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Stop the reefer madness

Two developments this week worth noting:

What's going on? According to the New York Times, the tide has turned, "Thirty-nine states have legalized marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes. The legal marijuana industry raked in $9 billion in sales last year and is expected to bring in $11 billion this year. Nevada netted $30 million in tax revenue in the first six months of legal sales, while Colorado has earned more than $500 million in tax revenue since recreational marijuana sales became legal there in 2014."

But while all this money-making is going on, two populations continue to be negatively affected. First are black people, who are four times as likely to be arrested on charges of marijuana possession as whites, even though they use the drug at about the same rate. North Carolina jails and prisons are overflowing with people of color who have been targeted by our racist police forces and our racist laws. There's no other explanation that makes any sense.

More bullsh/t from Dallas Woodhouse

When you don't have a leg to stand on, make shit up, then double down and make up even more. Tell the lies often enough and loudly enough, and you'll convince a whole bunch of right-wing zealots to believe anything you say. What a sickening display of pure, unadulterated garbage.

Why can't we register to vote online in NC?

Only 12 states in the US do not have online voter registration. The other 38 make it easy and convenient for people to register to vote. Why is that? Could it be because the Republicans who control the General Assembly don't want the masses showing up at the polls? In today's connected world, there's no good excuse for this kind of backward policy. We buy guns online. We buy drugs online. We pay taxes online. Why can't we register to vote online?

Poor Dallas. He can't find the contract he signed for illegal electioneering.

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