Friday, December 4, 2020

Dumping tRump And Moving On To More Important Things... IE: Looking Out For Ones Own Health And Happiness

America is broken. Our institutions of democracy in question. A president tRump who is concerned only with his narcissistic delusions and doing as much damage as he can before leaving the office he never should have held. And America now has a major party all in on Trumpism and The Greatest Con Of All Time.

President Elect Biden's impressive defeat of the nation's most corrupt and worst president in modern history keeps growing. Aided by the trump paid for recounts. And still a delusional president and his 60,000,000 cultists refuse to accept reality. The reality that over 80,000,000 Americans can't stand the Great Orange Turd and so they FIRED his fat corrupt a**.

The senate hangs in the balance. Unless both democratic challengers beat their grand old rethuglican opponents the senate will continue to be controlled by thugs and dishonest corrupt trumpers. Thus rendering a President Biden basically powerless. In other words plan for obstruction, gridlock, and a further erosion of our nation's once stellar democratic credentials.

Yes, djt has changed America in ways not yet fully understood by the body politic. And so they continue to analyze and re-analyze ad nauseum. Hopefully somebody awakes to the very real danger that The Great Orange Turd has unleashed in well over a third of the electorate.

The noise, the bullshit, the lies, and the corruption during the trump era of piss poor government is coming to a close. Thankfully. BUT... the confusion, chaos, lies, conspiracy theories, the under currents of divisiveness  and racism will continue from Mar a Lago at a fever pitch. The purpose? To fully undermine the Biden Presidency and to continue to undermine democracy itself.

Trump is both un-American and a full fledge asshole through and through. He will remain A Clear and Present Danger even after he is out of office. Perhaps he will be even more dangerous out of office than he was in office. Who knows?

Anyhoo, it is time to turn interests to other areas. Areas free from the direct and vile stench of djt's corruption. For today's break from Trumpism politics we turn to the great and encouraging news on CANNABIS. Finally, after almost a century of lies and demonization of a substance that possesses many medicinal benefits (I know, I've had a medical certification in MA for going on 4 years) the democratic controlled house has just passed a bill  to END MARIJUANA PROHIBITION. Amidst all the trumpian BS finally some news worth celebrating! Although as long as the senate remains in the GOP's grubby slimy hands the MORE act will never pass the senate. With Mitch "the bitch" McConnell as senate majority leader it probably won't even see a floor vote.

But we can hope and we can work to effect the needed change when the time is right and ripe. Now, on to the article...


The House's passage of the MORE Act is the most significant cannabis move in Congress since the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, which criminalized cannabis nationwide. (AdobeStock)


Leafly - In a historic vote more than 80 years in the making, the House of Representatives this afternoon approved the MORE Act, a bill that would end the federal prohibition of cannabis.

  The bill officially passed by a vote of 228-164 at 1:10pm on Friday, Dec. 4.

This is the first significant Congressional action on marijuana since the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, which federally criminalized all aspect of cannabis production, sale, and possession.

The MORE Act will now move to the Senate, where it’s widely expected to be blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

McConnell likely to block in the Senate

McConnell has made his strident opposition to cannabis legalization widely known, even though many members of his party support it. A majority of Republican voters, according to recent polls, also support legalization.

Moving into 2021, a change in party control of the Senate could speed the final passage of the MORE Act—but it’s by no means assured.

Control of the Senate currently hangs on the result of the upcoming Jan. 5 runoff election in Georgia, where two Democrats are challenging the two Republicans currently holding the seats. If both Democrats win, control of the Senate would flip to the Democratic party. If one or neither win, McConnell and the Republicans would retain control.

Here’s what would change

To recap what’s actually in the MORE Act, the bill would:

  • Remove cannabis from the list of federally controlled substances, as defined by the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. This would effectively take the federal government out of the marijuana criminalization game and allow each state to control cannabis as state leaders see fit—which is how alcohol is handled.
  • Establish a federal excise tax on legal cannabis, starting at 5% and rising to 8% over the first five years after implementation. The bill’s tax structure is complex, and could be improved and simplified in its next iteration. (For a deeper dive, see cannabis tax expert Pat Oglesby’s analysis at the Center for New Revenue.)
  • Reinvest some of that tax revenue in communities most adversely affected by the drug war.
  • Establish a federal Small Business Administration loan program for people from communities most affected by the drug war
  • End the nightmarish application of IRS rule 280E to legal cannabis companies
  • Expunge and seal federal marijuana arrests and convictions
  • Prohibit the denial of federal public benefits to any person on the basis of certain cannabis-related conduct or convictions
  • Require the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics to regularly publish demographic data on cannabis business owners and employees

Colorful debate prior to the vote

Members of the House debated the bill for about an hour prior to a delayed vote on Friday. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) led the advocates, while Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) led the opposition. The debate contained few new arguments for or against legalization, but it did serve as a helpful snapshot showing what each side believes are its most compelling talking points.

Lee and colleagues who have been advocating on this issue for many years—including Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)—led with social justice arguments, noting that the war on drugs, and the criminalization of cannabis, has devastated people and communities of color for decades.

‘Federal government has lied about marijuana’

Rep. Matt Gaetz, one of the few Republicans to stand in favor of legalization, observed that “the federal government has lied to the people of America about marijuana for a generation.”

Meanwhile, Jordan and his fellow prohibitionists rolled out a greatest hits parade of long-debunked fears about gateway drugs, underage access, and drugged driving.

Rep. Greg Murphy, a Republican Congressman from North Carolina, put up a patchwork of erroneous arguments early on, protesting that the MORE Act “disrespects states rights” and “allows for the potential for marijuana revenue to fund criminal operations and cartels.” Legalization, which began as an assertion of states rights, in fact takes violent drug cartels out of the marijuana business.


History made: US House of Representatives votes to end federal marijuana prohibition

December 4, 2020

In a historic vote more than 80 years in the making, the House of Representatives this afternoon approved the MORE Act, a bill that would end the federal prohibition of cannabis.

The House voted to end federal prohibition of cannabis, but the Senate is expected to block the measure.

The bill officially passed by a vote of 228-164 at 1:10pm on Friday, Dec. 4.

This is the first significant Congressional action on marijuana since the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, which federally criminalized all aspect of cannabis production, sale, and possession.

The MORE Act will now move to the Senate, where it’s widely expected to be blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

McConnell likely to block in the Senate

McConnell has made his strident opposition to cannabis legalization widely known, even though many members of his party support it. A majority of Republican voters, according to recent polls, also support legalization.

Moving into 2021, a change in party control of the Senate could speed the final passage of the MORE Act—but it’s by no means assured.

Control of the Senate currently hangs on the result of the upcoming Jan. 5 runoff election in Georgia, where two Democrats are challenging the two Republicans currently holding the seats. If both Democrats win, control of the Senate would flip to the Democratic party. If one or neither win, McConnell and the Republicans would retain control.

Related
7 red, white, and blue strains to celebrate the 4th of July

Here’s what would change

To recap what’s actually in the MORE Act, the bill would:

  • Remove cannabis from the list of federally controlled substances, as defined by the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. This would effectively take the federal government out of the marijuana criminalization game and allow each state to control cannabis as state leaders see fit—which is how alcohol is handled.
  • Establish a federal excise tax on legal cannabis, starting at 5% and rising to 8% over the first five years after implementation. The bill’s tax structure is complex, and could be improved and simplified in its next iteration. (For a deeper dive, see cannabis tax expert Pat Oglesby’s analysis at the Center for New Revenue.)
  • Reinvest some of that tax revenue in communities most adversely affected by the drug war.
  • Establish a federal Small Business Administration loan program for people from communities most affected by the drug war
  • End the nightmarish application of IRS rule 280E to legal cannabis companies
  • Expunge and seal federal marijuana arrests and convictions
  • Prohibit the denial of federal public benefits to any person on the basis of certain cannabis-related conduct or convictions
  • Require the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics to regularly publish demographic data on cannabis business owners and employees
Related
Leafly’s guide to marijuana legalization

Colorful debate prior to the vote

Members of the House debated the bill for about an hour prior to a delayed vote on Friday. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) led the advocates, while Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) led the opposition. The debate contained few new arguments for or against legalization, but it did serve as a helpful snapshot showing what each side believes are its most compelling talking points.

Lee and colleagues who have been advocating on this issue for many years—including Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)—led with social justice arguments, noting that the war on drugs, and the criminalization of cannabis, has devastated people and communities of color for decades.

‘Federal government has lied about marijuana’

Rep. Matt Gaetz, one of the few Republicans to stand in favor of legalization, observed that “the federal government has lied to the people of America about marijuana for a generation.”

Meanwhile, Jordan and his fellow prohibitionists rolled out a greatest hits parade of long-debunked fears about gateway drugs, underage access, and drugged driving.

Rep. Greg Murphy, a Republican Congressman from North Carolina, put up a patchwork of erroneous arguments early on, protesting that the MORE Act “disrespects states rights” and “allows for the potential for marijuana revenue to fund criminal operations and cartels.” Legalization, which began as an assertion of states rights, in fact takes violent drug cartels out of the marijuana business.

Others voiced fears about underage access to marijuana and drugged driving. Jordan and other Republicans spent much of their time attempting to shame Democrats for spending time on a marijuana bill rather than helping Americans survive the Covid pandemic. Republican leaders, in fact, have refused to act on a Covid relief package for many months.

Watching the vote come in

The actual vote on the bill, which happened around 12:30pm Eastern this afternoon, had most of the cannabis world riveted to their screens. People were watching C-SPAN for the first time in their lives.

Watching the vote come in

The actual vote on the bill, which happened around 12:30pm Eastern this afternoon, had most of the cannabis world riveted to their screens. People were watching C-SPAN for the first time in their lives.


Reactions from the cannabis world

California NORML Deputy Director Ellen Komp’s first event was a hemp rally in Los Angeles in 1991, on the 200th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. Nearly 30 years later, she witnessed a moment of change that was just a dream back then.

“It’s a historic day, a historic week,” Komp told Leafly on Friday. “It’s totally in line with the will of the people. It’s a good day. It feels good.”

“If I had a dollar for every person who told me marijuana was never going to be legal in this country, I could have the party of the century,” she added. “I’m still looking forward to having that party some day soon when we can have parties again.”

NORML Political Director Justin Strekal has been lobbying in the halls of the Capitol building for years. He said: “By establishing this new trajectory for federal policy, we expect that more states will revisit and amend the archaic criminalization of cannabis, establish regulated consumer marketplaces, and direct law enforcement to cease the practice of arresting over half a million Americans annually for marijuana-related violations—arrests which disproportionately fall upon those on people of color and those on the lower end of the economic spectrum.”

California’s 1996 medical marijuana initiative, Prop. 215, kick-started the medical cannabis rights movement that swept the nation. Prop 215 co-architect Bill Zimmerman, now retired in Berkeley, CA, has watch the arc of the moral universe bend ever so slightly in his lifetime.

“It feels great,” Zimmerman told Leafly earlier today. “It takes a lot of optimism about that arc of justice bending in the right direction in order to devote one’s life to social change and activism. When you see it bend, it fortifies the optimism that you need to continue the struggle.”

What next? It’s a long game

This session of Congress is scheduled to adjourn on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020.

The NAACP has this helpful primer on Congressional bills; it’s a little more detailed than the Schoolhouse Rock version. Note that “once a Congress adjourns at the end of its two-year cycle, all bills that have been introduced in either the House or the Senate that have not made it through the entire legislative process and signed into law are dead.”

So if the Senate does not pass the MORE Act by Dec. 10, this version of the Act will die.

This is normal. Bills like this often take years to pass. At the start of the 117th Congress in January 2020, bills that were not adopted during the 116th Congress will need to be re-introduced and voted on again. That will likely happen with the MORE Act.


Stop The GOP Racists'... And Take Away Mitch "the bitch" McConnell's Power...

 

President Elect Biden's Victory Keeps Growing...

 

Biden's popular vote margin over Trump tops 7 million







Woo Hoo!! Keep funding recounts trump baby!! Apparently the more recounts the BIGGER the Biden mandate!!

Hey trumpers, how's it feel to be America's bigliest losers??  


Are We To Soon See A Pardon Spree... Likely Yes

 

trump, Finding Our What Losing Bigly Looks Like...

 

 


 When trump LOST BIGLY  America WON HUGELY!!

The Racist GOP...

 

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Georgia Needs To Elect The Democrats To The Senate So Mitch "the bitch" McConnell Loses His Senate Majority Position...

The Lincon Project -  December 2, 2020—The Lincoln Project released its latest video, “On the Ballot,” today. The ad asks Georgia voters to think about what it means to have Senator Mitch McConnell remain as Majority Leader. Votes for Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff ensure America can get Covid-19 under control and get people back to work and kids back to school as quickly and safely as possible.

“Georgians have a unique opportunity to remind Americans just how little Republicans worry about anything other than their own prospects - political, personal and financial.” said Reed Galen, co-founder of The Lincoln Project. “Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue obeying Mitch McConnell’s agenda mean Americans withstanding another four years of lying, distrust, and failed leadership with him in power.”

The ad will air this week in major Georgia markets such as Albany and Augusta.

The Lincoln Project is a group of former Republicans who worked to defeat Donald J. Trump’s reelection and will continue to battle Trumpism in America.

To learn more about The Lincoln Project, go to www.lincolnproject.us.

The Lincoln Project Podcast, hosted by co-founder Ron Steslow, is available on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify

Massachuchetts isn't Georgia but the impact of Mitch "the bitch" Mc Connell on every state in the nation is substantial with him being the Senate Majority leader.

 Every honest patriot across America should be hoping the Georgia senate run-off election is won by both democrats who are running. This folks, would ensure Mitch "the bitch" McConnell becomes much less dangerous. He was after all one of trump's biggest sycophants in the government.


trump, The GOP, and Ghouliani All Pulling For Fascism In America...