If You Want Police Reform, Legalize Marijuana
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If You Want Police Reform, Legalize Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on June 21, 2020 at 05:56:28 PT
By Brendan Bures, The Fresh Toast
Source: Chicago Tribune
USA -- National leaders and lawmakers have held ongoing conversations around criminal justice reform and racial injustices following George Floyd’s death by Minneapolis police. According to Sen. Bernie Sanders, one obvious place to start is legalizing marijuana.Sanders gave a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, discussing several solutions to address police violence in the country. He proposed abolishing qualified immunity and establishing a "civilian" core of unarmed first responders. But legalizing marijuana is a key pillar to police reform, Sanders added, especially amid other issues, such as the coronavirus pandemic.
"Finally, and certainly not least importantly, we need to legalize marijuana," Sanders said, as Marijuana Moment first reported. "In the midst of the many crises we face as a country, it is absurd that, under the federal Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is at Schedule I, along with killer drugs like heroin."Just last week Sanders held a virtual town hall meeting with Sen. Cory Booker, where they discussed the consequences caused by the War on Drugs. The Senators stated that marijuana legalization had to include expunging past criminal records for marijuana-related arrests, adding black Americans were disproportionately targeted in marijuana enforcement. It was a theme Sanders continued this week.“State after state have moved to legalize marijuana, and it is time for the federal government to do the same,” he said. “When we talk about police department reform, we must end police officers continuing to arrest, search or jail the people of our country, predominantly people of color, for using marijuana.”Similar conversations have occurred at the state level this month. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak proposed officially pardoning tens of thousands of marijuana convictions to reverse damages related to the Drug War. In addition, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced the city would redirect millions in cannabis tax revenue paid from the Portland police department and instead fund programs supporting communities of color.The Fresh Toast is a daily lifestyle platform with a side of cannabis. For more information, visit: http://www.thefreshtoast.comSource: Chicago Tribune (IL)Author: Brendan Bures, The Fresh ToastPublished: June 19, 2020Copyright: 2020 Chicago Tribune Company, LLCWebsite: letters chicagotribune.comURL: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #18 posted by afterburner on July 04, 2020 at 09:29:18 PT
FoM & Hope - Great Song
That's part of my Virtual Independence Day this year. I couldn't cross the Border right now because of covid without a death in the family. God forbid! Topsy turvy. Love the composer, love the guitars. Just goes to show, You can't take country out of the Country! I'll probably be texting relatives today. Maybe I will get a chance to see some TV fireworks tonight after working late. Y'all have a great day and roll a fatty if you've got some (essential service). I'll join you tonight after work.
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on July 04, 2020 at 05:17:46 PT
Have a wonderful 4th of July. I wish I could share a picture of my masks. Stay safe and enjoy the day. Here is a song for how things are these days. 
Roger McGuinn and Marty Stuart - You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
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Comment #16 posted by Hope on July 03, 2020 at 23:17:50 PT
Lol! That's great!
"I even bought 2 Wood Stock Masks!"
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Comment #15 posted by Hope on July 03, 2020 at 23:10:03 PT
It's the Fourth of July for a while already here in Texas!
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on July 03, 2020 at 23:07:54 PT
Blessed Fourth of July, C-Newsers!
You all sound safe and blessed. I love that. I'm thankful for that. Afterburner, I enjoyed your description of virtual Canada Day. About exactly ten years ago this summer I was in treatment for cancer. Yes. It's been ten years. One of the things I expressed a few times to my medical team was that I just wanted to feel "normal" again. Cancer treatment is rough, but I was told on more than one occasion, "This is normal now. Your new normal." There are always new normals, great and small, throughout our lives... and what we are living through right now is, obviously, a big new normal. It hasn't got itself sorted out yet, by any means. It's still new. It wasn't exactly wonderful to hear that from my treatment team, but it was true. Also, somehow, I think realizing and accepting it did give me another foothold on courage. It wasn't the old normal, but it was still normal... just a new normal.Happy Independence Day! Happy Day of celebrating our country's Independence from the greatest world power of that era, Great Brittain and King George and taxation without representation! I love you guys.Peace, you'll!
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on July 02, 2020 at 15:21:36 PT
Happy Canada Day. It sounds like it was fun. Life as we have known it might never be like it was before Covid. Even though we only go to get groceries or a doctor's appointment or tests at the hospital for my husband we are content to just stay home. I order what we need and have it delivered and soon our local Walmart with have grocery pick up so no need to go into Walmart in the coming future. This is not going to be over for a long time so live in the moment and enjoy life safely. I even bought 2 Wood Stock Masks! LOL!
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Comment #12 posted by afterburner on July 02, 2020 at 08:35:05 PT
BTW, Yesterday We Celebrated a Virtual Canada Day
With Public gatherings still restricted, we listened to Canadian musicians on TV and radio, watched reruns of past sporting events and just exchanged those deep family conversations about friends, family and events. Some people watched virtual fireworks 🌌🌋🎆.
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Comment #11 posted by afterburner on July 02, 2020 at 08:22:53 PT
FoM, Thank You 
I also enjoy responding to the beauty of Nature in my own yard, in the yards of clients and driving by parks, even if they are temporarily closed due to the pandemic. Love is all around. The animals and plants shine in their dedication to life. "Swimming in an ocean of Love," as the song says. 
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on July 02, 2020 at 05:29:46 PT
Thank you. I am so grateful that I have 8 Rottweilers and nature all around us. I enjoy watching the hummingbirds that visit all day long to the feeder I have for them on our front porch and watching the birds of all kinds feeding from their feeder under our big oak tree.
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Comment #9 posted by afterburner on June 30, 2020 at 16:25:11 PT
John Tyler and All
With all we've been asked to sacrifice in order to save lives, many things that we depend on to keep our spirits up have been cancelled or postponed. Social distancing has reduced our usual social events to limit the contagion by a deadly hidden virus. When social distancing, or physical distancing, was first announced, my first impression was that many people would suffer mental illness, loneliness and confusion, especially those without access to cannabis. My wife's many years of working with people's emotional problems, no doubt influenced my perception. Imagine the world without concerts, dances, movies, restaurants, parks and church services. Where do today's youth take a date? I know you don't need to imagine it, with hourly Covid-19 warnings on all media. As an essential worker, I'm thankful for the radio and those inspiring songs of days gone by. One that really rings true now is Making Contact by Bruce Cockburn. 
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on June 30, 2020 at 05:06:20 PT
Lean on Me ~ Black Lives Matter
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on June 30, 2020 at 04:56:25 PT
Dr. Lester Grinspoon
Rest in Peace. What a wonderful legacy he leaves for us.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on June 30, 2020 at 04:54:50 PT
John Tyler
I agree. I hope we see some new protest songs but the classic ones have a renewed life during this time in history.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on June 29, 2020 at 22:08:27 PT
You're right about that music, John.
I've been thinking the same thing. 
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on June 29, 2020 at 22:04:40 PT
Rest in Peace, Professor Grinspoon.
Lester Grinspoon, Harvard psychiatrist and early champion of marijuana reforms, dies at 92
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Comment #3 posted by John Tyler on June 29, 2020 at 10:58:22 PT
calling all musical people
This is a call for the musical people, or those of you who know musical people. We are living through a moment in history. We are in a global pandemic, an economic downturn, a crisis of presidential leadership and renewed cries for social and economic justice. The nation needs the musical people to come up with some really great music to set it all in perspective. During the times of other great social movements we had great music. (We Shall Overcome, We Shall Not Be Moved, If I Had a Hammer, come to mind immediately.) I know you can rise to the occasion. Get to work. We need you.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on June 28, 2020 at 09:41:29 PT
 John Tyler
It is like Karma.
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Comment #1 posted by John Tyler on June 28, 2020 at 08:29:37 PT
another reason
I saw this on Politico’s website. Although California has had a legal cannabis retail market for a number of years, it seems that many municipalities have chosen to not allow cannabis retail outlets in their areas. Now that the coronavirus has caused such an economic downturn these same municipalities are reconsidering their previous positions in order to make up for lost revenue. is a money thing. They were against cannabis retail outlets until they could not afford to be.A win is a win, and we will take it. It is almost like Karma.Best Wishes to all.
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