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Biden Says Marijuana Might Be A Gateway Drug

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomangell/2019/11/17/biden-says-marijuana-might-be-a-gateway-drug/?fbclid=IwAR3Lgfos0NH-Ujt2van3iNpFU19l8CrBIstxCWve5bA9wx_qJv-7lrfkCSs#4a435632130d

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) said on Saturday that he’s not sure if marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to the use of other, more dangerous substances.

“The truth of the matter is, there’s not nearly been enough evidence that has been acquired as to whether or not it is a gateway drug,” the 2020 presidential candidate claimed at a town hall meeting in Las Vegas. “It’s a debate, and I want a lot more before I legalize it nationally. I want to make sure we know a lot more about the science behind it.”

That said, Biden added that while he doesn’t personally support ending cannabis prohibition, “states should be able to make a judgement to legalize marijuana.” “I think that’s OK,” he said.

Biden, who in past years has clearly said he thinks cannabis is a gateway drug and has a long record of supporting legislation to ramp up the war on drugs, was answering a voter’s question about whether his position on marijuana has changed.


Time to evolve, Joe. Gateway drug talk is as relevant as "Just say no."


eta: Trauma or Adverse Childhood Experiences is the real gateway to substance abuse and harm.
https://www.cmhnetwork.org/news/trauma-is-the-gateway-drug-an-aces-informed-approach-to-substance-abuse-treatment/

With LA being hit hard by rain, my thoughts turned to Swamp Rat.


Anyone know what happened to Swamp Rat? Seems like we need his protest art more than ever.



Protesters at ICE facility in Aurora pull down American flag and raise Mexican flag


From the Denver Post:
https://www.denverpost.com/2019/07/12/ice-facility-protesters-mexican-flag-raised/
videos at web page

Protesters upset with the federal immigration roundups that may occur this weekend in Denver gathered Friday night at the ICE facility in Aurora.

The majority of protesters on site were doing so in a peaceful manner. Another group stormed the barriers near the building and pulled down an American flag off the flagpole in front of the facility and replaced it with a Mexican flag.

The Biden - Harris conversation showing up in the poll aggregators

Joe Biden still in the lead, but trending down after peaking.

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What happens next? Who knows.

At the first 40 min mark, I think last night was better by comparison.



anyone else?

Have you considered showing us who is decided for a primary candidate under their respective choices


Much like in DU polls where we can click a link showing us who choose what in a poll or who RECed a post, I think it would interesting and maybe enlightening to see who is currently endorsing which candidate.

ATL Journal Constitution: Broad Georgia ethics probe targets Abrams -- and her backers


damn it.

https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/broad-georgia-ethics-probe-targets-abrams-and-her-backers/NBT2JDLOZqDgUq1vTz4xOO/?utm_source=newspaper&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=8416631&ecmp=newspaper_email&

The head of Georgia’s ethics commission has filed a spate of subpoenas targeting groups led by Stacey Abrams and the chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, prompting criticism that he’s trying to exact political revenge against Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s political opponents.


The subpoenas obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution were filed on April 26 by new ethics chief David Emadi and seek extensive financial, bank and payroll records from the Abrams’ campaign, which raised roughly $30 million in last year’s race against Kemp.

The ethics office also wants all correspondence between the Abrams campaign and a constellation of left-leaning groups that registered and mobilized voters, many with a focus on energizing minorities. They include the voting rights group Abrams helped launch and a nonprofit co-founded by state Sen. Nikema Williams, the new leader of the state Democratic Party.

In the documents, Emadi reveals that investigators intend to present evidence that the Abrams campaign accepted donations from four of the groups that exceeded maximum contribution limits for a statewide campaign.

Is there a site that aggregates info on where our candidates are appearing?

I often hear about candidates visiting GA or SC about 12 - 24 hours too late.

Damn. NYT: Stacey Abrams Will Not Run for Senate in 2020


As a Georgian, I had hoped Stacey Abrams would unseat David Perdue (R) and help retake the US Senate. But no.

Stacey Abrams announced on Tuesday that she would not run for Senate in 2020, denying Democrats their favored recruit for the race in Georgia. She did not say if she planned to run for president, which she has also been considering doing.

Ms. Abrams, 45, had been courted aggressively by national Democrats to enter the Senate race against David Perdue, one of President Trump’s closest allies in Congress. As a candidate for governor last year, she electrified Democratic voters in Georgia and became a hero to liberals nationally with an energetic campaign that ended in a narrow defeat.

“I am so grateful for all of the support and encouragement I have received from fellow Georgians, to leaders of Congress and beyond,” she said in a video announcing her decision. “However the fights to be waged require a deep commitment to the job, and I do not see the U.S. Senate as the best role for me in this battle for our nation’s future.”

She added that she would do everything in her power to ensure Georgia elected a Democrat to the seat in 2020.

Should the students who benefited from deceit be expelled?

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