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…
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.
Of course the gun nuts, their lobby, and the elected officials who have traded their souls for the money trot out the platitude that mass shootings demonstrate the need for better mental health care, not gun control.
On Saturday morning, a young man with a background full of warning signs walked into the public library in Winchester, Massachusetts, armed with a large knife, and fatally stabbed a young woman who was reading at a table. Bystanders, including a 77-year-old man, rushed to help and were able to keep the man at bay until the police arrived. One is dead, another injured.
It’s awful. But it’s not another 17 dead bodies. Jeffrey Yao lived in Massachusetts where it’s a lot harder to get a gun and there is much less “rah rah, we love guns” in the culture. When the madness seized him, he had only a knife.
Certainly we need a better system for dealing with mentally ill people who behave like Jeffrey Yao and Nikolas Cruz. Perhaps we could ask the psych experts instead of the police and courts to work on a system that protects the public and the individual. That will be a hard task. Gun control is not a hard task. Get it done.
My cousin alerted me to a post Megan McArdle wrote about Denmark and Danes, about trust and what we could learn from them. I have a slightly different take, although it’s from over fifty years ago. But I think that my perspective still has some validity.
In September 1963, with my newly minted PhD, I accepted a one-year postdoc position at the Technical University of Denmark. It was a time of ferment in the US, especially after the Kennedy assassination that November, and Johnson’s pushing for action on civil rights. A lot of racist bile cropped up in the media and was published in Denmark as well. My colleagues Gunnar and Erling were constantly on me about how terrible we treated Negroes in our country, implying that such a thing would never happen in Denmark.
I, of course, tried to explain that, yes, it was terrible but that we were working on it — as the 1964 Civil Rights Act subsequently showed. But before that passed, I brought up to them something that I noticed locally, that I hope they could explain: why were all of the menial workers, street sweepers and the like, apparently Greenlanders (recognizable due to their Inuit descent rather than northern European descent)? After I brought that up I never again heard about the mote in our eye. Yes, I’m sure we can learn a lot from Danes about mutual trust, but let’s be a bit moderate with our praise.
The Great Pot Monopoly Mystery.
California chief marijuana regulator predicts more issues with supply. San Francisco allows pot-smoking lounges. Is Sacramento next? L.A. County supervisors seek plan to clear and reduce marijuana convictions.
Washington marijuana industry is having technical difficulties, please stand by. Tacoma, Washington first pot store closed for owing $1.4 million in back taxes. Oregon regulators lax in monitoring pot industry. Marijuana tax collections in Alaska tumble again.
Colorado sold over $1.5 billion of legal marijuana in 2017. Denver cannabiz-focused credit union gets ok from Federal Reserve—with conditions. Colorado senator siege of DOJ over marijuana enters second month. Colorado wants to know why some marijuana users choose to drive while stoned. Recreational marijuana sales highest per capita in Colorado southern border towns. Unless you’re a citizen, Colorado legal marijuana isn’t for you. GOP candidate offers stark weed warnings, but nobody’s promising a crackdown in Colorado. Marijuana advertising lawsuit: Colorado should treat pot more like alcohol.
Immediately allowing marijuana cafes and theaters is “irresponsible” and “dangerous,” Massachusetts district attorneys say.
New Ohio marijuana legalization proposal reportedly making headway.
Full legalization? And other marijuana-related bills being considered by Maryland legislators. New Jersey marijuana legalization: Menendez tells Trump hands off our weed. New Jersey towns ban weed sales. Toms River shelves weed sales ban.
Lawsuit takes aim at Trump administration marijuana policy. Sessions attacks GOP senator over marijuana. One month after Sessions marijuana memo, where do US attorneys stand on legal weed? Kirsten Gillibrand signs onto Cory Booker’s marijuana legalization bill.
For the legal cannabis trade, some new wrinkles: Older users. Marijuana will be “way bigger” than craft beer, brewer tells cannabis industry leaders. When does too much cash become a health risk? When you own a marijuana shop. Why Facebook still hates legal marijuana businesses.
Canada marijuana producers enter retail race as legalization looms.
Large employers want mandatory drug testing as part of Canada marijuana legalization. Pot brands race to claim retail dominance in budding Canada marijuana landscape. Saskatchewan police anticipate legal marijuana will cost at least $1.2M annually. What did 15,000 in Alberta have to say about legalizing marijuana?
Could the Netherlands become the first EU country to legalize cannabis?
There’s a tendency – obviously from Trump and his lickspittles, but also from usually sensible outlets such as VOX – to claim that today’s indictments are “good news for Trump” because, while they mention that some Americans, including some people on the Trump campaign, were unwitting purveyors of Russian fake news, they doesn’t charge any American with consciously collaborating with the Russian attempt to undermine our election.
This reflects in part an elementary failure of logic: obviously, “Some Americans were duped” does not imply “No American conspired.” And in fact the indictment recites that the three entities and thirteen individuals charged had “known and unknown co-conspirators.” Deputy AG Rosenstein chose his words carefully when he said, twice, that “there is no allegation in this indictment” aboutÂ collusion, rather than saying that the investigation hadn’t found collusion.
But Matt Yglesias makes a different and possibly more important point, which might be unpacked as follows:
* The indictment charges a series of crimes.
* Presumably Mueller has evidence of those crimes.
* Donald Trump, Devin Nunes, Chuck Grassley, and others have been denying that such crimes had been committed, and doing their utmost to interfere with attempts to investigate them: denouncing the investigation as a “witch hunt;” firing Comey; trying to discredit Mueller, his team, and the FBI agents working with him; demanding criminal prosecution of Christopher Steele for blowing the whistle.
* Mitch McConnell used threats to prevent Obama from exposing the crimes while they were being committed.
* Insofar as it can be shown that any of those folks were aware of the truth, and of the import of their actions, they can be charged with obstruction of justice, even if the actual criminals can’t be extradited and therefore never face trial.
We’re much closer to the beginning of this investigation than to its end. Fasten your seat belts; it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Marijuana is now legal in California. Continuing to punish prior offenders is cruel and unnecessary.Will Los AngelesÂ follow San Francisco‘sÂ lead in wiping out pot convictions? Nope.Will drugged driving be a problem now that potâ€™s legal inÂ California? This lawmaker wants the state to find out.
Marijuana dispensaries outsell liquor stores in Aspen,Â Colorado for first time since legalization.Â Colorado lawmakers push for bill to legalize marijuana delivery.Â Oregon lacks enough inspectors to ensure pot growers obey law, audit finds.
Bipartisan proposal would put cannabis legalization on Arizona ballot. Lawmaker introduces bill to legalize recreational marijuana in Georgia. These red-state Democrats think legal marijuana can help them win.
Illinois governor criticizes legalizing marijuana for recreational use. ShouldÂ Illinois legalize recreational marijuana?Â Michigan marijuana legalization effort vaults a hurdle with no outside challenge to signatures.
New Jersey marijuana legalization: Monmouth County freeholder compares it to car thefts, murders.Â New Jersey marijuana legalization: Ocean County says No. See whatÂ New Jersey might look like with legal weed.
How tax competition can threaten marijuana revenue.
Can you fly with marijuana within legalized states? Support for legalizing marijuana hits record high. Why states should limit the potency of marijuana. Stop Sessionsâ€™ anti-pot crusade.Â Sessionsâ€™ war on pot could speed up marijuana legalization nationwide.
US officials question whether Canada cannabis legalization will lead to border slowdowns.Â Canada marijuana legalization may not meet governmentâ€™s July goal. Tensions flare inÂ Canada Senate over marijuana-legalization bill.Â British Columbia to limit legal pot sales to stand-alone stores, set personal possession at 30 grams.Â Quebec threatens Ottawa with legal action over pot restrictions.
UruguayÂ legalized marijuana and the crime rate has plummeted.
The first state-licensed adult-use cannabis dispensaries are now open in Los Angeles.Â Small California pot farms sue state over rules allowing multi-acre cultivation.When Reaganâ€™s war on pot came to California.
Vermont is the first state to legalize marijuana through legislature.Â Vermont governor signs marijuana bill with â€œmixed emotions.â€Â Vermont unfinished marijuana legalization. Marijuana legalization is succeeding and other states should follow Vermont example.Maine lawmakers — and voters — still hope to legalize recreational marijuana.Â Massachusetts could become a pot sanctuary.
New Jersey efforts to legalize weed may hit another Trump administration roadblock. Leave us alone on legal weed, New Jersey Congressman tells Sessions.Â US Attorney vague on how heâ€™d deal with legal weed inÂ New Jersey.
Most US Attorneys in states with legal pot donâ€™t seem to be planning a crackdown.
Colorado congressmen butt heads on spending bill amendment to protect state-legal marijuana.
How Congress is uniting to stop Sessionsâ€™ war on drugs.Â Sessions takes aim at legalized marijuana industry. Battle over legal marijuana: A monumental moment for statesâ€™ rights. The public really, really, really opposes current federal marijuana law.Â IRS collects billions in pot taxes, much of it in cash. About that joint: Marijuana start-ups pass.
Ontario seeks public feedback on allowing cannabis lounges as legalization looms.
After California legal pot shopsâ€™ cannabis caches go up in smoke, whatâ€™s next? Timing of cannabis companyâ€™s donation to Baldwin Park,Â California councilwoman raises questions.Â California growers association sues state over large-scale marijuana farms.
North Slope, Alaska police chief named to marijuana board.Â Alaska marijuana testing labs being audited.Â Colorado Senator to Trump: Donâ€™t crack down on pot.Â New York governor hopeful seeks to save subway system by legalizing pot. 5 weed lessons from the New Jersey cannabis symposium.Â Toms River, New Jersey plans to ban recreational weed sales.
The man campaigning to derail Michigan marijuana legalization makes his case.
As states legalize marijuana, investors see an opportunity. Legalized cannabis sales could be in the billionsâ€”if retail can smoke out the black market.Could Sessionsâ€™ marijuana policy shift benefit the cannabis industry in 2018? Cannabis growers in marijuana mega-merger. 60 percent of Americans now support marijuana legalization.Â Trump should back off of marijuana, 54 members of Congress write in letter.
Why we should stay focused on original policy objectives of legalizing Canada marijuana.Â Canada gives $1.4 million to research recreational marijuana use. WhatÂ Canada plan for regulating legal marijuana gets wrong. Itâ€™s high times for pot deals inÂ Canada ahead of legalization.Â Canada marijuana prices are falling before legalization.
The following are two sequential paragraphs from the obituary in the Baltimore Sun of Kingdon Gould Jr., a great-grandson of robber baron Jay Gould:
When asked in 2014 by a Howard County Times reporter what he had learned from his great-grandfatherâ€™s life, Mr. Gould said: â€œSo-called financial success is relatively short-lived, and depending on the quality of the people that inherited it, it can all evaporate.â€
As a child he lived in a triplex apartment of 20 rooms and eight baths in Manhattan. He attended the Millbrook School and went off to Yale University to major in English literature.