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Charlo “F—k it, I quit” Greene Lights A Joint Live On Air

After announcing she was leaving her job at the KTVA station in Anchorage, Alaska, by telling viewers, “F–k it, I quit,” she joined HuffPost Live on Thursday and smoked a joint live on the air.

“I’ll spark up right now. It is what it is. I’m in the privacy of my own home.”

So yes, that happened.

Michelle Alexander: White men get rich from legal pot, black men stay in prison
March 14, 2014

Ever since Colorado and Washington made the unprecedented move to legalize recreational pot last year, excitement and stories of unfettered success have billowed into the air. Colorado's marijuana tax revenue far exceeded expectations, bringing a whopping $185 million to the state and tourists are lining up to taste the budding culture (pun intended). Several other states are now looking to follow suit and legalize. 

But the ramifications of this momentous shift are left unaddressed. When you flick on the TV to a segment about the flowering pot market in Colorado, you’ll find that the faces of the movement are primarily white and male. Meanwhile, many of the more than  210,000 people who were arrested for marijuana possession in Colorado between 1986 and 2010 according to a report from the Marijuana Arrest Research Project, remain behind bars. Thousands of black men and boys still sit in prisons for possession of the very plant that’s making those white guys on TV rich.

“In many ways the imagery doesn’t sit right,” said Michelle Alexander, associate professor of law at Ohio State University and author of  The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness in a  public conversation on March 6 with Asha Bandele of the  Drug Policy Alliance.  “Here are white men poised to run big marijuana businesses, dreaming of cashing in big—big money, big businesses selling weed—after 40 years of impoverished black kids getting prison time for selling weed, and their families and futures destroyed. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely the same thing?”

Alexander said she is “thrilled” that Colorado and Washington have legalized pot and that Washington D.C. decriminalized possession of small amounts earlier this month. But she said she’s noticed “warning signs” of a troubling trend emerging in the pot legalization movement: Whites—men in particular—are the face of the movement, and the emerging pot industry. (A recent In These Times article titled “ The Unbearable Whiteness of Marijuana Legalization,” summarize this trend.)

Alexander said for 40 years poor communities of color have experienced the wrath of the war on drugs.

“Black men and boys” have been the target of the war on drugs’ racist policies—stopped, frisked and disturbed—“often before they’re old enough to vote,” she said. Those youths are arrested most often for nonviolent first offenses that would go ignored in middle-class white neighborhoods.

“We arrest these kids at young ages, saddle them with criminal records, throw them in cages, and then release them into a parallel social universe in which the very civil and human rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights movement no longer apply to them for the rest of their lives,” she said. “They can be discriminated against [when it comes to] employment, housing, access to education, public benefits. They’re locked into a permanent second-class status for life. And we’ve done this in precisely the communities that were most in need of our support.”

As Asha Bandele of DPA pointed out during the conversation, the U.S. has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prisoners. Today, 2.2 million people are in prison or jail and 7.7 million are under the control of the criminal justice system, with African American boys and men—and now women—making up a disproportionate number of those imprisoned.

Alexander’s book was published four years ago and spent 75 weeks on the New York Timesbestseller list, helping to bring mass incarceration to the forefront of the national discussion.

Alexander said over the last four years, as she’s been traveling from state to state speaking to audiences from prisons to universities about her book, she’s witnessed an “awakening.” More and more people are talking about mass incarceration, racism and the war on drugs.

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Full Legalization of Marijuana in the United States of America

Cannabis is a plant that has been used by many people all around the world for many different reasons for many years. People have continued to use it for years in our country, for whatever their own reasons, even though it has been deemed of no value under our current law. It continues to be used today in even greater numbers despite all of the efforts made to persecute people who choose to enjoy its many benefits. The only solution to this problem is full legalization and regulation. If full legalization is passed our country will enjoy tremendous economic windfalls and soaring tax revenues. We know our country could do a lot of good things with money that we will never see unless we stop persecuting a plant and the innocent people who have enjoyed it for thousands of years!

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Bernie On Ending Marijuana Prohibition

“The time is long overdue to remove the federal prohibition on marijuana….It is time to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol, it is time to end the arrests of so many people and destruction of so many lives for possessing marijuana.”

-Bernie Sanders 10/28/2015

Bernie Sanders on legalizing marijuana:

Moderator: “In states where marijuana is legal, there are men and women in jail for non-violent, weed-related offences, while at the same time, people are selling it legally in those states. Statistically speaking, people of color are more likely to be arrested on these charges. Should these people be released from jail?”

Bernie Sanders: “Well, let me get to the root of the issue and tell you what I’m trying to do. And it’s a very good question. When we talk about criminal justice, what I am talking about is trying to end the horror of more people in America being in jail than in any other country. We have 2.2 million people in jail. We spend $80 billion a year locking up our fellow Americans. This is what I have said. Right now, under the Federal Controlled Substance Act, marijuana is a schedule one drug, alongside of heroin. Doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. So I’ve introduced legislation to take marijuana out of the Controlled Substance Act. Now, states may want to go forward to legalize marijuana, as you’ve indicated. Four states have. But I do not want, and to me this is a criminal justice issue, I do not wanna see a continuation of millions of people over the decades getting police records because they were caught possessing marijuana. And your point is right- whites and blacks end up doing marijuana at about the same rate. Four times as many blacks are arrested as whites. It is a criminal justice issue. So, my own view is, from a federal perspective, decriminalize marijuana.”

I wanna see this joint hit by someone from every state in the USA until we have All 50 States and the Districts, and Protectorates Showing Support.

Lets Pass This Legislation to Legalize and Decriminalize Medical Marijuana NOW !

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Legalization works!: Colorado legalized marijuana two years ago and the sky didn’t fall, after all
By Art Way

More than three years have passed since Colorado residents voted to legalize marijuana, which immediately allowed adults to possess and cultivate limited amounts of marijuana. This past New Year’s Day marked the two-year anniversary of adults being able to legally buy marijuana in Colorado. The policy is still in its formative stage, but the first year after marijuana sales started in Colorado went very well and we continue to see the good shape of things to come.

Opponents of legalization predicted destruction that hasn’t come to pass. Too bad it’s working!

So in Colorado, the medical marijuana growers have to have 24-hour video of their operations, and that video is accessible by the state at any time — they can tap into it. And they all have these badges, and they had to go through background checks to get these badges. So there’s an attempt to keep black market money out of it … in Colorado, you’re unlikely to see a situation where a dispensary is, in fact, just a front for a Mexican cartel. And then they had this additional rule, which is pretty revolutionary — it’s called a 70-30 rule, where 70 percent of all the marijuana that each store sells, they have to grow themselves. … That goes a long way to eliminating the introduction of black market weed. … Stores aren’t just buying all their weed from Mexican cartels and marking it up. …

That’s a huge reason why the feds have focused on California. California doesn’t have tight regulations on who grows marijuana, where it comes from. So the feds move in, and what they claim is that these med marijuana businesses are fronts for what are in fact just old-school black market drug dealers. And they’re not growing medical marijuana in small batches for patients. They’re growing it in Mexico, or they’re growing it in the hills, and they’re just bringing it in, and it suddenly, magically becomes legal once it gets in the store. But in fact, it’s based on illegality. Colorado doesn’t have that.