Governor signs into law overhaul of Washington state’s medical marijuana market

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Nearly two decades after voters passed a medical marijuana law that often left police, prosecutors and even patients confused about what was allowed, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Friday attempting to clean up that largely unregulated system and harmonize it with Washington’s new market for recreational pot.

Among the law’s many provisions, it creates a voluntary registry of patients and, beginning next year, eliminates what have become in some cases large, legally dubious “collective gardens” providing cannabis to thousands of people.

Instead, those patients will be able to purchase medical-grade products at legal recreational marijuana stores that obtain an endorsement to sell medical marijuana, or they’ll be able to participate in much-smaller cooperative grows, of up to just four patients.

And those big medical marijuana gardens will be given what lawmakers describe as a path to legitimacy: The state will grant priority in licensing to those that have been good actors, such as by paying business taxes.

To the people in Nepal and the region affected by this tragedy we send our heartfelt sympathies. The United States stands with you during this difficult time.

Secretary Kerry on the earthquake in Nepal, April 25, 2015

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Manet’s “Wintergarden”

A painting by the French Impressionist Edouard Manet, titled “Wintergarden”, discovered in the vault at Merkers. 4/25/1945

From the series: Photographs of American Military Activities, ca. 1918 - ca. 1981

Contrary to early reports at the time, Manet’s “In the Conservatory” (also known as “Wintergarden”) was not looted by the Nazis, but had been in the collection of the Berlin National-Galerie until it was moved to the Merkers salt mine for safeguarding.

Read more at The Text Message: Wintergarden by Manet was NOT Looted by the Nazis.

Meteor in the Milky Way

Image Credit & Copyright: Marko Korosec

Explanation: Earth’s April showers include the Lyrid Meteor Shower, observed for more than 2,000 years when the planet makes its annual passage through the dust stream of long-period Comet Thatcher. A grain of that comet’s dust, moving 48 kilometers per second at an altitude of 100 kilometers or so, is swept up in this night sky view from the early hours of April 21. Flashing toward the southeastern horizon, the meteor’s brilliant streak crosses the central region of the rising Milky Way. Its trail points back toward the shower’s radiant in the constellation Lyra, high in the northern springtime sky and off the top of the frame. The yellowish hue of giant star Antares shines to the right of the Milky Way’s bulge. Higher still is bright planet Saturn, near the right edge. Seen from Istra, Croatia, the Lyrid meteor’s greenish glow reflects in the waters of the Adriatic Sea.

From Morénike Onaiwu, 4/24/15 (shared with permission):

66,012 is a beautiful number (the current total of signatures on the petition for Kayleb).

What would be even more beautiful? The following words: “Kayleb Moon-Robinson is pardoned.” Would you help make that a reality? One click could send a tweet directly to the Virginia governor if you’re on Twitter:

Thank you for keeping the support going for Kayleb and his family; he doesn’t deserve this nightmare and prayerfully we can keep applying pressure so that the governor will grant #JusticeForKayleb.

And if for some reason you haven’t yet signed and shared Kayleb’s petition that Lei Wiley-Mydske and I started last week…here’s a link to that too!

(Photo credit: Charlie Archambault/Center for Public Integrity) 

(Note from Morénike: “FYI: the tweet was accidentally formatted in person first language. Kayleb and his family prefer identity first language, so feel free to do a quick edit of the tweet before pressing send (or you can send as is if you perceive that’s too much complication/work on your behalf; I’d rather you send than not send, person first or not”).

In provincial Congress, WaterTown April 26th 1775.  
To the Inhabitants of Great Britain.
Friends & Fellow Subjects,

Hostilities are at length commenced in this Colony by the Troops under Command of General Gage, & It being of the greatest Importance, that an early, true, & authentic account of this inhuman proceeding Should be known to you…

Nevertheless to the perfection of Tyranny of this cruel ministry we will not tamely submit. Appealing to Heaven for the justice of our cause, we determine to die or be free…


Address from Joseph Warren to the Inhabitants of Great Britain Regarding the Hostilities of April 19, 1775, 4/26/1775.

Dr. Joseph Warren succeeded John Hancock as president of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress when Hancock went to Philadelphia to preside over the Continental Congress. The fall and winter of 1774 and spring of 1775 were a time of increasing outrages and hostilities. After the violent incidents in Lexington, Concord, and Menotomy (Arlington), Dr. Warren would order that eyewitness accounts be gathered and sent to Britain to garner popular support. In this written address, Dr. Warren reports that “Hostilities are at length commenced…We determine to die or be free…

Dr. Warren, an activist, intellectual, and patriot, would die at the Battle of Bunker Hill just two months later in June 1775.  Abigail Adams would mourn the death of this great man and family friend in a letter to her husband; a British report from Boston would proclaim that his death was better than that of 500 soldiers.  (via the U.S. National Archives at Boston)

This and other accounts of the battles at Lexington and Concord are available and transcribed in the National Archives Catalog.

More eyewitness accounts from the 240th Anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Runs To The Koch Brothers To Save His Plummeting Approval Ratings

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Runs To The Koch Brothers To Save His Plummeting Approval Ratings

If Indiana Governor Mike Pence didn’t realize that his signing of the discriminatory Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was political suicide, he sure does now. Apparently, the now-infamously bigoted governor is doing something that many desperate Republicans have done to win elections or to save their ratings: Run to the Koch Brothers.

It is currently being reported that Gov. Pence has…

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With a national conversation ongoing about the positive aspects of nature and journeying outdoors taking place, a group of advocates decided it was time to ensure those utilizing the facilities throughout the state would have guaranteed access to nature. Massachusetts mental health patients have long had five rights promised to them through Mass General Laws: the right to send and receive mail (as well as access to stationary and postage and assistance in writing and reading these correspondences); the right to receive visitors of your “own choosing daily and in private” at reasonable times; the right to reasonable access to a telephone to make and receive confidential calls; the right of an attorney as well as advocacy, whether legal or otherwise; and the right to a humane psychological and physical environment. When former Gov. Deval Patrick signed the proposed “Right to Fresh Air” Bill on his way out of office on Jan. 7, 2015, a sixth legal right was added: the right to reasonable access to the outdoors.

Hey tumblr.

I have a ton of asks I haven’t looked at. Been very busy with with other projects. I have a lot I want to post about the end of season 5 but it will be a little bit more until I can get home and get it edited.

I just wanted to say part of what I been doing is going to some conventions including some comicon.
I was ready to show up to the David Morrissey /// Emily Kinney duel panel in Vegas. It is now a Solo Gov panel. Emily is here she was walking around with Steven Yuen earlier. I was sure she would be doing her panels now that we know the end of season 5 but I guess not.

To make a very long answer short since there are so many asks and questions about all of this plot direction in TWD sent to my inbox….Nothing is ever certain. A TV show is only what you make of it so enjoy it how you want to. Let others enjoy it how they want.

There is definitely unanswered questions I am glad we didn’t get thrown at us at the very end of 5. And I really couldn’t imagine we would in the finale. I was never a fan of just getting jarred with a quick surprise “this is what happened” in the last moments.

The answers I believe are more complex and will take a season at least to flesh out.

But more on that later….