Chronicle AM: NM Legal Pot Bills Advance, Mexico Takes Another Big Step Toward Legal Weed, More... (2/25/19)

In New Mexico, a pair of competing marijuana legalization bills are advancing; meanwhile, in Old Mexico, the Supreme Court takes the country another step down the path to legalization, and more. 

Marijuana Policy

Amy Klobuchar Joins the Democratic Pack in Supporting Legalization. The Minnesota senator has now joined most other Democratic presidential contenders in embracing marijuana legalization. Sens. Bernie Sanders (VT), Cory Booker (NJ), Kamala Harris (CA), and Kristen Gillibrand (NY) have also come out for legalization. Klobuchar joined them with this statement last Friday: "I support the legalization of marijuana and believe that states should have the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within their borders."

Iowa Poll Has State Split Down the Middle on Legalization. A new Des Moines Register Iowa poll has Iowans evenly split on legalization, with 48% in favor and 48% opposed. That's a big jump in support from the previous Iowa Poll in January 2018, when only 38% supported legalization.

New Mexico Legalization Bills Advance. A legalization bill, HB 356, is headed for a House floor vote after the House Judiciary Committee approved it on a 7-3 vote Saturday. Meanwhile, another legalization bill, SB 577, passed out of the Senate Public Affairs Committee with no recommendation and must pass out of two more committees before heading for a floor vote. The Senate bill would have marijuana sold through state-run stores, while the House bill would leave it to private operators.

Oregon Social Consumption Bill Gets Hearing Tuesday. A bill that would legalize social consumption lounges and allow marijuana farm tours will get a hearing in the Senate Tuesday. SB 639 would bar temporary events and marijuana lounges from being within 1,000 feet of a school.  The hearing will be before the Senate Committee on Business and General Government.

International

Mexico Supreme Court Injunctions Trigger Ruling Marijuana Ban is Unconstitutional. The Supreme Court last Friday published eight rulings on the recreational use of marijuana that found prohibiting the drug was unconstitutional. The move means that as of now, all Mexican federal judges must grant injunctions to people who seek to use pot recreationally allowing them to grow and possess it for personal use. The court notified the Congress on February 13 that it had approved the rulings, triggering a 90-day window for lawmakers to try to come up with a marijuana legalization law.

Peru Approves Regulations for Medical Marijuana. Some 15 months after the legislature approved medical marijuana, regulations to cover its production and use were published in the official gazette on Saturday. The regulations cover guidelines and procedures for research, farming and production limits, importation, 

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Who invaded USA: "The Caravan" or Putin?

That's right, you goddamn stupid Republican motherfuckers -- it was Putin!!  And you pussies were afraid of some latinas and ninas.  Could you possibly be any more clueless?!

The "Wall" is nothing but Republican bullshit for Republican suckers.  That's you, dumbass.

Pay attention, Son, pay attention!  To quote Foghorn Leghorn, "That boy is about as sharp as a bowling ball."

 

If Trump really gave a shit about "border security" he wouldn't be Putin's little bitch, now would he?

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"The Wall" doesn't protect our borders from Russia!!

Republican traitors, and their Russian contacts, fly right in and out of the USA, at will, whenever they feel like it!!

"Border security" my ass.

Republicans are traitors to America.

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ICE: Deport All Putin Operatives, Starting With Trump

What is ICE doing to stop the transnational crime syndicate called "Trump and his Multiple Criminal Associates" from crossing American borders, thereby violating American sovereignty? 

Kidnapping children and torturing them.  That's what ICE is doing on behalf of that sick bastard Trump, and the fucking racist Republicans who can't stop blowing him.

May I say (yes, I may) Fuck Trump forever, and fuck every single Republican scumbag that helped Trump and Sessions hurt one of these innocents; may they rot in hell.  Thank you.  Nothing I say is too harsh on this matter.  There is no forgiving these kinds of crimes.

"Mexican Caravans" are a foolish distraction from the TREASON OCCURRING RIGHT NOW inside the Oval Office.

"Homeland Security" my ass.

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