From Ria Novosti:
“December 6 (RIA Novosti) – On Thursday Washington State became the first state in America where it is legal to possess marijuana for adult recreational use, and hundreds of people celebrated shortly after midnight by lighting up and smoking joints together under Seattle’s iconic Space Needle.
“I feel like a kid in a candy store!” shouted Darby Hageman, according to The Associated Press.
In November voters in the states of Washington and Colorado approved legalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use by people over the age of 21.
The new law went into effect in Washington on Thursday and goes into effect in Colorado on January 5. Continue reading
From Josh Harkinson at Mother Jones:
“For the first time since I began writing about Paul and his movement more than three years ago, he agreed to speak with me over the phone yesterday.
The occasion was his desire to talk about his support for legalizing industrial hemp. Hemp, a non-psychoactive variety of cannabis famously grown by the likes of George Washington and promoted in the World War II propaganda film Hemp for Victory, is an envrionmentally-friendly source of fiber and protein.
Paul is the author of several hemp legalization bills, the latest of which will be promoted in May during the second annual Hemp History Week. Continue reading
Here’s a story from the Netherlands that may illuminate the conditions we’re headed for with the burgeoning proliferation of government regulations in Canada, regulations that affect not only milk, pigs and other food sources. This story is titled “Amstergasm” and is by S.G. Collins, from volume 5 of the ezine “Mental Shoes”:
My head is churning with conflicting ideas, as I walk into Chico’s bar on a cool evening in August. It’s unofficially opening night for the new bar. In a move none of us expected, the drummer and erstwhile sushi deliverer found his way to buy out a neglected business, and fix it up with the help of some friends. The scents of painting and cleaning still hang in the air. The bar looks great. Chico looks exhausted. But hopeful. A crowd of well-wishers surrounds him. None of my friends have arrived yet, so for a while I just sit there thinking about what it means to open a bar, in this town, in this time. Continue reading