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Paradigm Shift ” Unusually High Number of Cops Quitting to Join the Push for Legal Weed
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Illinois recently joined the list of more enlightened states by enacting a Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, with the legal sale of medical cannabis commencing on November 9. While the first week garnered $210,000 in sales at the few dispensaries currently open, another statistic is proving to be very interesting. The Illinois medical cannabis business is attracting an unusually high number of former law enforcement officials, with a wide range of backgrounds, from homicide detective to judge to Secret Service agent. Doing business with former drug war enforcers might make the average cannabis enthusiast a bit concerned, but many of them “describe dramatic conversions borne from seeing the benefits of marijuana for the sickest of patients, including children with epilepsy or cancer-stricken relatives.” “I’ve done a total about-face on my views,” said Ben Percy, who worked as an Illinois State Police officer for 27 years and says they “took quite a bit of money, drugs and criminals off the road.” Percy is now general manager of Trinity Compassionate Care Center in Peoria. Terrance Gainer was a Chicago homicide detective, Illinois State Police director, assistant police chief in Washington, D.C., U.S. Capitol police chief and U.S. Senate sergeant-at-arms. Now he advises Green Thumb Industries on its security needs. Gainer says, “the sea change in society and our attitudes” toward cannabis, along with the potential for big profits, drew him to the Illinois medical cannabis business. Former judges, prosecutors, U.S. Marshals, and DEA agents are now opening grow operations and dispensaries, advising on regulatory compliance, advising on security and providing armored transportation. The HCI Alternatives dispensary is [...]
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Politician Who Profits from Mass Incarceration, Only One to Vote Down Legal Pot
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Weed warBy William N. Grigg If you’re a homeless person in Wichita, Kansas, City Councilman Pete Meitzner and his associates at The Lord’s Diner will feed you. If you’re caught with a joint and locked up at the Sedgwick County Detention Facility, Meitzner and his political associates will feast on you – and any relatives who try to call you while you’re incarcerated. Three decades ago, recalls the investigative website Kansas Exposed, Meitzner co-founded a telecommunications company now known as Securus Technologies, which provides telephone and video visitation service — at extortionate rates. Sedgwick County “receives a 71% commission on the gross sales generated by these inmate conversations” in the county jail, notes Kansas Exposed. When Meitzner first ran for the District II City Council seat in 2011, a profile depicted him as the product of a deeply religious and civic-minded family. He is the former Chairman of Directors at The Lord’s Diner, a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita that has the admirable mission of serving “a nutritious meal with dignity and respect to anyone who is hungry.” It’s worth considering whether he has given serious thought to Matthew 23:14, in which Jesus is quoted as condemning “hypocrites” who “devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers.” His prison telecommunications cartel charges the families of people cattle-penned in government cages hundreds of dollars a month to talk to their loved ones. Last year, Securus’s corporate earnings vaulted from $87 million to $114.6 million, most of it extracted from poor but desperate relatives of jail and prison [...]
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‘Adorable’ Drug Trafficking Daughter Of DEA Chief Released With Her White Privilege Intact
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The mainstream media has been having a field day with a young woman named Sarah Furay, who is the daughter of the DEA’s top man in Beaumont, Texas. After an illustrious career of drug dealing came to an end with an arrest for A LOT of contraband, Furay was dubbed the “adorable drug kingpin” by the press. Her mug shot is the epitome of white privilege. She didn’t just grin. This spoiled little brat’s mugshot is of a young, foolish girl who knows she’s going to face little to no consequences for her actions. Her father may be tough on drugs, but already her privilege is showing as her bail was set and paid almost immediately after her arrest, freeing her from custody in time for morning coffee. Furay’s stash included: “31.5 grams of coke packaged for sale, 126 grams of some chronic marijuana, 29 ‘ecstasy’ tablets, methamphetamine and 60 doses of a drug similar to LSD.” That’s an awful lot of drugs. One can only imagine what a young black or Hispanic girl would face in a similar circumstance. A lot of that has to do with her father. Bill Furay is known as a stickler. He’s tough on drugs, he pushes for harsh sentences and he makes no bones about it. When Sarah was arrested it only makes sense that his legal connections are what had her dismissed so quickly. If you’ve ever either been arrested or [...]
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Canada's Health Minister Studying Marijuana Legalization …
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Canada's brand new top health official is actively looking into the best way for the country to legalize marijuana. Minister of Health Jane Philpott, who assumed office a little more than three weeks ago, told the CBC that ... [...]
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Senator: Legalizing marijuana could bring NJ $1 billion
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“It is time to tax, regulate and legalize marijuana for adults in New Jersey.” The committee only took testimony. Members did not consider any particular bill, but Scutari is the sponsor of a measure (S-1896) that would legalize ... [...]
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Colombia also set to legalize marijuana – Latin Correspondent
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Colombia also set to legalize marijuana. by Latin Correspondent | 13th November 2015. 18. Social Buzz. Legalize marijuana in Mexico. A young woman smokes a joint during a rally calling for the legalization of marijuana in Mexico City this ... [...]
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As More States Legalize Marijuana, Texans Consider …
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As More States Legalize Marijuana, Texans Consider Investment Opportunities. Support businesses, not directly tied to growing or selling, are luring funds. Andrew Schneider | Posted on September 8, 2014, 5:00 AM ... [...]
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The 8 States That Should Legalize Marijuana in 2016
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Beginning in 2012, four states and the District of Columbia have voted to legalize marijuana. By this time next year, that number could well double, and then some. National polls now consistently show majorities in favor ... [...]
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Eight States That Should Legalize Marijuana Next Year …
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Beginning in 2012, four states and the District of Columbia have voted to legalize marijuana. By this time next year, that number could well double, and then some. National polls now consistently show majorities in favor ... [...]
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Pennsylvania House panel advances medical marijuana …
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The proposal would legalize marijuana use for patients suffering from certain illnesses and establish a regulatory framework for growing, processing and prescribing. “We believe that it can benefit a significant number of ... [...]
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Michigan Picked as One of the Next States to Legalize …
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Michigan has been selected as one of the “most likely” states to legalize marijuana by 2017. According to a new report by the consulting firm. [...]
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