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Blissful Bottom Line: Marijuana: Let the Colorado Green Rush Proceed



Written by guest contributor, "hardybear" of the wonderful Free Range Talk site:

The Rocky Mountain Legal Doobie Debut numbers are in -- and the pot of gold that was hoped for in Colorado's Green Rush did indeed appear at the end of the Recreational Use Revenue rainbow. A chillin' 34 million dollars (presumably much in highly-scented sacks of even colder cash) blew into the State of Colorado's coffers from the sales of marijuana -- sin-taxxed to the max -- in the virgin legalized retail month of January.

For a speedy gauge, the combined tax revenue sales of clothing, shoes and furniture scuppered in for the same period was just shy of double of them there cannabis tax cash millions! Washington state will soon make economic history when their own elevated pot revenues stream in to impress skeptical bean counters.

Bud Tender Dan Ericson, left, fills an order in Denver. LATimes image

Bud Tender Dan Ericson, left, fills an order in Denver. LATimes image

Where else are you going to come up with upwards of a million in legal revenues A DAY, 48 idiot (including many in Broke Ass territory) states that are still for all intents under Prohibition?

Colorado will be reinvesting a large share of their Mary Jane Monies into the best interests of a wildly needy population: their schoolchildren. Appears that these immodest sums will add up a tad faster than the mighty admirable Box Top$ For Education campaign. As far as good old capitalism goes, here's your sign of a bullish bud future: the First Family of Weed, featured on [msnbc's fair-haired new hope of a lad] 'Ronan Farrow Daily' on Tuesday.

It'd also be great to know that when the eldest nephew here in Vermont [which decriminalized down to a ticketed fine in 2013] wants to enjoy a skosh of some rad Alaskan Thunderfvck on the weekend, that it's safe to purchase and no one is going to end up in a jail cell because we Puritans were still glued to the urban myths and Regressive paranoia channels. Man.

Related wag o' the finger? Jerry Brown, WTF is up with the public mellow-harshing, mann?? And Mickey Hart just barely hailed Governor Moonbeam as a hero -- that's Dead Cred, mannn!?!

New York State, however,  is more than a bit behind the high times, Andrew Cuomo only recently gave the grand gubernatorial nod to medical, but having Rx dispensaries and growers in such a key NE state is a mega-win for the Cause. A wowed reporter over at Alternet was actually allowed on some ride-alongs with a high-end bud bike-delivery service that merrily brings ganja to your door in the Big Apple -- called Secret Fleet. The incoming supply pipeline is not optimal. For anybody.

The weed comes to New York on many modes of transportation. “It’s like prohibition,” Brian says. “You ever seen that show ‘Moonshiners’? It’s like that. They’re hiding it in VW vans or putting it in trucks and covering it in manure. Anything they can f**king think of.”


Old Gov. Moonbeam Returns To California -- A Bit More Crazy Now



I live in California so things my Governor says impact my life a bit more than say, Nikki Haley, Scott Walker or Rick Scott. Add to that I recreationally used marijuana during and after college so the subject is near and dear to me. Though I haven't smoked in years, I still remember how it affected me and those who joined me at the bong or vaporizer.

So when Jerry -- that's what we call him out here -- recently went on Meet The Press and tossed caution to the wind about full marijuana legalization here in California, my ears pricked up. What was Governor Moonbeam -- his nickname from his early terms before he found philosophically whatever it is that he found -- thinking?

First, here's what he said, from WaPo:

He also expressed worry about the "tendency to go to extremes."  After legalization, he said, "if there's advertising and legitimacy, how many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation? The world's pretty dangerous, very competitive. I think we need to stay alert, if not 24 hours a day, more than some of the potheads might be able to put together."

Really Jerry? You fear potheads are going to take over. Look at history. Look at alcohol. Go ahead, take a good look. Has our society crumbled with the repeal of the Volstead Act (Prohibition)?

And what are we really talking about with recreational legalization? California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana use in 1996, when 56 percent of voters approved Proposition 215. Do you know what it takes to get a medical marijuana certificate today? Nothing.

Venice Beach 2

On a recent outing with my wife, we strolled along the boardwalk in Venice Beach, Ca. There were five, count 'em five storefront walk-in clinics within one mile. You see a "doctor" after filling out a form and he stamps it approved, takes your picture and a certificate is issued. You can immediately walk to the back room and buy some very aromatic OG, Lemon or Purple Kush. Licensing is a joke. And not just here in California. It's a process that is abused everywhere that state certificates are issued.

I got my license years ago because I claimed I had insomnia and back pain issues. That was it. Boom. Stamped. Certified. I bought some grass minutes later.

So to your implied point, Gov Moonbeam, that pot is perhaps different from alcohol, you're right. It's not nearly as debilitating. But to hold off full legalization like Colorado and Washington state with the excuse that everyone will become potheads is insane. I think Jerry is having a flashback and it's more dangerous than reality.

Come back to us Jerry. And bring practical sense and a well rolled joint with you. It's your turn to blaze more than a new pathway to reality. Set California free. Or if you're really that concerned about each person being responsible for themselves and their behavior, try banning alcohol. See how well that does for you when you run for a fourth term.


California Governor Signs New Abortion Bill



Finally, while so much of this country is consumed with making women's access to safe, legal abortions harder and harder to find, California leads the way -- again -- in allowing women to be responsible for their own bodies and their reproductive rights. Instead of moving backwards, the Golden State is moving forward. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law abortion provider legislation yesterday.

The gist of the legislation, as reported by Breitbart:

The bill, AB 154, passed both houses of the state legislature withstrong support from Planned Parenthood and pro-choice groups. Planned Parenthood stands to benefit most directly from the bill, as non-physician staff at its clinics would be able to obtain abortion licenses.

The bill permits licensed non-physicians to perform two kinds of abortion in the first trimester--by medication, and by aspiration, which requires the insertion of medical instruments into the uterus.

According to Fox Channel 5 in San Diego, 53% of California counties don't currently have access to certified abortion providers. That meant that a large number of women had the legal right to the procedure, but not the access. With the signing of the bill, a majority of Califorina women will now have a likelier chance of receiving this safe procedure and at a lower cost, easier access and with shorter wait times.

It comes down to this. Women have the legal right to their own bodies. Fair and reasonable access should never be the issue. That will be lessened now in California.

Want to see how important this decision is? Watch this:


We're "throwing water down oil wells to get money now." "It's time to get off these carbon drugs."


don't frack with our water

One of my previous posts on hydraulic fracturing: Fracking linked to methane risk: “When methane concentrations are that high, water can bubble like champagne.”

Regular readers know that fracking (which is when water mixed with sand and chemicals is injected deep underground at high pressure to shatter rock formations to unlock oil and gas trapped inside) is a topic I write about regularly (scroll). I dare corporate "people," my friend, to take a big gulp of tap water in the form of chemically induced flames that spew from faucets where fracking is prevalent, as is depicted in the excellent film Gasland.

That said, here are today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Coalition asks Brown to halt fracking in California," Aug. 29

Gov. Jerry Brown implies that California needs the money fracking would provide as much as it needs environmental protection.

What California depends on is water. We all need water, and each fracking well consumes millions of gallons of that precious stuff, never to be reclaimed. You can't purify the chemicals out or flush out the aquifer if an earthquake cracks a shaft and the chemical mixture drains into the groundwater.

We are deep into drought. The water California has relied on will be even more fought over. Throwing it down oil wells to get money now ignores how much we will have to spend to live with the consequences.

Suvan Geer

Santa Ana


Most Californians agree that getting fracking right is of far greater value than getting it fast. Haste makes waste of several sorts — of time, money and the health of workers and "downstreamers" such as small towns whose sewage treatment plants are incapable of dealing with fracking fluid (and what's in that stuff anyway?).

My personal take on fracking and other major extraction efforts is that in light of the fact that fossil fuel reserves are already several times what the planet can stand to burn, it's time to get off these carbon drugs.

Robert Siebert