Trump Presidency Would Be A Disaster
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Trump Presidency Would Be A Disaster
Posted by CN Staff on August 02, 2016 at 05:27:32 PT
By Daniel Marans and Christine Conetta
Source: Huffington Post
Philadelphia, PA -- Americans pleased with the country’s progress toward marijuana legalization should be wary of a Donald Trump presidency, cannabis advocates say. Their reason: The possibility that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), one of the country’s most outspoken anti-marijuana elected officials, would be Trump’s attorney general.Trump told Denver NBC affiliate 9News on Friday that marijuana policy should be “up to the states.” But his close relationship with Christie, an early Trump endorser and former U.S. attorney likely to be on Trump’s short list for attorney general, is giving pause to activists familiar with Christie’s record.
Chris Goldstein, a columnist for and communications director for Philly NORML, the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said Christie “would really be the one running that White House and that would be awful for legalization.”“Donald Trump will say anything to get elected. He really has not been able to pin down a position on this issue,” Goldstein told HuffPost at a Democratic National Convention marijuana welcome party last week at Connie’s Ric Rac, a bar in South Philadelphia’s Italian Market. “Chris Christie is the most vocal anti-marijuana voice in America today ¯ literally.” Christie, while campaigning for president a year ago, said Colorado residents who smoke marijuana should “enjoy it” now, because he would enforce federal laws against marijuana on states that have legalized it. In March 2015, he called tax revenue generated from the sale of recreational marijuana “blood money.”A May study released by New Jersey Policy Perspective, a progressive think tank, and New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform, a coalition of groups backing legalization in the state, estimated that legalizing recreational marijuana and taxing it at a rate of 25 percent would create $300 million in annual sales tax revenue. That $300 million happens to be the amount of spending on early childhood education, property tax rebates for seniors and other programs that Christie vetoed in a budget approved on June 30.“We are dealing with an enormous budget deficit where our bridges and roads are falling apart,” said Ari Rosmarin, the public policy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. “That is money that our state needs. Yet that’s so-called blood money that he is happy to see the illegal market take in.”The ACLU of New Jersey is a member of New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform’s steering committee.Christie has not presided over a specific policy change tightening New Jersey’s enforcement of marijuana laws. But under his leadership, state law enforcement made a record 24,765 arrests for marijuana possession in 2013, and 24,689 in 2014. By contrast, there were 20,347 arrests for marijuana possession in neighboring Pennsylvania in 2014, even though the state has a much larger population. “The numbers don’t lie,” the ACLU of New Jersey’s Rosmarin said. “To the extent that his public comments can set a culture for law enforcement in the state, they would set one that favors aggressive enforcement of marijuana possession.”Everybody thought the state passed a good law until Gov. Christie got his hands on it.Ari Rosmarin, ACLU of New JerseyBrian Murray, a spokesman for Christie, rejected that characterization and said New Jersey “has been recognized nationally for its declining prison population.”“Under Governor Christie, programs have been developed that deal with addiction as a disease and return people to productive lives after recovery rather than locking them up,” Murray said.New Jersey state Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D), a Clinton delegate, introduced the law legalizing medical marijuana in New Jersey, which then-Gov. Jon Corzine (D) signed shortly before Christie took office. Christie told Scutari he would not have signed it, according to the lawmaker. “I don’t think that bodes well” for a Trump administration with Christie in a key role, Scutari said at the DNC marijuana party.Indeed, Christie’s implementation of that medical marijuana law has angered advocates for patients, who say state regulations impede access.“Everybody thought the state passed a good law until Gov. Christie got his hands on it,” Rosmarin said. “Many patients have abandoned the medicinal system and gone back to the illegal market to get the medicine they need.”Murray said the controls were designed to prevent the medical marijuana program from becoming “a back door to legalization.”“The program is medically based with provisions to expand coverage for different diseases in an orderly and scientific process,” Murray said. “But the Governor is adamant that marijuana used outside medical purposes is a gateway to harder drugs.”Murray wouldn’t answer questions about Christie’s position on marijuana, in light of Trump’s remarks on Friday, but pointed to past comments. The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would reclassify marijuana from a Schedule 1 drug, the most severe prohibitive category, to Schedule 2, which would enable much greater research on marijuana’s medical uses, according to her campaign website. Clinton has said she respects the rights of states to legalize it, but would like to learn more about the results of those efforts before decriminalizing the drug nationwide.The Democratic Party platform also calls for re-scheduling marijuana as a move toward “providing a reasoned pathway to future legalization.”N.A. Poe, a local comedian and marijuana activist who organized the DNC cannabis party, is the Libertarian Party’s candidate for Pennsylvania attorney general. He said he plans to mobilize marijuana activists behind Clinton, because of his disdain for Trump and his fear of how Christie would affect marijuana policy in a Trump administration.“If Chris Christie gets to be attorney general of this country, then I am going to be in Brazil smoking a joint this big and just relaxing on the beach,” Poe joked, spreading his hands apart.This article has been updated to include comments from Christie’s spokesman.Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ¯ 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ¯ from entering the U.S.Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Daniel Marans and Christine Conetta, The Huffington PostPublished: August 1, 2016Copyright: 2016, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #25 posted by Hope on August 10, 2016 at 06:24:03 PT
So, Zuckerman.
This Presidential election cycle is bringing you a reprieve from ignorance, and evil, but suddenly those who have spoken out with you for twenty years in resistance to a well accepted injustice killing people and ruining lives even more catastrophically than any use of cannabis could ever bring on, are suddenly ignorant, evil simpleton, immigrants . Many of us were thinking Bernie Sanders might be our choice of candidates. Now Senator Sanders is out and we are, together looking at our choices and situation. Not everyone agrees with your choice and suddenly, the people you have allied yourself with for twenty years are undesirable immigrants, simpletons, ignorant, and evil in your mind?Get a grip, Zuckerman. Paranoia and hysteria, as we know, cause more problems than they cure.Vote for your candidate. Get excited about it and tell us what you think, but easy on the hysteria, fear, and sheer paranoia. Keep your hands off my vote and quit insulting the people that have listened to your rants and ideas patiently for two decades. We might have thought it... but out of human respect and dignity, we didn't insult you.Get a grip. You owe some of us a simple apology. Or you can make it complicated, but you are in the wrong to sit down at our table and go to ragging on people so viciously for disagreeing about the choice of a Presidential nominee.Just because so many people are hysterical and vicious about it all, doesn't it doesn't make it right.
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Comment #24 posted by Richard Zuckerman on August 09, 2016 at 15:02:22 PT:
The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding. Albert Camus
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Comment #23 posted by The GCW on August 09, 2016 at 07:25:23 PT
The Good
Something I like about Trump is how He is opening the Republican parties eyes. Republicans have lost grips with what Republicans supposed to adhere to. I'm not saying Trump stands for their core issues, what I'm saying is that a lot of Repub's are very unhappy with the direction their party platform has taken them. His popularity will help fix that.It's similar with Bernie Sanders. Sanders caught the attention of a lot of unhappy Dem's and unaffiliated voters. Sander's loss may be attributed to many dubious facts, however, such as unaffiliated voters not being able to vote for Him in certain states...I heard Clinton's ratings are the lowest for any Democrat running for Prez in recent history.-0-When it was thought it could come down (again) to Clinton and Bush, I saw a bumper sticker:"The only Bush I want to see in the White House is HILLARY'S."-0-Niether of those 2 will access the White House with My help.
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Comment #22 posted by FoM on August 09, 2016 at 04:48:30 PT
Even Folks in GOP says NO!
50 G.O.P. Officials Warn Donald Trump Would Put Nation’s Security ‘at Risk’
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Comment #21 posted by Hope on August 08, 2016 at 22:54:44 PT
If you're stumping for your candidate, you're doing a lousy job.
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Comment #20 posted by Richard Zuckerman on August 08, 2016 at 12:44:19 PT:
Not a Hillary-Bot:
I'm not a Hillary-bot. I do not want to pay for the uninvited immigrants or their children. Hillary stated some months ago she opposes pot legalization because too many people are making money on it (probably talking about her C.I.A. and other gangsters), recently stated she supports a "path to legalization", but is a chronic liar and supports outsourcing this country to "tax the middle class." The simpleton explanation that "we're all immigrants" is complete nonsense in light of 8 U.S.C. Section 1325 and other laws.
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Comment #19 posted by Hope on August 06, 2016 at 16:23:21 PT
I must have missed when Zuckerman 
Told us he was a full blood, indigenous, fully non-imported, non-immigrant, native American citizen of these United States.
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Comment #18 posted by afterburner on August 06, 2016 at 07:09:59 PT
HempWorld #16
Also documented, glyphosate is being sprayed on some organic crops as a drying agent according to Monsanto's own instructions. And the head of Scotts, maker of Miracle-Gro wants to market fertilizers for cannabis and plans to create GMO-cannabis. [original article at Forbes] them up!
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Comment #17 posted by HempWorld on August 05, 2016 at 16:57:57 PT
Just to be clear!
I have no dog in this hunt!I cannot vote, because I am a convicted felon!Just joking, of course.I am a bloody immigrant! But now, I think it is time to leave. Immigrants unite!
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Comment #16 posted by HempWorld on August 05, 2016 at 16:30:36 PT
Glyphosate! Cheers!
1. According to farmers like John Kempf of, glyphosate based herbicides are showing up in irrigation water, are likely present in manure/fertilizer from animals fed genetically modified grains and drift from spraying. Glyphosate residues have been detected in many foods, cotton products, breast milk, beers and wines.2. Wine growers of conventional farms report that their family businesses use to be able to harvest from their vines for 100 years. Today, with chemical farming, vines are lasting 10-12 years. Glyphosate is a chelator, which makes the vital nutrients and minerals of any living thing it touches unavailable. Taking the risk of depleting the vitality of important crops is not a good long term decision for farmers of any kind. Instead, Regenerative agriculture enriches the soil, supports longevity of the farm and does not use toxic chemicals.3. Glyphosate has been deemed a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization. Even the small amount of 0.1ppt of glyphosate has been shown to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells. According to the California Department of Health, breast cancer rates in the Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties are 10 to 20 percent higher than the national average. There are many pending lawsuits against Monsanto for the connection between non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and Roundup.4. The pig study by Pedersen and Krueger showed a repeated 30 percent increase of birth defects and stillborn with the introduction of glyphosate-sprayed grains. The infertility and sterility in America is exactly correlated to the pig study results, at 30 percent, the highest in recorded U.S. history.5. French scientist Gilles-Éric Seralini and his team have discovered that the co-formulants of Roundup are 1,000 times more toxic than glyphosate and are hormone disruptors, which can lead to breast cancer, miscarriages, birth defects and many other health issues.
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Comment #15 posted by HempWorld on August 05, 2016 at 16:17:38 PT
OT on GMO, sorry I'm getting carried away.
Former Pro-GMO Biotech Scientist Admits GMOs are NOT Safe.New article!
GMOs are NOT Safe.
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Comment #14 posted by HempWorld on August 05, 2016 at 16:08:38 PT
The company we all love and adore!Facts: Hillary's campaign manager was a lobbyist for M.Hillary loves M. GMO and TPP! And, the does not like legalization of your favorite herb!Shall I go on... ?I just heard that ALL wines produced in CA contain Glyphosate or otherwise known as Roundup!Cheers!, what I'm I gonna drink?Sorry to rain on your parade!
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Comment #13 posted by Sam Adams on August 05, 2016 at 09:37:10 PT
Zucky boy
My grandparents were immigrants. The only dirtbag I see here is you.
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Comment #12 posted by SoupHerb on August 05, 2016 at 07:23:28 PT:
What a maroon!
Crybaby, immature, inarticulate, losers Hillary Haters are...
I say if you don't like it go vote and fix it...hahahahaha.
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Comment #11 posted by Richard Zuckerman on August 04, 2016 at 19:43:05 PT:
As TroutMask refers to some of us White folks as undereducated, I am reminded of the many many examples of Hillary Clinton's wrongdoing. Donald J. Trump does make some questionable comments, but at least he supports the USA. Hillary supports world domination through any means necessary, including more costly dirtbag immigrants who, as we see from President Obama, has not provided Americans with any help whatsoever except to serve the global elite's plan to take down this country. Mr. Trump seeks to keep the country and maintain the country. I hope the Hillary Clinton voters experience whatever she dishes out to Americans TO THE EXTREME, especially her spending us into bankruptcy. Oh, by the way, do you recall she stated about six months ago she opposes Marijuana legalization because too many people are making money on it?
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Comment #10 posted by HempWorld on August 04, 2016 at 17:45:32 PT
As I said: No. 1. Trump's not gonna make it.
And I am so sorry to disappoint all Trump supporters!I have advance knowledge.Hillary is going to be the next Prez.I am so sorry to dash all your hopes and prayers. It is in the 'cards.'Peace, Love, Prosperity, Abundance.May God help us all! Come what may!You WILL see come election day!
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Comment #9 posted by Sam Adams on August 04, 2016 at 10:46:25 PT
tasty Trump-roast for dinner
Troutmask, thank your for your meticulous and well-researched effort.  I can't bring myself to even take the time to slam Trump properly.This is what the 2-party system has come to: the Dems are running an Republican, the Republicans are running a Nazi.My feeling is that this should not be a surprise. Anyone with their eyes open, of course people that are working to reform drug laws, knows that this is culmination of a long, steady decline. Trump is just more G. W. Bush as far as I'm concerned. A base, dumbed-down appeal to the lowest forms of life among us.The Republican party as a whole has been acting like a spoiled little narcissistic brat for years now. And the militarism abroad and at home keeps growing. What did we expect? Things to spontaneously get better? Most peoples' heads are buried in consumerism. The oil/military/banking/pharma machine is still going full-strength.
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on August 04, 2016 at 10:37:43 PT
I sure would like to hear what Kaptinemo thinks about our present situation.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on August 03, 2016 at 12:44:32 PT
You can't see it but I am clapping my hands! Bravo!
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Comment #6 posted by SoupHerb on August 03, 2016 at 08:03:25 PT:
Thank You, TroutMask
for putting into words some of the truth about the biggest fool on the planet.
How is it that over 50% of the country conveniently forgets that it is your republican run congress that is the cause of these issues yet their job is to come to a solution and yet, they do not...
Fools, all of them...only an idiot would not see the truth.
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Comment #5 posted by TroutMask on August 03, 2016 at 07:19:50 PT
Hi, My Name is Fool
Trump has problems, but nothing even close to Hillary? Seriously? How intentionally ignorant does one have to be to believe that? Oh yeah, we see the likes on TV all day long. Under-educated white people (just like Trump likes them, he said.) We see senior members of the GOP voting for Clinton. Why? Because they don't like Trumps neckties? Because his hair is too nice? Because he isn't one of the "establishment?" I'm sure it's not because of his anti-science stance on most things including global warming, his bigotry, his misogyny, his incredible narcissism, his inability to admit mistakes or apologize, his ignorance on foreign affairs and plain geography, his refusal to pay businesses for completed work, his multiple bankruptcies and the jobs lost to them, his willingness to allow the further spread of nuclear weapons around the globe, his xenophobic isolationist business plans, his production of products in various countries around the globe while complaining that we don't manufacture products in the USA, his dodging of federal taxes to the point that he paid 0 or nearly 0 in taxes (for the years he allows us to see), his unwillingness to display his most recent tax returns, and so much more... How much more do you need? Ah yes, he will still win if he shoots someone in the street. This is the person you think should be president of the USA? Wow, that is some really determined self-imposed ignorance. Good job!
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Comment #4 posted by Vincent on August 03, 2016 at 03:55:39 PT:
C'mon fellas...
This article is very true. The first time I looked in that imbecile's (Christie's) face, I knew that he would be stupid on the subject of Marijuana. But, just HOW stupid, I didn't realize! He's kinda like a "loud" Rudy Giuliani. I knew that Rudy would be lousy on the subject of herb-smoking, but I didn't know what a lowlife ANIMAL he would turn out to be. Hillary is not my first choice either, but when compared to Trump, she is definitely the lesser-evil. 
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Comment #3 posted by MikeEEEEE on August 02, 2016 at 15:42:18 PT
Keep believing
Keep believing you have a choice in the corporate rigged system.
You just have to ask people in New Jersey about Cristie, fat piece of crap about sums it up. I'm not surprised he has aspirations with Trump, because he does not have much of a future in New Jersey. 
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Comment #2 posted by Richard Zuckerman on August 02, 2016 at 11:00:15 PT:
Only a fool would vote for Hillary Clinton. Yes, Donald J. Trump has had problems, but NOTHING even close to Killary Rotten Clinton. 9th Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski recently suggested we bring back the guillotine. I'd like to bring it back for the Clinton Family!!
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on August 02, 2016 at 06:59:47 PT
Bla, bla, bla Huffpo!
No. 1. Trump's not gonna make it.2. I thought he was a legalizer...3. Thus he will override Christie anyway4. And all this just in case Trump wins and Christie becomes his AG? Come on now!
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