They used to get free or low-cost marijuana to help with their cancer in California. Not anymore. A rural California county legalized marijuana farms. It took their tax money–then voted to ban them. Can Los Angeles start a public pot bank? City study says costs could be “exorbitant.” Los Angeles has already netted millions in permitting fees from legalized marijuana shops. Home pot delivery is cool, but California taxes and regulations are still onerous. Nevada gaming officials, industry take safe route on marijuana.
DC—and Congress—block public vote on legalizing marijuana sales.
Four key changes to Massachusetts marijuana regulations, now that rules are finalized. Massachusetts pot lobbying reaches new high. Vermont lawmakers propose bill limiting marijuana odor. Vermont considering saliva test, but not a legal limit, for drugged driving. What Maine clients get if they pay for delivery: free pot. How should Rhode Island legalize marijuana: asking the right questions.
Governor’s play for New Jersey legal weed is no “slam dunk” as marijuana opponents rally. New Jersey marijuana legalization: Businesses don’t need weed license to make money. New Jersey lawmakers weigh legalizing marijuana. Push for legal weed in New Jersey will be met with new legislative proposals. New Jersey path to legal marijuana could take a turn. Mayor envisions pot-friendly zones in Atlantic City if New Jersey legalizes marijuana. Legalized pot in New Jersey-not so fast. Want to make big money in legal weed? These jobs may soon be coming to New Jersey.
4 reasons why recreational marijuana has a shot in Arizona.
Dennis Kucinich, candidate for Ohio governor, says legalizing marijuana can help with opioid crisis. New studies show that legal cannabis access reduces opioid abuse. Michigan voters support marijuana legalization. Don’t get too excited about Illinois legalization ballot question. Sessions says despite rules change federal prosecutors will not take ‘”small marijuana cases.”
Alaska monthly cannabis tax revenue topped $1 million for first time in January. Fairbanks, Alaska looks to add marijuana regulations. A tribe in Oregon sees hope with marijuana. Oregon lawmakers target black market marijuana by boosting beleaguered law enforcement agencies. Aurora, Colorado neighbors looking for solutions to illegal marijuana grows.
Companies should assess their marijuana policies before Canada legalization. Who else will like Canada marijuana legalization? Economists. Canada legal cannabis could crash the alcohol giants’ party, analyst says. What can Canada learn from Amsterdam ahead of marijuana legalization? Ontario promises to give municipalities $40M for enforcement of legal marijuana.
Colombia’s new, legal drug lords hope to sell medical marijuana to the world.
Nevada makes $30 million in marijuana taxes during first six months of sales. Cut the red tape for legal marijuana growers in California. How legal marijuana could change California economy. California‘s real impact on the battle to legalize marijuana. After California legalization, Dr. Dre’s weed man is thriving. Tribes cut out of California pot market might grow their own. Los Angeles pot czar cares who cashes in on legal weed. Marijuana boosts Los Angeles coffers, more revenue than expected.
Oregon regulators ask for more money to police legal weed. Oregon officials struggle to identify which cannabis sites are legal. Colorado governor says DOJ wants to “sow doubt” on marijuana. Colorado activist group claims issues legal marijuana was supposed to solve have increased. In Colorado, legal pot increases housing values.
Worcester, Massachusetts zoning regulations proposed for marijuana establishments. Rhode Island voters could weigh in on legalization. Rhode Island recreational marijuana legalization takes a blow with commission recommendation delay.
Bill to legalize recreational marijuana reigniting debate in Maryland. It’s not whether Maryland will legalize marijuana but when. Black lawmakers see nightmare vision of New Jersey high on legal weed. Some urge New Jersey to slow the rush toward legal weed. New Jersey towns taking a wait-and-see attitude on weed.
Illinois voters could be asked in November about legalizing marijuana. Pot busts spike along Wisconsin highway, suggesting drug is coming from weed-legal states. Fear of Oklahoma recreational marijuana legalization apparently prompts move to curb initiative petitions.
Legal cannabis industry poised for big growth, in North America and around the world. Sensing big bucks, tobacco companies pivot toward marijuana. Pot parties: how legalized weed is fueling new kinds of fun. Judge rejects lawsuit seeking to legalize marijuana nationwide. Legal weed might be getting pedestrians killed, study finds.
Canada military wrestling with marijuana legalization.
Early firearms were heavily used in Japan in the civil wars of the 16th century, including by the Tokugawa faction that came out on top in 1600 and established the shogunate that lasted until the Meiji restoration of 1868. The Tokugawa ideal was a rigidly stratified and static traditional society, isolated from the outside world. Guns were among the disruptive European innovations that threatened this model, and had to be tamed as part of the overall strategy. The Tokugawa plan for gun control was one of slow strangulation. Gunmakers had to move to the capital Edo and work for the court. Demand was thus steadily shifted to luxury weapons, produced in smaller numbers. Guns did not disappear, but they were successfully marginalised in a now peaceful and regimented society.
American gun control advocates have focused entirely on demand, to little effect. It’s time to take a look at supply. A comprehensive policy would have to cover manufacture, distribution and imports. Let’s start with manufacture. Continue Reading…
I previously commented on Sen. Ron Wyden’s queries to the NRA concerning foreign contributions and the NRA’s non-responsive response to the request.
The non-responsiveness of the response was not lost on Sen. Wyden. Today, he followed up with a more focused request. Now, if we can get a Democratic majority in the Senate, the request can mature into a subpoena.
I grieve the loss of Sir Roger Bannister, whom I never got to repay for his kindness to me. But at least let me relate my favorite story about the great man.
Many people don’t realize that his achievements didn’t end after his famous athletic feat. He went on to become a prominent and respected neurologist who mentored a number of my London-based colleagues. One of them was training in internal medicine and Sir Roger was teaching a mini-rotation on neurology. She was struggling and he had to give her some feedback.
He: “You simply spend too long with each patient. You will never have as much time in everyday practice as you spent with that head injury case this morning. Just make an quick initial assessment and refer the patient on to neurology if you suspect serious damage.”
She: “I needed the 30 minutes to be sure.”
He: “In practice, you will have to do at least 15 of these screenings in an hour.”
She (getting irritated): “I can’t do a neurological screening in just 4 minutes!”
He (with a kind smile): “You might be surprised what you can accomplish in 4 minutes.”
One of my pet peeves is that newspapers will publish stories about some court opinion or other public document, but not provide any link to the documents themselves. As a consequence, readers will walk away with only the reporter’s view of why the document was of significance, which view is likely further circumscribed by an editor who is hard put to limit the amount of information in the story due to space considerations.
Sen. Ron Wyden sent a letter to the NRA. His letter was prompted by his interest in determining “the possibility that Russian-backed shell companies or intermediaries may have circumvented laws designed to prohibit foreign meddling in our elections by abusing the rules governing 501(c)(4) tax exempt organizations.” Sen. Wyden asked for material relating to four specific areas of inquiry. He received from the NRA only a partial response to the four specific requests. I have posted, as a single file, Sen. Wyden’s letter and the NRA’s response with my markups.
The response is, at best, an attempt to deflect the inquiry. For instance, the NRA was asked:
- To “identify any remuneration, transaction, or contribution that involved any of the 501(c)(4) entities associated with your organization and any entity or individual associated with any Russian official, Russian national, or Russian business interest.” The NRA simply ignored that request; and
- To provide “all documents related to any remuneration, transaction, or contribution” and to identify all such documents that “have already been turned over to United States authorities.” Both requests were ignored.
Without being specific, the NRA assured Wyden that it always complied with federal election laws. Ultimately, it offered this: “As a longstanding policy to comply with federal election law, the NRA and its related entities do not accept funds from foreign persons or entities in connection with United States elections.” (Emphasis supplied.)
In other words, the NRA did not deny that it was, in terms of its lobbying and “educational” efforts, a mouthpiece of the Russians, but merely that Russian cash had not found its way into any direct political contribution fund.
Nothing to see here.
We need to get emotional support dogs out of the airplane cabin. Recent incidents of biting, here and here, are evidence that the dogs need our protection, not the other way around. Those bites only happened after the dogs had been pushed beyond their endurance. The New York Times Op-Ed page rails against the scam. A Yale researcher has pointed out evidence that reliance on pets for emotional support may be harmful. I speak for the dogs. Continue Reading…
(Reposted from two old pieces, sadly evergreen).
Yesterday in Sweden [October 24, 2015], a 20-year-old teaching assistant named Lavin Eskandar was stabbed to death while he was protecting children from a deranged sword-wielding assailant who was attacking the school where Eskandar worked. One other person was killed before police intervened.
A conspicuous number of teachers, professors, and school workers have put their lives on the line to protect students when such horrors have occurred. At one level, I am left speechless by such courage and sacrifice. Yet after all these years in the classroom, I kind of get it, too. We pour so much of our lives into our students. I find it quite sane and comprehensible that someone would make that split-second decision: If you’re coming for my students, you have to go through me first.
Below the fold is a piece I posted in 2012, remembering two other people who made similar sacrifices: Liviu Librescu and Victoria Soto. I wouldn’t change much in that piece. There is no greater love.
California licensed pot sellers want the state to crack down on illegal competitors. Are you getting California marijuana delivered to you? If so, it’s probably illegal. California police want to understand marijuana users better. So they’re watching them get high. Bill would boost privacy for California marijuana customers. LAPD cracks down on illegal marijuana shops, arresting dozens. But there could be hundreds more.
Massachusetts pot regulators face decision on social consumption. Massachusetts legislator: pot regulations violate pot law. What’s next for New Hampshire bill to legalize marijuana? New Hampshire marijuana legalization debate continues at State Capitol.
Delaware marijuana legalization panel issues draft report. New Jersey legal marijuana foes offer a compromise: Decriminalize it. New York bill to legalize marijuana gets pushed. Connecticut legal marijuana will receive public hearing.
Bipartisan bill offered in House to protect marijuana users in legal weed states. Koch brothers criticize Trump administration over legal pot.
Democrats forming marijuana legalization consensus. The next Democratic president will legalize weed.
Coors Brewing Co. calls legal marijuana a “risk factor” for its beer business.
Canada government still not ready to launch marijuana legalization. Potential delay in legalization doesn’t faze top pot producer in Canada. Alberta expects 250 cannabis stores will open in first year of legalization. Quebec welcomes delayed timeline for legal marijuana. Mixed feelings for Maritimers over delay of Canada cannabis legalization.