE ON MEDICAL POT PATIENT (Substitutes restrictive old marijuana plan for compassionate care

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New York became the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana in name only yesterday. Truth is the fast pace of the last minute push for legalization of medical marijuana and the sudden break through of apparent success blinded most New Yorkers to the confidence game just played on them. Continuing his record of craven political ‘Trickery’ with respect to accepting sensible drug policy, Governor Cuomo pulled a fast one on New York Democratic Senator Diane Savino and Democrat Assemblyman Richard Gottfried. They accepted the most restrictive medical marijuana program in the country bars none. With superb confidence Cuomo bamboozled New York’s entire legal marijuana movement to accept his restrictive changes or he threatened to not sign any medical marijuana bill. “It was take it or leave it” a spokesman for the New York State Committee to Legalize Marijuana’ said. Cuomo never gave one inch throughout the entire backroom discussions. “In the end, we bend over and let Cuomo have his way with us,” cried advocate Barbara Wilson. “I’m embarrassed to call myself a marijuana advocate”.

 

The revision that upset serious advocates and changed the entire intent and spirit of the Compassionate Care Act is the unbelievable fact that under Cuomo’s changes a patient will not be able to actually smoke marijuana! You heard it right. You can’t smoke marijuana if you are sick and dying. Qualified sick people will only be able to consume their medicine orally or with a vaporizer. Most of New York’s premiere pot organizations immediately became apologist for Cuomo. Some organizations bragged in press releases about making New York the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana and others crowed about the help sick New Yorkers will get. Very few mention the no smoking restriction.  New Yorkers must understand that calling it legal medical marijuana doesn’t make it legal medical marijuana.

 

 Only people with a limited number of specific medical conditions will be able to register for the program with a doctor’s recommendation. And, patients will only be able to get medical marijuana from a limited number of highly regulated centers throughout the state. And guess what? The program will not be activated for eighteen months.  People with cancer and other life threatening illness must wait and pray they live long enough to get marijuana. It’s a damn shame.


Some sick New Yorkers say they will get it on the black market. Beware. New criminal penalties will be created for people abusing the system. For example, it will be a misdemeanor for a patient to sell, trade or simply retain medical marijuana beyond what is needed for treatment. Last but not least, the medical marijuana law will not be permanent. It will automatically die in seven years if not renewed by the legislature and at any time the governor can suspend the program ‘based on the recommendations of the state health commissioner or state police superintendent’.

 

Our only hope for real sane legal marijuana is to protest in the street and make a big noise that is heard by Cuomo’s reelection campaign. We must demand that New York Politicians pass Liz Krueger’s bill to tax and regulate marijuana for adult use. Meanwhile, we keep on doing what we are doing. Remember? It ain’t over until the Fat Lady Sings.

 

WRITTEN BY DENNIS LEVY

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Shocking Results: Woman Replaces 40 Medications With Raw Cannabis Juice

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Although the results may not be shocking to everyone, many people on the planet are just starting to wake up to the tremendous medicinal benefits that cannabis has to offer. A recent study conducted by the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry at the University of Bonn in Germany just discovered that the activation of the brain’s […]

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, June 9, 2014 6:48 PM

Big Pharma & the Drug Apartheid have hindered vital health care.

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Pot Paraphernalia, Seized Supplies Up For Auction - CBS Local

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DENVER (CBS4) – The pot business at six Denver marijuana dispensaries has gone up in smoke.
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Tweet from @ThaStonerNation

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The face you make when somebody tells you weed is bad for you. http://t.co/6Oz2JPcRSR
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