Lawmakers File Resolution Demanding Congress Apologize For The Racist War On Drugs
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) and several colleagues introduced a House resolution on Friday calling on Congress to admit that the war on drugs has been a racially biased failure, provide justice to those negatively impacted by it and apologize to communities most impacted under prohibition.
Watson Coleman, a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Congressional Black Caucus, introduced similar legislation calling for an end to the drug war in 2018.
This yearâ€™s version goes further by explicitly condemning â€œthe actions and role Harry J. Anslinger played in creating the War on Drugs,â€ referring to notoriously racist anti-drug commissioner who served in the 1930s, and urging the creation of a select committee to â€œprioritize effective, evidence-based health policy solutions for individuals and communities suffering from addiction.â€
Language was also strengthened to say that â€œthe House of Representatives should immediately halt any and all actions that would allow the War on Drugs to continue,â€ whereas the earlier version simply implored a reconsideration of drug war policies.
I’m not holding my breath, but the mere fact that such a strong resolution would be introduced is incredible considering it wasn’t that long ago that Congressional committees were actively talking about whether they could use the RICO act to arrest those who advocated legalization.
It’s clearly a sign of the changed public viewpoint (particularly regards to marijuana, but marijuana criminalization has also been a driving force behind the entire drug war).
This viewpoint is most clearly demonstrated in the recent Pew Research Poll: Two-thirds of Americans support marijuana legalization. The contrast is startling.
And we’re already seeing signs that legalization hurts trafficking. Marijuana legalization is already making Mexican drug cartels poor
The loosening of marijuana laws across much of the United States has increased competition from growers north of the border, apparently enough to drive down prices paid to Mexican farmers. Small-scale growers here in the state of Sinaloa, one of the country’s biggest production areas, said that over the last four years the amount they receive per kilogram has fallen from $100 to $30.
The price decline appears to have led to reduced marijuana production in Mexico and a drop in trafficking to the U.S., according to officials on both sides of the border and available data.
Glimmers of hope in a world of Idiocracy.
Wow. The bricks just keep falling…
Hehehe…I see what you did there. Hey, it wasn’t that long ago that I went into my local dispensary and the counter sales guy says the special today is an ounce for $130. Always one with the snappy comeback I gave him the most serious look I could muster and asked, “Mexican brick weed?” Well heck, it hasn’t been that many years since I was paying $125/ounce for genuine Mexican brick weed. But I must say that price special cannabis appeared to be genuine medicinal grade. $130 was a one off event but quality is regularly on special for $200/250, but even the shelf price for top shelf tops tops out at $400/oz. Tack on the 0% sales tax and the equally impressive 0% excise tax but make sure to deduct your $40 in loyalty points but only after asking why the heck you couldn’t plan your visit for when you could buy it for $250? I’ve read that the people in the DC gray market are paying $580/oz. I’m skeptical of that number. They don’t pay that in the DC Medical dispensaries which do honor Maryland cards. But they do collect a 6% sales tax and even after the loyalty games and high/low price schemes the cost of medicinal cannabis is at least 20% higher in DC than literally less than 100 meters past the city limits into Maryland.
Was wondering if anybody got that double meaning…lol.
Five times the Congress has apologized:
Congress might also want to use this opportunity to apologize for Afghanistan. How about a $9 billion mea culpa for money wasted there on counter-narcotics efforts?
Repealing drug prohibition and replacing it with a regulated market would be all the apology I need.
Demanding Congress Apologize For The Racist War On Drugs
After decades trying to convince the Congressional Black Caucus.
Well over due, totally unrealistic in a Cocaine McConnell Senate. Where to start with the Military Industrial Complex? Vietnam and Korea were foreign for profit police actions. Junior converted the National Guard into the International Guard in Iraq. Cheney’s Haliburton smiled big. With the corruption I’ve seen with outlawing Ganja. I now ? how the Japanese got so close to Hawaii and how quickly the xenophobes turned to support FDR in WW2, even if it meant helping the Jews. When that was a priority to talk about. Now it seems there are competing factors with the Prison Industrial Complex and the $Trillion Ganjawar Industrial Complex.
5 Times the US Officially Apologized
Maybe next time Trail of Tears, Jackson’s still on the double sawbuck.
Its Basic fascism. Us or Them. Ends Justify Means. Count the votes. Legislate lies, then History becomes a set of lies agreed upon.
Think Trump is so horrible, he is, he’s just not as discrete as the DEA. Now you witness what hundreds of millions of Americans have experienced and were shunned or persecuted for, for using a safer alternative.
50 years the media, politicians and the general public informed by them. Never got involved. Never said a word. Until the Internet’s slow progression of truthing. Still a Schedule#1 controlled substance, so 50 years this act of fascism never saw the mainstream consciousness. Now it seems like its new, or started by Trump, the fool on the hill.
50 years we’ve been pushing Hemp clothing, nutrition and 50,000 alternatives to status quo fossil fools, trees, crude plastic and nukes. Shunned and censored. Jailing sick people, forfeitures, confiscations 700,000 arrested last year. Making them banned for life from tuition assistance and Pell Grants. Getting a med card has had patients removed from organ transplant lists. Until it is removed federally from the controlled substance ax. CSA
Now its getting obvious on several issues, they blame Trump? He’s only shaking the pillars, no one hears on a censored media or taught in censored schools. The Fascism has been here all along, now that you see it, its not any worse than before you knew. Okay, maybe with Trump so attached to Putin it is worse. Not different, just uncoordinated or clumsy. Surely selfishness, greed and a huge lack of empathy. I’d still take the lesser evil with American fascism than old style Kremlin terrorism Putin and his Bitch seem fond of.
Maybe with ECS deficiency stoners are the remaining individual thinkers. Chill and learn about the candidates history. We are Americans first, parties are vehicles to get to the office, that has no need of politicians tweaks or tweets. The office has protocols and rules in place and a format to change it called Congress. Not enforcing good laws has led to enforcing bad laws to compensate. If Emancipation was enforced and adapted by the citizens we would not have needed future laws to compensate. Jim Crow to the Civil Rights Act to Nixon’s Ganjawar. Its not Camelot and Trump damn sure ain’t no Prince Charming.
Bipartisan Money has been stacking the deck with Neocons for decades. Reagan Bush blew it open. Iran Contra was paid with DEA money. The Tea Party was inculcated by the Dick Armey of Health Insurance & Big Pharma. Koch’s buying shy democrats and loud gopers. Commie Mitch blocking 600 bills, pushing inept judges and giving out get out of jail free cards to the corrupt. Dozens of bills never seen, incrementally tweaking how to deal with a weed. Each typically varying between about 3 and 30 supporters out of 435 voting members. No Representation Without Taxation!
Cops still part of the equation. Its a health issue that was kidnapped by a fat pharm monopoly on symptom treatment profits. Less profits on healthy people and peace. Like less crime, taking profits from police and prisons. Profits treating misery, they create, no bucks made on prevention and cures. The goal is dumbing down &it don’t need no free edumakation. If history keeps repeating itself, maybe we’re forgetting the past or maybe it was censored. Trump U had less credibility than Bullwinkle’s Wossamotta U. I see DeVoid is at it again…
Trump settled all three lawsuits in November 2016 for a total of $25 million after being elected to the presidency. Billionaires without Brains or Empathy. To the Greed the money’s all green, from taxes or students. Not the results of churning diplomas.
mho profits replaced necessity as the Mother of Invention. If it replaces profits, its usually shelved. Last cure was Polio taking profits from steel and leather leg braces. We fought the revolution and won and declared our independence with the birth rights of Life, Liberty prerequisites of any Pursuit of Happiness. So the birth right prerequisites of Life are also protected. Basic staples would include education, housing, food, clothing, healthcare and without public means, transportation.
I had an interesting experience with some UPNORTH GMO recently. It tested @34.36% THC.
I added a small dab of some Wedding Cake live rosin @80% THC to my pipe on top of the flower.
I’ve had “green-outs” before where there is brief loss-of-vision. My episodes last maybe 5 or 6 seconds.
The above combo produced a fucking sonic-boom in my head. A very loud explosion. It freaked me out.
I’ve never heard of this, nor would I believe it if someone told me. Sounded like a gun being fired inside my head.
A few seconds later I was back. Vision working with NO apparent negative lingering effects.
THC kicked my ass!
Humboldt weed (UPNORTH) is potent.
I did have a 2 minute rainbow of streaming strips of light apparently coming from my eyes forward. No sound. Like a head light.Â¯\_(ãƒ„)_/Â¯ I thought finally Nixon’s keeping his promise about flashbacks. Then I thought about the commercial on Macular Degeneration. So I enjoyed it for a minute waving my hands through it, and then it was gone. But now when I smear a doobie or cap the hash, just a little “Dab”ll do ya.
Happy Fucking New Year
from the State of Californicating Stoners.
Ganja Taxing & Regulating it Back to Prohibition
California Dispensary Sales Tax
1. Excise Tax (15%)
2. State Sales Tax (8-10%)
3. Cannabis Business Tax (5-15%)
4. Medical vs. Adult-Use Tax Rates
â˜› The California Legislative Analyst’s Office released several reports on marijuana tax issues, including a recommendation that cannabis be taxed by potency instead of weight.
â˜› Legislative Analyst @LAO_CA Dec 17
We recommend that #CALeg make a series of decisions on #cannabis taxes, starting with the type of tax. (1- 6)
â˜› Californiaâ€™s Illegal Cannabis Problem @Puff Puff Post
â˜› How High Are Taxes on Recreational Marijuana in Your State?
â˜› Cannabis Rate Changes Effective January 1, 2020
â˜› How Much is California Dispensary Sales Tax? (Breakdown)
â˜› Harborside Inc.
Announces Filing Appeal in Tax Case
Continues commitment to fighting unfair and incorrect application of Section 280E
â˜› California’s cannabis black market
has eclipsed its legal one
â˜› Nearly 500 Growers
Receive Warning Letters from Humboldt County
Until the Feds remove Ganja from the CSA, there is still a need for underground growers, especially Humboldt. To service Vets and Patients who can’t get a card due to Fed laws or in places still outlawed or incrementally banned.
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Hey Mr Alex, U ok?
â˜› Eruption of a New Zealand volcano
where tourists had been hiking.
â˜› New Zealand police providing an update
â˜› A generation criminalized
How six months of protests
changed Hong Kong forever
â˜› New Zealand Announces Draft
of Cannabis Legalization And Control Bill For Debate
The New Zealand government has a plan to legalize and regulate cannabis, and it wants to know what the public thinks. Next year, it will be up to voters to decide whether theyâ€™re for or against…
â˜› New Zealandâ€™s Medical Cannabis Scheme Regulations Announced
Drug induced homicide laws are a part of the drug warâ€™s harm production. Prosecutions for drug induced homicides first began appearing 40 years ago and are now found in 20 states.
Another breakthrough in opioid addiction science. From Sweden:
Paving the way for full legalization, the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation rules that home growing in small quantities for personal use is OK.
Opioid ODs reduced by Medicaid expansion. Naloxone nasal spray most convenient for OD emergencies:
From the NYU Langone Health/NYU School of Medicine,
Medicaid expansion associated with fewer opioid overdose deaths across the US
And from Binghamton University,
Research shows nasal spray antidote is easiest to give for opioid overdose
CBD moderates the altered brain activity of people with psychosis:
Hemp ‘goes hot’ due to genetics, not growing conditions:
Hemp and marijuana distinctions are possible with an electronic hand scanner that accurately differentiates between various cannabis varieties:
Cannabigerol (CBG) is the cannabinoid most effective against MRSA. From Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where research on cannabis is made easier due to increasingly less stigma surrounding the topic:
Cannabinoids and Viral Infections
Chinese researchers have revealed differences in the CB1 receptor between male and female mice:
AAAS Public Release: Scientists find sexual dimorphism in cannabinoid 1 receptor expression in mice