Weed News – End of July 2018

A quick review of the cannabis legalization efforts around the globe.

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Seriously, we are two days away from August, and I couldn’t really put this News segment in the August section because it’s happening now. But I didn’t really want to put it into the July section either, because obviously we’re at the end of July anyway. So… end of July Weed News with SovietStoner. Here we go.

Our first big news story comes to us from Georgia. And not the state of Georgia. The country of Georgia. The one over there, that used to be part of the Soviet Union. But is now an independent country. Georgian Constitutional Court ruled that cannabis consumption is not a threat to public health and safety. (No shit !!)  But rather a responsibility of the user who has to live with the consequences of their actions. (the use of cannabis). So that is a major step for a former Soviet Union country in the legalization of cannabis. Soviet Union, and Russian speaking countries, we’re fairly strict when it comes to penalties for possession and paraphernalia. Their judiciary system awards larger fines and sentences, then we are probably comfortable with. And seeing a country legalized marijuana is great news for cannabis users worldwide. Georgia is a beautiful country. With excellent and unique cuisine, and especially great wine. If you are a cannabis tourist, you know what I mean, you should consider visiting Georgia. Now that there is no danger of going to jail for having a couple of joints on you. Read the Full Story.

In the United States, there’s also some good legalization news. In Oklahoma the marijuana advocacy group Green the Vote got enough signatures to put legalization on the ballot. Oklahoma voters approved State Question 788, legalizing cannabis for medical use, about a month ago. But there was some problems with the wording of the language, and there was some opposition or restrictions imposed by the government that were not satisfactory to most people. Like there was a clause in there that you couldn’t smoke the flower. It had to be vaped if it was considered for medical use. Something similar is going on in Ohio right now. As a result the petition was circulated to put a simple question on a ballot regarding the legal adult use of cannabis, for the November elections. The group announced that it collected the necessary signatures, but they were still needed to be verified. So whenever that happens, there might be or there might not be question on the ballot of the November elections in Oklahoma. Hopefully it all gets sorted out and people in Oklahoma can blaze up. Legally. The full story is HERE.

Also great news from Pennsylvania. Democratic State Republican Jake Wheatley is planning to introduce a bill to legalize the adult use of cannabis. In his press release, the representative calls for the abandonment of the “ugly stigma of cannabis”. (probably because he smokes himself, and he knows what’s up.) He also wants Pennsylvania to take some of the economic advantages of the legalized cannabis market. Obviously, it’s all about the fucking money. But you can still be happy that people won’t be going to prison for smoking weed. See the Full Story.

And on the Federal level, a new bill is introduced to protect the employment of federal government employees who are legal marijuana consumers. (according to their state laws). Under the current policies, a federal worker who tests positive for cannabis can still be fired, even though most of the states have legalized marijuana for medical reasons. The bill would protect all civilian federal agency employees, except those with a top secret security clearance. And it does not give the the right to be high at work. Still good news though. Read about it. 

An update on my Twitter campaign

Doing awesome. Even though Twitter locked my account for a few days. (Something about “Aggressive Following” ) I am back and in full swing.

My current numbers are 3155 following, and 123 followers.

Considering the fact that I had just 14 followers two weeks ago, I would say my premise is true.

See my Twitter campaign  HERE.

Grow Journal – “Channel” – Day 68 of Flowering

Countdown to harvest: 2 days left. I finally learned how to take photos in the dark. Update on the “Grease Monkey” that was topped a couple of days ago.

Old School Techno: Lagoona – The Journey

This is not an official music video. These guys burst onto the internet techno music scene back in 1996, and they were the pioneers in the digital music revolution.  LOL  Remember Napster ??  Yeah, its that old. Lagoona had several sick tracks. Here is a small selection of the very best.

 

SovietStoner Presents: WeedNews

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-The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, or WSWA for short, has announced publicly its official shift in policy regarding the legalization of recreational marijuana. (Great News !) This is the first time that a major trade group has officially endorsed the legalization of marijuana. EVER ! The 370 companies that make up the group distribute to all 50 states, and account for more than 80% of the alcohol that is sold wholesale in the US, so it is a major player in the US alcohol market, and their opinions should not be taken lightly. The group calls on the federal government to respect the right of states to legalize cannabis, and advocates a strict regulatory framework. The trade group also noted that the legal marijuana Market generated more than 7 billion dollars of economic activity in 2016, and the market will only increase as more and more states legalize cannabis for medical or recreational uses. The group went on to compare the current marijuana laws to a century-old prohibition-era alcohol laws. This is awesome news for anyone in the cannabis industry. And even though the statement went on to say that some members of the alcohol industry see cannabis as a rival, and a “threat to their bottom line”, the overall acceptance the the marijuana legalization is very encouraging. (See the FULL STORY )

Federal legislation to decriminalize marijuana was introduced by Senator Chuck Shumer. The main focus of the bill is NOT to legalize weed on the national level, but rather to re-classify marijuana, and remove it from DEA’s Schedule 1 controlled substances list. This move would dramatically change the way federal prohibition laws are enforced. Additionally, the bill aims to do several other positive things for the cannabis industry. If passed into law, it would establish specific funds for marijuana businesses owned by women and business owners of color. It would set aside $750 million for highway safety programs and other public health projects. It would allow the Treasure Department to regulate certain aspects of advertising and marketing. And finally, it would set up $100 million in grants to help expunge criminal records of folks who have been convicted in the past for marijuana-related crimes. The bill co-sponsored by several senators, including senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont, senator Tim Kaine from Virginia and senator Tammy Duckworty from Illinois. I guess they see the tax revenue flowing through Colorado, and decided that they want some too.   (see the FULL STORY )

-Israel is moving to decriminalize marijuana. The country’s legislative body, the Knesset, is voting on a bill that would replace jail time with a civil fine for marijuana possession. Multiple offenses will incur additional fines as well as community service. Fourth and subsequent violations will still be considered criminal offense, and will result in jail time. Although not perfect, this is a big step in the right directions. ( See the FULL STORY )

One Hit Wonders: Oingo Boingo – Dead Man’s Party

 

Ohh My God !! Do you guys remember this one? I think this was the only song that Oingo Boingo is remembered for. Every time I hear this song, I remember the movie with Rodney Dangerfield, when he went back to college. (lol and they even use the clips from it in the video)

Love the Dead Man’s Party !!