aint shit else to do in space
Marijuana: the gateway drug…to prosperity. (via prettayprettaygood)
Need green to get green!(via ca-thar-si-s)
Our prison population figures are a total embarrassment. Next time some conservative wants to talk about the debt ceiling and the need to cut Medicare, tell them that Medicare only costs us roughly $400 billion to provide medical care to the elderly. If they want to start cutting something, tell them to have a look at our prison system. We spend over $600 billion to incarcerate citizens.
Oh, look at 1980. Now what could’ve happened there, I wonder.
Marijuana prohibition has become a sinking ship in a very patient, but turbulent sea. Here is what our great American lawmakers were working on last week:
Arkansas: Marijuana Legalization Proposal Rejected… Again
Arkansas is back to the drawing board in their attempt to legalize marijuana.
That is because Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected yet another proposal for a ballot measure to legalize weed in the state due to discrepancies in the language used in the document.
New Hampshire: Committee Kills Marijuana Legalization Bill
Despite overwhelming public support, the New Hampshire House of Representatives Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 11-7 against a bill to legalize marijuana.
Maine: Marijuana Possession Could Be Legal This Week
Portland could be on its way to legalizing marijuana possession.
Voters will hit the polls on Tuesday to decide whether or not the city should legalize marijuana possession. If all goes well, adults 21 and older would be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces without receiving any criminal or civil penalties.
Colorado: Voters Decide on Taxes
Colorado voters will decided on Tuesday whether or not to initiate a 15% excise tax on marijuana, plus and additional 10% sales tax on recreational marijuana.
Denver: Amends Outdoor Pot Ban
The City of Denver has made amendments to a bill that was initially set up to prohibit people from possessing marijuana in public places as well as ban them from smoking pot in their own backyard.
However, recent changes to that bill will now allow Denver residents to possess marijuana in public parks and other public places originally outlawed by the first draft of the ban.
In addition, resident will be permitted to smoke pot in their backyards without fear of receiving harsh penalties for doing so — up to $999, according to language outlined in the previous measure.
Florida: Medical Marijuana Closer to Reality
The issue of medical marijuana could soon have its day in the Florida sun, as United for Care says the initiative has received over 200,000 signatures for their ballot measure.
In addition, the Florida Supreme Court announced plans to listen to arguments in regards to making a constitutional amendment that would put legal medical marijuana on the ballot in November 2014. That hearing is scheduled for December 5, 2013.
Washington State: No Marijuana in Bars and Nightclubs
Washington’s Liquor Control Board announced last week that it plans to ensure people are not getting high in bars and nightclubs.
A draft rule was recently filed that strictly prohibits any business with a liquor license from allowing marijuana on the premises. The board fears that people mixing marijuana with alcohol will lead to an increase of “driving under the influence.”
Across the country, citizens are increasingly finding themselves stopped on routine traffic stops or sobriety checkpoints only to be subjected to extensive questioning and searches. At a time of decreasing budgets, police seem to be hitting the streets in search of their own sources of funding.
Federal and state officers are tapping into an increasingly lucrative tactic called “churning” or “policing for profits.” This is how it often works:
Officers stop cars on a pretext such as not using a turn signal and then ask a series of questions about drugs or contraband in the car. If the driver does not consent to a search, officers will sometime declare that the driver is acting suspiciously and call in a drug dog or search the passenger for their own personal safety. Any drugs found can then be used to seize the car and any money inside of it. The result is that police are mining our highways for jackpot stops.
Churning has become the self-help solution for some federal agencies. The most recent example of this trend was highlighted by an investigation into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Justice Department’s inspector general found that the ATF conducted dozens of unauthorized undercover investigations into illicit cigarette sales and lost track of 420 million cigarettes worth $127 million. The investigation concluded that the ATF was engaging in churning operations designed to fund its operations and misused $162 million in profits.