Chronicle AM: IL Set to Legalize Marijuana, Honduran President Targeted in US Drug Probe, More... (5/31/19)

Illinois is set to be the next legal marijuana state, a federal appeal court has ordered the DEA to move promptly on marijuana rescheduling, the Honduran president is the target of a federal drug and money laundering probe, and more.

Thurgood Marshall Courthouse, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals
Marijuana Policy

Federal Court Orders DEA to 'Promptly' Consider Marijuana Rescheduling. The US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has overruled a district court that threw out a case brought by medical marijuana patients and drug reformers seeking to overturn marijuana's status as a Schedule I drug. While the appeals court agreed with the lower court that plaintiffs had not exhausted all administrative remedies, it held that the circumstances of the case were unique. "[W]e are troubled by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)'s history of dilatory proceedings," US Circuit Judge Guido Calabresi wrote for the majority. "Accordingly, while we concur with the District Court's ruling, we do not dismiss the case, but rather hold it in abeyance and retain jurisdiction in this panel to take whatever action might become appropriate if the DEA does not act with adequate dispatch."

Illinois Will Be the Next State to Legalize Marijuana. The House today approved the legalization bill, Amendment 2 to HB 1438, Friday afternoon. The Senate approved it on Wednesday. Gov. JB Pritzker pushed the bill and said he will sign it into law. "The state of Illinois just made history, legalizing adult-use cannabis with the most equity-centric approach in the nation," he said in a Twitter post. "This will have a transformational impact on our state, creating opportunity in the communities that need it most and giving so many a second chance."

Medical Marijuana

New Jersey Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill. The Senate on Thursday passed a medical marijuana expansion bill that increases the number of cultivators, sets up a regulatory commission, and gets rid of taxes on medicinal marijuana by 2025. Although the bill has already passed the House, it was amended in the Senate, so the House will have to approve those changes.

Asset Forfeiture

Alabama Legislature Passes Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill. With a final vote in the House on Thursday, the legislature has approved SB 191, which would impose mandatory reporting requirements on civil asset forfeitures in the state. The measure now goes to the desk of Gov. Kay Ivey (R).

Drug Testing

Louisiana Traffic Wreck Drug Testing Law Advances. The House on Thursday approved HB 138, which would allow police officers to seek drug tests in crashes involving serious bodily injury. Current law only allows drug testing in wrecks that result in fatalities. The bill now heads to the Senate for final approval.

Law Enforcement

Honduran President Targeted by US Prosecutors in Drug Trafficking Probe. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have targeted Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez in an investigation into large-scale drug trafficking and money laundering, according to court documents. The president's brother, Juan Antonio Hernandez, has been charged in the case, and the court documents show prosecutors won email search warrants against the president and several people close to him.

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Dain Bramage's picture

I have a better idea than

I have a better idea than ordering the DEA to behave.

Dismantle the DEA altogether.

Illinois boasts of the most equity-centric approach in nation

But still no equity for home growers, just a uber hypocritical punch in the nose. This bill does right by the black community but it stabs the community of home growers in the back. That's what happens when you don't have any political clout in Amerika, you get treated like a n****r.

Dain Bramage's picture

White Trash just can't resist the word, can they?

I think you word you are looking for is "slave."

Privilege has fucked up your vocabulary. 


"The community of homegrowers."   Hah!!  Hah!!   

We're just Americans.  Are you a stinking fucking American, or not, MAGA-hat?

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Newageblues,I don't really


I don't really give a shit who you really are, or what you really think -- except for one thing: I want to end marijuana prohibition, and I seek allies.

I love this Muhammad Ali quote... "I sought advice and cooperation from all those around me -- but not permission."

That's why I don't really give a fuck about your evasive bullshit.  I don't need you.  I need allies.

This website is called stopthedrugwar.  Are you down, or what?

The question for you, Newageblues, is simple: are you part of the solution, or part of the problem?


So far, you sound like a troll.  You oppose, you obstruct, you extort, you evade, you obfuscate.  That's Trump territory.  Your credibility is shot to hell!

Here's the bottom line:

1) Trump and the Republicans are fascist traitors against America.  Fascism and marijuana legalization are mutually exclusive.  If the Resistance fails, fascism follows; then, marijuana legalization itself fails, because democracy fails.


  • A vote for a third party, either the Green Party or the Libertarian Party, is equivalent to a vote for Trump, for the following reason: A third-party voter DECLINES to participate in the Blue Wave. That is to say, a third-party voter DECLINES to participate in the Resistance against Trump and authoritarian fascism. This weakens The Resistance. This, in turn is equivalent to support for Trump.
  • Naturally then, Trump supporters (Republicans) will try to “split off” as many oppositional voters as possible, by trying to convince them to vote third party — either Libertarian or Green will do, for their purposes.
  • What this means is: If you support Trump, you could vote Libertarian, or Republican, or Green, and it wouldn’t matter because you would be voting support for your candidate, Trump.
  • On the other hand, if you think Trump is a monster, and a traitor, and a Putin operative, and a serial sexual predator, and a child snatcher, and a thief, and a threat to American democracy… AND you oppose these things, then you can ONLY vote Democratic, OR you will be voting against your own intentions, for the same reason: either you get on the Big Blue Wave, or you don’t. The only way to get on the Big Blue Wave, which IS The Resistance, is to vote Democratic.

What's it going to be, Newageblues?  Another duck and dodge and a mouthful of nothing?

Or are you going to join with the goddamn Resistance and be a real goddamn American?



Dain Bramage's picture

Hey Newageblues, where did

Hey Newageblues, where did you go?  I thought you wanted to talk?


Actually, I am not surprised that Newageblues (aka "saynotohypocrisy") runs away like a baby when the "conversation" isn't going his way.  I've been down this road before with these RWNJ's.  See, Republicans are marketers, and Republicanism is their product. That's it -- that's all they do, at least when it comes to dialogue.  There never was a "conversation" occurring.  It was only a marketing campaign for the racist, fascist RWNJ agenda.

I have spent most of my life working and living with white, racist, redneck Republicans.  And,  I have learned the hard way, after being repeatedly deceived, a valuable lesson, which is this: these RWNJ's don't "do" dialogue. Ever.  Period.  They ONLY "do" marketing -- which means they are "doing" YOU.

Specifically, they will never, ever admit they are wrong when proven to be so -- they simply abandon the failed marketing campaign in favor of a fresh new one.  Watch for it, and you will see what I mean.

So, if you think you are having a conversation with a RWNJ, you've already been scammed, because they never were having a conversation with you; they were having a marketing campaign, and YOU were the target audience, sucker!

I played Newageblues until he did this; I wanted you to see it.

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