It’s an edited video, so it may have been set to focus on elements that made the cops look bad, but still, this needs to be fully investigated. Once again, we see the the ubiquity of cameras in today’s society is making it harder for bad cops to get away with their activity.
I heard from a very interesting group: Strong Returns – an organization that “is on a mission to make prison reform the Millennial generationâ€™s issue in the 2016 election.” Sounds like a very good mission. They have put out a video: Prison Reform 101: How Drug War Racism Works.
Curious to see how this group moves forward. Definitely worth keeping an eye on them.
Last week, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to prevent the Department of Justice from spending money to interfere with state medical marijuana laws. The vote was 20 – 10.
Now that the medical marijuana language is in both the House and Senate versions of the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations legislation, it’s almost certain it will end up in the final conference committee bill that gets worked out by leadership of both chambers.
According to Tom Angell: â€œWith so many votes going our way these days, each new one gets less and less exciting. But thatâ€™s a good problem to have. Weâ€™re entering an era where marijuana reform is accepted as mainstream and not seen as controversial, and thatâ€™s exactly where we want to be. With this vote, itâ€™s now clear that a growing bipartisan group of lawmakers in both chambers are ready to get the federal government out of the way of the effective implementation of state marijuana laws. These temporary funding restrictions certainly help us to demonstrate political momentum, but the next step should be passing legislation to permanently change federal law.â€