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Cynthia Nixon adds $4.20 donation button to her website because weed, dude

Justice, liberty, and spliffs for all!
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There is nothing Twitter progressives love more than  a quality pro-weed troll coming from an older politician.

Take New York Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, who recently added a $4.20 donation button to her website to express her support for legalized marijuana. Her opponent, Governor Cuomo, has taken the avoidant “let’s do more research” approach.

“We have to stop putting people of color in jail for something that white people do with impunity,” Nixon says in the video. “Eighty percent of the New Yorkers who are arrested for marijuana are black or Latino, despite the fact that whites and people of color use marijuana at roughly the same rates.”

In 2014, Governor Cuomo legalized medical marijuana in New York with extreme restrictions. When it comes to recreational marijuana, however, Cuomo calls it a gateway drug. He has proposed decriminalizing small amounts of the drug which… *elongated sigh.*

In March, Nixon first declared her support for legalization, arguing that doing so would raise millions in tax revenue and help the struggling agriculture industry.

According to the Pew Research Center, 61 percent of Americans support marijuana legalization, as does 100 percent of people who live in the apartment below me — my dudes, get another hobby.

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John Boehner, who helped send drug dealers to prison, to lobby for marijuana

"My thinking/the profits on this matter have evolved."
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Now that he’s retired from Congress, former House Speaker John Boehner has decided to channel his inner flip-flopper and lobby for legalized weed. 

Boehner announced his decision Wednesday to join the board of Acreage Holdings, “an investment company with an established footprint in the cannabis industry in the United States.” 

“My thinking on cannabis has evolved,” Boehner said, sans winking emoji, in a tweet.

Boehner said he’d be lobbying to de-schedule the drug so we can “do research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities. research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic.”

The former speaker’s decision comes at a time of soaring profits for the legalized cannabis industry, with $10 billion in sales recorded in 2017.

In 2011, John Boehner said he was “unalterably opposed to the legalization of marijuana or any other FDA Schedule I drug.” He added, “I remain concerned that legalization will result in increased abuse of all varieties of drugs, including alcohol.”

In fact, the former speaker spent much of his legislative career making life harder for drug users and instituting harsh penalties for drug sellers. In 1999, he voted to prohibit needle exchange and medical marijuana in D.C. — services that, arguably, help the the most vulnerable victims of the drug trade. In 2007, he voted against expanding services for ex-offenders leaving prison and re-entering public life. In 1999, he voted for a bill that allowed juveniles to be tried as adults for serious drug offenses.

Towards the end of his career in Congress, Boehner did signal an openness to getting people out of prison who “don’t really need to be there,” including non-violent drug offenders. The bill was never passed, and shortly thereafter, Boehner left Congress.

I wonder if Boehner’s thoughts on all of the drug bills he signed have also “evolved.”

My hunch is a giant “Nah.” 

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Orrin Hatch packed his medical marijuana bill press statement with weed puns

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In the wake of that that weird piglet misstep, Orrin Hatch’s press team is stepping up its game.

Per the Salt Lake City Times, on Wednesday the Ohio senator introduced the Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017, a proposed bill aimed at increasing medical marijuana research. Naturally, Hatch’s official statement included every drug pun his staffers could squeeze into six sentences.

Washington Examiner Reporter Kelly Cohen notes the jokes on Twitter:

A few highlights:

  • “It’s high time to address research into medical marijuana.”

  • “To be blunt, we need to remove the administrative barriers preventing legitimate research into medical marijuana, which is why I’ve decided to roll out the MEDS Act.”

  • “I urge my colleagues to join Senator Schatz and me in our joint effort to help thousands of Americans suffering from a wide-range of diseases and disorders.”

Perhaps most impressive was their ability to fit “strains” in there: “All the while, the federal government strains to enforce regulations that sometimes do more harm than good.”

Be honest, Hatch staffers: How long did this take to draft?

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Orrin Hatch packed his medical marijuana bill press statement with weed puns

Image: CQ-Roll Call, Inc.

In the wake of that that weird piglet misstep, Orrin Hatch’s press team is stepping up its game.

Per the Salt Lake City Times, on Wednesday the Ohio senator introduced the Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017, a proposed bill aimed at increasing medical marijuana research. Naturally, Hatch’s official statement included every drug pun his staffers could squeeze into six sentences.

Washington Examiner Reporter Kelly Cohen notes the jokes on Twitter:

A few highlights:

  • “It’s high time to address research into medical marijuana.”

  • “To be blunt, we need to remove the administrative barriers preventing legitimate research into medical marijuana, which is why I’ve decided to roll out the MEDS Act.”

  • “I urge my colleagues to join Senator Schatz and me in our joint effort to help thousands of Americans suffering from a wide-range of diseases and disorders.”

Perhaps most impressive was their ability to fit “strains” in there: “All the while, the federal government strains to enforce regulations that sometimes do more harm than good.”

Be honest, Hatch staffers: How long did this take to draft?

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/09/13/orrin-hatch-weed-puns/

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