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Marijuana Pro-Legalization Activists Gain BIG Wins In Alaska, Oregon & Washington D.C.

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The movement towards the legalization of marijuana has taken another major step forward as both recreational marijuana usage and possession have been legalized by voters in Washington D.C., Alaska and Oregon.

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The pro-marijuana voters in Washington, D.C., approved Initiative 71 on Tuesday November 4, which legalizes adult marijuana use, possession of up to two ounces and home cultivation of up to six marijuana plants for personal use, joining the growing list of states legalizing pot, according to reports by NPR and USA Today.

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Washington, D.C., reportedly voted to legalize pot use and possession in small amounts, but not sales. With 29% of votes in, 68% of District residents said yes for the measure, and 31% said no.

But even though sales are not yet allowed, Washington, D.C., allows people to transfer up to one ounce of marijuana to another person, but not sell it. The Huffington Post reported:

“The passage of the law on the federal government’s home turf represents one of the largest symbolic shifts in U.S. marijuana policy since Colorado and Washington state legalized the drug two years ago.”

The new states now join Washington State and Colorado, who legalized the drug in 2012, while Florida’s Amendment 2, which would have legalized medicinal marijuana, narrowly failed. Florida requires 60%+ to pass the ballot, and only received 57.48%.

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In 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, the two states could generate more than $800 million in revenue from marijuana sales in the next several years, according to the new government forecasts project.

Dr. Malik Burnett, policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance, said in a statement:

“The people of D.C. have voted in favor of ending racially-biased marijuana prohibition. The harms caused by the war on drugs are not fixed with this vote alone; the real healing begins with the D.C. Council developing a tax and regulate system which is based on racial and social justice.”

The pro-legalization activists gathered to show their excitement, celebrating the victory and looking towards 2016, when ballot initiatives in states such as California, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada and Arizona are likely to be put to voters. Pro-marijuana activists heralded the victories as “huge.”

Tom Angell, chairman of the Marijuana Majority in Washington, D.C., said:

“With marijuana legal in the federal government’s backyard, it’s going to be increasingly difficult for national politicians to continue ignoring the growing majority of voters who want to end prohibition.”

Celebration started in Oregon after the win with nearly 65% of the vote tallied. The legalization plans in Oregon were similar to Washington and Colorado and the law legalizes personal possession, manufacture and sale of marijuana for people 21 years of age and older. There were also plans to create a commercial regulatory system for the production, distribution and sale of marijuana. Oregon residents will be allowed to grow up to four plants at a time.

Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, when asked about Oregon had this to  say:

“It’s always an uphill battle to win a marijuana legalization initiative in a year like this, when young people are so much less likely to vote, which makes today’s victory all the sweeter. The pace of reform is accelerating, other states are sure to follow, and even Congress is poised to wake from its slumber.”

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Oregon is projected to have approved Measure 91 legalizing recreational use of pot, with nearly 54% in favor and 46% against.

Oregon’s legislative revenue office recently reported:

“In fiscal year 2017, the revenue from legal marijuana is expected to be $16.0 million with a lower range of $13.1 million and an upper range of $19.4 million.”

Oregon Public Broadcasting also reported:

“Marijuana legalization has been a long-standing issue in Oregon. In 1986, a failed measure first sought to legalize recreational pot. It was rejected by a large majority of voters.”

Beau Kilmer of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center explained to CBS News:

“What happened with respect to marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington in 2012 was unprecedented. Now we’re going to be adding Oregon and Washington, D.C., into the mix … This is very significant.”

The votes were counted overnight and the Alaska measure was the latest to be announced as approved, as the Associated Press reported that the Alaska measure passed on the morning of Wednesday November 5th.

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Alaskans have voted to legalize marijuana by a 52% to 48% margin, with 97% of precincts reporting. The law in Alaska also has common qualities to that of Oregon. It would tax and regulate the marijuana production, sale and use, making the use legal for people over 21 years old.

According to Bill Parker, former deputy commissioner of Alaska’s Department of Corrections, 80% of drug arrests in Alaska are related to marijuana. He reportedly said in an ad:

“The war on marijuana is wasteful, and it hasn’t worked.”

The Anchorage Daily News reported:

“The initiative will not become law until 90 days after the election is certified, which is expected to be in late November. Per the law, the state can then create a marijuana control board — expected to be housed under the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. That group will then have nine months to craft regulations dealing with how marijuana businesses will operate.

“The initiative was years in the making. Alaska voters considered similar measures in 2000 and 2004. Both failed, though each indicated a measure of support for legalization. Measure 5 in 2000 took 40.9 percent of the vote; Ballot Measure 2 in 2004 gained a few more points, with 44 percent of the electorate voting in favor of it.”

Gallup reported in 2013 that more Americans supported legalization than those who opposed it. The new important updates come as polls reveal that Americans are becoming more supportive of pot legalization. Pro-marijuana voters call the election results an important step in the national legalization movement.

About 54% of Americans supported making marijuana legal in 2014, according to 2014 Pew Research poll.

What are your thoughts on marijuana legalization? Do you support the movement? Or do you feel that marijuana legalization would be a step in the wrong direction?

Sources:

(1) Legalize-marijuana movement gains “significant” wins

(2) Marijuana Votes: Oregon And D.C. Legalize; Florida Says No To Medical

(3) Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. legalize marijuana

(4) Legal toking still months away despite pot votes in Alaska, Oregon

(5) Photos Credits: Wikipedia, Flickr 1, Flickr 2, Flickr 3

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

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According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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New UFO Film Questions What The US Government Is Hiding

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The US recently released its highly anticipated Pentagon UAP report, but it wasn’t much more than a 9 page rundown of what has been known for decades. Regardless, for many, what was promising was that the UFO subject was being taken seriously again – and perhaps many more scientists might get involved.

For decades many have been warning about leaving UFO disclosure in the hands of a government that likes to use crisis’ or current events to expand its defense budgets. Further, why would we suddenly expect a government, who has been lying about this subject for 70 years, to suddenly come forth with the truth? What would inspire them to suddenly change their mind?

Perhaps it’s because the search for ET is an idea who’s time has truly come. We’ve reporting on this for over 13 years, and are mongst a community of researchers who have been encouraging humanity to look at the evidence for more than 70 years. It feels like an idea that human collective consciousness is more than ready to explore.

The impact the ET question has on our individual and collective worldview has the power to truly change the way we view ourselves and the meaning of life here on earth. Think of the implications answers to this question could have on how we set up and run our society as well. Technology, culture, collaboration etc – I spoke about this more in great detail in my extended interview for Greer’s. prior film Close Encounters of The Fifth Kind here.

Now, a new documentary from Dr. Steven Greer, directed by my good friend Michael Mazzola, seeks to explore what the films calls “the current government and media disinformation campaign promoting 3 big lies:”

1. We do not know what these UAPs/ UFOs are. WE DO.
2. Humans cannot make craft that can maneuver like UFOs. WE CAN and WE DO.
3. The UFOs are a threat. THEY ARE NOT.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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  • The Facts:

    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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