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  1. Forgot to mention, Indiana’s new religious freedom act applies to all laws/policies, regardless of whether enacted prior to or after the date this law becomes enacted (July 1st, 2015). Here’s section 1:
    1. This chapter applies to all governmental entity statutes,
    ordinances, resolutions, executive or administrative orders,
    regulations, customs, and usages, including the implementation or
    application thereof, regardless of whether they were enacted,
    adopted, or initiated before, on, or after July 1, 2015

  2. For all of you holding out on Obama descheduling, pay attention to two things:
    1). The pending Federal decision by Judge Mueller in the California case of The U.S. v. Picard et al. Decision pending to Federally deregulate marijuana April 15th. Possible written statement by Judge Mueller prior.
    2). The still pending nomination of Loretta Lynch coinciding with Attorney General Eric Holder’s retirement.

    Coincidence or consequence, you tell me?

  3. Just two heads of the same dragon–then all you ever get will be the bones thrown to you as the dogs you are to them. – VoiceofReason

    Frick and Frack…When Frick is in “office” Frick claims obstruction by Frack…When Frack is elected to “come to our rescue” he claims obstruction from Frick…ensuring the narrow Status Quo continues on and on in perpetuity…until, as you say, We, as a Nation, wake up… and smell something rotten?

  4. @ VoiceofReason & Erik K Johnson

    Your argument about the two main parties being essentially Siamese twins is valid–up to a point. But to argue (to believe) that they are exactly the same is not only tragically naïve, but perhaps (and with due respect) a sign of willful ignorance.

    Ask most African Americans which party they trust less. Ask most lesbians and gays. Probably most Hispanics too; most union members, etc.

    Many Dem politicians are definitely in the hip pockets of the corporations and billionaires, but most–if not all–GOP politicians are joined at the hip (like true Siamese twins) with the corporate boys. Their legislation shows this over and over. They’re against minimum wage, social security, time off work for pregnancy, illness, etc etc. If Dems too many times turn their backs on the workers and less economically fortunate of this country, the GOP virtually ALWAYS does so.

    It isn’t the Dems who are trying to push their religion down the throats of the rest of us.

    It isn’t Dems who are trying every trick in the book to suppress voting rights.

    And it isn’t the Dems who are putting up as many roadblocks as possible against MJ legalization (and being encouraged to do so by their propaganda ministers at Fox “News.”)

    When the elderly GOPers pass into the promised land, our road to legalization will be a helluva lot easier. If you can’t acknowledge or admit this, then, I fear you are suffering from “willfull ignorance.”

    Like I said before, if the GOP takes over all three branches of the Fed in 2016, the President’s failure to reschedule MJ will very probably be the least of our problems.

  5. @evening bud

    Let me begin by saying, “Tragically naïve” is correct … but I don’t believe that description applies to my comment…in all due respect.

    I do not believe and did not state there were no differences between (D) or (R).

    I do believe the “differences” are dangerously narrow in scope.

    Today marks my sixty-third year on Planet Earth…and all I know is time will most certainly tell…who was naïve…and who was prescient.

    For the record, I have voted a straight Democratic ticket… exclusively…because there was no other or more progressive party to choose from.

    We were offered a “choice” out of 300 million American Citizens to choose between George W. Bush or John Kerry…who are both 1%ers, attended the same schools, were both members of the same “club”…remember?…wasn’t that a coincidence?

    I believe naïve would apply to any person who believes Democracy still exists in our Country.

    Recognize two candidates are only one more than one?

    Our political system has been bought and Sold American.. to the highest bidder.

    Q. What is the difference between a Republican and a Democrat in 2015?

    A. Their price?

    When the elderly Republicans pass away…they will be replaced by their clones… We just witnessed their drunk entitled spawn on the bus singing spirited songs of intolerance, exclusion and racism…wouldn’t you agree?

    As for being willfully ignorant, I think you may be engaging in “wishful thinking” in order to remain “hopeful” of “change” that isn’t the “change” you expected?

    The only constant is change…we need to change our minds…and justice will follow.

    Don’t forget …the two “Party” voting scheme got us exactly where we are today!

    The Partiers we “vote” for are seemingly having a ball…decorating their offices between parties.

    Hang around a little longer and you will see the circular design…if you look closely at our true History.

    Take a peek at Howard Zinn’s , “Peoples History of America”?

    All of our politicians are paid actors like Ronald Reagan of Death Valley Days.

    You are simply watching a show the actual operators provide for our entertainment/infotainment/ willful compliance.

    Are you absolutely sure you believe what you say or are you afraid to consider the alternative possibility that my analysis is correct?

    If you are, I truly understand!

    It’s hard out here in Reality.

    In closing, let me say that arguing amongst ourselves would make Karl Rove smile!…a real sneaky smile!

    Peace and respect, my Comrade.

  6. @eveningbud
    Well said.

    I was just having breakfast this morning with my mother when we were interrupted by an old man wearing a marines ball cap who started going off about politics. My mother being more patient than me with random people at restaurants, I tolerated his contradicting rant, “you can’t trust anything you hear on tv these days; they ‘re all censored by the government!” followed by, ” Fox news was the only people reporting about Benghazi…”
    I kinda felt sorry for him as I gave my mother the look that I was about to leave rude. “Another Fox zombie. Doesn’t even know he ‘s contradicting himself. How sad.” Although I could understand his anger regarding big banks, or whatever, that’s all he was about; anger. It’s like “hey you #£€*head we’re having breakfast, you mind regurgitating your propped-propaganda somewhere else?” But you have work to do, so you kinda ignore the old bastard with a laugh, get up and say “gotta get going,” and think whatever you want internally.
    And I think to myself, “what if I turn into that old man?” No one to trust, watching Fox News with a nothing but a beer belly and an ugly frown to show after years of blaming liberal nonsense for the my own piss that misses the toilet? Then what? Just be ANGRY all the time? Is that what life is all about ?
    Thank GOD I consume marijuana. If you ever want to cut through all the bull$#!+ in life, smoke or vaporize a bowl full of weed, then ask two questions: 1). Where are all the resources? And 2).Who owns them?
    The rest is propaganda.

  7. NORML wrote; “The bills define CBD oil as: “a processed cannabis plant extract that contains at least 15 percent cannabidiol but no more than five percent tetrahydrocannabinol, or a dilution of the resin of the cannabis plant that contains at least 50 milligrams of cannabidiol per milliliter but not more than five percent tetrahydrocannabinol.” They define THC-A oil as “a processed Cannabis plant extract that contains at least 15 percent tetrahydrocannabinol acid but not more than five percent tetrahydrocannabinol, or a dilution of the resin of the Cannabis plant that contains at least 50 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol acid per milliliter but not more than five percent tetrahydrocannabinol.”

    In 2014, eleven states enacted similar legislation; though as of yet none of these measures have been implemented in a manner that sufficiently provides patient access to these therapies.

  8. Anne Green’s comment: “a Marijuana Oil with 5% THC would be very potent: a THC-A Oil with atleast 15% THC would be way potent; yet CBD from Legal Hemp is already available; so why doesn’t Gov. make Hemp Oil an alternative? Hemp Oil CBD can be used alone or with THC!

  9. Summary: Hemp Oil is already available in all 50 states so if your child or any adult has “conditions” then begin with Hemp Oil and see if the child’s condition improves! Hemp Oil avail: “capsules or bottled Hemp CBD Oil”!

  10. @evening bud

    Let me begin by saying, “Tragically naïve” is correct … but I don’t believe that description applies to my comment…in all due respect.

    I do not believe and did not state there were no differences between (D) or (R).

    I do believe the “differences” are dangerously narrow in scope.

    Today marks my sixty-third year on Planet Earth…and all I know is time will most certainly tell…who was naïve…and who was prescient.

    For the record, I have voted a straight Democratic ticket… exclusively…because there was no other or more progressive party to choose from.

    We were offered a “choice” out of 300 million American Citizens to choose between George W. Bush or John Kerry…who are both 1%ers, attended the same schools, were both members of the same “club”…remember?…wasn’t that a coincidence?

    I believe naïve would apply to any person who believes Democracy still exists in our Country.

    Recognize two candidates are only one more than one?

    Our political system seems to have been bought and Sold American.. to the highest bidder.

    Q. What is the difference between a Republican and a Democrat in 2015?

    A. Their price?

    When the elderly Republicans pass away…they will be replaced by their clones… We just witnessed their drunk entitled spawn on the bus singing spirited songs of intolerance, exclusion and racist bigotry…wouldn’t you agree?

    As for being willfully ignorant, I think you may be engaging in “wishful thinking” in order to remain “hopeful” of “change” that isn’t the “change” we expected?

    The only constant is change…we need to change our minds…and justice will follow.

    Don’t forget …the two “Party” voting scheme got us exactly where we are today!

    The Partiers we “vote” for are seemingly having a ball…decorating their offices between parties.

    Hang around a little longer and you will see the circular design…if you look closely at our true History.

    Take a peek at Howard Zinn’s , “Peoples History of America”?

    All of our politicians seem to be paid actors like Ronald Reagan of Death Valley Days.

    You may be simply watching a show the actual “operators” provide for our entertainment/infotainment/ willful compliance…along with Monster Trucks doing something? and Professional Rasslin’.

    Are you absolutely sure you believe what you say or are you afraid to consider the alternative possibility that my analysis is correct?

    If you are, I truly understand!

    It’s hard out here in Reality.

    In closing, let me say that arguing amongst ourselves would make Karl Rove smile!… perhaps a real sneaky smile!

    Peace and respect will light our future.

    .

    For the record, I have voted a straight Democratic ticket… exclusively…because there was no other or more progressive party to choose from.

    We were offered a “choice” out of 300 million American Citizens to choose between George W. Bush or John Kerry…who are both 1%ers, attended the same schools, were both members of the same “club”…remember?…wasn’t that a coincidence?

    I believe naïve would apply to any person who believes Democracy still exists in our Country.

    Recognize two candidates are only one more than one?

    Our political system has been bought and Sold American.. to the highest bidder.

    Q. What is the difference between a Republican and a Democrat in 2015?

    A. Their price?

    When the elderly Republicans pass away…they will be replaced by their clones… We just witnessed their drunk entitled spawn on the bus singing spirited songs of intolerance, exclusion and racism…wouldn’t you agree?

    As for being willfully ignorant, I think you may be engaging in “wishful thinking” in order to remain “hopeful” of “change” that isn’t the “change” you expected?

    The only constant is change…we need to change our minds…and justice will follow.

    Don’t forget …the two “Party” voting scheme got us exactly where we are today!

    The Partiers we “vote” for are seemingly having a ball…decorating their offices between parties.

    Hang around a little longer and you will see the circular design…if you look closely at our true History.

    Take a peek at Howard Zinn’s , “Peoples History of America”?

    All of our politicians are paid actors like Ronald Reagan of Death Valley Days.

    You are simply watching a show the actual operators provide for our entertainment/infotainment/ willful compliance.

    Are you absolutely sure you believe what you say or are you afraid to consider the alternative possibility that my analysis is correct?

    If you are, I truly understand!

    It’s hard out here in Reality.

    In closing, let me say that arguing amongst ourselves would make Karl Rove smile!…a real sneaky smile!

    Peace and respect, my Comrade.

  11. @ Eric K. Johnson

    I appreciate the reply, and in more respects than you probably imagine, or that I have made clear, I agree with your assessments of our two-party monopoly.

    I’m only three years younger than you, and I’ve also followed the political scene keenly since gaining awareness of my surroundings, indeed, since realizing that I was completely duped during the Viet Nam War. (You see, I was a staunch conservative back at that time, during my teenage years and early 20s.) And I agree with you, and I’ve written this here and there in these posts, that the Dems far too often resemble GOPers.

    I have that debate–about the Dem party–with one of my nephews regularly. Obama pisses me off far too many times. Clinton pissed me off on sundry issues. Before that, as you know, you have to go all the way to the 1970s to see a Dem, Carter, and before that, the 1960s with LBJ.

    However, as wicked as these men sometimes were, as the Dems as a party, sometimes were, they were still the evil little brother, in my opinion, compared to their evil big brother, the GOP. Many comparisons can be made with both parties–I’ll never disagree about that. And you can find many many Dems in the hip pockets of their corporate overlords, just like you can GOPers.

    However, I still maintain that the Dems are the lesser of the two evils. I still say they are the Weimar Republic compared to the Brown Shirts. The Dems launch us into wars, and they often support legislation that helps the 1% to the detriment of the rest of us.

    But they are amateurs at this in comparison to their GOP brethren. The Dems try at least to pretend that they’re helping the rank and file: supporting minimum wage hikes, supporting unions, strengthening social security, ending bigotry, regulating the polluting industries. However effectual, however united or not, they make efforts to do these things.

    Republicans on the other hand unabashedly resist all of these things. They gloat openly about trying to end social security, medicare, about erasing all polluter regulations, about repressing bigotry. Hell, in some circles they’re not even allowed by the party leaders to acknowledge friggin’ global warming!! How snugly in bed with a polluter do you have to be to do that? Global warming is something that 90% of the rest of the world knows is happening, something that NASA has shown us over and over again with friggin’ photographs! But one party in America is hell-bent on keeping the sheep ignorant, something which of course is helped by their overt propaganda ministers at Fox (and only to a slightly lesser degree, ABC, NBC, CBS, Wash Post, NY Times, etc etc, you know, the “liberal” media, LOL.)

    Concerning marijuana, the GOPers are again showing their true colors, making a last stand against legalization. The pending lawsuit by several bright red states right now against Colorado is one of the more egregious examples. (I am generalizing here of course, as some Dems have shown themselves to be just as regressive, and a few GOPers are beginning to see the light, lol.)

    I have disagree with you about one more of your points. You said that the old conservatives will merely be replaced, once they’re gone, by young conservatives, implying, tho not stating, that they’d also oppose legalization. Polls show otherwise, show that young Cons, whatever else they may believe, generally support legalization. Just had to throw that in.)

    In ending, I agree with you that Rove would smile at the argument going on here. Of course he would. (It’s interesting that you chose a GOPer to make that point.) He took many of his political tactics, as did Newt Gingrich, straight out of “Mein Kampf.” Sow confusion at every opportunity, never admit defeat (even when it’s obvious), never compromise, and always put your opponents in untenable positions, using whatever tactics, ethical or otherwise. Those two men epitomize the Republican party of today. In some respects, they spawned the Neocons of today.

  12. @Evening Bud

    I chose Karl Rove (R) because I agree with nearly everything you stated in your very thoughtful and honest reply.

    I hope you are right and hope that I am totally wrong about Lil’republican clones mimicking the evil “KooKooWeed as a tool for oppression” attitude of their Neo-Con parents?

    P.S.

    My oldest brother served two “tours”
    (interesting description?) in Vietnam

    I burned my draft card…and lucked out via the lottery… unlike so many other who died in a wrongful war…some of them were my friends …I can still see the rosy cheeked faces of guys I knew who never got to have a life…due to that bloody goddamned war…seems to be The Human Way?

    Isn’t it remarkable we accept a system that forces us to choose between the lesser of evils…to make decisions on our behalf?

    I am one of those crazy Socialists who believe the resources of any Society should be used for the benefit of all of the members of that Society in a fair and humane fashion.

    Sometimes, things get busted but can be repaired.

    Sometimes they are broken beyond repair.

    Sometimes they were broken to begin with…in which case it may be best replaced?

    America has money troubles…that could be fixed quite easily…but…Never by greedy Capitalists fixated on more and yet More!…for their Royal needs?

  13. @ Eric K. Johnson

    Thanks, Eric, for the kind words. Sometimes I get on my high horse, and it takes a serious conversation with someone to shake me off. Seems we have more in common with our views than I’d realized.

    I was actually hopped up to enlist while the Viet Nam war was still going on; but my brother came home on leave and he, and my dad, a military vet who’d also turned against that war, both told me I was crazy to think of enlisting.

    My senior year in h.s. my draft number was 8. The next year, the year I was outta h.s. the draft ended. Keeping in mind what my brother and dad had advised, I did not enlist. And I’m damned glad now that I didn’t.

    PS–do keep in mind that I keep a close eye on my Dem reps. When they start getting too cavalier with their votes (acting like GOPers) I almost always give their offices a call. PPS–I have very mixed feelings about Obama, tho I’m very grateful about his hands off approach in regards to the states that have legalized recreationally.

    Best regards.

  14. @ Julian

    Sorry, brother, I just barely spotted your post. Concerning your experience at the restaurant, I’ve been there, I assure you.

    I have to hold my tongue when it comes to my mother- and father-in-law. The old man and I used to get into it, to the consternation of my wife, so I made the conscious decision never to bring up politics with him. He must’ve made the same decision, because he rarely does either. And we get along famously now, and for that I’m grateful.

    My mother-in-law is a sadder case, because she used to be more open minded. Her sister turned her on to Fox News, alas, and she’s never been the same since. She even has that trademark Fox snarkiness in her voice when she mocks Dems and liberals now. Of course, she’s living on SS and Medicare, and of course she “deserves” them, unlike those “other” freeloaders, lol.

  15. PS–do keep in mind that I keep a close eye on my Dem reps.

    When they start getting too cavalier with their votes (acting like GOPers)

    I almost always give their offices a call.

    PPS–I have very mixed feelings about Obama, tho I’m very grateful about his hands off approach in regards to the states that have legalized recreationally. – Evening Bud

    I do the same (call the Public Representatives (D)&(R) we Citizens employ)…and feel the same way about President Obama…I don’t think we are alone…having “mixed” feelings reveals so much about our Country at this point.

    I am an old white man (actually pretty tan, but not John Boner orange) who has lived long enough to witness the election of the first Black American President…which, I believe drove some people crazier than bedbugs…indicating we are still one mixed-up Country.

    I still believe the greater majority of the Citizens of our Country want what is best for all of the members of our Society…call me naïve…call me a dreamer…I’m not the only one.

    As for Vietnam, my experience was strangely similar!

    Both my Dad ( who flew more than 60 missions in the Pacific war with U.S. Army 89th Bomb Squadron, 3rd Attack Group (Grim Reapers) and my brother (who, as I mentioned, served two tours in Vietnam) advised me against participating in a war that, to this day, no one can seem to give any rational explanation for fighting… other than war profiteering.

    I’m proud of the fact I burned my draft card…I didn’t have nuthin’ against Vietnamese peasants located 10,000 miles away from me…none of them ever put me in a cage for possessing a plant!

    I have many friends who are Veterans of the Vietnam war…I can not judge what any Soldier did to save his life and come home from another Rich Man’s War…Rich Man’$ War = Poor Man’s Fight!

    The Majestic Masters of War plan them and their subjects fight them.

    Who always wins?

    Who always loses?

    “There is no way to peace, Peace is the Way” – A.J. Muste

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