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Here’s Where The Cheapest Weed In The U.S. Is (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Marijuana prohibition costs a lot — not just to taxpayers, who have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the Obama administration’s war against medical marijuana and provide billions of dollars each year to cover the enforcement of marijuana possession laws. Consumers must buy weed from drug dealers in most states, paying a hefty risk premium whether they are buying for medical or recreational purposes.
American weed is cheapest in the western states, including Washington and Colorado, where it is legal at the state level but production and distribution remain tightly regulated. Because growing and storing marijuana is so cheap, some experts predict that weed in an open legal market could cost about as much as “other legal herbs such as tea or tobacco.” This doesn’t take into account taxes or possible changes in demand, but regardless, the money wouldn’t be going to criminals who may be selling harder drugs, have no incentive to sell only to adults, and impose other costs on society and on our legal system.
This week Uruguay’s drug czar said the country plans to sell weed for just $1 a gram — not to make money but to destroy the black market. Meanwhile, a Gallup poll released Tuesday shows that a record 58 percent of Americans support marijuana legalization.

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Here’s Where The Cheapest Weed In The U.S. Is (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Marijuana prohibition costs a lot — not just to taxpayers, who have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the Obama administration’s war against medical marijuana and provide billions of dollars each year to cover the enforcement of marijuana possession laws. Consumers must buy weed from drug dealers in most states, paying a hefty risk premium whether they are buying for medical or recreational purposes.
American weed is cheapest in the western states, including Washington and Colorado, where it is legal at the state level but production and distribution remain tightly regulated. Because growing and storing marijuana is so cheap, some experts predict that weed in an open legal market could cost about as much as “other legal herbs such as tea or tobacco.” This doesn’t take into account taxes or possible changes in demand, but regardless, the money wouldn’t be going to criminals who may be selling harder drugs, have no incentive to sell only to adults, and impose other costs on society and on our legal system.
This week Uruguay’s drug czar said the country plans to sell weed for just $1 a gram — not to make money but to destroy the black market. Meanwhile, a Gallup poll released Tuesday shows that a record 58 percent of Americans support marijuana legalization.

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Legalized Marijuana Prompts A Question: What About Hash?

Jim Andersen has a 40-year history with hashish, the concentrated cannabis sometimes referred to as the cognac of the marijuana world.
When he served in the Air Force in Southeast Asia, he said he smuggled it home in his boots. When he was in grad school in California, he made it with a centrifuge in a lab after hours.
So when Washington was on the verge of legalizing the sale of taxed pot last fall, Andersen decided to move back to his home state and turn his hobby into a full-time, legitimate paycheck – a business that would supply state-licensed, recreational marijuana stores with high-quality hash oil.
“Every major culture that has marijuana associated with it has hash associated with it as well,” said Andersen, whose company, XTracted, already has two Seattle locations serving medical marijuana dispensaries. He said his business would help prevent such pot extracts from ending up on the black market.
Substance abuse experts are concerned that such increasingly popular, extremely potent and potentially dangerous pot extracts will be sold and that state regulators’ interpretation of the recreational marijuana law will allow people to buy vastly more hash than they need for personal use.
That, they fear, will increase the chances that some of it will end up in the black market out of state.
“It’s a concern not just for our kids, but for kids in neighboring states as well,” said Derek Franklin, president of Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention.
The legal-weed law, passed by voters last fall, allows adults over 21 to possess up to an ounce of dried pot, 16 ounces of pot-infused solids such as brownies, or 72 ounces of infused liquids such as soda. When the state-licensed stores open sometime early next year, that’s how much people will be allowed to buy.
The law precluded the sale of pure hash and hash oil, but didn’t specifically address concentrated marijuana sales. That’s led to a conversation about hash’s place in the new legal-pot world.

The regulators at Washington’s Liquor Control Board, who are charged with overseeing the creation of the new legal pot industry, issued draft rules this month saying hash and hash oil can be used in “marijuana-infused products” – even if the product that’s being infused is just a drop of olive oil or glycerin, for example.
In effect, the stores can get around the ban on hash- or hash-oil sales by simply adding a minuscule amount of some other substance to what is otherwise nearly pure THC, the primary high-inducing compound in cannabis.
Hash oils can sell for $40, $60 or more per gram, depending on quality – meaning more tax revenue for the state. If such extracts are considered a “marijuana-infused product,” people would be allowed to buy up to 16 ounces of oils in solid form, or 72 ounces in liquid form. Such transactions could run tens of thousands of dollars.
“When we set the 72-ounce limit, we were thinking about marijuana juice or tea, not a high-potency extract like that,” said Alison Holcomb, the Seattle lawyer who primarily drafted Washington’s law.”
Holcomb said it will be up to state lawmakers to adopt new ceilings on marijuana concentrate sales early next year – before the state-licensed stores open for business. The Legislature could also tweak the law to allow for sales of pure hash and hash oil – something hash makers would like to see.
They say if they have to adulterate their product with even a drop of olive oil or glycerin, customers might instead turn to medical dispensaries or the black market.
In Colorado, which also legalized recreational pot last fall, stores will be allowed to sell hash and hash oils.
“Our goal is to replace marijuana prohibition with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol,” said Mason Tvert, who led Colorado’s legalization campaign. “Some marijuana consumers choose to use more potent forms of marijuana, just as some alcohol consumers prefer a martini or glass of scotch over a beer.”
The term “hash” covers a variety of marijuana preparations, but is generally the compression or concentration of cannabis resin rich in THC.
The preparations can involve anything from the simple shaking of the resin off the plant and pressing it into bricks to the use of stainless steel, closed-loop extraction systems that cost tens of thousands of dollars, use butane or carbon dioxide as a solvent and turn out oil that is more than 90 percent THC.
Drug-abuse prevention advocates argue the proliferation of extracts has also coincided with a dramatic rise in marijuana-related emergency room visits, often for severe panic attacks. According federal figures, there was a 62 percent jump in marijuana-related emergency room visits nationally from 2004 to 2011 – from 281,000 to 455,000.
There have also been explosions as home chemists try to make hash with sometimes dangerous solvents.
Hash oils, which are already sold at medical marijuana dispensaries around the country, can be taken by medicine droppers in liquid form, or by vaporization in the solid forms known as shatter, glass, budder or wax. By means of a metal wand, users place a “dab” about the size of a grain of rice on a glowing-hot metal stem of a pipe and inhale the resulting cloud, which delivers a powerful, nearly instantaneous high.
Andersen said many users prefer it because it gives a “cleaner” high: No plant material is burned, and people know right away what the effect is – rather than waiting an hour or more for a pot-laced brownie or other edible to kick in.
“Dabbing” has become ever more popular over the past decade; a festival in Denver this weekend (7/13-14) was devoted to it. Ralph Morgan, owner of OrganaLabs in Denver, with two medical marijuana dispensaries, said hash and other concentrates now make up nearly one-third of his business.
“This is the way the industry is going,” he said.
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Kristen Wyatt contributed from Denver and can be reached at https://twitter.com/APkristenwyatt

Obama On George Zimmerman Verdict: ‘Honor Trayvon Martin’ By Stemming Gun Violence

President Barack Obama released a statement Sunday on the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, urging Americans to honor the slain teenager by acting to curb gun violence.
Read Obama’s full statement:

“The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.”

On Saturday, a jury found Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman had pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges, claiming he shot Martin in self-defense.

UPDATE: 3:55 p.m.– The Justice Department also released a statement Sunday on the Zimmerman verdict:

As the Department first acknowledged last year, we have an open investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin. The Department of Justice’s Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation continue to evaluate the evidence generated during the federal investigation, as well as the evidence and testimony from the state trial. Experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction, and whether federal prosecution is appropriate in accordance with the Department’s policy governing successive federal prosecution following a state trial.

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North Dakota Personhood Measure Passed, Embryo Given Rights (DETAILS)

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Another victory for pro-life proponents.
The State House of Representatives voted 57 to 35 to pass a fetal personhood amendment in North Dakota today. The amendment grants legal personhood rights to embryos from the moment of fertilization. 
North Dakota is the first state to pass the fetal personhood amendment. Voters in the state will be able to cast their votes on the amendment on the November 2014 ballot.
If passed, abortions will officially be illegal in North Dakota. The state’s constitution will read that “the inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected.” The amendment reportedly can affect the legality of some forms of birth control, stem cell research and in vitro fertilization.
Keith Mason, president of the anti-abortion advocacy group Personhood USA said, “The North Dakota legislature has taken historic strides to protect every human being in the state, paving the way for human rights nation wide. This amendment strikes the balance of accomplishing more for the unborn than any other amendment the nation has ever seen, while protecting women and their right to true medial care. We applaud the North Dakota House and Senate for their willingness to protect all of the people in their state.”
Those who are against the personhood amendment, including North Dakota Rep. Kathy Hawken, plans on protesting the amendment at a women’s heath rally set to take place on Monday.
Hawkens said, “I have so many friends with grandchildren from in vitro fertilization, and to take that away from these people who desperately want children is not okay. I believe if men had babies, we would not be having this discussion.”
The personhood amendment may prove to be problematic as it does not exclude victims of rape, incest, or women whose health is in danger due to their pregnancy.


The Most Expensive Election in History by the Numbers

This was by far the most expensive election in U.S. history. Neither President Obama nor GOP challenger Mitt Romney accepted public financing, leaving them free to raise massive amounts of money, and after the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, super PAC and 501(c)(4) “dark money” groups poured hundreds of millions into the election. And for all that cash, Obama was re-elected, Republicans kept control of the House, and Democrats retained the Senate. 

Here’s a look at the super-expensive 2012 election, by the numbers:
 
$4.2 billion -Total amount raised during the 2012 election, for the presidential, House, and Senate races, through Nov. 4
$6 billion – Estimated amount the 2012 elections will cost when all the numbers are tallied
$3.8 billionTotal amount raised for the 2008 election, the previous record
$931,471,420Total amount spent on the campaign to re-elect Obama, through Oct. 17
$1,022,753,733 – Total amount spent on the campaign to elect Romney, through Oct. 17
599 – Obama campaign field offices
300Romney campaign field offices
1.1 million – TV political ads run since April, mostly in nine battleground states
$750 million – Cost to run those ads
100,674 – Ads Obama ran in Ohio
41,162 – Ads Romney ran in Ohio
219,414 – Total political ads run in Ohio, including those of outside groups
51 – Visits Romney made to Ohio in 2012
22 – Visits Obama made to Ohio in 2012
50.1 – Percent of the vote Obama won in Ohio, versus 48.2 percent for Romney
149 – Wealthy donors who each donated at least $500,000, for a total of at least $290 million
$53.69 million – Amount (and counting) donated by Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife to defeat Obama and other Democrats
4.2 million – Individual donors to the Obama campaign
2 – States flipped in presidential vote — Obama won Indiana and North Carolina in 2008 and lost them in 2012
0 – Net change in Senate seats, with results pending in Montana and North Dakota
240-190 – Make-up of House before the election, in favor of Republicans, with five seats vacant
238-197 – Make-up of House after the election, in favor of Republics, according to NBC News projections

Obama Tears Up While Addressing Campaign Staff

Before heading back to the White House on Wednesday, President Obama made a stop at campaign headquarters in Chicago to address his campaign staff after Tuesday night’s big victory. 

The president gave an emotional thanks to the staff, tearing up as he expressed his gratitude for their support and dedication to the reelection effort. 

“I’m really proud of all of you,” Obama said. “What you guys accomplished will go on in the annals of history.”

Marijuana Legalization On The Ballot

 Voters in three states are deciding whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Three other states are casting ballots on marijuana for medical use. 

Colorado
Amendment 64 amends the state constitution to allow the personal use and sale of recreational marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. Tax revenues go to school construction and the state’s general fund.
Yes 1,262,022 55%
No 1,045,482 45%
79% reporting

Oregon
Measure 80, endorsed by Willie Nelson, legalizes the personal use and sale of marijuana by adults. Tax proceeds go to the state’s general fund and drug treatment.
Yes 641,576 45%
No 783,947 55%
76% reporting

Washington
Initiative 502 legalizes it — but only for people over the age of 21. And sorry green thumbs: personal cultivation without a license is still illegal.
Yes 1,056,355 55%
No 848,919 45%
51% reporting


Massachusetts
Question 3 follows the lead of neighboring Rhode Island, which has been bogarting all the medical marijuana in Narragansett Bay since 2006.
Yes 1,808,947 63%
No 1,047,778 37%
95% reporting

Arkansas
Issue 5 makes the state the first in the south to approve medical marijuana.
For 496,425 49%
Against 525,632 51%
95% reporting

Montana
Initiative 124 is a total buzzkill: it ratifies restrictions on medical marijuana that the state’s legislature put in place in 2011.
For 225,176 57%
Against 172,586 43%
85% reporting

Marijuana
plant has been used since ancient times for both herbal medication and intoxication. The American Nurses Association said that patients should have secured entry to healthcare marijuana/cannabis. 

Need of Legalization

  • Nobody Dies-Marijuana Use
  • Marijuana For Serious Illness
  • War on Cannabis Cost
  • Reduce the Flow of Money
  • Decrease the Crime Rates
  • Oldest Agricultural Commodities
  • Less Nicotine
  • Enforcement Law
  • Declaration of Independence
  • People Need It

 Legalized States in US

  • California
  • Alaska
  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Maine
  • Nevada
  • Hawaii
  • Colorado
  • Vermont
  • Montana
  • Rhode Island
  • New Mexico
  • Michigan
  • DC
  • New Jersey
  • Arizona
  • Delaware
  • Connecticut

Barack Obama wins election for second term as president

 
We Won!
 President Barack Obama handily defeated Gov. Mitt Romney and won himself a second term. Tuesday after a bitter and historically expensive race that was primarily fought in just a handful of battleground states. Obama beat Romney after nabbing almost every one of the crucial battleground states.
Romney conceded in Boston in a heartfelt speech early Wednesday morning, at 1:00 AM ET. “Like so many of you, Paul [Ryan] and I have left everything on the field. We have given our all to this campaign,” he said. “I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead your ocuntry in another direction.” Romney congratulated the president and his campaign on their victory.
The Romney campaign’s last-ditch attempt to put blue-leaning Midwestern swing states in play failed as Obama’s Midwestern firewall sent the president back to the White House for four more years. Obama picked up the swing states of New Hampshire, Michigan, New Mexico, Iowa, Virginia, Wisconsin, Colorado, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Ohio. Of the swing states, Romney only picked up North Carolina. Florida is still too close to call, but even if Romney won the state, Obama still handily beats him in the Electoral College vote. The popular vote will most likely be much narrower than the president’s decisive Electoral College victory.
The Obama victory marks an end to a years-long campaign that saw historic advertisement spending levels, countless rallies and speeches, and three much-watched debates.
 
These ads were one reason Romney faced a steep likeability problem for most of the race, until his expert performance at the first presidential debate in Denver in October. After that debate, and a near universal panning of Obama’s performance, Romney caught up with Obama in national polls, and almost closed his favoribility gap with the president. In polls, voters consistently gave him an edge over Obama on who would handle the economy better and create more jobs, even as they rated Obama higher on caring about the middle class.
But the president’s Midwestern firewall–and the campaign’s impressive grassroots operation–carried him through. Ohio tends to vote a bit more Republican than the nation as a whole, but Obama was able to stave off that trend and hold an edge there over Romney, perhaps due to the president’s support of the auto bailout three years ago. Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan all but moved to Ohio in the last weeks of the campaign, trying and ultimately failing to erase Obama’s lead there.
A shrinking electoral battleground this year meant that only 14 states were really seen as in play, and both candidates spent most of their time and money there. Though national polls showed the two candidates in a dead heat, Obama consistently held a lead in the states that mattered. That, and his campaign’s much-touted get out the vote efforts and overall ground game, may be what pushed Obama over the finish line.
Now, Obama heads back to office facing what will most likely be bitterly partisan negotiations over whether the Bush tax cuts should expire. The House will still be majority Republican, with Democrats maintaining their majority in the Senate.
The loss may provoke some soul searching in the Republican Party. This election was seen as a prime opportunity to unseat Obama, as polls showed Americans were unhappy with a sluggish economy, sky-high unemployment, and a health care reform bill that remained widely unpopular. Romney took hardline positions on immigration, federal spending, and taxes during the long Republican primary when he faced multiple challenges from the right. He later shifted to the center in tone on many of those issues, but it’s possible the primary painted him into a too-conservative corner to appeal to moderates during the general election. The candidate also at times seemed unable to effectively counter Democratic attacks on his business experience and personal wealth.
Congratulations to President Barack Obama and the people of the United States.

Are You For Real?! Rep. Joe Walsh Says "Life Of A Mother" Is Not An Option For Abortion (VIDEO)


Rep. Joe Walsh
is the latest Republican using baseless facts to argue that there should be restrictions on a women’s right to have an abortion, even if the pregnancy has put her life in danger.


During a debate against Tammy Duckwork, a Democrat and wounded veteran, for a congressional seat in Illinois that took place on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” Thursday night, Walsh declared that women should not be permitted to have an abortion when the “life of the mother” is at risk, because modern day science can prevent her from dying. “Life of a woman is not an exception,” declared the Tea Party supporter.

Duckworth also pointed out that the conservative candidate is cosponsoring legislation that would redefine rape as “forcible rape” and prohibit federal funding for abortions, except in instances of “an act of forcible rape or, if a minor, an act of incest.”

After the debate, Walsh reiterated his stance against abortion when a mother’s life is at risk in a press conference:

“There is no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing, with advances in science and technology health of the mother has become a tool for abortions for anytime under any reason,” said the pro-life candidate.

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I can’t believe he can say this stuff and look serious.  He has to be joking. No one can really be that ignorant. Just Sayin’