Tag Archives: marijuana

MO: Judge sentences man to 15 years for being her moral superior in “arrogant and flaunting manner”

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“A St. Louis County man whose marijuana conspiracy funded a ‘lifestyle of luxury’ that led to an appearance on a reality show and travel around the world was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig blasted Thomas G. ‘Tommy’ Anderson Jr. in court for running his drug trafficking organization in an ‘arrogant and flaunting manner,’ adding that she’d seen no remorse, no effort to turn his life around and nothing but a continuance of the arrogant manner since his indictment. She would later call it ‘appalling.'” [editor’s note: Fleissig has worked for the largest, most violent, most “arrogant and flaunting” criminal conspiracy on Earth, the US government, for 25 years. She’s not morally qualified to shine Anderson’s shoes, let alone sit in judgment of him – TLK] (01/12/18)

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/st-louis-county-man-gets-years-for-marijuana-conspiracy-that/article_dc796ac6-dd6c-5507-9c4d-e0b828bb2116.html

VT: Senate passes recreational marijuana bill

Source: The Hill

“Vermont’s state Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would legalize recreational marijuana use for adults over the age of 21, removing the last major roadblock on the drug’s path to legalization in the state. Gov. Phil Scott (R) is expected to sign the bill when it reaches his desk. Vermont’s Senate had previously passed a version of the bill last summer, but today’s vote was required to approve the state House of Representatives’s decision to remove a study commission from the bill. The bill removes the civil penalty and fine for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana, and allows limited growing of marijuana plants.” (01/10/18)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/368337-vermont-senate-passes-recreational-marijuana-bill-governor

What weed and DACA need now is law, not orders

Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Garry Doan

“[The Cole Memo and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] were simply announced rather than existing rightfully as laws passed by the legislature limiting the reach of another branch. They are nothing more than self-imposed rules that can be dropped at any time by any whim of the President or his men, and, terrifying for some, both have been or are scheduled to be. The Rohrabacher amendment is merely affixed to the budget, preventing federal funds from being used against state medicinal marijuana laws. However, it needs to be attached anew to each new budget to continue to provide patient protections. It has passed every year for several, but past performance is no guarantee of future results. It’s current version expires before the end of this month. As long as none of these things are codified as stand-alone laws, any protection they offer is fleeting and based on the whim of whoever is in charge (generally somebody hated by roughly half of the country). The advantage of law over executive orders and temporary measures is stability.” (01/10/18)

https://thelibertarianrepublic.com/what-weed-and-daca-need-now-is-law-not-orders/

Jeff Sessions reminds us of our need for the Tenth Amendment

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Gary Wood

“A true conservative, in my humble view, cares little about conserving our corrupted Constitution and everything about restoring American federalism — a strict division between state and federal power enshrined in the original Constitution. No better foundation can be used during restoration than the Ninth and Tenth, not as amendments but as keystones.” (01/09/18)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/01/jeff-sessions-reminds-us-of-our-need-for-the-tenth-amendment/

Cato Daily Podcast, 01/09/18

Source: Cato Institute

“A notorious outlaw industrial-scale marijuana farmer is about to get a fairly light sentence for his activities as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions shows himself to be a somewhat toothless pot warrior. Jim Higdon is author of The Cornbread Mafia. He discusses the numerous signs pointing to the approaching end of marijuana prohibition.” [various formats] (01/09/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/new-signs-waning-war-cannabis

Idiot pol: Black people more prone to effects of marijuana due to “genetics”

Source: Yahoo! News

“Kansas State Representative Steve Alford said Sunday blacks are more affected by marijuana because of their ‘character makeup’ and ‘their genetics’ when trying to explain why drugs should be ‘outlawed’ to a room of 60 people — none of whom were African American. Alford made the comment during a legislative coffee session in response to a comment that marijuana would offer an economic boost to Kansas. The 75-year-old Republican also cited the Jim Crow era when all drugs were outlawed in Kansas, according to The Garden City Telegram. … ‘the African Americans, they were basically users and they basically responded the worst off to those drugs just because of their character makeup, their genetics and that. And so basically what we’re trying to do is we’re trying to do a complete reverse with people not remembering what has happened in the past.'” (01/08/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/black-people-more-prone-effects-235538440.html

The Ninth and Tenth of it

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“When Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Obama Administration enforcement guidelines regarding the states that have legalized (in their 29 different ways) marijuana, last week, supporters of freedom expressed some worry. But we had to admit, one excuse for Sessions’s nixing of the mostly hands-off policy seemed to make sense on purely legal grounds. If we want to liberalize drug laws, then our Cowardly Congress should do it. Definitely not the Executive Branch. And yet, over at the Volokh Conspiracy, Will Baude argues that ‘the rule of law’ does not require ‘renewed enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act.’ If anything, he argues, it ‘requires the opposite.'” (01/09/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/01/09/the-ninth-and-the-tenth-of-it/

Just say no to Jeff Sessions

Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“The US Constitution does not give the federal government any authority to criminalize marijuana. Thus, the question of whether marijuana is legal is one of the many issues reserved to the states under the Tenth Amendment. If the Constitution gives Congress the power to ban marijuana, then why was it necessary to amend the Constitution to give Congress the power to ban alcohol? Sessions'[s] usurpation of state marijuana laws is the type of federal intrusion into state issues usually opposed by conservatives. Sadly, too many conservatives are just as willing to sacrifice constitutional government and individual liberties for the war on drugs as they are for the war on terror.” (01/08/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/just-say-no-jeff-sessions

High time to legalise

Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Matt Kilcoyne

“If our politicians don’t act fast British businesses are going to be left behind in the race to commercialise cannabis across the world. By 2025 the global market for medicinal cannabis alone is due to be worth £40bn, and by 2021 the recreational market in the US alone is expected to be worth $24.5bn. The prohibition on research, development, innovation and sales of cannabis is holding British business back at a time when we need to be even more innovative and even more global in our trade ambitions.” (01/08/18)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/high-time-to-legalise

PanAm Podcast, 01/08/18

Source: PanAm Post

“Jeff Sessions'[s] Pledge to Target Legal Marijuana Draws Ire of Libertarians” [Flash video] (01/08/18)

https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2018/01/08/jeff-sessions-target-legal-marijuana/