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January 29, 2018, 01:21:57 am Christian40 says: It will be interesting to see what happens this year Israel being 70 years as a modern nation may 14 2018
October 17, 2017, 01:25:20 am Christian40 says: It is good to type Mark is here again!  Smiley
October 16, 2017, 03:28:18 am Christian40 says: anyone else thinking that time is accelerating now? it seems im doing days in shorter time now is time being affected in some way?
September 24, 2017, 10:45:16 pm Psalm 51:17 says: The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the league rulebook. It states: “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
September 20, 2017, 04:32:32 am Christian40 says: "The most popular Hepatitis B vaccine is nothing short of a witch’s brew including aluminum, formaldehyde, yeast, amino acids, and soy. Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that destroys cellular metabolism and function. Hundreds of studies link to the ravaging effects of aluminum. The other proteins and formaldehyde serve to activate the immune system and open up the blood-brain barrier. This is NOT a good thing."
http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-08-11-new-fda-approved-hepatitis-b-vaccine-found-to-increase-heart-attack-risk-by-700.html
September 19, 2017, 03:59:21 am Christian40 says: bbc international did a video about there street preaching they are good witnesses
September 14, 2017, 08:06:04 am Psalm 51:17 says: bro Mark Hunter on YT has some good, edifying stuff too.
September 14, 2017, 04:31:26 am Christian40 says: i have thought that i'm reaping from past sins then my life has been impacted in ways from having non believers in my ancestry.
September 11, 2017, 06:59:33 am Psalm 51:17 says: The law of reaping and sowing. It's amazing how God's mercy and longsuffering has hovered over America so long. (ie, the infrastructure is very bad here b/c for many years, they were grossly underspent on. 1st Tim 6:10, the god of materialism has its roots firmly in the West) And remember once upon a time ago when shacking up b/w straight couples drew shock awe?

Exodus 20:5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
September 11, 2017, 03:40:40 am Christian40 says: those in america should better repent or things will only get worse
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« Reply #240 on: September 01, 2016, 09:20:09 pm »

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/the-price-of-pot-is-tumbling-in-colorado/ar-AAinzOx?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp
The price of pot is tumbling in Colorado
9/1/16

Colorado's weed is getting much cheaper.

In October last year, the cost of a wholesale pound of cannabis in Colorado was around $2,400 to $2,600. That price has almost been cut in half to between $1,400 and $1,600 last month, according to data from Tradiv, an online marijuana distribution platform.

"In less than a year, we’ve seen wholesale prices drop to nearly half of their previous totals," John Manlove, the director of sales at Tradiv told Business Insider in an email. "We’ve never seen prices like this."

The reason prices are dropping so rapidly is because the market is getting flooded. Growers are building scale and ramping up production of the plant.

Manlove explains that this has to do with the way cities in Colorado, like Denver, regulate the recreational marijuana market.

In May, Denver's municipal government extended a moratorium on granting licenses to new retail dispensaries as well as marijuana cultivation facilities.

This has allowed a "minority of large cannabis business owners" to buy up and consolidate the remaining licenses, says Manlove.

And, without strict "canopy limits" (the amount of plants one facility can grow) the influx of marijuana into the Colorado market will continue to cause prices to drop, says Manlove.

Thus, Colorado growers, with few limits and access to a huge market, are able to build an economy of scale, reducing prices across the board.

Though low prices are good news for consumers, dispensaries will have to cope with lower profit margins on raw marijuana flowers.

According to Headset, a cannabis intelligence platform, the highest margin products for dispensaries are those that make marijuana easier to consume, like edibles, beverages, and pre-rolled joints.

If these trends continue, raw marijuana will only continue to get cheaper. And it's likely that the retail market will adapt by pushing further into such higher-margin products.
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« Reply #241 on: September 12, 2016, 07:17:43 pm »

It ‘Turns Users Into Zombies’: Pennsylvania Men Behind Bars After Flakka-Influenced Murder

Two Pennsylvania men are behind bars in connection with a homicide case that is believed to have been carried out under the influence of Flakka.

James Heimbach, 30, and Charles Yocum, 32, both of the Bethlehem area are accused of killing Joseph Goda, 28, this month after investigators found the man’s bloodied and bitten body in the trunk of a vehicle.

According to WFMZ-TV and the Pocono Record, the discovery began when Heimbach’s landlord went to his apartment to speak to him about renewing his lease. When he did not answer, the landlord opened the door and found the dwelling splattered with blood.

The landlord then called police, who not only found a “substantial” amount of blood, but also evidence of drug use. They set out to find Heimbach, and were told by his mother that he was being treated at an area hospital.

Police discovered that Heimbach had been arrested by other officers who found him delusional and shouting in the streets in his underwear. He had been taken into custody for public intoxication and transported to the Pocono Medical Center for treatment.

Upon interviewing Heimbach, police were told that the three snorted Flakka after Goda brought it to Heimbach’s apartment. Heimbach said that Goda began attacking him during the visit, punching him and biting his hands. Police noted that Heimbach did indeed have scratches on his arms, bite marks on his hands, and bruises on his face.

But Heimbach said that he did not remember what happened after that time. Yocum, who was found running through the woods, told police that he saw Heimbach strike Goda in the head with a shotgun, roll his body into a carpet and place it in the trunk of a car.

He said that the intention was to dump Goda’s body in the ocean.

When police found the vehicle, which belonged to Yocum’s mother, they discovered Goda’s body in the trunk. He had bite marks on his face and arms.

Heimbach is now charged with criminal homicide and is incarcerated without bail. Yocum has been charged with abuse of a corpse, obstructing police and tampering with evidence. He is being held on $200,000 bail.

“This is the first [flakka] case I know of here and, already, it’s connected to a homicide,” Bethlehem police Chief Mark DiLuzio told reporters. “It’s a truly terrifying drug that seems to turn users into zombies. They can’t feel pain. Their behavior is off the charts.”

As previously reported, two other violent crimes were recently in headlines that were believed to have been committed under the influence of psychedelic drugs.

Nico Gallo, 19, of Florida was allegedly high on Dibutylone when he “cannon-balled” through the plate glass window of a Stuart home in the middle of the night last Sunday and began attacking an adult woman and her son.

While the woman beat him numerous times with an aluminum baseball bat, and her son was able to wrestle the teen on the floor until help arrived, police described Gallo as a person of “extreme strength and a high tolerance to pain.”

“[Being hit with a bat] did not seem to affect him at all,” Sheriff William Snyder told reporters.

Weeks prior, Austin Harrouff, also 19 and of Florida, displayed super-human strength as he attacked a random couple at their home and killed them. As previously reported, Snyder had explained in the case that Harrouff was “growling and grunting” and “making animal noises” when he was found biting the flesh off the face of 59-year-old John Joseph Stevens III.

“Somebody not feeling pain, not responding to a dog bite, repeated stuns from a taser, taking three to four deputies and officer dog to get him off—that’s somebody with a lot more strength than you would normally encounter,” Snyder told CBS12.

Harrouff remains hospitalized, and officials are seeking to determine whether he was under the influence of Flakka or other drugs when the attack occurred.

http://christiannews.net/2016/09/11/it-turns-users-into-zombies-pennsylvania-men-behind-bars-after-flakka-influenced-murder/
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« Reply #242 on: September 15, 2016, 09:21:29 pm »

Open ‘safe places’ in Seattle, King County for heroin use, task force says

really?

A task force is recommending the creation of sites in King County to provide medical supervision for people using illegal drugs like heroin, which would be the first in the U.S.

The task force formed to help fight a heroin epidemic in the Seattle area has recommended the opening of public, supervised sites where addicts can use heroin.

The sites, supported by both King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, would be the first of their kind in the country.

“If it’s a strategy that saves lives … then regardless of the political discomfort I think it is something we have to move forward,” Constantine said during a Thursday news conference.

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« Reply #243 on: September 27, 2016, 02:31:48 pm »

Florida Woman Arrested Following Flakka-Influenced Box Cutter Attack on Homeless Woman

A Florida woman is behind bars after she allegedly attacked a homeless woman with a box cutter moments after smoking the synthetic drug Flakka.

Marsha Lee Boothe, 25, was arrested on Sept. 20 and is facing a charge of aggravated battery with a lethal weapon.

According to local television station WPLG, Sonja King, who is homeless, told police that she was sitting on a bench in Fort Lauderdale when Boothe—wearing only a negligee—sat next to her and began smoking Flakka.

When she finished, King walked away, but Boothe followed her. King asked why Boothe was following, but she did not answer.

Instead, within moments, Boothe pulled out a box cutter and began attacking King with it, slashing her in the arm and chest. Boothe then ran away.

King had to have surgery on her arm as Boothe had cut her to the bone. She also had stitches in her chest.

Two weeks later, King spotted Boothe on the street and told a nearby sheriff’s deputy that she was the woman who had attacked her. Boothe was then taken into custody and booked at the Paul Rein Detention Facility.

Police described Boothe as only wearing her undergarments and “appeared to be somewhat incoherent and struggled to stay awake.”

She is currently being held on $25,000 bail.

As previously reported, a Florida college student was believed to have been on Flakka last month when he attacked a random couple at their home and killed them.

Police stated that Austin Harrouff, 19, was “growling and grunting” and “making animal noises” when he was found biting the flesh off the face of 59-year-old John Joseph Stevens III.

“Somebody not feeling pain, not responding to a dog bite, repeated stuns from a taser, taking three to four deputies and officer dog to get him off—that’s somebody with a lot more strength than you would normally encounter,” Sheriff William Snyder told CBS12.

Harrouff is still fighting for his life in the hospital.

According to DrugAbuse.com, “Flakka is typically made from a synthetic version of an amphetamine-like stimulant in the cathinone class called alpha-PVP. Cathinones are chemicals derived from the khat plant originating in the Middle East and Somalia—where the leaves are frequently chewed for a euphoric buzz.”

“People who use Flakka can display cases of bizarre and uncontrollable behavior,” it states. “Flakka is believed to have similar addiction potential to bath salts and methamphetamine, two highly addictive stimulant substances.”

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« Reply #244 on: October 01, 2016, 04:44:39 am »

This is just mind boggling to say the least

SEX ROULETTE Social media users fear terrifying 0rgy trend where mystery HIV carriers are invited to take part in unprotected sex parties may be spreading across Europe
In May the worrying trend of "sex roulette" parties was reported to have spread from Serbia to Spain according to a doctor in Barcelona

SOCIAL media users are expressing concerns that extreme orgies where people have unprotected sex with a mystery HIV positive person may sweeping across Europe.

In May the worrying trend of “sex roulette” parties was reported to have spread from Serbia to Spain according to a doctor in Barcelona.

But fears seamed to have resurfaced on Twitter with one user tweeting: “‘Sex roulette’ parties where one person secretly has HIV are on the rise, doctors warn.”

Others described it as “f****d up” while others urged kids to “just say no”.

Dr Josep Mallolas of Hospital Clinic Barcelona said: “There is everything: sex roulette parties, or sex parties you can only attend if you already have HIV.”

The Spanish doctor told el Periodico that the rise of these parties meant that people had lost respect for HIV.

Most of the dangerous orgies are thought to be attended by gay men.

The reckless meetups are said to have originated in wealthy circles in Serbia where they had reportedly been popular for some time.

A stripper named only as Tijana, revealed prevalence of the unusual and and dangerous orgies in the Balkan country in 2015.

She said that the parties had been dubbed Serbian sex roulette, a play on Russian roulette.

She said: “I can see that everyone is talking about sex parties now, but in fact they have been common for a long time even here in Serbia.

“In fact what really shocked me was this bizarre variation that seems popular for extreme sex.

“People who turn up for the party wear masks, and one of them has HIV.

“The wealthy organise these sex parties for other rich people. The real kick for these people is apparently the risk that they might be the one having sex with the HIV-infected partner.”

But this and last years just represent the latest trend in this form of risky sexual behaviour which has been known to occur for almost 20 years.

In some instances participants actively try to catch the virus, some bizarrely regarding it as either an inevitability or a badge of honour.

 rest: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1869320/social-media-users-fear-terrifying-****-trend-where-mystery-hiv-carriers-are-invited-to-take-part-in-unprotected-sex-parties-may-be-spreading-across-europe/
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« Reply #245 on: October 05, 2016, 09:40:32 pm »

7-year-old girl’s parents found dead of drug overdose after she told bus driver she couldn’t wake them up

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/10/05/7-year-old-girls-parents-found-dead-of-drug-overdose-after-she-told-bus-driver-she-couldnt-wake-them-up/


Now a video lays bare America's heroin epidemic: Laughing crowd gathers to WATCH as married drug addicts slowly lose consciousness in the street after overdose
Carla Hiers and her partner collapsed in the street after taking heroin
They had both apparently snorted the drug in bathroom of a Walgreens 
She fell to her knees on the sidewalk , while he was flopped on a bench
Paramedics arrived to find the crowd with their cell phones out, recording
A crowd gathered and Courtland Garner filmed them on Facebook Live
He admitted: 'It made me laugh' but said he hoped it put youths off drugs

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3823409/Facebook-Live-video-shows-couple-gradually-falling-unconscious-middle-street-overdosing-heroin.html#ixzz4MGjT4ZOU


Another 21 heroin overdoses hit Columbus

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/09/29/Another-batch-of-heroin-overdoses.html
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Now a video lays bare America's heroin epidemic: Laughing crowd gathers to WATCH as married drug addicts slowly lose consciousness in the street after overdose

Carla Hiers and her partner collapsed in the street after taking heroin
They had both apparently snorted the drug in bathroom of a Walgreens 
She fell to her knees on the sidewalk , while he was flopped on a bench
Paramedics arrived to find the crowd with their cell phones out, recording
A crowd gathered and Courtland Garner filmed them on Facebook Live
He admitted: 'It made me laugh' but said he hoped it put youths off drugs

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3823409/Facebook-Live-video-shows-couple-gradually-falling-unconscious-middle-street-overdosing-heroin.html#ixzz4MGjT4ZOU

I did a research paper last year on the growing heroin epidemic - scary stuff!

And why did they stand around and do nothing? This country is seemingly more irredeemable.
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« Reply #247 on: October 05, 2016, 10:18:17 pm »

I did a research paper last year on the growing heroin epidemic - scary stuff!

And why did they stand around and do nothing? This country is seemingly more irredeemable.

Mat 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
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« Reply #248 on: October 15, 2016, 07:54:17 pm »

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/legal-pot/these-nine-states-will-vote-legalizing-recreational-medical-marijuana-n665771
These Nine States Will Vote on Legalizing Recreational and Medical Marijuana
10/14/16

Nine states have marijuana measures on the ballot this November, and chances are good that many will pass — giving pot advocates high hopes that the federal government will eventually lift its nationwide ban.

In five states — Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada — voters will decide on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

In four others — Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota — voters will weigh in on medical marijuana, which is already legal in nearly half the country.

As Election Day approaches, polls and research show rising support for marijuana legalization: 57 percent of U.S. adults say marijuana should be made legal, compared to just 32 percent a decade ago, found a Pew study earlier this week.

Supporters say the shift in attitude is in part thanks to successes in Colorado and Washington, the first states where voters approved recreational marijuana in 2014.

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http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/07/health/marijuana-legalize-ballot/index.html
Five states consider legalizing marijuana
11/7/16

(CNN)On this election day, voters in five states will get to decide whether marijuana should be legal to use recreationally.

It's on the ballot in California, Massachusetts, Maine, Arizona and Nevada. Voters will also decide whether it should be used for medical reasons in three other states.

The drug is still illegal under federal law, but it has grown in popularity over the years. The number of adults who have smoked weed has nearly doubled in three years, according to a Gallup poll released in August.

It is the No. 1 illicit drug of choice for Americans, according to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use (PDF), although only one-third of users reported an addiction to the substance, unlike most all the other illicit drugs used.

Currently, it's legal to use recreational marijuana only in four states and in the District of Columbia. Colorado and Washington state voted to OK it in 2012. Alaska and Oregon voters approved it in 2014. Medical marijuana is legal in half of US states and is on state ballots this year in Montana, Florida and North Dakota. It will be on the ballot in Arkansas, but the results won't count after the state supreme court struck the issue in October, due to invalid signatures.

For the states where recreational use is legal, it seems to have been a boost to the economy. The marijuana industry created more than 18,000 full-time jobs last year and generated $2.39 billion in economic activity in Colorado, according to an analysis from the Marijuana Policy Group (PDF).
There have also been some health consequences. Emergency rooms have seen a significant increase in adult marijuana-related exposure cases.

The number of calls to poison control centers involving Colorado children has gone up, as has the number of children who've been taken to the hospital for treatment due to unintentional marijuana exposure, studies show. There have also been more school suspensions, marijuana-related traffic deaths, pet poisonings and lab explosions.

Here's what's on the ballot.
California
If marijuana becomes legal in California, the world's sixth-largest economy and the country's most populous state, it could have the biggest impact on the national scene.

In 1996, the state was the first to make medical marijuana legal.

A "yes" on Proposition 64 would make it legal for people 21 or older to use it recreationally. There would be a 15% sales tax, and its cultivation would be taxed. The money would be used in part to study drug research, to study treatment and to help with enforcement of the law.

The state's two largest newspapers back the measure, as does the California Democratic Party, while Republicans are against it.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told the Los Angeles Times Friday that she plans to vote in favor of it. That makes Pelosi the highest-ranking, sitting elected official in either political party to support legalizing a drug the federal government currently considers a Schedule 1 narcotic. A Schedule 1 narcotic is a drug with no currently accepted medical use and has a high potential for abuse. The category also includes heroin.

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https://www.yahoo.com/news/legalization-movement-faces-biggest-test-yet-9-states-173232422--election.html
California voters approve recreational marijuana
11/8/16

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California voters approved a ballot measure Tuesday allowing recreational marijuana in the nation's most populous state, handing the legalization movement its biggest victory yet.

A preliminary exit poll conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research showed the measure passed handily.

Voters in eight other states also considered proposals Tuesday to expand legal access to the drug, which is still forbidden by the federal government.

California's vote makes the use and sale of recreational cannabis legal along the entire West Coast, giving the legalization movement powerful momentum. That could spark similar efforts in other states and put pressure on federal authorities to ease longstanding rules that classify marijuana as a dangerously addictive drug with no medical benefits.

In addition, Massachusetts voters also legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

California was the first state to approve medical marijuana two decades ago. It was among five states weighing whether to permit pot for adults for recreational purposes. The other states were Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada.

Florida and North Dakota earlier approved medical marijuana measures Tuesday. Arkansas was considering a similar measure and Montana voted on whether to ease restrictions on an existing medical marijuana law.

In general, the proposals for recreational pot would treat cannabis similar to alcohol. Consumption would be limited to people 21 or older and forbidden in most public spaces. Pot would be highly regulated and heavily taxed, and some states would let people grow their own.

State-by-state polls showed most of the measures with a good chance of prevailing. But staunch opponents that included law enforcement groups and anti-drug crusaders urged the public to reject any changes. They complained that legalization would endanger children and open the door to creation of another huge industry that, like big tobacco, would be devoted to selling Americans an unhealthy drug.

The California proposal sowed deep division among marijuana advocates and farmers. In Northern California's famous Emerald Triangle, a region known for cultivating pot for decades, many small growers have longed for legitimacy but also fear being forced out of business by large corporate farms.

"I'm not necessarily stoked nor surprised," said Humboldt County grower Graham Shaw, reflecting the ambivalence of the region to the measure. "I am very happy that the war on cannabis in California is finally over."

Advocates opposed to the measure were joined by more traditional voters who opposed legalization on moral grounds.

"I'm against it because you're going to get more and more problems if you legalize it," said Joanne Hsu, 86, a lifelong Republican from Walnut Creek who also voted for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

If "yes" votes prevail across the country, about 75 million people accounting for more than 23 percent of the U.S. population would live in states where recreational pot is legal. The jurisdictions where that's already the case — Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington state and the District of Columbia — have about 18 million residents, or 5.6 percent of the population. Twenty-five states allow medical marijuana.

According to national polls, a solid majority of Americans support legalization.

Proposition 64 would allow people 21 and older to legally possess up to an ounce of weed and grow six marijuana plants at home. Varying tax rates would be levied on sales, with the money deposited into the state's marijuana tax fund.

The exit poll of 2,282 California voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research. This includes preliminary results from interviews conducted as voters left a random sample of 30 precincts statewide Tuesday, as well as 744 who voted early or absentee and were interviewed by landline or cellular telephone from Oct. 29 through Nov. 4. Results for the full sample were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups
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« Reply #252 on: November 09, 2016, 11:16:54 am »

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/m/960f1218-b9a6-357a-bae5-b4a977f66db9/ss_the-united-states-of-weed%3A.html
The United States of Weed: Election results for legal marijuana
•November 8, 2016

While most eyes have been set on the presidential race during the 2016 election, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada and California all held a vote to legalize recreational marijuana, a decision that could potentially shift the nation on a cultural and economic level.

Paving the road ahead of them, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington have all  legalized, regulated and taxed marijuana for recreational use by adults, similar to laws that govern alcohol use. Additionally, Washington D.C. also legalized cannabis possession and cultivation for personal use. If all five states pass their ballots, cannabis will be legal for nearly one-fifth of the US population.

Massachusetts passes recreational marijuana

Question 4 passed in Massachusetts, which will allow people 21 and older to use,  grow and possess marijuana. The ballot was extremely close leading up to the final results, which definitely kept plenty of cannabis enthusiasts in the state on the edge of their seats.

    #Breaking: Mass. voters have approved #Question4 legalizing recreational marijuana, the AP projects. #Electionnight https://t.co/nJfWSpwDW5 pic.twitter.com/OmQE86KLFm

    — The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) November 9, 2016

The measure specifies that people would be allowed to possess one ounce of cannabis in public and a whopping 10 ounces of pot at home, which is a shitload of weed. The measure will also create the Cannabis Control Commission that will oversee legalization and issue licenses for those who wish to sell marijuana products.

For reference, here's Tommy Chong holding 10 ounces of pot at medical marijuana dispensary Shango.

Image: Shango Las vegas

Additionally, the initiative will impose a modest 3.75 percent tax on top of Massachusetts sales tax, and will allow cities and towns to impose an additional 2 percent tax. Funds will go towards helping the state establish the new law and commission.

Question 4 states that legalization will take place on December 15, 2016. It should be a great Christmas and New Year in Massachusetts this year.
California votes for Recreational Marijuana

Proposition 64 passed in California, which will allow people 21 and older to possess and consume marijuana for recreational purposes. Adults will be allowed to hold one ounce of marijuana, and grow up to six plants in a secure area out of public view.

The measure will create two new taxes, one for cultivation and another for retail. The taxes will pay for the cost of administering the new law in addition to raising funds for youth substance abuse education, law enforcement training with a focus on DUI enforcement and environmental cleanup and restoration of public land damaged by illegal marijuana cultivation.

    Recreational marijuana will effectively become legal tomorrow in California. Prop. 64 passes. https://t.co/NsrR5Hxnbv pic.twitter.com/SnuTK2Rssn

    — Los Angeles Times (@latimes) November 9, 2016

Proposition 64 passing in California isn't too surprising considering the state was the first to deregulate marijuana for medical use in 1996. The state also has some of the most relaxed qualifying symptoms, making it relatively easy for patients to receive treatment.
Nevada votes for recreational marijuana

Question 2 passed in Nevada, according to ABC News, which allows adults 21 and older to possess, purchase, cultivate and consume marijuana. Adults will be allowed to possess up to one ounce of cannabis, and those who don't live within 25 miles of a retail store will be able to grow up to six plants in an enclosed and locked area.

The measure also creates a 15 percent excise tax, which will be paid by licensed cultivators. Funds will first be used to implement the measure as well as regulation, and anything leftover will go to support public K-12 education.

    Massachusetts and Nevada have voted in favor of legalizing marijuana, @ABC News projects based on vote analysis. https://t.co/ZU99KLLCWu

    — ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 9, 2016

Arizona votes against recreational marijuana

According to NBC affiliate 12 News, Arizona is projected to vote against Proposition 205 to legalize recreational marijuana. The full results are still coming.

    #BREAKING: Voters reject legal marijuana in Arizona, AP says. #Prop205 pic.twitter.com/AuNoqBOKuh

    — 12 News (@12News) November 9, 2016

Maine still too close to call.

By the earlier morning hours on Wednesday, with 90 percent of the vote reporting, Maine favored legalization of recreational marijuana with 50.3 percent voting in favor and 49.7 percent voting against.

The slim margin of the results, a scant 4,500 votes, has kept official sources from called the race. We will update here when it's called.
Medical Marijuana

In addition to the recreational vote, Florida, Montana, North Dakota and Arkansas also voted to allow qualifying residents with their doctor's recommendation access medical marijuana treatment, joining 25 states that have already developed medical marijuana laws.

Florida votes in favor of medical marijuana

    #Florida passes medical marijuana ballot measure by 71%. 9 states voting on marijuana laws today. #Vote2016 #ElectionNight

    — Rhana Natour (@RNatourious) November 9, 2016

North Dakota votes in favor of medical marijuana

    North Dakota becomes the latest state to allow medical #marijuana! pic.twitter.com/Q5MZDkB9Uu

    — MPP Marijuana Policy (@MarijuanaPolicy) November 9, 2016

So what's next?

While Massachusetts has a clear date when the laws will go into effect, it's going to take some time before you'll be purchasing legal weed from any of these states. Regulations need to be set, agencies need to be formed and most importantly, the public as well as law enforcement need to be educated. Thankfully, the four states that have already regulated recreational marijuana have set standards, acting as an experiment for the states that follow.

Results for Maine are not yet in

This story is currently developing ...

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California voters legalize recreational marijuana: Will federal law follow?
11/9/16

Tuesday night California, Massachusetts, and Nevada joined Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington state and Washington D.C. in legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

Similarly, medical use referenda passed in Florida, North Dakota and Arkansas, making the 2016 election the biggest victory for cannabis proponents since 2012, when Colorado and Washington became the first to vote to end prohibition of the drug. The growing state support for pot consumption, as evidenced by this election, is interpreted by proponents that there's momentum to change the federal laws banning the drug's use, sale, and cultivation.

“I think of this victory in California as a major victory,” Lauren Mendelsohn, the chairwoman of the board of directors of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, a group that has campaigned against the government’s war on drugs, told the New York Times. “It shows the whole country that prohibition is not the answer to the marijuana question.”

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But critics note that Arizona voted down a recreational marijuana initiative Tuesday, and argue that the pro-pot movement may have cherry picked the more liberal states, but the momentum could stall in more conservative states. And a Trump administration isn't looking very pro-marijuana. In Maine, the "yes" vote on recreational marijuana ballot initiative is  ahead by 1 percent with 93 percent of the vote counted, as of Wednesday morning.

The California referendum will allow those over 21 to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use and to grow up to six plants on their private property if they are are not visible to the public. California, Massachusetts, and Nevada, plan to implement these measures by 2018 after licenses are issued to dispensaries and other related businesses.

There are still questions about driving while high, so some of the  additional $1 billion in tax revenue expected to come from marijuana sales in California are to be put toward a study to develop more accurate tests for determining whether a driver is impaired by marijuana. Marijuana tax money will also be directed to drug education programs for young people as well as efforts to curb the environmental impact of increased marijuana cultivation and production.

California has long been hub of support for marijuana, as well as illicit marijuana cultivation, and with the state’s powerful economy, advocates see it as occupying a unique position to push for reform of US federal ban on marijuana.

“This represents a monumental victory for the marijuana reform movement,” Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said in a statement. “With California’s leadership now, the end of marijuana prohibition nationally, and even internationally, is fast approaching.”

Advocates say that the federal government's war on drugs stance will not hold up as more states legalize recreational and medical marijuana use. But the White House still opposes the legalization of marijuana because it says it would increase the availability and use of illicit drugs. In August, in a  letter in the Federal Register, the DEA said marijuana should remain as a Schedule I drug, a class that includes drugs the regulator says have a “high potential for abuse” and “no current accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.”

Still, President Barack Obama said in a  recent interview with Bill Maher that there's a need for "a more serious conversation about how we're treating marijuana and our drug laws in general."

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D) of Oregon and a supporter of legalization, told The New York Times, “The new administration is not going to want to continue this toxic and nonproductive war on drugs.”

But after Tuesday's vote, which gives Republicans control of the House, Senate, and White House, there may be less receptivity to changing federal law on recreational use of marijuana.

"In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state," Donald Trump told The Washington Post. "… Marijuana is such a big thing. I think medical should happen – right? Don’t we agree? I think so. And then I really believe we should leave it up to the states."

Marijuana advocates are aware that a Trump administration may be less receptive to a federal change. “The prospect of Rudy Giuliani or Chris Christie as attorney general does not bode well,” Mr. Nadelmann told the Washington Post. “There are various ways in which a hostile White House could trip things up.”

William A. Galston and E.J. Dionne Jr. acknowledge the growing public support for marijuana use in the US, but write in a study for the Brookings Institution that it's a mistake to assume that national support for issues such as same-sex marriage also means that marijuana is on a similar track to legalization.

    Attitudes toward legalization are marked by ambivalence, especially on the conservative side. Many of those who favor legalization do so despite believing that marijuana is harmful or reporting that they feel uncomfortable with its use. Among conservatives, many who believe marijuana should be illegal nonetheless support states’ right to legalize it and take a dim view of government’s ability to enforce a ban," the researchers wrote. 
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Marijuana Use Tied to Rare, Temporary Heart Malfunction
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HealthDay News) -- Marijuana use might raise the risk of a rare, temporary heart muscle malfunction that can feel like a full-fledged heart attack, a new study suggests.

People who used marijuana were almost twice as likely as non-users to suffer a bout of stress cardiomyopathy, a condition also known as takotsubo, said study co-author Dr. Amitoj Singh. He is chief cardiology fellow at St. Luke's University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pa.

Further, pot users experiencing takotsubo were more likely to suffer a cardiac arrest or require an implanted defibrillator, compared with non-users with takotsubo, Singh said. Cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops beating.

"Marijuana does not appear to be entirely safe, as some of the lobbyists for marijuana are arguing," Singh said. But the study did not prove that pot causes takotsubo.

Singh was to present his findings Sunday at the American Heart Association's annual meeting, in New Orleans. Research presented at meetings is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

An American Heart Association spokeswoman questioned the findings, noting that the study mainly focused on marijuana use among people who'd fallen ill with takotsubo, which is a very rare condition.

"I think they're extending conclusions that go beyond the data," said Donna Arnett, dean and professor of epidemiology at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, in Lexington. "These data are suggestive only. I don't know you can extend it to say you should not use marijuana in terms of risk for stress cardiomyopathy."

Takotsubo is a sudden and usually temporary weakening of the heart muscle that reduces the heart's ability to pump -- essentially a "stunning" of the heart, Singh explained. This can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness and sometimes fainting.

The condition generally causes no long-term effects on a person's heart health, Singh said.

Takotsubo typically affects older women, and has been linked to anxiety or stress, Singh said.

Singh said he and his colleagues decided to investigate this topic after treating a patient in their hospital who'd ingested marijuana and was found to be suffering from takotsubo.

The researchers analyzed data from a federal health care database, identifying more than 33,000 people who had been hospitalized with stress cardiomyopathy between 2003 and 2011 in the United States.

Of those patients, 210 were also identified as marijuana users, which amounts to less than 1 percent of all people identified with takotsubo.

The marijuana users with takotsubo were more likely to be younger and male, with few other heart risk factors, the researchers found.

"Most of these people who had used marijuana and had developed takotsubo were young men, which was completely diametrically opposite of what takotsubo is known for," Singh said.

Despite their age and relative heart health, the marijuana users were significantly more likely than non-users to go into cardiac arrest (2.4 percent versus 0.8 percent, respectively) and to require an implanted defibrillator to detect and correct dangerously abnormal heart rhythms (2.4 percent versus 0.6 percent, respectively).

"They should not be having these severe side effects like cardiac arrest," Singh said. "That's an alarming thing for people who ingested marijuana."

Looking at the entire database, Singh and his colleagues concluded that active marijuana use doubles the risk of takotsubo in young men.

Chemicals contained in marijuana are known to interact with systems that control or moderate stress hormones within the body, and could potentially explain this observation, Singh said.

Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML, a group advocating reform of marijuana laws, said that takotsubo is extremely rare, and occurred in far fewer than 1 percent of the patients tracked in the health care database.

On the other hand, national data indicates more than 10 percent of Americans use marijuana, and as many as one-third of young adults aged 18 to 25 are users, Armentano said.

"Self-evidently, if cannabis consumption is a risk factor for this condition, it is a nearly insignificant risk factor," he said.





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http://www.journalofaccountancy.com/newsletters/2016/nov/marijuana-laws-create-opportunities-risks.html?utm_source=mnl:cpainsider&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=21Nov2016
New marijuana laws create opportunities, risks for CPAs
Initiatives in eight states expanded recreational and medical use, but federal ban remains.

By Lindsay Patterson
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Voters approved marijuana initiatives in eight of the nine states where the issue was on the ballot Nov. 8, allowing for the creation of new businesses that will need CPA services. However, because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, CPAs will need to carefully consider potential risks associated with businesses operating in this industry.

California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada approved the use of recreational marijuana, although voters in Arizona rejected a similar measure. Medical marijuana remains legal in that state, however. On the medical side, voters in Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota approved legalizing medical marijuana, while voters in Montana approved expanding the state's existing medical marijuana program. Nationwide, 31 states and jurisdictions now have legal marijuana in some capacity.

Businesses in this industry are increasingly seeking CPA services, with some states—such as Arizona and Minnesota—mandating that marijuana retailers undergo an annual audit. At the same time, however, most state boards of accountancy have not issued official guidance as to whether providing services to these businesses would constitute a violation of the board's rules of professional conduct. Thus far, only state boards of accountancy in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington have issued guidance.

Generally speaking, each of these boards has determined that providing accounting services to state-legal marijuana businesses is not itself an act discreditable. However,  a board could pursue disciplinary action against a licensee found guilty of a criminal act involving marijuana. A listing of each board's specific guidance is available here.

The AICPA has also developed resources for CPAs considering offering services to state-legal marijuana businesses, including the paper An Issue Brief on State Marijuana Laws and the CPA Profession, which will be updated in early 2017. AICPA Insights also published a recent blog post on the issue, and more tools are available on the AICPA website.

Lindsay Patterson is the AICPA's senior communications manager for state regulatory & legislative affairs. To comment on this article, contact Chris Baysden, senior manager of newsletters at the AICPA.
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America Is Falling: More Men Than Ever Want To Watch Their Wives And Girlfriends Have Sex With Other Men

Virtually every great society throughout history has descended into a state of utter sexual depravity before completely falling, and it looks like the United States is not going to be any exception. Whatever sick and twisted perversion you can dream up, there is probably a “thriving community” for it on the Internet. Right at the beginning of this article, I want to make it clear that what I am about to talk about is extremely disturbing and so this article should not be read by anyone that is not an adult. So why discuss this type of stuff at all? Well, the truth is that we are under a mass delusion in this country today. We like to think that we are so moral that we are an “example” to the rest of the world, but the truth is that America has become an overflowing cesspool of wickedness and filth. Just about every form of evil that you could possibly name is absolutely exploding in our society, and if we hope to have any hope for our future we have got to take a good, long look in the mirror and be honest with ourselves about how far we have fallen.

What I am going to write about today is just one example of how far we have declined morally. We have become a nation that is completely and totally addicted to watching other people have sex. I often quote the studies that show that approximately two-thirds of all Christian men look at pornography on a regular basis, and there is one kind of this filth in particular that is becoming extremely popular.

Just a few days ago, I came across an article in the Independent that discussed the fact that the number of men that want to watch their wives or girlfriends have sex with other men is absolutely soaring…

    Online communities dedicated to the topic are booming, with Google searches for the fetish peaking this week, having more than doubled in the past 12 years.

    One man explained how he’d been married to his wife for two years before confessing that he fantasised about watching her with another man.

    Meanwhile a married woman detailed how her husband even texted her messages of encouragement when she was trying to seduce the man they’d agreed on.

This practice is known as “cuckolding”, and there apparently is a tremendous demand for material related to this practice. According to Psychology Today, “even a cursory search on Amazon will turn up hundreds of books on such erotica and that the Internet, too, resoundingly echoes this ‘huge demand’ for graphic depictions of such sex.”

Talk about sick.

According to Wikipedia, the phrase “cuckold” originally comes “from the cuckoo bird, alluding to its habit of laying its eggs in other birds’ nests.”

In our society everything is being turned upside down. Good is being called evil and evil is being called good. Once upon a time, the practice of adultery was greatly condemned in this nation, but now we have turned it into a spectator sport.

And at this point even the most trusted members of our society are doing things that were once considered to be unthinkable. For example, just check out what police in New York have been doing…

    Sgt. Jonathan E. Moore, 35, was at a Colonie auto dealership last month when his boyfriend, Anthony Aubin, 27, was arrested on felony charges as they tried to use a fraudulent check to purchase a $92,000 2016 Jaguar coupe, according to arrest records.

    But the arrest of Aubin, who has a lengthy criminal record and was recently on parole, has triggered a much broader, multi-agency police investigation into allegations that gay officers may have hosted or taken part in sex parties — called “breeding parties” — that allegedly were attended by teenagers who were not of legal age to drink alcohol or consent to having sex with adults.

When people run around having sex with whoever they feel like, it is inevitable that sexually-transmitted diseases will start to spread like wildfire, and a new report that was just released found that is precisely what is happening…

    The number of reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases reached a record high in the US last year, figures show, as officials warned that stretched services meant people were slipping through the “public health safety net”.

    In its latest report, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said the sharp rise in syphilis was of particular concern.

    “We have reached a decisive moment for the nation,” Dr Jonathan Mermin, a director at the CDC, said.

Overall, the CDC says that there are approximately 20 million new STD cases in the United States every single year.

Just let that sink in for a moment.

20 million new cases a year.

And somehow we have come to the conclusion that we are good people?

Somehow we have come to the conclusion that we deserve to be blessed?

And of course it isn’t just sexual sin that is exploding either. Violent crime is way up in 2016, and this is particularly true in big cities such as Chicago…

    With 78 homicides, October was the second deadliest month of 2016, and Chicago surpassed 600 homicides for the first time in more than a decade.

    The last time Chicago had at least 600 homicides in a single year was 2003.

    Homicides and non-fatal shootings have skyrocketed in 2016, with 605 homicides and more than 3,600 shooting victims through the end of October.

    In October, there were 78 homicides and 427 shooting victims. Only August had more homicides, when 90 people were slain in Chicago. It was the bloodiest month in the city in 20 years.

Let me be very clear – America is never “going to be great again” until we change what is in our own hearts.

Our biggest problem has not been that we have had the wrong political party in control of the White House.

Rather, our biggest problem has been our own behavior.

If we want to have any sort of a future as a nation, we need to turn from our wicked ways. But even in most churches you will not hear this kind of message these days.

Sadly, the truth is that the vast majority of Americans don’t want to hear about how evil they are, and they certainly don’t have any intention of changing their behavior.

But unless we start making major changes immediately, there is not going to be any hope for us no matter who we send to Washington.

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Seriously? This is just even disgusting to think about!
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World leaders call for legalisation of drugs

Report says prohibition has had 'little or no impact' on rate of drug use


World leaders have called for an end to the criminalisation of drugs.

The Global Commission on Drug Policy's annual report advocates the removal of both civil and criminal penalties for drug use and possession.

Prohibition of drugs has had "little or no impact" on the rate of drug use, the report says, with the number of drug users increasing by almost 20 per cent between 2006 and 2013 to 246 million people.

The Global Commission on Drug Policy panel includes former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, British businessman Richard Branson and the former presidents of Switzerland, Colombia, Mexico and Brazil.

The report warns prohibition of drugs fuels mass incarceration and executions in contravention of international law and drives human rights abuses by those who supply drugs.

It cites examples of successful decriminalisation policies, offering Portugal as the best example, which replaced criminal sanctions for drug use with civil penalties and health interventions 15 years ago.

The Committee also denounces the "barbaric actions" of Philippino President Rodrigo Duterte, who calls on the public to execute those involved in the drugs trade. More than 3,600 people were killed during Mr Duterte's first 100 days in office as part of his brutal crackdown on drugs.

“After years of denouncing the dramatic effects of prohibition and the criminalisation of people that do no harm but use drugs on the society as a whole, it is time to highlight the benefits of well-designed and well-implemented people centered drug polices," Former Swiss president Ruth Dreifuss, chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, said in a statement.

“These innovative policies cannot exist as long as we do not discuss, honestly, the major policy error made in the past, which is the criminalisation of personal consumption or possession of illicit psychoactive substances in national laws.”

The report also calls for states to abolish the death penalty for drug-related offences, implement alternatives to punishment and explore regulatory models for all illicit drugs.

Rodrigo Duterte says he 'doesn't give a s*** about human rights' as 3,500 killed in war on drugs

Last week, the British Medical Journal called for the legalisation of illicit drugs for the first time.

Prohibition laws have failed to curb either supply or demand, reduce addiction, cut violence or reduce profits for organised crime, the journal argued, saying the so-called 'War on Drugs' had been a failure.

It said the ban on the production, supply, possession and use of some drugs for non-medical purposes was causing huge harm.

In the same issue, former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and Baroness Molly Meacher urged the Government to reschedule cannabis for medical use and review policy on heroin-assisted treatment and called for an end to criminal sanctions for the personal possession and use of all drugs.

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Heroin Fatalities Surpass Gun Homicides For First Time In 2015 Via @dailycaller.

Health officials revealed that for the first time ever, there were more deaths related to heroin than gun homicides in 2015, contributing to the first drop in U.S. life expectancy since 1993.

Deaths from heroin rose by 2,000 since 2015, marking the first time since the 1990s that heroin deaths surpassed deaths from prescription opioid painkillers. While gun homicides numbered 12,979 in 2015 and heroin abuse claimed a staggering 12,989 lives. Gun homicides outnumbered heroin fatalities by five to one in 2007.

Opioid deaths stood at roughly 30,000 in 2015, according to a new report from the CDC released Thursday, an increase of 5,000 over 2014. The emergence of fentanyl, a painkiller 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, and carfentanil, an elephant tranquilizer approximately 10,000 times stronger than morphine, is contributing to the disturbing year-over-year spikes in opioid deaths, reports The Washington Post.

“The epidemic of deaths involving opioids continues to worsen,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a statement Thursday. “Prescription opioid misuse and use of heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl are intertwined and deeply troubling problems. We need to drastically improve both the treatment of pain and the treatment of opioid use disorders and increase the use of naloxone to reverse opioid overdose.”

The news comes after a similarly alarming report from the DEA Tuesday showed nearly 80 people died everyday from heroin or prescription opioid overdoses in 2014, which is the most recent available data on overdoses nationwide. Drug overdoses in the U.S. claimed roughly 129 lives every day in 2014 and are creating a “crisis of historic proportions.”

Heroin overdoses tripled between 2010 and 2014, according to the 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA), released by the DEA Tuesday.

Use of prescription painkillers is now more widespread in the U.S. than using tobacco. Many people who overdose on substances like heroin began with a dependence on prescription painkillers, but switch after building high tolerances that made them too expensive.

The DEA warns that even heroin users with extremely high tolerances are more likely to have a fatal overdose due to the presence of carfentanil and fentanyl.

“The presence of carfentanil in illicit U.S. drug markets is cause for concern, as the relative strength of this drug could lead to an increase in overdoses and overdose-related deaths, even among opioid-tolerant users,” according to the NDTA. “Public health officials maintain that fentanyl is contributing to most of this increase [overdoses]. Fentanyl is sometimes added to heroin batches, or mixed with other adulterants and sold as counterfeit heroin, unknown to the user.”

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Cannabis: teenage consumption increases following legalization in the United States

An American study has uncovered a shift in teenagers' consumption and perceptions of cannabis since the 2015 legalization of recreational use of the drug in the state of Washington.

According to researchers at UC Davis and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, marijuana consumption among 13-14-year olds and 15-16-year olds increased respectively by two percent and four percent in the state of Washington since the introduction of the 2015 law authorizing recreational use of the drug.

The study also found that since legalization negative perceptions of marijuana among Washington teenagers in the same age categories had declined by 14% and 16% respectively.

In the United States, nine states have now authorized the recreational use of marijuana, while while 26 have legalized it for medical purposes. Most recently California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts voted to change their laws in November 2016. They join Colorado, which legalized in 2012, Oregon, Alaska and the State of Washington, which legalized in 2015, as well as the US capital Washington DC, which legalized in 2014.

Worrying impact on teenagers

In concrete terms, anyone over the age of 21 can now legally procure one ounce of marijuana for recreational use. The law also allows for the cultivation of six marijuana plants, provided they are not on public view. Retail sales from licensed vendors are permitted and taxed at 15 percent.

"While legalization for recreational purposes is currently limited to adults, potential impacts on adolescent marijuana use are of particular concern," points out Magdalena Cerdá, the author of the study which was published in Jama Pediatrics.

In view of the increasing number of states moving to legalize marijuana, the researchers argue that changes to the law should be accompanied by prevention programs that raise teenagers' awareness of the potential risks of marijuana.

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We Live In A Society Where ‘Fifty Shades’, Beyonce And Lady Gaga Are Considered To Be ‘Entertainment’

What in the world has happened to America? We live in a society where perversion, sexual violence and occult rituals have become essential elements of our entertainment. In fact, these days it seems like we can’t get through a major awards show or a Super Bowl halftime celebration without being forced to see things that would have been absolutely unthinkable in this country just fifty years ago. Unfortunately, most Americans have already had their consciences seared so badly that these things don’t even bother them anymore.

In the old days, popular music was certainly full of sexually suggestive themes, but the artists were never as graphic as they are today. In addition to blatantly flaunting their sexuality, the biggest pop stars of today also seem to be in a competition to see who can include the most occult symbology in their performances.

Just consider Beyonce’s performance at the Grammys. You certainly don’t have to be a “conspiracy theorist” to figure out that her performance was full of occult symbolism. Even the Washington Post is gushing about the “African, Hindu and Roman goddesses” that served as her inspiration…

As in Lemonade and her pregnancy announcement photos released earlier this month, the singer’s Grammy performance was packed with artistic nods to African, Hindu and Roman goddesses who signify the womanhood Beyoncé has been reflecting in her most recent work.

To me, Beyonce’s outfit reminded me more of the Egyptian goddess Isis, but it really doesn’t matter too much because ultimately all of these pagan goddesses were derived from a religious tradition that began back in ancient Babylon.

I just don’t know why anyone would want to watch this stuff. It is truly astounding that millions of Americans would willingly sit there and watch an almost naked woman dressed like a pagan goddess prance around the stage in a sexually suggestive way.

Is this really “entertainment”?

Have we really fallen so low?

The Washington Post was particularly thrilled that Beyonce used an African pagan goddess known as “Oshun” as part of her inspiration…

Perhaps more obvious, though, is her embodiment of Oshun, a Yoruba water goddess of “female sensuality, love and fertility,” PBS reported when Lemonade first dropped last year. Oshun, also spelled Osun, is the love goddess of the Yoruba people, who inhabit the southwestern region of what is now modern day Nigeria and the southern part of Benin, according to Ancient Origins, and is often depicted wearing yellow and surrounded by fresh water.

Sadly, people love this stuff.

I just went on YouTube and pulled up Lady Gaga’s very disturbing Super Bowl performance, and I discovered that it has already been viewed about 24 million times.

And that video received all of those views in just over a week.

Dressed like a demonic entity known as a “succubus”, Lady Gaga’s “performance” celebrated a wide range of perversion and evil, and yet hardly anyone spoke out against her afterwards.

That is because our society has fully embraced performers such as Beyonce and Lady Gaga. They are the “new normal”, while those that stand up for traditional values have become the enemy.

Hollywood has also become a complete cesspool of filth.

One of the most popular movies in America right now is the sequel to “Fifty Shades of Grey”. It is entitled “Fifty Shades Darker”, and just like the previous movie it celebrates bondage, sexual domination and perverted sexual activity.

The original novel that spawned these films has now sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, but the truth is that it is little more than thinly veiled pornography for women.

They say that we are what we eat, and the same thing is true for what we allow into our minds.

If we endlessly fill our minds with something, that is eventually what we will become.

That is why it should come as no surprise that many people are trying to act out the things that they are seeing in these films and reading about in these novels.

For example, in the UK it is being reported that medical personnel have had to rescue “102 men and women stuck in handcuffs or chained to the bed in the last five years since the books appeared”.

And according to Time Magazine, one very disturbing study found that Fifty Shades of Grey was actually “introducing more women to ****”…

E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey is introducing more women to **** — at least according to a narrow study conducted at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

Researcher Diana Parry interviewed 28 women in their 20s to 50s about their pornography habits. She discovered that women in the group increased their consumption of sexually explicit content after reading the book.

“So many of the women [we interviewed] were hopping in for the first time to pornography or sexually explicit material that was written by women for women,” Parry told Salon in an interview.

You see, the reality of the matter is that entertainment is not neutral.

There is a reason they call it “programming”, and when we allow hour after hour of garbage to enter our minds it is only a matter of time before garbage starts coming back out.

In particular, our young people are constantly feeding themselves this kind of “entertainment”, and this goes a long way toward explaining the dramatic demographic shifts that we are witnessing in society today.

If we truly do want to make America great again, or if we want to have the kind of spiritual renewal that I talk about in my latest book, we are going to have to quit being addicted to this kind of junk.

Unfortunately, we live at a time when people don’t want to hear about “right” and “wrong” anymore. Even most churches are extremely hesitant to use words like “sin” and “repentance” these days. So we just ignore the things that are literally destroying us, and we get upset at anyone that would dare to point out our self-destructive ways.

If we continue going down this path as a society, there literally is no future for us.

Throughout history, every great society has plunged into great moral depravity before ultimately falling, and the exact same pattern is playing out once again.

Please wake up America.

Because pretty soon it will be too late to do anything about it.

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/we-live-in-a-society-where-fifty-shades-beyonce-and-lady-gaga-are-considered-to-be-entertainment
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Yeah, "50 Shades" would have been at the XXX store 20-30 years ago, maybe even 10-15 years ago. And never thought Lady Gaga would be THIS mainstream back in 2010.

Just some really, really surreal times we're living in.
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http://kdvr.com/2017/02/22/federal-judge-fort-collins-cant-enforce-ban-on-women-going-****/
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Federal judge: Fort Collins can’t enforce ban on women going ****

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- A federal judge has ordered the city of Fort Collins to stop enforcing a policy that bans women from showing their breasts in public.

It started with one woman asking, "If men can go ****, why can't women?"

"It's sexist because it specifically discriminates against female breasts," Brittiany Hoagland said in 2015.

Hoagland, Samantha Six and a group called Free the Nipple -- Fort Collins made headlines across the country when they protested on the corner of College Avenue and Mulberry Street with nothing but "opaque dressings" covering their nipples.

The Fort Collins City Council asked for public input but ended up voting to keep the **** ban for women in place.

But the council added two exceptions: Breastfeeding mothers and girls younger than 10 years old.

After the decision, Hoagland, Six and Free the Nipple -- Fort Collins filed a civil lawsuit against the city, claiming the policy violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

On Wednesday, Federal Judge R. Brooke Jackson ordered an injunction preventing police and the city from enforcing the ban.

"The court essentially agreed that any statute containing the concept that 'Women are prohibited from …' is likely unconstitutional," attorney David Lane said in a statement.

In his ruling, Jackson disagreed with the argument that **** females might distract drivers and cause traffic issues that disrupt public order.

"t appears that underlying Fort Collins’ belief that **** females are uniquely disruptive of public order is [a] negative stereotype ... that society considers female breasts primarily as objects of sexual desire whereas male breasts are not," Jackson said.

The judge cited a researcher as stating that sexual objectification of the female breast leads to negative cognitive, behavioral, and emotional outcomes and contributes to higher rates of sexual assault and violence.

The judge also disagreed with the argument that seeing a woman's breasts could harm children.

"Nor has Fort Collins provided any meaningful evidence that the mere sight of a female breast endangers children. The female breast, after all, is one of the first things a child sees," Jackson wrote.

"It seems, then, that children do not need to be protected from the naked female breast itself but from the negative societal norms, expectations, and stereotypes associated with it."

Lane called the decision "Another example of the federal courts enforcing the Constitution in the face of the police and the City fighting against the Bill of Rights."
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Israel gives green light to decriminalize marijuana use

The Israeli government voted on Sunday in favor of decriminalizing recreational marijuana use, joining some U.S. states and European countries who have adopted a similar approach.

"On the one hand we are opening ourselves up to the future. On the other hand, we understand the dangers and will try to balance the two," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet in broadcast remarks.

According to the new policy, which must still be ratified by parliament, people caught smoking marijuana would be fined rather than arrested and prosecuted. Criminal procedures would be launched only against those caught repeatedly with the drug.

Selling and growing marijuana would remain criminal offences in Israel.

"Israel cannot shut its eyes to the changes being made across the world in respect to marijuana consumption and its effects," Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said in a statement.

In the United States, 28 states have legalized marijuana for medical use and since 2012, several have also approved marijuana for recreational use.

Shaked said Israeli authorities would now put their focus on education about the possible harmful effects of drug use.

Marijuana use is fairly common in Israel. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has said that almost nine percent of Israelis use cannabis, though some Israeli experts believe the numbers are higher.

Israeli police figures showed only 188 people were arrested in 2015 for recreational use of marijuana, a 56 percent drop since 2010, and many of those apprehended in that time were never charged.

About 25,000 people have a license to use the drug for medicinal purposes in Israel, one of the world leaders in medical marijuana research.

In February, a government committee gave an initial nod for the export of medical cannabis, though final legislative measures will likely take months.

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