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A milestone in the mainstream acceptance of marijuana

Tom Angell continues to be on top of new developments… Microsoft Partners With Marijuana Software Company

Microsoft plans to announce Thursday that it is partnering with KIND Financial to offer seed-to-sale software that helps state and local governments make sure cannabis businesses comply with regulations and laws.

As part of the arrangement, the software giant’s state and local government team will actively pitch the marijuana software to government entities that put out requests for proposals in accordance with legislation requiring tracking of legal cannabis commerce.

Once large industries get involved in commercial applications surrounding legal marijuana it gets pretty hard to go back to pretending marijuana is only a shunned counter-culture fringe element.

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68 comments to A milestone in the mainstream acceptance of marijuana

  • Will

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    Also from Tom today;

    Senators OK Banking Access for Marijuana Businesses

    http://www.marijuana.com/blog/news/2016/06/senators-ok-banking-access-for-marijuana-businesses/

    The roll call in the article is both interesting and infuriating. Those ‘state’s rights’ senators are as hypocritical as ever. And Diane Feinstein, don’t get me started…

  • Microsoft Uber Alles

    Cannabusinesses better read the EULA closely.
    Microsoft will consider their info as belonging to them.
    Reporting back to Redmond with all the data will occur no matter what is turned off.

    • Frank W.

      Yeah! When The Corporation appears to take a benign interest in pot (whose prohibition is very profitable to Them) that’s when I reach for my umbrella which has Seen Too Much And Forgotten Nothing.

  • Servetus

    Dr. Nora Volkow, NIDA Director, is a fascist. How do we know this? Because the NIDA’s function is the “organized control of misery”, which is a type of fascism.

    NIDA controls misery by advocating prohibition of natural medicines found useful in the treatment of diseases encompassing physical and mental health. The NIDA controls misery by misrepresenting the dangers of illicit drugs such that those who come into contact with certain drugs, for whatever reason, even to preserve their health, are fined or caged in jails and prisons. The NIDA controls misery by helping justify the imposition of a police state and its attendant drug war upon a proud and once free people, and those of other nations.

    Another reason we can label Nora Volkow a fascist is this:

    “When the United States goes to war they will introduce a war economy. This means sacrificing everything for the army and war purposes – and misery for the population. How can there be a self-sustaining economy for the United States? In times of peace you have 10 million unemployed – and this in a time of relative prosperity; during crises you have 13 to 14 million unemployed. Moreover you must export. To do this you must import. What? Products that will ruin your farmers, who are even now being supported artificially? No, there is no possibility. Instead, it is necessary to organize a kind of fascism – an organized control of the misery, because what is fascism except the organization of misery for the people. The New Deal tried to do it in a better way but did not succeed, because at that period you remained too rich for a fascist misery. However you will become poorer and poorer, and as a result the next New Deal will be in fascist form…

    “Capitalism in the United States is running head on into those problems which impelled Germany in 1914 upon the road of war … For Germany it was a question of ‘organizing’ Europe. For the United States it is a question of ‘organizing’ the world. History is taking mankind directly into the volcanic eruption of American imperialism…The United States cannot enter a world war, or even make serious preparation for it without assuring first the full domination of the Latin American countries…Washington will not permit…a rebellious attitude. The armies, of course, have a world purpose, but the immediate step is first directed to South America to teach them to obey. For the United States, Latin America is like Austria and Czechoslovakia was to Hitler – a springboard to the larger things…Washington will name the terms.”— Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), great-grandfather of Nora Volkow.

    Source: http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05/17/organized-misery-is-fascism/

  • Skid Marx

    Professor rejects Marxism after travelling globe and not finding any place where it works:

    http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/27861/

    • Duncan20903

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      Now that’s the craziest thing that I’ve ever heard!

      When I was just a wee boy my Dad took me aside and said to me “son pay close attention because I’m going to tell you the secret to happiness.” My dad was a wise man in the ways of the world. He said “son, the secret to happiness is to marry up with a fat tattooed lady. You get heat in the winter, shade in the summer and moving pictures all year long! Then he started to sing, Lydia Lydia my sweet Lydia…

      OK, OK I’ll confess. I never understood why anyone thought those guys were actually funny. But I thought that they were all but forgotten decades ago. I guess there are some unfortunately very poor countries where they can’t afford real comedy so they have to make due. But that’s no reason to look down your nose at them. Sometimes people have to figure out what doesn’t work before they can figure out what does work.

    • Servetus

      There’s no joy in Fascistland, either:

      It must be pointed out in passing that the capitalist ruling class (especially the “far-sighted,” non-partisan, big business establishment) would employ fascistic methods of control only as a means of last resort. As long as there is no serious grassroots threat to the status quo, it prefers to mitigate economic distress and social tensions by means of minimal reforms and usual “democratic” measures.[…]

      It must also be pointed out that a direct link can be detected between the recent rise of fascistic tendencies in most of the core capitalist countries, on the one hand, and the rise or reign of parasitic finance capital in these countries, on the other. As the unproductive, scrounging financial sector has systematically emaciated the productive, real sector of the economies of these countries, chronic stagnation has become a perennial feature of their markets.

      Source: http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/17/distorting-fascism-to-sanitize-capitalism/

  • DdC

    Democrats Replace Lil Debbie Wasserface with Clinton’s Pick to Run DNC – Brandon Davis Source

    Now, Wasserman-Shultz faces heavy opposition in a primary campaign for her congressional district with Democratic challenger Tim Canova challenging her to a series of six debates.

    Their vastly divergent stances on payday lending, private prisons, marijuana legalization and financial regulation in general still aren’t clear to the public.

    Wasserman-Shultz in favor of the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty

    Woman sues border agency after invasive cavity search for non-existent drugs

    The Aʂʂhole Police
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/717

    • jean valjean

      La Shitz gets flushed…. think I feel a donation coming on for her primary rival, Tim Canova. Fuck off back to “suburbia” Debbie.

    • Always Uncivil

      Ol’ Butterhair is going down! Shitting on Bernie was a little too obvious.
      Don’t feel bad for Lil’ Debbie the bank account is bulging and she has plenty of Land O’ Lakes to style her hair with.
      I almost feel bad for Bernie not figuring out Empress Cankles was selected last year.
      There is even a DNC memo from last spring stating this.
      Now if the republicants could only get rid of that globalist rat POS Paulie “the beard” Ryan.

      • darkcycle

        Except the replacement was hand picked by the Clintons and was taken directly from the lead staff on the Killary campaign. Careful what you wish for.

      • Justin Auldphart

        I think that Mrs. Clinton was chosen shortly after she conceded to Obama in ’08..got a nice high profile job at State, good for the foreign policy resume. I did note at the convention in ’12 that no young hot shot (of either gender) was highlighted as keynote speaker which is the usual practice (i.e. Bill Clinton in ’88 and Obama in ’04).

        The whole thing was a bag job, including I am beginning to believe, the emergence of Trump…Sanders’ quest was a fly in the ointment to the coronation…you can bet that should Mrs. Clinton prevail, we have not seen the last of Wassername…

        • kaptinemo

          Try googling the following: June 6 2008 Chantilly Virginia. Your thesis will be confirmed. You don’t become Prez unless you kiss some very expensive booty.

          What they made Hillary do to clinch their vote for 2016 remains to be revealed, but can be guessed, as all the top positions are held by men.

          While you’re at it, also google Bohemian Grove. And realize that most world leaders attend it regularly.

  • Servetus

    A drug lab chemist gets arrested, but the 24,000 defendants in drug cases who stand to have their cases dismissed due to faked lab testing are getting their justice delayed:

    June 16, 2016 — Four years after chemist Annie Dookhan was arrested for falsifying evidence at Massachusetts’ state drug lab, less than 1 percent of the 24,000 cases she may have tampered with have been reviewed.

    Dookhan’s story—of how she tainted drug evidence in criminal investigations on a massive scale—has been well-documented by local media. But lost in the focus on the chemist herself are the more than 20,000 defendants who may have been wrongfully convicted thanks to her mishandled results. It’s one of the largest breaches of justice in Massachusetts has ever seen—so why, four years later, hasn’t it been fixed?

    “It’s a huge embarrassment,” says Matthew Segal, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. “Just a ridiculous comment on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to solve this crisis. We’re just now getting a list of cases, five years after she was caught.”

    Source: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/06/17/chemist-may-have-tainted-24-000-court-cases.html

    Justice delayed is justice denied, standard operating procedure for the drug war. It appears the legal system discriminates specifically against drug heretics, another constitutional exception for drug war victims. If we ever arrive at liberty and justice for all, we can expect more arrests of prohibitionist scam artists for human rights crimes.

    • DdC

      She could have been a hero keeping people from persecution. With a drug worriers brain all she could muster was a little greed. They should free all 40,000 cases…

      Drug mishandling may have tainted 40,000 cases
      The criminal cases of more than 40,000 people in Massachusetts may have been tainted by chemist Annie Dookhan and management failures at the now-closed state Department of Public Health lab where she worked,

      It’s always the money

      New Study Finds That State Crime Labs Are Paid Per Conviction
      Funding crime labs through court-assessed fees creates another channel for bias to enter crime lab analyses. In jurisdictions with this practice the crime lab receives a sum of money for each conviction of a given type. Ray Wickenheiser says, ‘‘Collection of court costs is the only stable source of funding for the Acadiana Crime Lab. $10 is received for each guilty plea or verdict from each speeding ticket, and $50 from each DWI (Driving While Impaired) and drug offense.’

  • Meanwhile in Thailand

    Thai Justice Minister thinks ya ba (methamphetamine) should be excluded from list of narcotic drugs

    The Justice Ministry has been consulting with relevant agencies about the proposal to exclude methamphetamine or Ya Ba from a list of narcotics drugs and to treat is a normal drug so as to convince drug addicts to come forward for treatment and rehabilitation.

    Addressing a meeting today (Thursday) on direction and policy regarding worldwide narcotic problem, Justice Minister Paiboon Kumchaya said that after 28 years of waging war against narcotics drugs, the world has not succeeded in winning the war and more people are hooked to the drugs.

    He said that several governments had started rethinking about how to “co-exist” with narcotic problem since they cannot win the war against drug abuse.

    http://preview.tinyurl.com/YabaDabaDooooo

  • DdC

    Doh! Where have I heard this before? Hummm.
    Hey lets have more stste incrementalism, reform guys!
    You still don’t need a weatherman to see which way the wind blows..

    This Is the Worst Case Scenario for Small Marijuana
    A lawyer who helps companies gain regulatory approval says getting reclassified as a legal, but controlled substance could kill the industry.

    Is The DEA Legalizing THC?
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1680
    So, in other words, if a pharmaceutical product contains THC extracted from the marijuana plant, that would be a legal commodity. But if you or I possessed THC extracted from the marijuana plant, that would remain an illegal commodity.

    Wait, it gets even more absurd.

    Since the cannabis plant itself will remain illegal under federal law, then from whom precisely could Big Pharma legally obtain their soon-to-be legal THC extracts? There’s only one answer: The federal government’s lone legally licensed marijuana cultivator, The University of Mississippi at Oxford, which already has the licensing agreements with the pharmaceutical industry in hand.

  • Make That 12% for Gary

    Gary Johnson into double digits.

    http://tinyurl.com/hnhtav4

  • BevCrapstone

    A former Helena, Montana, police officer faces a civil lawsuit brought by a woman who had been working as a confidential informant for a local drug task force. The woman alleges that Officer Lloyd Thompson initially threatened her with criminal charges and to have her children taken away if she did not have sex with him, and things eventually escalated to physical violence as well. The suit claims Thompson also sexually abused four other female confidential informants working for the drug task force, and that he drank alcohol and used meth while on duty.

    From: 15 US cops in the news for sex crimes this week

    http://reason.com/blog/2016/06/17/sexual-violence-and-the-state

  • Drug-Test The Rich

    “We’re not going to get rid of the federal deficit by cutting poor people off Snap. But if we are going to drug-test people to reduce the deficit, let’s start on the other end of the income spectrum.”

    Moore plans to introduce a bill on Thursday that she thinks will even the playing field or, at least, “engage the wealthy in a conversation about what fair tax policy looks like”. The bill, called the Top 1% Accountability Act, would force taxpayers with itemized deductions of more than $150,000 – which, according to 2011 tax data compiled by the IRS, would only be households with a yearly federal adjusted gross income of more than $1m – to submit to the IRS a clear drug test from a sample no more than three months old, or take the much lower standard deduction when filing their taxes.

    http://tinyurl.com/peeInThatCup

  • Mr_Alex

    Breaking news:

    Randy Philbrick has left SAM Oregon lumping the Orlando massacre with Cannabis users

    • Drug-Test The Rich

      I actually came here with the intention of telling you the great news, Mr Alex.

      PORTLAND, Oregon – Smart Approaches to Marijuana, the anti-legalization group, has announced the resignation of the leader of their Oregon Project SAM affiliate over comments he made comparing the legalization of marijuana to the horrific massacre in Orlando that killed 49 and wounded 53.

      From: Orlando Massacre Marijuana Comparison Ousts Anti-Pot Leader

      http://preview.tinyurl.com/PhilprickIsGone

  • jean valjean

    Sheriff Joe’s latest money spinner: Jail simulation for teens.

    “It will be interesting to see whether Arpaio implements a profiling regime in this summer camp by putting the wealthy white kids in a country-club wing of the jail while relegating the black and Latino kids to the filthiest, most decrepit section of the prison. It will also be interesting to see if Arpaio gives the kids a stern lecture on the dangers of bestiality, which seems to be his newest public crusade.”

    http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/send-your-kids-sheriff-joes-jail-camp

    • Duncan20903

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      Wow, I hadn’t put the extraordinary rise is the popularity of bestiality tgether with poor Sheriff Joe recent inability to get a date. If you were a pig would you have sex with Sheriff Joe if you could date any other human being, even Jan Brewer? Pigs aren’t anywhere nearly as stupid as some people seem to think.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTEcL7bw6U4

  • Mouth

    Bloomberg news looks forward to legalizing marijuana. One day we’ll have Pot ETFs. The DEA won’t keep plant matter illegal and give Big Pharma the keys to THC. There is too much money in legalizing.

  • Keep the Kulaks Out

    I almost feel bad for comrades still bitterly clinging to the false left vs. right paradigm.
    These same sad souls probably think they still have a voice in a government that threw them overboard 50 years ago.
    All politicians from both branches of the uniparty are bought and paid for by the same banks and corporations who own and run this fading banana republic and they expect a return on their investment.
    Corporate policy takes precedence over the country and the unwashed rube serf masses who inhabit it.
    A small ray of hope can be found in the Bernie supporters who know they are disenfranchised from any representative government as they witness their choice for presidential candidate pushed aside for the business as usual property of Goldman-Sachs candidate who will keep the military industrial gravytrain rolling.

  • Will we be happy? I don’t trust em.
    I guess we might find out if the horror ( http://tinyurl.com/zsm45z4 – What’s Worse Than Pot Staying Illegal? Pot As An FDA-Regulated Drug ) will be true:

    U.S. Gov’t Will Legalize Marijuana on August 1 – Santa Monica Observer
    https://t.co/j5XC0WbUya

    “The U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration will make marijuana a “Schedule Two” drug on August 1, 2016, essentially making it legal in all 50 states with a prescription, said a DEA lawyer with knowledge of the matter.”

    “When questioned, the DEA lawyer was forced to admit the truth to our reporter, because he had told the lawyer for a DEA informant of the DEA’s intentions: Pot will become legal nationwide on August 1, 2016.”

    Well, up to the level of very dangerous, like they know what they are doing. This will be crap. My prediction. No science here. Just continued drug war and new restrictive regulations to … placate ?

    • Tony Aroma

      I don’t think this would really change anything in states that have already legalized medical or recreational use. They are violating federal law now, and would continue to do so. For those states, rescheduling would just be a symbolic and pointless gesture. However, for people in states that have no legal access, it could be very beneficial. They’d at least have some access for medical use, in theory. Practically though, if the FDA is involved, it could be MANY years before anyone actually benefits. Seems to me, with or without rescheduling, state-level legalization campaigns should continue moving forward. The only real game changer at this point would be de-scheduling.

      Though, if I had to bet, my money would be on the DEA once again doing nothing. I really believe the only way federal mj laws will ever change is through an act of Congress.

      • http://tinyurl.com/zbrdxux

        … “The DEA is “an enforcement agency, we don’t make policy, we enforce the law … the Controlled Substance Act (of 1970) delineates what our concerns ought to be … and we follow it in every instance,” he said, remarking that “everyone thinks the DEA can do anything to anyone at any time. But it can’t. We have to act with the authority vested to us by congress, and it’s all described in the CSA.”

        “The supposition that the DEA can just summarily go in and change the legality of this or that drug is a big misconception the media seems to have right now, he said. The DEA follows the law, not the other way around.” …

  • darkcycle

    Ruh-Roh. Call me negative, but my take on this is, it’s bad. Not good at all. To begin with, it may very well mean the end of State medical laws,among other horrid effects that jump way too readily to mind. Really doesn’t bode well, but maybe I’m wrong. It happened once.
    http://thejointblog.com/dea-to-reschedule-cannabis-on-august-1st/

  • This is going to make a mess. We need some congressional help getting this removed from the CSA, with some urgency in mind. This will destroy the current dispensary systems, and lock big pharma into the drivers seat for all medical marijuana needs.

    Dive back to black?

    “We’ll take to the hills, like we always have,” said DeAngelo, explaining that farmers in northern California have been growing in the isolated foothills of the Emerald Triangle since the 1960s. “It’s a plant and it can grow anywhere. The only way they can take it away from us is if we give it to them.”

    Marijuana is not even schedule 2 material, and I think asking for it to be so in CARERS is a HUGE MISTAKE. Time is short to fix or stop this.

    Gary Johnson is looking VERY appealing as a candidate suddenly.

    You may be a big one percenter Duncan, by the time this is all done. Could you consider investing next in bailbonds for the rest of us peons on the couch? (this is a joke BTW – I am not good with jokes, I just try not to be one).

    • B. Snow

      We need some congressional help getting this removed from the CSA, with some urgency in mind.

      This was a position already voiced by Bernie Sanders = More explicitly within some rallies and speeches in progressive areas, and a bit vaguely or generally in other more conservative locations as “criminal justice reform”…

      This is one of the major issues Sanders supporters have insisted on – Especially in the 18-to-45 group (that’s a *Huge* demographic!)

      Hillary doesn’t seem to want to touch this -thinking it willl give her political cooties among parents misinformed or hypocritical the “Do as we say not as we do/did…” group of Democratic-Nannies.

      There’s a solution to this and it could happen to have been arranged already to go down at or near the Democratic Convention – It shouldn’t be a surprise to politicians with focus-group data in the last 5 or so years.
      But, there didn’t seem to be the political will to fight for this among the public aka the young-ish [under 45] electorate got Excited by Bernie being okay with this & totally unenthused by Hillary saying she wss maybe okay with Medical and we need to se how it works in Colorado & Washington… (seemingly we should wait forever by politicians watches/calendars ? The sky might fall tomorrow we’ll never know beforehand …)

      Gary Johnson is now in a position to steal a chunk of those voters – unless maybe Barry-O decides that a big part of his “Presidential Legacy” will be along the lines of Reason’s “Bummer” article from Oct.2011 by Jacob Sullum, (Which, I would’ve sworn was titled ‘Obummer’ until I looked it up just now?)

      We need to ‘push on’ – all the best supporting info and outrageous but real crap people think is urban myth, or “that’s surely not true” stories and put together an *Amicus Brief* of sorts for politicians that don’t seem to have time to read or vaguely keep up to date on all the most important/recent wrinkles.

      For Sanders, Clinton, Barry-O, Gary-J, and the horribly misinformed D-Feinstein…
      = See her recent ‘Real Time w/ Bill Maher ‘appearance ehere she “wanted to surprise Maher saying that she was “leaning towards” voting for/passing the California legislation.
      It might have been on “Overtime” on (Now on YouTube instead of the HBO website) – Anyway, she said she was really only worried about an increase in traffic accidents/deaths in Colorado since legalization there & maybe Washington(?)

      She mentioned needing a DWI test for it = Bill and guests argued that “statistic” was false And I’ll bet she’s going by the ridiculously misleading “stats” of crashes involving people who admit using cannabis in the last day/week/month?… whstever

      Not addessing actual impairment – as shown in Dr.Carl Hart’s studies and the demonstration in Sanjay Gupta’s “Weed 2” Documentary (iirc it was part 2), Bill wasn’t exactly as helpful he said ‘well people shouldn’t drive high’…

      Then, let Feinstein quote the “stat” about more traffic deaths (and/or accidents?) that can surely be attributed to more people in Colorado admitting marijuana use now that its legal – NOT,because of an actual increase in traffic accidents, But rathwr just an increase in the “number of marijuana-related accidents”
      Rather than a significant or correlative in the total number of traffic accident leading to more injury or deaths.

      Bill semi joked saying “don’t worry he drives better high” (which I could believe) – a light buzzz to keep you thinking/stimulated rather than bored – and reducing the occurrence of “highway hypnosis”. By people who slept better the night before & therefore aren’t driving sleepy the next day.

      I suppose that at some point there msy have been an increase of tourists driving around high because they couldn’t “smoke in public” – but residents smoking moderately could adjust get accustomed to it and arguably be the safest people on the road.

      Note: I wouldn’t make that argument = I would focus on making her admit that number is likely inflated due to people now admitting marijuana use to nurses or doctors at the hospital = because its legal there now.

      Not that more people are driving high – most people avoid it – if they can’t they’re extea careful…

      I would make the *joke* about the drunk driver who goes right past/through the a stop sign. While the stoner see it, stops snd spends like 15- 30 secs waiting for it to turn green… then realizes. Believe me it definately happens.

  • jean valjean

    Here’s how they might take care of those pesky dispensaries:

    “How Lawmakers Are Exploiting Public Fear After Orlando to Push More Police Militarization”

    http://www.alternet.org/grayzone-project/how-lawmakers-are-exploiting-public-fear-after-orlando-push-more-police

  • Its gotten to the point where I am inclined to believe that the prohibs are in a position where they need the safety of having to insist on having things their way by one means or another. Why? To cover their own ass for their own incompetence at having lost the ability to deceived the public about the dangerousness and medical value of marijuana.

    For having hid the amazing cancer fighting properties of cannabis while continuing to insist it had no medical value. How many have died or suffered needlessly because of them? Thousands? Millions?

    For these individuals, being wrong is now a dangerous option that leans in the direction of criminal intent. Incompetence of not only government individuals but entire government agencies to boot. Hiding or running or fighting are their (prohibs) only options.

    Now letting them profit from their years of crimes and con’s seems criminal in itself.

    Insisting on lies and trying to prove them are their only cover. Cover that has become as symbolic and transparent as the curtain behind the Wizard of OZ. The Emperors are wearing no clothes.

    Letting big pharma walk away with all the profits would be a very sick, slick trick indeed.

    • Servetus

      The leaked information to the Santa Monica Observer by the anonymous DEA agent looks suspicious. It appears intended, in an offbeat, dual-use sort of way. Leaking the information serves the purpose of alerting people who may oppose any changes in scheduling before it happens. It’s not a surprise party anymore.

      I don’t see the health insurance companies rushing to pay for someone’s MMJ therapy. Given marijuana’s hippie legacy, and a non-traditional sourcing arrangement with limited means to produce cannabinoids, even if GMO yeast is used to produce THC, et al., traditional pharmacies will be at a loss in supplying a wide variety of products having multiple options for means of ingestion. The entourage effect between multiple cannabinoid and terpene compounds could be lost to the production and marketing processes through established pharmacies, or to a single designated ingestion method.

      Changes automatically produce conflict in bureaucracies, as any change is bound to disrupt someone’s trivial duties or bureaucratic status, perhaps forcing them to finally do their job, thereby producing anxiety and discord among bureaucrats. So now, because of a news leak, we have five weeks more to watch as any such conflict emerges. Great.

    • Mouth

      I foresee the Bear shredding up DEA agents and the Bull stampeding over and sticking them with their horns. Wall Street supports legalizing cannabis because a government only portfolio is bad for business. How to hedge against your loses: legalize Recreational Use and let Big Pharma do her thing . . . Potash Corp will do well under legalization of both cannabis and hemp. Val Pharma falling from grace only shows that the DEA has no power in rescheduling cannabis, unless boycotting water is the gateway to good health. Ag ETFs will support legalization. Water ETFs will support legalization. Goldman-Sachs supports legalization. A way too expensive war on terror fighting drug money since 2001 bleeds Wall Street too much. Value investors understand that a better, more economically sound American Citizen brings in more wealth to our portfolios. I’ve yet to encounter ‘no money’ capable of buying cheap and expensive goods. Wall Street is beginning to see that a better standard of living results in a better yield. Ulcers are bad. The DEA is Wall Street’s number one enemy. Losing money is not good for wealth and the DEA are capitalistic parasites. Just like it’s not your grandfather’s marijuana . . . this isn’t your grandfather’s Wall Street. In order for me to have money, I need you to have money and your freedom. Debt is a bubble not worth having and the DEA is Debt incarnate. MAKE ME MONEY: legalize pot and end the war on drugs.

  • DdC

    Research Reveals Possibility Of Memory
    Restoration In Alzheimer’s Patients

    A report published in Green Rush Daily said, “Those suffering from the disease experience mental confusion, difficulty thinking and understanding, mood swings, loss of appetite, and a plethora of other symptoms. Currently, no cure exists, although the use of medical marijuana has been shown to relieve these symptoms.”

    Researchers have discovered that THC can protect the brain from degeneration, as well as ease the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Doctors believe protein fragments known as beta-amyloid is the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. These protein fragments destroy synapses and eventually forms clumps together into plaque that leads to nerve cell death.

    Brain cells, in particular, need a lot of energy to be able to communicate with each other and with other parts of the body. So when mitochondria are strong, the function of brain cells will improve. Doctors also believe Alzheimer’s disease is a result of brain inflammation. Cannabis is one of the most effect anti-inflammatories in medicine, and it is a safer alternative to prescription drugs. source 06/18/2016

    Using Pot To Save Brains!

    Alzheimer’s Caused By Loss of Cannabinoids, Study Shows Jul 22 15

  • noMoreRegressive

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  • KyussSleepBongzillaElder

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  • Geo

    Interesting, Microsoft is in. The change is coming gradually.

  • No, the DEA will not Legalize Marijuana on August 1
    The Daily Chronic

    http://tinyurl.com/huydpb2

    Just so no one gets confused.

  • DdC

    U.N. Warns Trump May Be 7 Months Away
    From Acquiring Nuclear Weapons

    NEW YORK—According to an alarming new global risk report published Tuesday by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump may be just seven months away from acquiring nuclear weapons. “A year ago, the threat didn’t seem great enough to warrant serious concern, but at this moment, a nuclear-capable Trump is now a very real and very imminent possibility,” said UNODA high representative Kim Won-soo, adding that the agency’s current projections showed Trump potentially procuring nuclear weapons, as well as advanced ballistic missile technology, as early as January of next year. “The longer we wait to act, the closer he comes to obtaining a nuclear arsenal. The final red line for preventing him from acquiring this devastating capability comes in early November. If he is not properly dealt with before then, there will be no way to stop him from going nuclear.” While U.N. officials said the international community should prepare for the destabilizing effects of Trump acquiring such weapons, they still held out hope that citizens of his nation might yet rise up against him and topple the extremist before he posed a global existential threat.

    Americans Against Insecure Billionaires with Tiny Hands & Nukes

  • Servetus

    A new poll is out from the University of Michigan Health System. Get ready for a “save the children” campaign, wherein not only presidential, but federal and state candidates resurrect the child-stalking monster (and final solution) known as the drug war:

    20-June-2016 — Child abuse and neglect was identified most frequently by the public as a child health priority for presidential candidates (53 percent). Alcohol, smoking and drug use (51 percent), as well as nutrition, hunger and obesity (50 percent) also topped the list.

    Priority areas also chosen frequently, but not as commonly, included access to mental health services for children (39 percent) and health effects of poverty on children (30 percent). Gun-related injuries among children (25 percent), teen pregnancy (22 percent), and research about childhood diseases (14 percent) were also identified as priorities by U.S. adults.

    “We know that many Americans perceive children’s health being worse today than when they were kids, themselves. There is a strong sentiment among adults today that children face a lot of health challenges. That high level of concern translates into these priorities for the presidential candidates,” Davis says.

    “While presidential candidates face many competing demands and expectations for the policy positions they support in their campaigns, our findings suggest that focusing on child health priorities may resonate deeply with voters.”

    We really get a sense of the depraved priorities of the American electorate when it comes to child welfare. A disastrous policy such as the drug war is ranked at 51-percent favorability, while mental health services, services targeting the ill health effects of poverty, gun related deaths, and childhood diseases get short-shanked. Only in an hysterical drug war economy could people’s priorities be this screwed up.

    AAAS Press Release: In a nationally-representative survey of more than 2,000 adults across the US, 3 children’s health concerns emerged as top policy priorities for this year’s candidates for President .

  • Brookings Analysts Debunk Big Marijuana ‘Bogeyman’
    by Jacob Sullum
    http://tinyurl.com/hktnnzy

    “The raison d’être of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), the leading organization opposing marijuana legalization in the United States, is “preventing another Big Tobacco,” a theme that has been taken up by desperate pot prohibitionists across the country. Two new papers from the venerable Brookings Institution take a skeptical view of the Big Marijuana “bogeyman,” arguing that the “caricature” drawn by groups like SAM distracts attention from the real challenges governments face as the cannabis industry moves out of the shadows to which it has been consigned for nearly 80 years.”

    “Policy should concern itself with harmful practices, not with industry structure, and it should begin with a presumption of neutrality on issues of corporate size and market structure,” write John Hudak and Jonathan Rauch, both senior fellows in governance at Brookings. “For policymakers, the concern should be bad marijuana, not big marijuana.”

    https://twitter.com/ThinkingKlearly/status/744871971062587392

    Nice pic of Kevin to go with the article

  • NCN

    “For policymakers, the concern should be bad marijuana, not big marijuana.”

    At this years Emerald Cup for outdoor NorCal cultivators, they had to toss the “kief” category because 9-of-11 samples were contaminated with pesticides.

    This was the first year that the cup tested entries, and 15% of them were rejected (60 plus varieties of flowers) because of pesticides or mold.

    Big Merry Wanna? Sounds like a bunch of Monsanto GMO crap to me. Yum, can’t wait.

  • SexWithThatcher

    Ouachita Parish district attorney Jerry Jones offered a stunning explanation for why his office won’t prosecute Alabama players Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones on gun and drug charges.

    Jones, who is on his fifth term as the 4th district attorney, used air conditioning as part of an interesting rationale for his decision made public on Monday. His office announced Monday that it wouldn’t prosecute the two Alabama stars.

    http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2016/06/watch_louisiana_das_stunning_e.html

  • Sonia Sotomayor’s devastating defense of civil liberties
    http://tinyurl.com/znssqrd

    “Do not be soothed by the opinion’s technical language,” wrote Sotomayor. “This case allows the police to stop you on the street, demand your identification, and check it for outstanding traffic warrants — even if you are doing nothing wrong.”

    Who needs dogs to sniff out pot when we have Supreme Court Justices who trample on the 4th Amendment to do it for them.

    • Servetus

      …your papers please!! Fichte’s passport is alive and well.

      The chief principle of a well-regulated police state is this:

      That each citizen shall be at all times and places … recognized as this or that particular person. No one must remain unknown to the police. This can be attained with certainty only in the following manner: Each one must always carry a pass with him, signed by his immediate government official, in which his person is accurately described. There must be no exception to this rule.

      Johann G. Fichte, (1796—1879), THE SCIENCE OF RIGHTS.

      http://www.cssc.eu/public/Advanced%20ID%20Systems%20EU%20-%20%2014%20May%20%202007.pdf

  • DARE Ends Anti-Pot Campaign By Quietly Removing Cannabis From Gateway Drug List
    http://tinyurl.com/jfpc63j

    “Studies on drug use show that almost every single person, 99% of all illicit drug users have tried marijuana before they did any other drugs. This insubstantial fact is still used by reefer madness folks across the globe to bolster their claims that “marijuana is a gateway drug.”

    “But when one looks past the surface of this claim, it becomes downright silly. It just so happens that 99% of these so-called illicit drug users could have also tried coffee, soft drinks, candy, or milk before moving on to harsher substances.”

    “DARE has conceded their loss and moved on. Of course, they didn’t make a press release saying so, but they only quietly removed marijuana from their list of gateway drugs. This is a victory for freedom and another step forward in the fight to end the failed and violent drug war.”