Unemployment Drug Test Bill Moving In Michigan
Category: News | Posted on Fri, September, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
A bill that would deny unemployment benefits to people who refuse to take drug tests required by employers passed the Republican-dominated Michigan Senate last week and also advanced in the House, being approved by the House Commerce Committee on a 12-4 vote.
The bill, House Bill 4952, moved in the same week Republicans also pressed ahead with another bill aimed at the state’s poorest residents, one requiring food stamp recipients and welfare beneficiaries to participate in community service or other work-related activities or be cut off from assistance. The Republican-led House earlier passed bills that would require drug testing for public assistance and cutting benefits if a child is truant from school.
Democrats and civil libertarians denounced the bills as part of the GOP’s “war on the poor.”
“Wholesale drug testing without suspicion is simply illegal,” said Shelli Weisberg, spokeswoman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. “If we’re going down the road of drug testing for people who receive benefits, then we better start drug testing legislators.”
Rep. Jon Switalski (D-Warrant) offered an amendment to do just that, but it failed.
“If the majority feels that drug testing for people on the public dole is good policy, then it’s clearly in the interest of good public policy to test all of us on the public dole,” he said. “But this is a bill about the elections in 2014 and nothing else.”
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Ten Successful People Who Admit To Smoking Weed
Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, September, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
The Marijuana Policy Project is something that every pothead should familiarize themselves with. The group, which works to promote the education of people about anything related to marijuana. Not only that but they released one of the best lists ever put out on to the web; a top 50 of seriously successful celebs that toke up and aren't ashamed to say it. I've chosen ten of the fifty from that list to share with you. You can see the full list at www.mpp.org.
- Bill Maher, a well known comedian, has no shame in admitting that he's smoked. Good for him, as there should never be shame in saying you love getting baked!
"Look, I have never made a secret out of the fact that I have tried marijuana... About 50,000 times." - YouTube
- Senator Rand Paul apparently kidnapped a woman (who remained nameless in the original GQ interview because of professional reasons) with a friend, blindfolded her and brought her to their apartment. Once they were there, the two guys tried to make their prisoner take bong hits. I don't know if it was weed the senator was smoking but hopefully his next experience doesn't (or didn't) involve kidnapping friends!
- Most widely known for his complete about face from anti-pot to "it's probably a good thing", Dr. Sanjay Gupta has openly admitted to trying marijuana. His recent documentary was watched around the world by stoners everywhere and was taken as a huge victory for the legalization movement. Thanks to Dr. Gupta, more people have opened their eyes to the powers of cannabis because he helped to educate them... And at least we know he's smoked at least once in his day!
- Not only did Mayor Michael Bloomberg take a hit from the bong, but he admits to enjoying it! The Mayor of New York City is definitely someone who could help out in the push for legalization!
- Michael Phelps has been one of the front celebrities in marijuana memes around the internet. By typing a few simple words in to google, hundreds of Phelps memes pop up saying "Winners don't smoke weed... CHAMPIONS DO!" It's pretty awesome that multiple gold medal athletes are smoking in their spare time just like us.
- Amidst playing God and being one of the most well known (and liked) actors today, Morgan Freeman openly supports pot and has been quoted saying "Never give up the ganja." Well, Freeman, we won't be giving it up any time soon as long as you keep putting out movies about the tragedies and conquests of penguins.
- Arts and crafts are Martha Stewart's area of expertise but let's face it, all of that fine detail work had to come from somewhere and perhaps that somewhere was rolling joints! In a quote taken from Laist, Martha states "Of course I know how to roll a joint". Maybe she should do a special on joint rolling once marijuana becomes legal...
- Andrew Sullivan, a British blogger and commentator, was busted with pot in 2009. He only received a ticket for the possession but the case was dismissed the next month in July.
- Justin Bieber's music is pretty bad and he's kind of a punk but he's been showing off his anti-childhood star side lately by getting in to the news with what else? Pot. He was photographed smoking a blunt and then later, his tour bus was found to contain pot at the Canadian border. Add the fact that Bieber's plane pilot says that Bieber and crew pull up to the airport with smoke pouring out their windows and I'd say we have a serious advocate for legalization in the coming years. And whether or not you like the Biebs, he's got a lot of influence that could really help out the cause!
- While South Park mercilessly rips on Sarah Palin, at least she's honest about her consumption of marijuana. While in an interview with CBS News, she stated "I can't claim a Bill Clinton and say that I never inhaled". At least Palin has no shame!
Alien OG Bubba - Hybrid
Category: Nugs | Posted on Fri, September, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
Anti-pot Group Made Paranoid By Protestors
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, September, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
Classic stereotype; weed makes stoners super paranoid. While this fact may be true for some smokers, it doesn't happen to everyone. And I thought it was supposed to only be those smoking who got paranoid? Apparently not because the anti-pot heads are the ones scrambling for their lives it seems. Monday the 23rd was supposed to mark the meeting of the first (and hopefully last) Marijuana Policy Conference. Basically a fancy name for a bunch of people who have never smoked pot and don't really know why they're against it, other than the fact that they "know it's bad for people".
The group is supposed to be meeting in two days but can't seem to hold down a venue for the meeting anymore. Their logic for changing it last minute is due to a group of marijuana activists. The potheads are so intimidating that the anti-druggies won't release their new meeting spot. An email was sent out to the supporters of the conference saying that they were moving due to "hostile, radical drug legalization groups". I'm pretty sure that I've never heard of a violent marijuana protest and I'm sure that this group doesn't plan on displaying any type of violence and really just want to disband the meeting, which is something I don't disagree with.
Surprisingly, this issue started when some of the pro-marijuana people bought tickets to the conference but then suddenly had their money back and their tickets cancelled. Seems a bit extreme am I right? Anyone should be allowed to attend a public meeting that they paid to see. There is no reason for this blatant show of disrespect. The issue with the tickets is what made Lanny Swerdlow - head of the pro-pot brigade - organize the protest of the meeting. Let's be honest, if you got blacklisted from an event for no reason, I'm sure you'd be pretty livid too.
The article that I read on this topic included the email from the head of the anti-pot group (Paul Chabot). It states that there would be a crowd of hostile pot people surrounding the place where the meeting was to be held. The email also stated that "it has been brought to our attention that one of the key protest organizers has been investigated for child pornography... In Oregon in 1998... The drug legalization crowd is well known for being hostile and at times, outright dangerous. The many videos found on YouTube by pot groups, including the shooting at a Denver pot event earlier this year is yet more proof of the radicalization of thee anti-social individuals who lack common sense, patience, and restraint".
Hey now! None of what was said in that email was very nice. To be completely honest, I think I have more common sense in my right foot than the person who wrote that lovely bit of literature. Unfortunately for the author, the people backing the marijuana movement have been fighting this battle for a lot longer than people give us credit for and I'd say that gives us patience. Restraint? People smoke in secret, fearing that people will discover that they depend on a plant for help dealing with the nonsense that the world throws our way. If you ask me, that demonstrates a large amount of restraint. And common sense? The people I know who smoke are some of the most intelligent people I've ever met. Taking low blows at one side or the other doesn't do anything but cause more issues.
Marijuana legalization is an adult issue and should be handled as one, not as a "he said, she said" battle back and forth. After finishing the article on the protest, I discovered that not only did Chabot bullshit the cancellation of the convention, he did it to make sure that protestors would be confused and unable to attend due to not knowing the location. Are anti-marijuana people genuinely that afraid of those of us that smoke? And mentioning the unfortunate shooting incident in Denver, like public shootings are only possible while at a pot convention. It's extremely difficult for people to argue against pot when their argument isn't that strong in the first place. A defense tactic like the one Chabot chose to use rather than dealing with the protestors in a mature and productive matter doesn't show much for their cause either.
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