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United States / Re: Marijuana Legalization
Last post by jdaniele - 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.

QuoteAs 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.

Quote...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.
United States / Re: Marijuana Legalization
Last post by jdaniele - January 30, 2021, 11:09:09 AM
"Constitutional ban on legal pot advances in Idaho"


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.
General Discussion (Public) / NJ caps food delivery app fees
Last post by jdaniele - January 27, 2021, 02:11:43 PM

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.
General Discussion (Public) / Facebook criticizes Apple [ove...
Last post by jdaniele - December 16, 2020, 03:27:17 PM
"Facebook criticizes Apple as it welcomes Europe's new tech rules [DMA]"


QuoteWhen 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."
United States / Re: Identifying "Fake News" on...
Last post by jdaniele - 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.

United States / Re: Identifying "Fake News" on...
Last post by jdaniele - December 10, 2020, 01:14:21 PM
Here are some tools we've commonly seen used for bias reporting.
United States / Identifying "Fake News" on the...
Last post by jdaniele - December 10, 2020, 11:27:58 AM
Identifying "Fake News" on the internet can be frustrating. Best practices can be to first focused on how to know what is definitely real source. On the internet some websites can ONLY be registered by a Government or a registered educational institution. Look for domain names that end in .GOV or .EDU because those can be traced back to a verified source. There are .COM domains that are trusted sources but to verify them you would need to see it advertised by the publisher by either TV, radio, or another known trusted website.

Sites that can help you confirm a news story...aside from Google.
AP Fact Check (https://apnews.com/APFactCheck)
-Fact-checked current news stories from the Associate Press (AP), one of the oldest news organizations in the United States.
FactCheck.org (https://www.factcheck.org/)
-A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center. Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, speeches, interviews, and press releases.
Hoaxy (https://hoaxy.iuni.iu.edu/)
-Hoaxy® visualizes the spread of claims and related fact checking online. A claim may be a fake news article, hoax, rumor, conspiracy theory, satire, or even an accurate report. Track's the social sharing of links to stories published by two types of websites: (1) Independent fact-checking organizations, such as snopes.com, politifact.com, and factcheck.org, that routinely fact check unverified claims. (2) Sources that often publish inaccurate, unverified, or satirical claims according to lists compiled and published by reputable news and fact-checking organizations.
OpenSecrets.org (https://www.opensecrets.org/)
-Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.
Politifact.com (https://www.politifact.com/)
-PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida.
Pundifact (https://www.politifact.com/punditfact/)
-Part of Politifact, features statements by politicians and other experts in the press.
SciCheck.org (https://www.factcheck.org/scicheck/)
-A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center. Focuses exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy.
Snopes.com (https://www.snopes.com/)
-Award-winning fact-checking site. The snopes.com website was founded by David Mikkelson in 1995, and has grown into what is widely regarded by folklorists, journalists, and laypersons alike as one of the World Wide Web's essential resources.
United States / Re: Marijuana Legalization
Last post by jdaniele - December 04, 2020, 01:01:07 PM
Just took a screen shot of the live shot with the date and time. I have the time synced with the US time server in the EST time zone. I blocked out only personal links and identifying information.
United States / Re: Marijuana Legalization
Last post by jdaniele - December 04, 2020, 11:14:41 AM

"Congress takes up historic bill to decriminalize cannabis"
"The proposal would end a federal ban on marijuana and create a pathway to expunge related criminal records."

Dec. 4, 2020, 5:29 AM EST
By Alicia Victoria Lozano
As the cannabis industry continues to take root state by state, Congress will consider whether to remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act once and for all.

The House will vote Friday on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE Act, which would decriminalize cannabis and clear the way to erase nonviolent federal marijuana convictions.

The MORE Act would also create pathways for ownership opportunities in the emerging industry, allow veterans to obtain medical cannabis recommendations from Veteran Affairs doctors and establish funding sources to reinvest in communities disproportionately affected by the war on drugs.

Friday's vote would mark the first time a full chamber of Congress has taken up the issue of federally decriminalizing cannabis.