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United States / Re: Marijuana Legalization
« on: September 04, 2021, 09:11:50 AM »
Something new has been coming out called, "Delta-8 THC" and it's having everyone talk. It's basically a fotm of THC from the CBA in hemp but chemically extracted.

https://cen.acs.org/biological-chemistry/natural-products/Delta-8-THC-craze-concerns/99/i31

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United States / ClinicalTrials.gov Website
« on: April 06, 2021, 02:12:47 PM »
You can look up official clinical trials by going to https://clinicaltrials.gov and searching the study.

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United States / Re: Marijuana Legalization
« on: March 24, 2021, 05:18:15 PM »
https://patch.com/new-york/new-york-city/ny-cannabis-legalization-deal-could-happen-april-1-gov

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NY Cannabis Legalization Could Be Near As Lawmakers Roll Up Deal
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said legal weed is one of his top priorities in the state budget due at the start of April.

Matt Troutman, Patch Staff
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Posted Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 1:37 pm ET|Updated Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 4:01 pm ET

NEW YORK CITY — Embattled Gov. Andrew Cuomo hopes the state's chances of legalizing cannabis don't go up in smoke — and it appears lawmakers are ready to roll up a deal.

Cuomo on Wednesday listed legal weed as his first priority for the state's upcoming budget, which has an April 1 deadline.

"Getting it done by the time the budget is passed is essential," he said.

Within minutes of Cuomo's statement, State Sen. Liz Krueger that legislative leaders reached a deal to legalize recreational marijuana, Bloomberg Government reporter Keisha Clukey first reported.

https://twitter.com/KeshiaClukey/status/1374775949959520256?s=20

Other outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal, reported afterward that New York is poised to become the 15th state to legalize cannabis. Lawmakers likely will vote next week on a measure that takes effect by next year, according to the Journal.

It's a long-sought goal by advocates, many lawmakers and Cuomo himself. He admitted Wednesday that three years of attempts to legalize hemp and recreational marijuana failed to spark up.

The inaction left the state's would-be cannabis industry high and dry as legal markets got set up in Massachusetts and across the river from New York City in New Jersey.

Legal pot in neighboring states effectively ends the debate, Cuomo said.

"We have passed the point of legalized cannabis," he said.

Cuomo's even-more-outspoken support for legalized cannabis came amid a news conference packed with announcements.

And for the first time in days, Cuomo also took questions from reporters. WABC's Dave Evans asked about increasing doubts about whether he can perform his job amid a sexual harassment scandal and potential impeachment inquiry.

"I say it's clearly not true," Cuomo said. "Because the reality is the exact opposite."

Not all politicians are so sure. Mayor Bill de Blasio just that morning again said Cuomo can no longer govern.

"I think he should resign so we can move forward in this state," de Blasio said.

Cuomo's vocal stance on legalizing cannabis — a popular issue in the state — belies that state lawmakers have been working on such a measure independently from the budget.

Krueger told the Wall Street Journal that a soon-to-be-finalized bill would create a new state regulator for cannabis products, decriminalize possession of up to 3 ounces of marijuana and allow New Yorkers to cultivate marijuana for their personal use.

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General Discussion (Public) / The .gov TLD is moving to CISA
« on: March 09, 2021, 10:46:40 AM »
"CISA ANNOUNCES TRANSFER OF THE .GOV TOP-LEVEL DOMAIN FROM U.S. GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION"
https://www.cisa.gov/news/2021/03/08/cisa-announces-transfer-gov-top-level-domain-us-general-services-administration
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“Using .gov and increasing trust that government communications are authentic will improve our collective cybersecurity,” said Eric Goldstein, Executive Assistant Director for CISA’s Cybersecurity Division. “People see a .gov website or email address and know they are interacting with an official, U.S.-based government organization. Using .gov also provides security benefits, like two-factor authentication on the .gov registrar and notifications of DNS changes to administrators, over other TLDs. We’ll endeavor to make the TLD more secure for the American public and harder for malicious actors to impersonate.”

Other sources:
https://home.dotgov.gov/moving-to-cisa/
https://www.cisa.gov/cisa/newsroom
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/cisa-takes-over-gov-top-level-domain-tld-administration/

Ordering a .gov (if eligible):
https://home.dotgov.gov/registration/

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United States / Re: Marijuana Legalization
« on: February 26, 2021, 01:15:26 PM »
So now that marijuana is fully legal in NJ, how will it work? First the law immediately ends arrests but sales aren't realy legal yet.

https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2021/02/murphy-takes-next-step-for-nj-legal-weed-sales-by-making-final-picks-to-cannabis-commission.html
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Murphy signed the long-awaited cannabis legalization law on Monday, along with a decriminalization law that ended arrests for possession immediately. But many pieces of the legalization law do not become operative until the commission adopts rules and regulations to guide licensing of new businesses, workplace drug testing and funding for community programs.

Until that happens, there will not be legal marijuana sales.

Something being asked is that since it's still federally illegal can I still be arrested. Technically, yes you can but in the state of NJ all police are managed by NJ laws and thus are governed and managed at that level. This would mean to be charged you would need a federal level officer to perform the arrest. Officers in NJ can perform the arrest but because they're governed by NJ laws they also are punished under NJ laws. This new laws prevents an officer from inquiring about age or whether someone is in possession of the drug.

https://www.nj.com/opinion/2021/02/nj-weed-law-turns-cops-into-criminals-letters.html
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The law establishes an enforcement power, but makes it illegal for law enforcement to use that power. It creates civil penalties for underage drinking or marijuana use, but also penalizes any officer found to have stopped, searched or detained those suspected of using these substances without meeting probable cause standards. The officer could face a charge of deprivation of civil rights — a third degree offense subject to 3-5 years in prison, a fine of $15,000 or both.

According to a New Jersey Policemen’s Benevolent Association analysis, this means any officer who sees or smells marijuana or alcohol cannot even inquire about the age of the user to ensure the user can legally possess these substances. The law permanently ties an officer’s hands.

It will definitely be interesting to see how this change in the law works out.

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United States / Re: Marijuana Legalization
« on: February 22, 2021, 01:40:49 PM »
Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation to legalize adult-use marijuana.

https://twitter.com/GovMurphy/status/1363913371993661441

https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2021/02/murphy-signs-nj-legal-weed-bills-ending-3-year-saga.html
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More than three years after he took office with hopes of legalizing marijuana in 100 days, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills that together legalize marijuana in New Jersey and put an end to thousands of arrests.

https://www.nj.com/opinion/2021/02/excessive-punishment-for-kids-who-use-marijuana-is-not-the-answer-opinion.html

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International / Re: Media Bias
« on: February 21, 2021, 01:18:51 PM »
Media bias isn't the only area that grabs everyone attention. A slightly newer area is social media bias. To no one surprise social media company seem to lean one way or the other. The question that comes in is whether their policies are suppressing free speech. While it isn't illegal for companies to control the tone on their platforms it does bring up a lot of debate on who gets to choose what's ok and what's not ok. There are laws that protect these companies from being held accountable but simply allowing questionable information to exist bring very bad PR so they tend to lean more on the liberal stance. Another question that comes into play is the AI involved with posts being taken down.

There have been an uprising of newer platforms that promise to not censor posts. While this is partially true, it seems they have been standing by their word. Websites like Parler don't take down post that attack people based on gender or race unless the post shows a clear call for violence. This isn't surprising either because not all speech is technical legal. Websites can't host information that is against the law such as child pornography or threats to hard a person physically. Parler has been very public that they do take these posts down but it isn't automated like other platforms have been. Other companies have stopped supporting their back-end services such has domain registrar and webpage hosting. They have since come back online after coming into new agreements.

https://www.npr.org/2021/02/15/968116346/after-weeks-of-being-off-line-parler-finds-a-new-web-host
http://aei.pitt.edu/5895/1/5895.pdf

Since then a lot of account shifts have occurred. Even on messaging apps such as WhatsApp, mass amount of users have moved to others such as Signal or Telegram. We will see how it goes but you can tell the public is making it known that are very aware of the situation and will take action by not supporting their changes. With the amount of options out there, big tech still has a strong hold but you can absolutely see a decent. The question now is, what's next?

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United States / Re: Marijuana Legalization
« on: February 21, 2021, 11:14:48 AM »
So a big debate right now is the details on how to treat legal marijuana in NJ. As of now police are still arresting people and don't plan to stop until the new laws are on the books.

https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2021/02/nj-cops-are-still-arresting-people-for-weed-police-say-they-wont-stop-until-legal-marijuana-is-official.html
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As Trenton debates how police should handle youth marijuana use, cops around the state continue to arrest people of all ages for an offense many expected to become legal in 2021: minor marijuana possession. The laws on weed could change as soon as Monday, and those under 21 might face only fines for using marijuana or drinking if a new bill passes. But for now, the old rules stand.

This new bill would force police to stop pulling people over for possession because the officers themselves could be held accountable.

https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2021/02/new-nj-legal-weed-bill-would-ease-underage-drinking-penalties.html
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...the bill includes penalties for police who misuse their power when interacting with underage people on these offenses. If police intentionally and illegally stop, search or detain people for underage drinking or marijuana use, they could face a third degree charge of deprivation of civil rights. That’s punishable by a fine of $15,000 and up to five years in jail.

Usually items that go after police directly aren't taken very well and the chance of the bill passing is lower but since tensions are high on the topic it doesn't necessarily rule it out.

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United States / Re: Marijuana Legalization
« on: January 30, 2021, 11:09:09 AM »
"Constitutional ban on legal pot advances in Idaho"

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/constitutional-ban-medical-recreational-pot-advances-75565989

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BOISE, Idaho -- As legal weed becomes a reality in every corner of the U.S., Idaho is putting up a fight.

State lawmakers on Friday moved forward with a proposed constitutional amendment that would bar the legalization of marijuana in Idaho in an attempt to keep the growing nationwide acceptance of the drug from seeping across its borders.

Idaho is one of only three states without some sort of policy allowing residents to possess products with even low amounts of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.

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General Discussion (Public) / NJ caps food delivery app fees
« on: January 27, 2021, 02:11:43 PM »
https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/coronavirus/2020/06/26/coronavirus-nj-caps-food-delivery-app-fees-help-small-businesses/3267169001/

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Furthering efforts to provide relief to small businesses during the COVID-19 shutdown, the governor signed a law on Friday that caps the fees charged by food delivery apps, such as Grubhub,  DoorDash and Seamless.

The law caps service fees from delivery companies at 20% of the total bill. However, on orders delivered by the restaurant's own delivery person, the cap lowers to 10% of the order's cost.

The bill was passed by the state Assembly earlier this month, 75-1, and signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday.

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General Discussion (Public) / Facebook criticizes Apple [over DMA]
« on: December 16, 2020, 03:27:17 PM »
"Facebook criticizes Apple as it welcomes Europe's new tech rules [DMA]"

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/16/facebook-criticizes-apple-as-it-welcomes-europes-new-tech-rules.html

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When the feature was announced, Facebook, which makes money from selling ads, claimed it would hurt developers. Apple responded saying: "When invasive tracking is your business model, you tend not to welcome transparency and customer choice."

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United States / Re: Identifying "Fake News" on the Internet
« on: December 12, 2020, 07:06:33 PM »
Here is an article which breaks it down by the numbers. It seems opinions are used when it comes to parts of the placement of media outlets but the ratio of the opinions are evenly split.

https://towardsdatascience.com/how-statistically-biased-is-our-news-f28f0fab3cb3

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United States / Re: Identifying "Fake News" on the Internet
« on: December 10, 2020, 01:14:21 PM »
Here are some tools we've commonly seen used for bias reporting.
https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/
https://factualsearch.news/

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