All posts filed under: Canna-Candidates-2016

Donald’s Democracy Delusion

By MJ Dylan Donald Trump has complained this week about the Colorado primary system.   (Don’t watch the whole thing…no one has time for all of that, but it boils down to this): “We have a rigged system…We thought we were having an election…We are supposed to be a democracy… We are supposed to vote and your vote should mean something.”  – Donald Trump on the Colorado Primary   There was nothing unconstitutional about how the delegates were allocated during the Colorado primary. Every state has a different system, and the rules governing each system is fully disclosed to each candidate months in advance. The efficacy of each system could be a matter of debate, but one thing is NOT debatable. America is not a democracy. We never were a democracy. As Plato wisely noted, “dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.” Plato lists tyranny as the worst and most oppressive form of government, with democracy as a close second.  Democracy …

Poor Little Marco

Marco Rubio will never be able to run for president again. He proved to the world that he is incapable of being president because he doesn’t know when to quit. Failing is an important part of the process of success.   Marco Rubio should’ve stepped out of the campaign at the beginning of 2016 – the last week of January. But instead he hunker down, dug himself a very deep foxhole with which to try and snipe assaults from the front runner Donald Trump, all while debasing Marco’s message of “uniting the party.” That certainly will not happen now. And it was probably a doomed effort from the start, even for a baby-face Cuban immigrant like Marco Rubio. But he was a dud, and he proved that in just about every public moment, especially in the debates, where New Jersey’s favorite poster child for weight watchers – the fat ass Chris Christie – called him out on the dependence on “establishment talking points.” Marco is a junior senator, and as a junior senator, he should’ve …

Gov. Chris Christie…a Presidential Candidate Battle’s Addiction…Undergoes Weight Loss Surgery

FRANKLIN, NJ – Thirty seconds after Gov. Chris Christie, a 2016 Republican candidate for president, said in an interview on Face the Nation: “The war on drugs has been a failure,” and pledged to “not incarcerate any more people…” The Governor declared that if he were elected president, he would prosecute everyone in the marijuana industry operating within those states that have legalized the drug for both medical and recreational use. Also, he wants to “get people into treatment, and finally regard their condition as a disease,” and not a behavior that should be promoted, “like this president [Obama] has done.” The irony, however, is that under the command of President Obama, the DEA conducted more raids in the first three years of his presidency than the entire Bush administration. “I think people in Colorado are not too thrilled about what is happening there.” Christie said. The question on the table right now: Where will all these defendants end up?  Since he claims that he will not incarcerate anymore people for minor drug offenses, could the …

Marijuana is Still Illegal in Colorado…Quadriplegic Fired from Job for Off-Duty Use

Colorado – The Colorado Supreme Court handed down a 6-0 decision in favor of Dish Networks INC. The case – Brandon Coats V. Dish Networks – hinged on Colorado’s Lawful Off-Duty Statute to guide the court’s decision to absolved Dish Networks of any wrongful termination liability, after the company dismissed Mr. Coats, a quadriplegic call center employee, for testing positive for THC, the psychoactive drug found in the cannabis plant. The Lawful Off-Duty Statute protects citizens from repercussions in the workplace because of off-duty consumption of lawful substances such as alcohol, nicotine, and doctor prescribed medication. However, according to the Supreme Court, the Lawful Off-Duty Statute does not apply to Mr. Coats.  Justice Allison H. Eid says in her opinion: “Employees who engage in an activity, such as medical marijuana use, that is permitted by state law but unlawful under federal law are not protected by the lawful off-duty statute.”  

Today’s decision ends five years of litigation since Dish fired Coats in May of 2010. Mr. Coats challenged his dismissal, but both the district trial …

Kansas School Officials Place 11-year-old in State Custody…Mother Faces 30 years in Prison

GARDEN CITY, KS – On March 24, 2015, school officials became aware that a mother of one of the students was using medical cannabis to treat her Crohn’s disease. Later that day, Garden City Police executed a search warrant that uncovered 1.25 pounds of cannabis in the home of Shona Banda.  They placed her in handcuffs and sent her 11-year-old son to  Child Protective Services. Today, the 37-year-old mother faces felony charges and up to 30 years in prison for: 1.  Five felony counts of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. 2 . Unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance. 3. Two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. 4. Endangering the life of a minor. 5. Possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance within 1000 feet of school property. Banda uses cannabis to treat her Crohn’s disease, a debilitating autoimmune disease that affects the gastrointestinal track and can leave many patients with episodes of uncontrollable diarrhea and rectal bleeding.  After seventeen surgeries, Doctors prescribed Banda a powerful narcotic, Fentanyl, believed to be …

God Loves Cannabis in Texas

Everything is bigger in Texas, and the lone star state has made one big step toward living up to its grand ego. Last week in the state capital, a question circulated through the halls of the state legislature: Should we regulate cannabis like alcohol or jalapeños? There is no answer yet. Both choices come with a little indigestion, but with a bit of luck, and a few TUMS, the residents of Texas will have yet another industry to justify their state income tax-free existence. The author of this chaos, Rep. David Simpson (R), has turned the current legalization debate on its head. The bill -HB 2165 – which Simpson wrote and pushed through a house subcommittee, uses age-old religious conservatism as a way of validating the legalization effort. This new strategy targets GOP millennial’s, who offer 63% support for legalization, according to a study conducted by the PewResearch Center, versus 38% from the baby-boomer population. Because of the efforts of Rep. Simpson, the Republican Party leaders in Texas can start to assuage the fear of …

Georgia Slips into Medical Cannabis Reform

Georgia’s dip into the uncharted waters of medical cannabis reform leaves its patients confused, exposed, and bewildered…how will they acquire their medicine, and who can legally supply them? Since Georgia will NOT tax or regulate a system of providers, Georgians will have to rely on Colorado based companies like Ultra CBD, who will happily ship to all 50 states, sighting a loop-hole in federal law that negates certain cannabis oils from federal prosecution. But there’s a catch to those businesses. The ones willing to ship across state lines are probably not peddling high quality product. The FDA discovered that many of the products do not contain the advertised compounds. The medical cannabis community agrees that this kind of product, is not as effective for treating epilepsy or pain management as medical-grade cannabis oil. By Georgia’s legislature not regulating and taking control of the potential industry, they will have no control over the well being of the states’ patients, who will be forced to take extraordinary measures, such as traveling to foreign states like Colorado to …