Posts in Cannabis & Crime
Why is the NAACP No Longer a Reliable Ally in the Fight for Cannabis Reform?

I went into this article pretty set in my opinion and pretty frustrated by the about-face pulled by the NAACP here in the 11th hour of cannabis reform. But deeper research and some forced perspective have opened my eyes a bit wider to the fact that true social justice reform is a full-spectrum challenge.

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Where is the NRA in the Fight for the 2A Rights of Cannabis Consumers?

It is estimated that approximately 50 million Americans own at least one gun. Coincidentally, roughly that many Americans admit to having smoked some pot in the past year. To pretend that these two major political and social phenomena are unrelated is short-sighted but we know that the NRA likes to play the long game so we are left wondering why our rights matter less to them than any other sector of society. The NRA did not respond to our multiple requests for more information on their stance but did, in turn, send us multiple requests to become paying members. Groucho Marx once famously said, “I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member.” Well, I sure as hell don’t want to join one that doesn’t accept me or my lifestyle.

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“Corruption, Cronyism, Political Maneuvering”: Shocking Nobody, Pay to Play Schemes Uncovered at the Root of Cali’s Struggling Cannabis Market

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised - kickbacks, bribes, and pay-to-play schemes form the tattered fabric of our political system so why would legal cannabis be any different? Prop 64 gave undue power to local yokels and corrupt city officials who are now blaming the state for giving them so much rope to hang themselves with. But in the meantime, it is the legit, law-abiding, fee-paying, cannabis industry hopefuls who are left swinging in the breeze.

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California Ranks Worst in Nation in Student vs. Prisoner Spending, Pledges $200M+ to Put More People in Jail for Weed

It can be incredibly frustrating to fight for legalization, then be handed this. . . to fight for expungement and justice reform only to see war-trained troops assigned to kick down doors. . . but we must fight. This plant, once truly embraced, will drop that embarrassing incarceration rate and will kick in tax revenues to our starving schools and that is an investment worth fighting for.

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Oklahoma: Registered Cannabis Farm Burglarized Just Days After State Regulators Publicize Addresses for all Cultivation Applicants

Cannabis, even in legal states, still carries a negative stigma with many Americans,  and those opposed to legalization efforts are not only working overtime to perpetuate that stigma, but they are actually starting to weaponize it.

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Company Aims to Spray its DNA All Over Your Legal Weed

A company called Applied DNA says they have a product to spray on cannabis that can take down a raging grey and black market that has already rolled up California’s attempt to take them down – Prop 64 - and blazed it like a Backwoods blunt.

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Critics Continue to Seek Ways to Recriminalize Cannabis

Hound Labs claims that their machine analyzes whether or not a person has used cannabis within the past two hours based on the metabolites of THC that remain in their breath during that window of time. They say that after three hours, it doesn’t matter if you just globbed a gram, those breath-based metabolites will be back to zero. Any sensible person would stop to think, “Wow, the human body sure does metabolize marijuana quickly & efficiently, it’s almost…natural.”

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Study Shows Streets are Safer When Weed is Legal

A recent report in a journal called Police Quarterly revealed that Colorado & Washington have both seen improvement in clearing violent crimes since legalizing the recreational use of cannabis for adults back in 2012. Legal cannabis quite literally makes our streets safer by making the police do actual police work.

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