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Lots of important elections today for most of the country - get out and vote today.

 
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I believe it was Hughie Long that said best, "vote early and vote often...". Now, hopefully the TV will have no more ads, but some local stations seem to not have a calendar--posting stories, etc. somewhat after the fact.

I'd take a natural disaster reporting over the election anytime!
 

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Well we have a new governor - our current school superintendent - and coincidentally all school referendums to spend a ton of money we don't have were all passed last night as well lol! Also 8 out of every 10 voters or so said that legalizing marijuana is a good idea - that with this being our first year or the states hemp harvest, I think we are on track for full blown legalizing. We went from a red state back to a purple last night and we were not the only ones.
 
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Also 8 out of every 10 voters or so said that legalizing marijuana is a good idea - that with this being our first year or the states hemp harvest, I think we are on track for full blown legalizing.
We really need more intoxicants! We have way too many people in this country with clear minds.

We could save a lot of money by stopping the war on drugs and legalizing opioids, too. We could use the money saved for the government to provide free opioids to everyone.

And why are we keeping children from drinking alcohol? That's age discrimination. :frown2: Same thing with tobacco.

I think we need to think through why we have these laws. Maybe we'll learn something. Oh, wait, I said 'think' didn't I? That's what we're trying to get away from. Marijuana is a good first step.
 

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Well .... to a point, my dad grew up in a country with no minimum age and it was never a problem (nor is it still) like we have here with high school kids or our dangerous college drunks. They did set a half arse age limit due to the EU regulations - so now you can legally buy and consume booze however you have to be 18 or older in order to be "served" lol! :beerchug: I think they did that to give the EU the bird!

And why are we keeping children from drinking alcohol? That's age discrimination. :frown2: Same thing with tobacco.
 
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We really need more intoxicants! We have way too many people in this country with clear minds.
All those clear minds can read the scientific evidence that Marijuana is less harmful than alcohol or tobacco, has many medicinal qualities in many forms, is not physically addictive like alcohol, tobacco, or opioids (even caffeine... please tell me you don't drink coffee!!!!) and that was primarily outlawed due to racist policies and scapegoating.

We've spent billions of dollars arresting non-violent people and holding them in jails because they possessed a type of plant without chemically altering it or adding anything to it to achieve a desired effect. We spent millions more militarizing our police forces to fight an imaginary "war on drugs" against "super predators". We lost billions in tax revenue that would have paid for health care initiatives. We have spent billions more on medications to prevent seizures and relieve pain that don't work as well all because it's classified as a class 1 narcotic.

Yep.... that evil old weed will be the death of us all....

https://www.history.com/news/why-the-u-s-made-marijuana-illegal
 

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I would, a topic on cannabis would flourish.
At work we just finished our first crop of hemp, went well and that product will be released next month.
 
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Pot is just one more way a person can be under the influence while driving. Its a big problem here.

I am pretty happy with the way the election turned out in colorado. Although the state is decidely democratic unfortunately, we didn't vote through any of the stupid tax increases or spending increases. We have a thing called TABOR here while limits what the state government can spend and limits what the state government can take in as taxes. To make changes to this, it needs voter approval. So yes the governor may be a spending socialist, but he will be severally limited because TABOR won't allow it.

It is though a matter of time before the socialist completely take over colorado and get rid of TABOR and then we will just have another california.
 

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Too many states legalized pot without an appropriate method of detecting driving under the influence--and even the states that have some standard--not sure how accurate it is. In WA, hiway deaths due to pot being legalized a couple of years ago is on the increase.
 

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Too many states legalized pot without an appropriate method of detecting driving under the influence--and even the states that have some standard--not sure how accurate it is. In WA, hiway deaths due to pot being legalized a couple of years ago is on the increase.
There is actually a lot of disagreement on this topic. The way studies are conducted, the way testing is done, who is tested, etc....
The American Journal for public health found that while crashes overall were up, they couldn't definitively say it was due to marijuana use and ultimately determined that after three years marijuana decriminalization had no effect.
https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2017.303848

A Pew research study found the opposite..... but they included all crashes in which the drivers tested positive for drugs. Not just Marijuana.
https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2018/05/31/drugged-driving-deaths-spike-with-spread-of-legal-marijuana-opioid-abuse

A large part of the problem is that we are 30 years behind on devising reliable means of on the spot testing due to the research embargoes placed on marijuana by the federal government. The federal government (up until recently) would not fund research projects on medicinal use, testing, etc. for marijuana. That is starting to change.
I agree that impaired driving is a very large issue that needs resolution. But I doubt that the number is higher than the number "impaired" by their cell phone, and regardless of laws and testing people still drink and drive all the time. We need to move past knee jerk reactions and start paying attention to the data.

And to keep the thread on track..... I voted. The state of Virginia flipped from 7 Republican house reps and 4 Democrat, to the exact opposite. I am in a district (VA 7) that has been republican for 60 of the last 66 years and it was flipped. This happened in no small part to being redistricted. It lost two reliably republican voting suburbs of Richmond combined with an influx of transplants from Northern Virginia. The times they are a changin'. Also, Corey Stewart (Trump's former campaign chair for his Va campaign) was absolutely crushed by Clinton democrat Tim Kaine. I couldn't bring myself to vote for either of them honestly. Kaine is as corrupt as they come and Stewart only took off his white pointy hood because he was running for public office.... In another Va district Democrat Leslie Cockburn (mother of actress Olivia Wilde) lost to Republican Denver Riggleman who wrote a book about why women want to be with bigfoot..... you can't make this stuff up....

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/31/bigfoot-erotica-accusation-plunges-us-congressional-race-controversy/
 
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