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Friday, December 04, 2020

The House of Representatives approved decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level on Friday in the first time Congress has acted on the issue. The vote was largely along party lines -- 228-164.

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"Branded as the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE Act, the bill removes cannabis from the list of federally controlled substances and facilitates canceling low-level federal convictions and arrests related to marijuana.

The legislation is not expected to pass in the Republican-controlled Senate."

Georgia on my mind.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2020-12-04 03:29 PM | Reply

The current state run industry players don't want to see it legalized on the federal level.They don't want imports drive down profits.

#2 | Posted by Scotty at 2020-12-04 06:52 PM | Reply

#2

I'm pretty sure they're realizing there's a lot more profit in legalizing and taxing marijuana.

California is taxing sales at around 30%.

Which. Has really helped dealers remain competitive.

#3 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-12-04 08:11 PM | Reply

Unless something has changed, the banks want it decriminalized so they can take those business payments.

#4 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-12-04 08:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#3 Indeed. Taxing it is institutionally racist. Colorado managed to legalize weed, then ramp up arrests of young black males for selling weed.

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-12-05 08:10 AM | Reply

The Conservative Senate will not encourage drug use.
Conservative people tend to prefer clear headedness.

#6 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2020-12-05 10:09 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Re #6

That's an admirable goal.

Does that include alcohol and painkillers?
Yes, I know they are "legal", but so was marijuana at one time. Legality does not ensure clear headedness'.

#7 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2020-12-05 10:31 AM | Reply

"Conservatives" are "clear headed".

LOL

#8 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-12-05 10:57 AM | Reply

Re: #6

Conservatives will use drugs, but not encourage their use, just like how they will engage in sex with the same sex, but not encourage sex with the same sex.

#9 | Posted by hamburglar at 2020-12-05 11:17 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Conservatives will use drugs...

...they just call it "beer". Helps with the clear headedness.

Used in a sentence: "Hold my beer and watch this!".

#10 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-12-05 11:33 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Or: "I like beer!"

--Justice Brett "Blackout" Kavanaugh

#11 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-12-05 11:37 AM | Reply

That Fester guy is funny.

Get him a netflix special stat!

#12 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2020-12-05 12:02 PM | Reply

Go ahead and laugh. Legalizing drugs is part of the toilet chute.
Swirling, then gone.

#13 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2020-12-05 12:07 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Conservative people tend to prefer clear headedness.

#6 | POSTED BY PHESTEROBOYLE

So why do they allow and drink alcohol then?

#14 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-12-05 12:13 PM | Reply

"Go ahead and laugh. Legalizing drugs is part of the toilet chute.
Swirling, then gone.
#13 | POSTED BY PHESTEROBOYLE AT 2020-12-05 12:07 PM"

I don't see anyone laughing at the situation.

I do see folks laughing at your "selective" concern.

#15 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2020-12-05 12:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Go ahead and laugh. Legalizing drugs is part of the toilet chute.
Swirling, then gone.

#13 | POSTED BY PHESTEROBOYLE

I don't laugh at the handicapped.

But I will say, you are full of simplistic nonsense.

Drugs are already legal. Alcohol is legal. Tobacco is legal. And marijuana is much less harmful than both of them.

And in fact marijuana helps alcoholics stop drinking and escape from alcoholism. As does micro dosing of mushrooms.

Time to grow up lil Phester.

#16 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-12-05 12:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Prohibition didn't work. Once the People were hooked, it was too late to take it away.

#17 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2020-12-05 12:19 PM | Reply

Right..magic mushrooms. Take a trip, and some never come back.
But I should "grow up".
Smh

#18 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2020-12-05 12:21 PM | Reply

Re: #16 Donner

It's not nice to mess with peoples' gut feelings and bogeymen.

#19 | Posted by hamburglar at 2020-12-05 12:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Once the People were hooked, it was too late to take it away.

#17 | POSTED BY PHESTEROBOYLE

Humans have been using drugs since they became humans. Probably before. Even elephants like to get inebriated.

Our taste for addictive psychoactive substances is recorded in the earliest human records.

The religulous used to love to love them.

Time to grow up lil fester.

#20 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-12-05 02:45 PM | Reply

Prohibition didn't work. Once the People were hooked, it was too late to take it away.

#17 | POSTED BY PHESTEROBOYLE

Human beings have been "hooked" on alcohol since they first discovered that rotten fruit could get you drunk. Actually, apes had that figured out before they evolved into humans in the first place. All kinds of animals from monkeys to squirrels and birds get drunk.

That's why prohibition didn't work.

#21 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-12-05 02:47 PM | Reply

Re: #16 Donner

It's not nice to mess with peoples' gut feelings and bogeymen.

#19 | POSTED BY HAMBURGLAR

Just making a little Good Trouble. John Lewis style.

#22 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-12-05 02:48 PM | Reply

And, BTW, when has illegality ever prevented people from using any drug? Has drug use declined since the beginning of the War On Blacks, Hispanics, and Hippies, AKA "War on Drugs"? Or did it merely fuel the rise of the street gangs such as Crips and Bloods as they moved from petty local crime to territorial drug distribution networks aggressively pursuing greater profits?

#23 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-12-05 02:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Can you imagine a world where all drugs were legal?

All of that bad ---- happening south of the US border? Gone. The cartels? Gone. Or at least deprived of the billions that allows them to thrive. The Taliban? Gone. Or at least reliant on financial support from something other than the sales of opium.

#24 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-12-06 02:08 AM | Reply

And that's in addition to not having to spend billions upon billion on the war on drugs.

I've was pretty heavily involved in counter-drug stuff for many years. The US and our coalition partners always have warships in the Caribbean conducting patrols. There are military aircraft, to include bombers, conducting airborne patrols. And there are security teams in many countries that assist the local governments in countering transnational organized crime. It's a large footprint, and a large bill. And it does almost nothing to stop the flow of drugs north.

#25 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-12-06 02:11 AM | Reply

"I've was pretty heavily involved in counter-drug stuff for many years."

I thought you were a libertarian.
But you're anti free market.
LOL

#26 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-12-06 05:41 AM | Reply

#26

Yet he is pro legalization now, so ya know people can evolve. I think you might have been one of those championing that in 2016 when people brought up some of the things Hillary previously supported.

Also as my son told me when he became an RA and had to bust people smoking in their rooms even though he smokes himself "it's a paycheck and a cheap room".

#27 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2020-12-06 05:56 AM | Reply

Corky,

"Georgia on my mind."

A Democrat controlled Senate still wouldn't pass it.

Defectors.

#28 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2020-12-06 10:56 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

A Democrat controlled Senate still wouldn't pass it.

Defectors.

A bipartisan Senate would pass it. It would pass now, the problem is McConnell won't allow a vote, not that a majority stands against it. Legalization is no longer a left/right issue, it's a right/wrong issue as well as an economic one. States are making billions on legalization and just like gambling, those standing on the outside want a piece of the action too.

#29 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-12-06 11:05 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Tony,

The Senate is too close.

If Georgia pushed it over, it would be 50/50.

Democrats who are upset they barely got elected because of far left rhetoric would defect.

#30 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2020-12-06 11:19 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

A Democrat controlled Senate still wouldn't pass it.

Defectors.

#28 | POSTED BY BILLJOHNSON

I disagree. Of course.

I bet they would. Under the right circumstances.

#31 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-12-06 12:00 PM | Reply

Bill,

There are red states that already allow weed. You must think that it's only blue states and that's simply wrong. States make money from the enterprise. There are have red state Republican senators who will support federal legalization more than enough to offset Dems who might not. Legal weed is a multi-billion dollar agribusiness and only growing. States are starving for revenue especially because of the pandemic. You seem to ignore the obvious.

Just like you predicted that legalized gambling would never become a 50 state enterprise - which is now is - so will weed become very shortly. Money speaks louder than religion and fear both together singing in a choir on Sunday.

And to be clear, there will be states who'll try to maintain their status through exorbitant license fees or growing restricting regulations, but when residents flock to legal states and spend millions, they'll seek to recoup the lost revenue.

#32 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-12-06 12:07 PM | Reply

Democrats who are upset they barely got elected because of far left rhetoric would defect.
#30 | POSTED BY BILLJOHNSON

Democrats barely got elected because it is so difficult to overcome republicans lies and propaganda.

You have put a lot of money and effort into your big lies.

But we have overcome your lies before.

And we shall overcome them again. The Truth will win out. Why? Because it's the American way.

Biden just kicked Trumpy's arse all over the mat. (In a nice way, of course.)

That means the pendulum is swinging the other way.

Martin Luther King, Jr., reminded us that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." Change takes a long time, but it does happen.

It's happening now. We all need to realize that soon so that we may continue our experiment of the more perfect union.

Happy holidays to you and yours. Stay safe and help keep others safe around you. Wear a mask.

#33 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-12-06 12:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Democrats who are upset they barely got elected because of far left rhetoric would defect.
#30 | POSTED BY BILLJOHNSON

You must have missed the news.

Capitalism loves the profits from taxing marijuana sales.

#34 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-12-06 01:36 PM | Reply

"Yet he is pro legalization now, so ya know people can evolve."

The only thing he's pro is following orders.

"as my son told me when he became an RA"

I'm sorry to hear your son became a rat. I hope he gets better.

#35 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-12-06 01:39 PM | Reply

"Legalization is no longer a left/right issue, it's a right/wrong issue as well as an economic one."

Left/Right is a pretty good approximation of Right/Wrong these days.
Anyone, feel free to disabuse me of that notion by rattling off things the Right is right about in the Trump Era.

#36 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-12-06 01:56 PM | Reply

Donner,

"Democrats barely got elected because it is so difficult to overcome republicans lies and propaganda."

"Defund the police" along with other opinions of the far left cost the House seats.

#37 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2020-12-06 03:21 PM | Reply

"Defund the police"

Great example of something fraught with republicans lies and propaganda.

By the way.

Do you know what "defund the police" means and what it's end goals are?

#38 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-12-06 03:42 PM | Reply

and, crickets,... no mention of the main body of the evil Drug War.

#39 | Posted by ichiro at 2020-12-06 08:47 PM | Reply

I'm sorry to hear your son became a rat. I hope he gets better.

#35 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2020-12-06 01:39 PM | REPLY

Yeah this is his last year at it then he moves off campus. Honestly though an RA who smokes weed is probably the best kind of RA to have if you smoke. He pretty much is only going to bust you if you are being a complete dumbass and even then if no one else is around he's likely to just be like stop being a dumbass about it or I'll have to bust you.

#40 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2020-12-07 06:52 AM | Reply

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