Smoke-in Demonstration Leads To Arrest
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Smoke-in Demonstration Leads To Arrest
Posted by CN Staff on April 25, 2017 at 06:23:41 PT
By Laura Kelly, The Washington Times 
Source: Washington Times
Washington D.C. -- U.S. Capitol Police on Monday arrested four marijuana activists who had staged a smoke-in demonstration on the Capitol’s lawn to call for the nationwide legalization of cannabis. Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said officers arrested two men and two women, who were charged with possession and taken to police headquarters for processing.Monday’s incident followed Thursday’s arrests of eight pot advocates who were handing out free joints in front of the Capitol on D.C. property. Though possessing small amounts of pot is legal in the city, that area is patrolled by Capitol Police, who charged those activists with possession and possession with intent to distribute.
Both protests were organized by DCMJ, a local advocacy group that calls for legalizing and regulating the sale and use of marijuana.Monday’s demonstration took place on the lawn on the southeast side of the Capitol. Between 20 and 30 activists gathered there with signs and flags, wearing apparel decorated with images of cannabis leaves.The demonstrators spoke for an hour about the positive effects marijuana has had on their lives. In a kind of ceremony, they said Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Rastafarian prayers over the marijuana before lighting the joints. As the activists lit up, Capitol Police calmly moved in to detain the smokers.DCMJ lobbyist Jessica Laycock said the religious component was performed, in part, to highlight freedom of speech and freedom of religion.DCMJ co-founder Adam Eidinger reiterated his group’s goal of the District exercising home rule when it comes to marijuana.“Congress is immorally telling us that D.C. doesn’t have home rule anymore when it comes to marijuana,” Mr. Eidinger told The Washington Times before the event. “Andy Harris’s amendment is blocking D.C. from writing its own laws.”In 2014, D.C. voters approved Initiative 71 that allowed the recreational use of marijuana. However, the Harris rider — proposed by Rep. Andy Harris, Maryland Republican — blocks the D.C. Council from taxing and regulating the sale of the drug.City residents may grow, possess and consume a small amount of cannabis only in their homes.DCMJ also is calling on Congress to reaffirm the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which blocks the federal government from enforcing marijuana laws in states where the drug is legal for medicinal use. The amendment was first introduced in 2014 and has to be renewed with each subsequent budget.It’s unclear the importance President Trump puts on marijuana legislation, having expressed tacit support for medicinal use of the drug during his campaign.However, key members of his administration are outspoken against the drug.At a speech at George Washington University last week, Homeland Security Security John Kelly called marijuana a “potentially dangerous gateway drug that frequently leads to the use of harder drugs.”Speaking at an event in Richmond last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he rejects the idea that “America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store.”“And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana — so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful,” Mr. Sessions said. “Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, we saw how campaigns stressing prevention brought down drug use and addiction. We can do this again.”Twenty-nine states and the District allow for the use of medical marijuana. Recreational marijuana is allowed in the District, Alaska, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington.Source: Washington Times (DC)Author: Laura Kelly, The Washington Times Published: Monday, April 24, 2017Copyright: 2017 News World Communications, Inc. Website: letters washingtontimes.comURL: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #19 posted by FoM on April 29, 2017 at 09:49:43 PT
John Tyler 
I sure agree! Every morning and I turn on Morning Joe during the week and wonder what happened over night.
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Comment #18 posted by elliott baker on April 29, 2017 at 09:18:45 PT:
pot laws
again pot laws have nothing to do with health concerns many industries medical yes would lose money since pot cures cancer and the gov has done the studies to show it but won't budge from saying its like heroin. we do not live in a free country when the govt decides our fate against the will of the people, since jfk got shot by our own intelligence 
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Comment #17 posted by John Tyler on April 29, 2017 at 07:17:05 PT
Sessions has some “splaining” to do
Sessions and his pals have bigger things to worry about… like keeping their own jobs. It seems they are all implicated/under investigation for hiring Michael Flynn (lock him up) without proper security clearance. (Not mention the Russian connection) That is bad enough, but then he and Mike Pence LIED about not knowing (that is always a biggie in DC.) about his background when in fact they had been warned about it on several occasions by different agencies verbally and in writing prior to the inauguration and his hiring. They all lied about this and that and now they are caught and are trying to wiggle out of it. These guys should know everything in DC in high level dealings is logged. Meetings are logged. What was discussed is logged. It is the regular procedure. Went to see so and so on some date. Discussed so and so. Visited person acknowledges the visit and understands the topics discussed and signs off on it. Copies of all formal letters and messages are saved and archived. There is a paper trail as they say. It is for a purpose, to keep people honest. If you lie, it will be found out quickly. In DC sometimes, lying and covering up is worse than the original infraction. 
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Comment #16 posted by Hope on April 28, 2017 at 14:57:38 PT
“Well, you haven’t seen us cracking down have you?” is a more tolerable picture of Sessions. He seems to have the Laser Beams of Death turned off and averted.What does this mean? Does it mean anything?
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Comment #15 posted by John Tyler on April 28, 2017 at 13:45:29 PT
Hickenlooper meets Sessions no crackdown
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, after meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week in Washington, says that he doesn’t believe a federal crackdown on legal marijuana is on the way...
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Comment #14 posted by Sam Adams on April 28, 2017 at 06:05:44 PT
so tired of hearing about this little hateful bigot of man!  I think it's so funny that we're supposed to be scared of him!  What a little twerp.  He is NOTHING compared to the market and economic power of the cannabis industry and consumer base. It's pathetic! 
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Comment #13 posted by The GCW on April 27, 2017 at 21:00:25 PT
Think about that AGAIN
Imagine being thought of as a person society is waiting on to die in order to move forward!The Green Collar Worker
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Comment #12 posted by The GCW on April 27, 2017 at 20:56:29 PT
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Comment #11 posted by The GCW on April 27, 2017 at 20:54:51 PT
"Lead, follow, or get out of the way."
DENVER POST EDITORIAL?Jeff Sessions wise to hear out Hickenlooper on marijuanaThe attorney general told Colorado’s governor that an Obama-era memo is “not too far from good policy”, cannabis prohibition is coming to an END!There is no way around that and even the most ignorant of right wing republican politicians NEED TO REALIZE THIS TO SURVIVE.They need to realize this so they can come out of this looking somewhat victorious, if that's possible at this stage of the transformation.They must become part of the change rather than a roadblock to the inevitable change.Notice, CANNABIS IS LEGAL IN 8 STATES INFUCKINGCLUDING WASHINGTON D.C.!!!The direction We are headed is showing every intention to keep steady, which means every opportunity to end cannabis prohibition will likely be met with success.As it has been said in the past, "Lead, follow, or get out of the way."At best, Sessions can help lead direction but will be proven useless to avert change.Folks, We ain't waitin' on silly people, in case u haven't noticed!!!&!
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Comment #10 posted by The GCW on April 27, 2017 at 17:25:45 PT
Imagine being thought of as a person society is waiting on to die in order to move forward!
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Comment #9 posted by The GCW on April 27, 2017 at 17:24:08 PT
Eventually the future will be now.
New federal bill would allow banking for marijuana businessesBill co-sponsored by U.S. Representatives in Colorado, Washington and Alaska would allow banks to serve cannabis businesses without fear of federal penalties"The bill is a reintroduction of the Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act, which was first introduced in 2013 — and again in 2015 — and subsequently languished.Whether the third time’s the charm remains to be seen, but a lot has changed in four years — and even two years ...Cont.-0-Eventually, cannabis will be RE-legalized in the United States. That's a fact.Ignoids can only put off the future but they will not stop it.Imagine being thought of as a person society is waiting on to die in order to move forward!!!!
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on April 27, 2017 at 07:31:21 PT
"Free will"
Maybe there's not any "Freedom" or "Liberty" if you want to use cannabis. But there is "Free will". Maybe it's not your "Natural right", which of course, it really is. So you do it anyway. You abuse and murder that plant for your own satisfaction and sense of what you want or need. Yum, yum! Smoke it, vape it, eat it, drink it... rub it into your skin.The prohibitionist has a "Free will", too. But he uses his ... not to willfully consume a plant.... but to willfully harm and take the liberty of another for consuming a plant. The prohibitionist consumes the rights, wishes, and freedoms of other people. The prohibitionist can drag you out of a car on the side of a road and feel and touch your business. He can make you lay spread eagle on the ground... and pull your undies off and everyone can see your business. He can drag you to a hospital and x-ray your guts to make sure you aren't hiding any prohibited substance. The prohibitionist uses his free will to get all up in other people's businesses. Bossy. Bossy. Too Bossy!Why is it so hard for prohibitionists to see who is really doing the most harm to another?I guess their free will lets them believe by knocking you up side the head he is really helping you. He's protecting you from the possibility of "Addiction" or "Dependence". Yes... that's the ticket! Their free will lets them delude themselves into thinking killing people, even babies, is just so much "Collateral damage".May their eyes be opened to what they are doing. May their ears be opened to hear the cries of those in need. Isn't there anything that will reach through their "Free will" to their conscience? Can't their conscience be made tender or sensitive again? Isn't their anything that can make them see and understand?Why should they be able to tell others what they can eat, or drink, or smoke, unless it's their own stuff and they don't want to share it? If your neighbor wants to eat your dog, or pig, or calf, for supper... sure you should have a say in that. If your neighbor wants to smoke anything and he doesn't blow it directly in your face... and as long as it's not something of yours, how is that any of anyone else's business?
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on April 26, 2017 at 19:45:20 PT
Some help for severe Autism on video.
Medical cannabis advocates tell Texas lawmakers: get moving
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on April 26, 2017 at 15:04:13 PT
My Country 'tis of thee
Of thee I sing!Sweet land of liberty!Some things are wrong. They should not be done.Cannabis hemp is very obviously beneficial to many people. The really wrong thing... the criminal thing... the thing should that should not be done... because it's wrong... is cannabis hemp prohibition.It is wrong to prohibit this plant and punish the people that use it anyway. It hurts people. A lot. It's wrong.It's wrong to have a government that arrests people because of it. It's a terrible injustice. We have to change it. 
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on April 26, 2017 at 14:49:04 PT
Excerpt from Texas Highlights
"Amy Fawell, a self-identified "conservative Christian" who quoted Scripture in her plea for marijuana legalization, said pot "is safe and effective for autism" and "is nothing to be afraid of.""It is God's plant and he gave it to us for our good," said Fawell, whose 17-year-old has autism. Fawell founded a group called Mothers Advocating for Medical Marijuana Austin out of her Bible study group and said cannabis could substitute potentially harmful psychotropic drugs for young children."
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on April 26, 2017 at 14:46:08 PT
 "Nearly no chance of passing".
Highlights From in and Around the World of Texas Politics
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on April 25, 2017 at 09:35:48 PT
Harris at Wikipedia
Part of the Wikipedia piece on him...
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on April 25, 2017 at 09:23:48 PT
Sessions, himself, probably, is directing this.
He wants to take us back to the eighties and nineties. He wants to revive hideously destructive and truly obscene policies of the past to their previous "Glory", in his and other prohibitionists eyes. Not that they ever stopped the spying, suspecting, up your orifices, examining your body fluids and hair follicles, endless punishment, demonization, persecution and the violent home invasion. Of course not. By no means. But they have learned to avoid a lot of flak and feedback by not reporting it on the front page with photographs every time they do dynamic entries and such. Attorney Sessions wants to go back at least to the days of front page joy... passing those newspapers around among themselves! Joy... that's what he wants. The previous joy he and other prohibitionists experienced when they had full rein of the "War" on a certain "Class" or type of people and their predilection for certain herbs and activities that he has decided are criminal and worthy of great expense and zeal in trying to eradicate those people's "Bad" habits.These have been sad days for a free country and a people that like to teach their children to sing songs and recite poetry about "Liberty" and "Equality".He wants this disgusting, to him, marijuana freedom out of DC. He wants to get control of the city... again. Like those guys... remember them? You don't?I think one's name started with a B and the other with an S.
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Comment #1 posted by Vincent on April 25, 2017 at 06:41:23 PT:
Who is this NOBODY, Andy "I never smoked a joint in my life" Harris, and why does his word carry so much weight? He's only some WORTHLESS Congressman -- not even a Senator -- so why does his "rider" dictate how everybody else votes?
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