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Reefer Madness: Jeff Sessions begins to restore enforcement of cannabis laws

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On Thursday January 4th, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era policy regarding marijuana (cannabis).

In his one-page memo, the Attorney General puts things very simply:

Given the [Justice] Department’s well established principles, previous nationwide guidance specific to marijuana enforcement is unnecessary, and is rescinded, effective immediately.

The “guidance” Sessions refers to here is the August 29, 2013 policy guidance memorandum issued by the then-Deputy Attorney General James Cole. This former memo sought to “tune” the enforcement and prosecution of the law and the crimes against that law, as regards marijuana sales, possession and use.

Cannabis is illegal on the Federal books. This is a Federal statute that applies to the United States of America as a whole.  However, there has long been a push to legalize this substance, and what President Obama did, through his Deputy AG, was to soften the emphasis on prosecution of crimes involving possession or use of cannabis. The text of the Obama-era policy, written by then Deputy Attorney General James Cole, indicated that the prosecution of such crimes should be limited to these areas:

  • Preventing the distribution of marijuana to minors;
  • Preventing revenue from the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels;
  • Preventing the diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal under state law in some form to other states;
  • Preventing state-authorized marijuana activity from being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity;
  • Preventing violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana;
  • Preventing drugged driving and the exacerbation of other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use;
  • Preventing the growing of marijuana on public lands and the attendant public safety and environmental dangers posed by marijuana production on public lands; and
  • Preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property.

While this list looks very reasonable, what it actually did was to subtly lift the ban on use. Following this directive, so far eight states and the District of Columbia have all made marijuana use completely legal, in violation of the federal statute.  Moreover, in some places a major industry for cannabis agriculture has sprung up.

It is interesting to note that along with “legal” pot agriculture, (called “pot grows” in my old home state of Colorado), there are a great many illegal grows on land that appears to be National Forest and reserved lands as well.  The industry is booming, of course. Colorado and no doubt other states, have tried to use this new legality as a tax revenue stream.  The most amazing thing is that the revenue from such business activity is directed at… the school system. The results? Watch, and… wait for it…

The humor here is certainly real, but the real story behind some of the things now taking place is not so funny. In a September 2017 piece on Today.com, the use of “marijuana edibles” is creating problems.  Serious problems.

In Indiana this summer, 11 teenagers were hospitalized after eating marijuana gummy bears. Just weeks before that incident, a 10-year-old boy in New York got sick from eating a sour gummy candy he found in his father’s vehicle. The product contained cannabis oil and the boy’s father was arrested for child endangerment. Now, police are issuing urgent warnings to parents.

“This is extremely dangerous,” Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency room physician at New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital, told TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen last year. “When young children get a hold of these products, they can have severe reactions, including nausea, vomiting, disorientation, anxiety-like reactions and even psychotic reactions that can make them do things they wouldn’t normally do.”

This is for our littlest ones.  But the problem is far worse still.  As a former para counselor, responsible for the care and treatment of hundreds of teenaged and young adult drug users who were trying to get their lives back, I heard a great many stories of lives shattered by drug use.

Most of the time the ONLY drug used was pot or pot and some type of alcohol.

I learned of young ladies prostituting themselves for money for pot, I counseled kids who held other kids at gunpoint for money for pot.  And of course, I heard many stories of those who used cannabis to just get through a day, but that day was laced with failure and broken relationships. Even in Denver, homelessness has risen by 8 percent since 2013, and the people who are out of their house because they could not pay for the mortgage admit to smoking pot, but “it has nothing to do with me not having a home…”, which is a very common by-line with all compulsive drug users.  The drug is NEVER the problem to them, but an outside observer is usually quick to see the truth.

Homeless man sleeps in Colorado. The rate of homelessness has jumped 8% since pot was legalized here.

President Obama very deliberately did this to our country.  Although the forces for legalization are much larger and more widespread than this one man, he was the facilitator of what has come now.  Now the problem is worse.  And what is still worse is that there is an amazing lack of sanity on the part of the the Mainstream media, including financial papers and even conservative news programming about this.

In several Web SEO searches today, there was not one single news-piece in support of Atty. General Sessions move, which really is very light – TOO light, in my opinion. Every major media publication, and a great many politicians, including GOP members, the supposed conservatives, came out against this move, with statements ranging from US Senator Cory Gardner’s “[this] has trampled on the will of the voters”, to NORML’s battlecry “With nearly two-thirds of Americans, including an outright majority of Republicans, Democrats and Independents supporting marijuana legalization, this is not just bad policy, but awful politics…”

So, the thing that makes this somehow “right” is that everybody agrees with it? Jeff Sessions has begun to take a stand for what is truly right.  The genie is indeed out of the bottle on this one, and it is a courageous move to go against the stream of social opinion.  But the man was correct in saying that he intended to bring back the rule of law as an operative force.  This is an incremental move towards pulling America back from the brink.  While this author does not know if it will succeed, the fact that this action has taken place is most praiseworthy, and hopefully the start of a shift back to sanity.

The lives of all of us – from our children on up – are affected by what we do.  If marijuana laws were enforced, we might not have kids getting sick, some dying, or academic failures or many other problems.  While many people can say that we would have the same problems from anywhere else, and they would be right, it still remains our responsibility to do what is right to keep ourselves and those we love safe from harm.

Obama’s time was characterized by a modus operandi of radical self-centeredness, masquerading as “freedom.” But true freedom comes from doing what is right and true.

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I think alcohol destroys a lot of lives and families.

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Should definitely start SWAT-raiding any homes used to smoke this noxious substance.
Killing everybody involved in this activity is far more enjoyable than allowing adults to do what they choose to do in their own homes.
Our nation was established on the premise that the majority should always have the power to tell the minority what to do, and to kill them if they resist.
Police time presently wasted in going after institutional paedophiles in government could be far better spent chasing down the marijuana menace.

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“Do as I say and not as I do” is alive and well…so what about ‘medicinal’ marijuana…and same vs opioids…nothing is cut and dried…”he who is without sin, cast the first stone”…nowadays the biggest sinner WOULD cast the 1st stone to defend their “dishonour”….

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New Zealand enacts new weapons ban just six days after massacre

The American left is sure to pick this up and start screaming for an “assault weapons ban” because this supports their agenda so well.

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Reuters reported on Thursday, March 21 that the Prime Minister of New Zealand enacted a sweeping change, banning weapons of the type that were used in the massacre of at least fifty Muslims, who were gunned down on livestream while in Friday prayer services in Christchurch last week. We quote from the Reuters piece below, with added emphasis:

New Zealand will ban military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles under tough new gun laws following the killing of 50 people in its worst mass shooting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday.

In the immediate aftermath of last Friday’s shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, Ardern labeled the attack as terrorism and said New Zealand’s gun laws would change.

“On 15 March our history changed forever. Now, our laws will too. We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place,” Ardern told a news conference.

“All semi-automatic weapons used during the terrorist attack on Friday 15 March will be banned.”

Ardern said she expected the new laws to be in place by April 11 and a buy-back scheme costing up to NZ$200 million ($138 million) would be established for banned weapons.

All military style semi-automatics (MSSA) and assault rifles would be banned, along with parts used to convert weapons into MSSAs and all high-capacity magazines.

Australia banned semi-automatic weapons and launched a gun buy-back after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996 in which 35 people were killed.

Ardern said that similar to Australia, the law would allow for strictly enforced exemptions for farmers for pest control and animal welfare.

“I strongly believe that the vast majority of legitimate gun owners in New Zealand will understand that these moves are in the national interest, and will take these changes in their stride.”

This is undoubtedly going to be real red meat (or perhaps real vegetables) for the anti-gun lobby in the United States. This is because New Zealand strongly resembled the US in terms of firearm rights and the penetration of numbers of guns in the populace of this remote island nation. Reuters continues, with statements that would probably surprise, even horrify some gun owners in the States, but which are doubtlessly useful for the application of pressure on such individuals:

New Zealand, a country of fewer than 5 million people, has an estimated 1.2-1.5 million firearms, about 13,500 of them MSSA-type weapons.

Most farmers own guns while hunting of deer, pigs and goats is popular. Gun clubs and shooting ranges dot the country.

That has created a powerful lobby that has thwarted previous attempts to tighten gun laws.

Federated Farmers, which represent thousands of farmers, said it supported the new laws.

“This will not be popular among some of our members but … we believe this is the only practicable solution,” a group spokesman, Miles Anderson, said in a statement.

The main opposition National Party, which draws strong support in rural areas, said it also supported the ban.

The changes exclude two general classes of firearms commonly used for hunting, pest control and stock management on farms.

“I have a military style weapon. But to be fair, I don’t really use it, I don’t really need it,” said Noel Womersley, who slaughters cpoliticalattle for small farmers around Christchurch.

“So I’m quite happy to hand mine over.”

To be absolutely fair, the attack on the mosques was an awful event, made the worse by the shooter’s deliberate attempts to politicize various aspects of what he was doing and what he “stood for” as an attack ostensibly against US President Donald Trump, some seven thousand miles away in the United States.

The immediate reaction of the people interviewed, some among them related or friends with the victims of the massacre, was to embrace the weapons reform laws:

Nada Tawfeek, who buried her father-in-law killed in the attacks, Hussein Moustafa, on Thursday, welcomed the ban.

“It’s a great reaction. I think other countries need to learn from her [Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern],” Tawfeek said.

Mohammed Faqih, a member of the Islamic clergy who flew in from California and attended the funerals for some victims on Thursday, said he was “extremely grateful” for the gun ban.

“I wish our leaders in the States would follow on her footsteps and do the same thing,” he said.

One can expect there to be quite the outcry among American liberals about gun control, especially if anything remotely resembling this event takes place or is thwarted in coming days in the US.

It may seem very cold and cruel to focus on the political angle of this story rather than the human tragedy that it is. However, in this situation we have seen signs that the most vile form of human tragedy has actually taken place – the murder of dozens of innocent people for a mere political point. Indeed this thought has been noted and vilified already, as Mr. R.X. Dentith, writing for the New Zealand website Spinoff here quoted:

American paleo-conservative Rush Limbaugh was one of the first to note: “There’s an ongoing theory that the shooter himself may, in fact, be a leftist who writes the manifesto and then goes out and performs the deed purposely to smear his political enemies, knowing he’s going to get shot in the process. You know you just can’t – you can’t immediately discount this. The left is this insane, they are this crazy. And then if that’s exactly what the guy is trying to do then he’s hit a home run, because right there on Fox News: ‘Shooter is an admitted white nationalist who hates immigrants.’”

…[P]eople like Limbaugh… can’t stomach the idea the terrorist action in Otautahi might be motivated by the kind of rhetoric Limbaugh helps disseminate – tend to think there is a culture war going on, and they are on the losing side.

This war has many names, and the enemy is easily identified: it is the battle against Cultural Marxism; the fight against Toxic Feminism; the resistance to Identity Politics; and the fear of the Great Replacement, the thesis at the heart of the terrorist’s own manifesto.

The Great Replacement thesis posits that the majority white European countries are being “invaded” by non-white, non-European peoples. Not just that, but due to declining birth rates in the West, this “invasion” constitutes a wholesale replacement of the white population over time.

Mr. Dentith tries further to knock down this notion of the Great Replacement. However, he misses a much more basic point.

Someone who goes and takes human lives and broadcasts them for any reason is not a mere political operative. The person who does this is a very sick, deranged human being indeed. Evil is certainly appropriately used here.

However, evil is often quite cunning, and despite the intellectual arguments about the reality or non-reality of any particular manifesto statement, in this case, the killer played the media with infernal intelligence, and they took the bait. It is possible that Prime Minister Ardern also took the bait, in this most awful of bad situations, and to give her credit, she took swift actions to try to “correct” what was wrong.

But the problem here was not the type of weapons used. The problem is the fact that they were used by a person who thought these fifty people’s lives were worth nothing more than a bit of policy change. One of the worst examples of human evil in recent times, this incident shouts to the world that there is a problem, but the problem remains unsolved, even though many people will hand over their firearms out of a genuine wish for compassion to those lost and the hope that somehow this action will prevent a future incident.

But the logic of this emotional reaction is nil. And what is worse is that the American Left knows this, but does not care. The movers and shakers of liberalism will likely milk the actions of sincerely horrified New Zealanders for all they are worth to try at affecting change in American constitutional rights.

And the innocent dead will not rest in peace, because the real problem has not even been examined.

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ABC’s Ted Koppel admits mainstream media bias against Trump [Video]

The mainstream news media has traded informing the public for indoctrinating them, but the change got called out by an “old-school” journo.

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Fox News reported on March 19th that one of America’s most well-known TV news anchors, Ted Koppel, noted that the once-great media outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post, have indeed traded journalistic excellence for hit pieces for political purposes. While political opinions in the mainstream press are certainly within the purview of any publication, this sort of writing can hardly be classified as “news” but as “Opinion” or more widely known, “Op-Ed.”

We have two videos on this. The first is the original clip showing the full statement that Mr. Koppel gave. It is illuminating, to say the least:

Tucker Carlson and Brit Hume, a former colleague of Mr. Koppel, added their comments on this admission in this second short video piece, shown here.

There are probably a number of people who have watched this two-year onslaught of slander and wondered why there cannot be a law preventing this sort of misleading reporting. Well, Russia passed a law to stop it, hitting dishonest media outlets in their pocketbook. It is a smart law because it does not advocate imprisonment for bad actors in the media, but it does fine them.

Going to prison for reporting “the truth” looks very noble. Having to pay out of pocket for it is not so exciting.

Newsmax and Louder with Crowder both reported on this as well.

This situation of dishonest media has led to an astonishing 77% distrust rating among Americans of their news media, this statistic being reported by Politico in 2018. This represents a nearly diametric reversal in trust from the 72% trust rating the country’s news viewers gave their news outlets in 1972. These statistics come from Gallup polls taken through the years.

 

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Lori Loughlin’s daughter was aboard USC official’s yacht in Bahamas when mom was charged

Lori Loughlin’s daughter was on the yacht of USC’s Board of Trustees when her mom was accused in scheme.

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Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli was spending spring break on a University of Southern California official’s yacht when her mother was accused Tuesday of involvement in a college admissions scheme, reports said.

Giannulli, 19, was on Rick Caruso’s luxury yacht Invictus in the Bahamas, a report said. Caruso is chairman of USC’s Board of Trustees.

Giannulli, who currently attends USC, was with Caruso’s daughter Gianna and several other friends, the outlet reported.

“My daughter and a group of students left for spring break prior to the government’s announcement yesterday,” Caruso told TMZ. “Once we became aware of the investigation, the young woman decided it would be in her best interests to return home.”

Loughlin’s daughter has since returned to Los Angeles to face the allegations that could result in her getting expelled from USC.

USC’s Board of Trustees will not decide the status of Giannulli and the other students involved in the case, but rather, the university’s president will make the decisions, according to TMZ.

Business deals in jeopardy?

Giannulli is a YouTube beauty vlogger and social media star, but in the midst of her mother’s charges, she may lose the lucrative brand-sponsorship deals she has landed over the years, Variety reported.

HP, having cut ties with Giannulli, said in a statement, “HP worked with Lori Loughlin and Olivia Jade in 2017 for a one-time product campaign. HP has removed the content from its properties.”

Giannulli also cut brand deals with partners including Amazon, Dolce & Gabbana, Lulus, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Sephora, Smashbox Beauty Cosmetics, Smile Direct Club, Too Faced Cosmetics, Boohoo, and Unilever’s TRESemmé, the report said.

Giannulli’s rep declined to comment, Variety reported. Estée Lauder Companies, which owns Smashbox and Too Faced, also declined to comment, while the other brands or companies the magazine reached out to did not immediately respond to their requests for comment.

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