Democratic Spring

26 Jun 19
WKRN
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation making the state the 11th to approve marijuana for recreational use in a program offering legal remedies and economic benefits to minorities whose lives critics say were damaged by a wayward war on drugs. Legalization in Illinois also means that nearly 800,000 people with criminal records for purchasing or possessing 30 grams of marijuana or less may have those records expunged, a provision minority lawmakers and interest groups demanded. It also gives cannabis-vendor preference to minority owners and promises 25% of tax revenue from marijuana sales to redevelop impoverished communities. Gov. J.B. Pritzker, whose election last year gave Democrats complete control over state government again after four years under GOP predecessor Bruce Rauner, signed the bill in Chicago amid a bevy of pot proponents, including the plan’s lead sponsors, Rep. Kelly Cassidy and Sen. Heather Steans, both Chicago Democrats. “Today, we’re hitting the ‘reset’ button on the war on drugs,” Cassidy said. Residents may purchase and possess up to 1 ounce (30 grams) of marijuana at a time. Non-residents may have 15 grams. The law provides for cannabis purchases by adults 21 and older at approved dispensaries, which, after they’re licensed and established, may start selling Jan. 1, 2020. Possession remains a crime until Jan. 1, a spokesman for Senate Democrats said. “The war on cannabis has destroyed families, filled prisons with nonviolent offenders, and disproportionately disrupted black and brown communities,” Pritzker said. “Law enforcement across the nation has spent billions of dollars to enforce the criminalization of cannabis, yet its consumption remains widespread.” On the campaign trail, Pritzker claimed that, once established, taxation of marijuana could generate $800 million to $1 billion a year. He said dispensary licensing would bring in $170 million in the coming year alone. But Cassidy and Steans have dampened that prediction, lowering estimates to $58 million in the first year and $500 million annually within five years. Carrying the psychoactive ingredient THC, marijuana was effectively outlawed in the U.S. in 1937 and in the 1970s was declared a drug with no medicinal purpose and high potential for abuse. Blacks have been most susceptible since then to “Just say ‘No”’-era crackdowns. Pritzker quoted a 2010 statistic from the American Civil Liberties Union that while blacks comprise 15% of Illinois’ population, they account for 60% of cannabis-possession arrests. Peoria Democratic Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth summarized marijuana’s recent history as one where “white men would get rich and black men would get arrested.” The plan addresses those concerns with the criminal-record scrubbing by giving preference to would-be marijuana vendors in areas of high poverty and records of large numbers of convictions. And 25% of tax proceeds must be reinvested in impoverished communities, while 20% is dedicated to substance-abuse treatment programs. “What we are doing here is about reparations,” Gordon-Booth said. “After 40 years of treating entire communities like criminals, here comes this multibillion-dollar industry, and guess what? Black and brown people have been put at the very center of this policy in a way that no other state has ever done.” Police organizations are wary, concerned about enforcing driving under the influence laws and arguing technology for testing marijuana impairment needs more development. Law enforcement organizations fearing black-market impacts were successful in killing an earlier provision that would have allowed anyone to grow up to five marijuana plants at home for personal use. Police said they’d have difficulty enforcing that, so the bill was amended to allow five plants to be maintained only by authorized patients under the state’s medical marijuana law. They previously could not grow their own. Ten other states and the District of Columbia have legalized smoking or eating marijuana for recreational use since 2012, when voters in Colorado and Washington state approved ballot initiatives. This year began with promising proposals in New York and New Jersey , but both fizzled late this spring. Despite a statewide listening tour on the issue by Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor last winter, the idea never took flight. Vermont and Michigan last year were the latest states to legalize marijuana. Vermont did so through the Legislature — the first time it wasn’t done through a ballot initiative — but while it allows residents to grow small amounts for themselves, it didn’t establish a statewide distribution system like Illinois did, licensing dispensaries. Other states license dispensaries too, but not all. Illinois’ 55 medical-cannabis dispensaries get first crack at licenses to sell under the new law because they’re proven business concerns, Cassidy said. They may apply to dispense recreational pot at their current stores and for a license for a second location, meaning the state could have 110 recreational pot outlets by the time sales start Jan. 1. In October, the application period for 75 more dispensaries opens. No more would be allowed to open after that until the state conducts a review of the rollout.
26 Jun 19
solomondersso

Like millions of my fellow country women and men, I am shocked and sadned by the events of Ethiopia’s bloody Saturday. Yes, the killings that took place in Bahir Dar and Addis Ababa are outrageous and tragic on their own. As we mourn those killed and condemn these atrocious acts, we need to mobiliz our […]

25 Jun 19
CauseACTION Clarion

On Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., desperate to revive his flagging campaign, proposed a far-reaching plan to wipe out all student debt. That plan falls hard on plans by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., his chief far-left rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, to make college “free” moving forward. Sanders’ justification for allocating over $1 trillion […]

25 Jun 19
CauseACTION Clarion

Wayfair employees have planned a walkout after learning the online furnishing company is going to fulfill an order to furnish a migrant camp and Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is voicing her support. The retailer is going ahead with a $200,000 bed and furniture sale to a detention facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas. Almost […]

25 Jun 19
IMURNEWS

(Reuters) – Wayfair Inc came under pressure on Tuesday after hundreds of employees were reported to be planning a walkout over the retailer’s alleged sale of more than $200,000 in bedroom furniture for a Texas detention facility for migrant children. Shares of the company fell 5.3% to $144.40 on the New York Stock Exchange. A […]

25 Jun 19
Financial Post

Wayfair Inc came under pressure on Tuesday after hundreds of employees were reported to be planning a walkout over the retailer’s alleged sale of more than $200,000 in bedroom furniture for a Texas detention facility for migrant children. Shares of the company fell 5.3% to $144.40 on the New York Stock Exchange. A Twitter account […]

25 Jun 19
VOICE OF THE HWY

CLOSE As Congress works to come up with a solution to pass emergency funding for migrants, demonstrators briefly rallied on Capitol Hill against the funding of deportations and, what they call, mass detention facilities. (June 25) AP, AP WASHINGTON – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., praised workers from Wayfair, an online home goods website, for planning a walkout […]

25 Jun 19
NBC Palm Springs - News, Weather, Traffic, Breaking News

Employees of the Boston-based online furniture company Wayfair are set to walk out Wednesday in protest of the company’s decision to continue supplying furniture to migrant detention centers. Organizing under the newly formed group, Wayfair Walkout, workers are demanding the e-commerce furniture giant cease all current and future business with contractors operating detention centers and […]

25 Jun 19
News Directory

Donald Trump was in the race for six weeks, and there was another controversy already. It was in August 2015, after the first Republican debate, and Fox News's Megyn Kelly asked Trump to bring disrespectful comments to women. The next day, Trump informed Kelly that blood was coming out of the place "wherever." Trump consultant, […]

25 Jun 19
The official Washington D.C. news site - timworld.info

WASHINGTON – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., praised workers from Wayfair, an online home goods website, for planning a walkout after the company sold furniture to an organization that is managing migrant camps along the U.S-Mexico border. “Wayfair workers couldn’t stomach they were making beds to cage children,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “They asked the company to stop. CEO said no.” […]

25 Jun 19
The official Washington D.C. news site - timworld.info

National California to require background checks for ammo purchases By DON THOMPSON Associated Press June 25, 2019 03:41 PM ORDER REPRINT → In this photo taken Tuesday, June 11, 2019, Chris Puehse, left owner of Foothill Ammo helps a customer at his shop in Shingle Springs, Calif. Californians will have to undergo criminal background checks […]

25 Jun 19
The official Washington D.C. news site - timworld.info

National California to require background checks for ammo purchases By DON THOMPSON Associated Press June 25, 2019 03:41 PM ORDER REPRINT → In this photo taken Tuesday, June 11, 2019, Chris Puehse, left owner of Foothill Ammo helps a customer at his shop in Shingle Springs, Calif. Californians will have to undergo criminal background checks […]

25 Jun 19
KTLA

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25 Jun 19
House of Juanito

Hollywood is undergoing a radical period of change. Most prominently, this has taken the form of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, which have made significant steps in the disestablishment of the toxic patriarchal culture that […]

25 Jun 19
Climate Action Alliance of the Valley

Joy Loving is the author of the summer 2019 occasional Roundups, of which this is the third. Politics and Policy Climate change remains part of the 2020 Democratic candidates’ campaign rhetoric.  The Washington Post’s (WaPo) Energy 202 reports that “Joe Biden vows to ‘go well beyond’ Obama with new climate plan”.  However, Energy 202 also […]

25 Jun 19
News Directory

One of the largest school districts in Mississippi is losing more than 200 teachers during the summer because they did not meet the requirements of alternative license programs – a means of achieving quality and a major shortage of teachers. Jackson's Public District, which caters for over 25,000 students, found that the majority of teachers […]