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#1
United States / Re: Marijuana Legalization
Last post by jdaniele - March 30, 2022, 08:37:02 AM
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/30/cannabis-stocks-are-hot-ahead-of-a-house-panel-hearing-on-a-federal-legalization-bill-.html

QuoteOn Wednesday, the House Rules Committee is set to hold a hearing on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, which would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level. The bill — better known as the MORE Act — would also create provisions for banking and consumer packaged goods sales. The measure is expected to head to the full House for a vote Friday.

QuoteThe MORE Act passed the Democratic-controlled House in December 2020 in a 228-164 vote largely divided along party lines. But it went nowhere in the then-Republican majority Senate.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/3884?msclkid=8bc877b2b02511ec8050d057dfdf23c4

https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/3617
QuoteThis bill decriminalizes marijuana.

Specifically, it removes marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act and eliminates criminal penalties for an individual who manufactures, distributes, or possesses marijuana.

The bill also makes other changes, including the following:

replaces statutory references to marijuana and marihuana with cannabis,
requires the Bureau of Labor Statistics to regularly publish demographic data on cannabis business owners and employees,
establishes a trust fund to support various programs and services for individuals and businesses in communities impacted by the war on drugs,
imposes an excise tax on cannabis products produced in or imported into the United States and an occupational tax on cannabis production facilities and export warehouses,
makes Small Business Administration loans and services available to entities that are cannabis-related legitimate businesses or service providers,
prohibits the denial of federal public benefits to a person on the basis of certain cannabis-related conduct or convictions,
prohibits the denial of benefits and protections under immigration laws on the basis of a cannabis-related event (e.g., conduct or a conviction),
establishes a process to expunge convictions and conduct sentencing review hearings related to federal cannabis offenses, and
directs the Government Accountability Office to study the societal impact of cannabis legalization.
#2
International / Asteroids coming towards Earth
Last post by jdaniele - January 04, 2022, 01:04:24 PM
The JPL or better known as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a research development lab that is federally funded by NASA and managed by the California Institute of Technology. They monitors threats regularly and while they don't see anything colliding with Earth in the next thousand years they still do a very important job. Here are the next five to keep a look out for.

https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/asteroid-watch/next-five-approaches
#3
United States / Re: Marijuana Legalization
Last post by jdaniele - 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
#5
United States / ClinicalTrials.gov Website
Last post by jdaniele - April 06, 2021, 02:12:47 PM
You can look up official clinical trials by going to https://clinicaltrials.gov and searching the study.
#6
United States / Re: Marijuana Legalization
Last post by jdaniele - 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.
#7
General Discussion (Public) / The .gov TLD is moving to CISA
Last post by jdaniele - 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
Quote"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/
#8
United States / Re: Marijuana Legalization
Last post by jdaniele - 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
QuoteMurphy 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
QuoteThe 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.
#9
United States / Re: Marijuana Legalization
Last post by jdaniele - 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
QuoteMore 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
#10
International / Re: Media Bias
Last post by jdaniele - 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?