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2020 Global Cannabis March

2019 Global Cannabis March and 420

Global Marijuana March animated.gif Share links: kleptocracy and state. This article was written by Timeshifter. See also: Happy alternatives to US Republican-led poverty, mass incarceration, food insecurity, debt, ill health, intense concentration of wealth, endless wars. And: Holy war on drugs.

The drug overdose nation

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There were 70,200 overdose deaths in 2017 in the US under the Republican-led drug war under Trump. Multiple drugs were involved in many of the deaths.

Vote out most Republicans

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Prosperity for all is not sustainable without universal healthcare, progressive taxation, higher taxes on the rich, lower taxes on the middle class, a high minimum wage, and a sustainable population. Vote out most Republicans! Ballotpedia issues: marijuana and minimum wage. It is not socialist. It is Common Sense. (search for "poor" among Thomas Paine quotes). See: List of minimum wages by country. And: Medicare-for-all, like Canada, is not socialist either. See: US federal minimum wage has 35% less buying power than in 1969. 10 years since last increase. A record. [86]. Racist Republican state governments in 28 states passed laws to prevent cities from raising the minimum wage. Far-right talk radio helps Republicans do this. Republicans block cheap municipal broadband in 26 states. Vote!

Money wasted on health insurance companies, drug wars, and most ground wars, helps no one.

Holy War on Drugs, Conservative-led global incarceration.

US Republican cannabis war

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29 Jan 2020: Pro-Legalization Group Ranks Best And Worst Governors On Marijuana. [87][88].

Legal Marijuana Advocates Rank The Best And Worst Governors On Cannabis. 2.. By Tom Angell, Jan 16, 2019. From the article (emphasis and links added):
Of the governors who received passing grades in the new scorecard, 22 are Democrats and only five are Republicans. Meanwhile, 100 percent of those who got A grades are Democrats. On the other end of the scale, the 15 who got D grades and the four who received an F are all GOP governors. No Democrat got less than a C.
A or F? How Congress scores on marijuana. 2. By Danielle Keane, NORML political director. 2016. "Of the 233 Democrats in Congress, 208 members (89.3 percent) received a passing grade of a 'C' or higher. Of the 302 Republicans in Congress, 102 members (33.8 percent) received a passing grade of a 'C' or higher." For your state see: Congressional Scorecard. NORML. Grading was based upon members' voting records.

Register and vote for cannabis.

CannabisVoter.info - Click your state to see which anti-cannabis Republicans to vote out.

Trump vetoes democracy. He does so via the threat of presidential vetos requiring a 2/3rds vote of Congress to override. No European democracy has such authoritarian executive vetos. Their kings, presidents, and prime ministers were stripped of such power.

USA. Life for Pot. Under Trump

GOP Senate blocks cannabis. The Republican US Senate is a pseudo-democracy. A minority of Republicans block federal rescheduling or descheduling of cannabis. They block many bills that have majority public support. They do so via a radically expanded filibuster rule that requires 60% votes to pass anything, thus allowing a minority of 40% to rule.

See Wikipedia: Nuclear Option. It can bring back "50% plus 1" democracy to the US Senate. Stop the:
Republican Senate filibuster against rescheduling or descheduling of cannabis. Still true.

16 July 2018: Republican Congressional Committee Blocks Marijuana Votes (Again).
10 July 2018: Republican Congress Has Blocked Dozens Of Marijuana Amendments.

Republican mass incarceration

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The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world due to the Republican-led drug war, and the Republican/NRA-led campaign for mandatory minimum sentencing. 29 Mar 2019: Republican history of support for the Bail Bond Industry, and cash bail for people accused, but not convicted, of nonviolent crimes. 2.3.4. 30 April 2019: How Private Equity Is Turning Public Prisons Into Big Profits.

Incarceration rates compared

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OECD (developed democracies). Incarceration rates in chart below. See source info. And: Wikipedia:List of countries by incarceration rate. And: Wikipedia: Comparison of United States incarceration rate with other countries.

Chart source.

We need to look at Portugal!

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Portugal's drug decriminalization. 2.3.4. Based on single-payer, universal healthcare. 2.

USA had 185 overdose deaths per million people. From 2016 chart in article. Also, see chart below.
Portugal had 6 overdose deaths per million people.
Chart of the day: Drug overdose deaths per million persons. Can the US learn something from Portugal? • AEI | Carpe Diem Blog » AEIdeas. By Mark J. Perry @Mark_J_Perry - July 9, 2017. See chart:

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  • Fentanyl. 2 mg. A lethal dose in most people. 50 times smaller than a lethal dose of heroin. Source.

How Europe's heroin capital solved its overdose crisis. By Chris Brown. Apr 25, 2017. CBC.ca. "Goulao says 90 per cent of public money spent fighting drugs in Portugal is channeled toward those health-care goals — just 10 per cent is spent on police enforcement."

Cannabis versus cigarettes

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Chart is for regular marijuana and cigarette use by 12th graders in the USA in the past 30 days. For cigarettes actual daily use is measured. For marijuana it is for use on 20 or more occasions in the past 30 days. Green line is for marijuana. Dark blue/purple line is for cigarettes. Percent of 12th graders using over the years. Note the drastic and welcome drop in cigarette use. Marijuana use has stayed relatively low and steady.

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Life for Pot. Under Trump

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USA. Life for Pot. Under Trump

USA. The state of the nation.

70,200 deaths in US in 2017

During Trump's drug war.

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There were 70,200 overdose deaths in 2017 in the US under the Republican-led drug war under Trump. Multiple drugs were involved in many of the deaths. See the numbers for the various drugs in the chart just below.

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Chart source. Among the more than 70,200 deaths in 2017, the sharpest increase occurred among deaths related to fentanyl and fentanyl analogs (synthetic opioids) with 28,466 deaths.

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Chart source. Total US drug deaths by year. The 2 lines are for male and female numbers.

Trudeau's Canada legalized

Trudeau is not a socialist.

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Canadian healthcare myths

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Single Payer costs less and

Canada is not socialist.

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See charts in these articles:

It has higher minimum wage

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A higher minimum wage is also not socialist. Canada has a higher minimum wage than the US. See: Wikipedia: List of minimum wages by country.

It has a lower murder rate,

US; more handgun owners.

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See chart in previous section. Canada has a much lower homicide rate, and a much lower rate of handgun ownership. Even clueless Trump pinheads might figure out the connection. It is that simple.

Portugal's drug decrim

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We need to look at Portugal, where their overdose death rate, HIV, and hepatitis rates, were all drastically reduced after decriminalization and a public health, universal healthcare, treatment-for-all approach.

Portugal's drug decriminalization. 2.3.4. Based on single-payer, universal healthcare. 2.

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It has now been 19 years since Portuguese decriminalization in 2001.

Healthcare for all costs less

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Total healthcare cost per person in Canada and Europe is half of what Americans pay per person in taxes, deductibles, copays, and premiums. This is because health insurance companies have much less to do with healthcare there. Drug prices are negotiated. And universal healthcare is about prevention and keeping people well, and not about continually "treating" them and keeping them profitably sick. See info, charts, and videos in this article:

Drug company price fixing

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12 May 2019: Sweeping lawsuit accuses top generic drug companies, executives of fixing prices. On 60 Minutes. CBS news. From article: "But 1,215 generics, many of them the most prescribed drugs, jumped on average more than 400 percent in a single year. ... 90 percent of all prescriptions filled in this country are filled with generic drugs."

Huge cost of deductibles

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2 May 2019: Trumpcare: Health insurance deductibles soar, leaving Americans with unaffordable bills. Los Angeles Times. 26 Mar 2018: Why thousands of Americans Are Risking It and Skipping Health Insurance. Bloomberg News.

Medicare for all costs less

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16 Jul 2018: The Astonishingly High Administrative Costs of U.S. Health Care. New York Times.

10 Apr 2019: Medicare For All: Accept No Substitutes. [89][90]. Medicare spends only 1.4% on bureaucracy:

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Related charts. See image source on Facebook.

And is not socialist.

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US drug war is expensive

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Cost of Republican-led U.S. drug war.

USA. The state of the nation.

Cash bail costs taxpayers

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29 Mar 2019: Republican history of support for the Bail Bond Industry, and cash bail for people accused, but not convicted, of nonviolent crimes. 2.3.4.

24 Jan 2017: Our Money Bail System Costs U.S. Taxpayers $38 Million A Day. On HuffPost.

Ground wars are costly

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$5.9 trillion is the cost of America’s wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, etc..

Peace-keeping forces are much less expensive in money and lives. They actually prevent US involvement in ground wars for the most part. The US should not be fighting the ground wars of others. If that happens it often means the US is propping up authoritarians, dictatorships, fake democracies, and corporate wars. See: Wars, drug wars, black sites, and dictators on demand.

Pentagon is a money pit.

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17 Mar 2019: The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit. By Matt Taibbi. Rolling Stone. "Despite being the taxpayers’ greatest investment — more than $700 billion a year — the Department of Defense has remained an organizational black box throughout its history. It’s repelled generations of official inquiries, the latest being an audit three decades in the making, mainly by scrambling its accounting into such a mess that it may never be untangled."

Hemp for all

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12 Dec 2018: Veto-proof Farm Bill passed overwhelmingly by Congress. American farmers will be able to plant and harvest hemp. It could spark a boom for the $1 billion marijuana-linked CBD industry. 2.

Children's Climate Action

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Weekly totals for cities/towns worldwide for #FridaysForFuture youth strike for climate.
Facebook video with captions. A teenage climate activist (Greta Thunberg) called out world leaders in December 2018 at age 15. See comments and number of views by clicking on the video after it starts. Another popular version. Her videos have many tens of millions of views. See the full version on Youtube. It has a transcript in the description. There are many versions online. See Wikipedia: 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference. See: Thousands of UK Students Skipped Class to Protest Climate Change. Feb 15, 2019. Many photos.

Darwinian evolution turning into US Republican politician evolution:
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Green Love. Warming &

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Democrat Congresspeople in the US support cannabis reform and the environment much more than Republican leaders. Republican misogyny as represented by Donald Trump is only matched by Republican misogyny for Mother Earth. Partly due to Trump the number of Democrat women in Congress increased in record numbers after the 2018 midterm election. The number of Republican women in Congress declined after the 2018 election. See Wikipedia: 2018 United States elections.

18 Dec 2018: Nevada becomes first US state with majority-female legislature. This was partly due to voters dumping the Trump morons (Republican leaders) who opposed recreational cannabis. Nevada legalized recreational cannabis in 2016.


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Overpopulation is the main driver of global warming. Free birth control is part of the solution. The Little Ice Age is believed to have been partly due to the reforestation that occurred during the hundreds of years of lower human population caused by the Black Plague worldwide.

Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success. Free birth control. July 5, 2015. New York Times.

  • 9 June 2015: Abortion Rates Dropped Sharply. What Caused It? "According to a survey released by the Associated Press on Monday, abortions have dropped by 12 percent nationwide since 2010. ... the correlation between increased access to contraception and a decrease in unplanned pregnancy has been significantly documented over the last two decades. Teen pregnancy rates have been dropping to historic lows, a trend that has been connected to the change in social norms surrounding contraception and increased birth control availability."
  • ObamaCare Birth Control - Obamacare Facts. Free birth control.

Flood insurance

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Taxpayers Get Soaked by Government's Flood Insurance for Risky Beachfront Property of the Rich. It's really a subsidy for rich banks to cover their mortgage risk. And it's not just money for rebuilding homes in risky places being overrun by ever-increasing high water from global warming. It's money for neverending dredging, too. "Up and down the coast, the Army Corps of Engineers dumped sand on hundreds of beaches."

Green energy costs less

Oil subsidies are socialist.

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15 Aug 2019: Renewable energy can generate billions of dollars in health benefits, study finds.
8 May 2019: Study: U.S. Fossil Fuel Subsidies Exceed Pentagon Spending. By Tim Dickinson. Rolling Stone. From the article (emphasis added):

It accounts for the “differences between actual consumer fuel prices and how much consumers would pay if prices fully reflected supply costs plus the taxes needed to reflect environmental costs” and other damage, including premature deaths from air pollution.

9 Sep 2019: EU countries still giving breaks to fossil fuel industries, new study says.

President Eisenhower was

A progressive Republican.

He wasn't a socialist. His

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91% top marginal tax rate

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Hires Former Marijuana Lobbyist As Senior Advisor. By Kyle Jaeger. January 7, 2019. Marijuana Moment. From the article: "Both believe that marijuana should be legalized at the federal level".
Ocasio-Cortez floats 70 percent tax on the super wealthy to fund Green New Deal.

7 Jan 2018: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is floating a 70 percent top tax rate — here’s the research that backs her up. And: Haters. And: Dancegate.

Eisenhower, the progressive Republican President, had a 91% top marginal income tax rate.. He participated in one of the greatest eras of economic prosperity-for-more in the US in the 1950s.
That era had lower overall taxes on the middle class.

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As Poll Shows Majority Back 70% Top Marginal Tax Rate for Ultra-Rich, Ocasio-Cortez's "Radical" Proposal Proves Extremely Mainstream. [91][92].

Source. And: Source 2.

& lower middle-class taxes

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Overall taxes on the middle class in the US were lower in the 1950s

Equaled prosperity for more

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Eisenhower, the progressive Republican President, had a 91% top marginal income tax rate.. He participated in one of the greatest eras of economic prosperity-for-more in the US in the 1950s.
That era had lower overall taxes on the middle class.

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Vs Republican Party today:

GOP kleptocracy, drug war,

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USA. The state of the nation.

Republican Party. Greed, ground wars, drug wars, and mass incarceration.

US Republican war on poor,

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Record US income inequality,

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26 Sep 2019: Income inequality in America is at its highest level in more than 50 years.

Stock owned by
richest 10%.
2016 84%
2013 81%
2001 71%

The Richest 10% of Americans Now Own 84% of All Stocks. Dec. 19, 2017. Time (magazine). "The top 10% of American households, as defined by total wealth, now own 84% of all stocks in 2016, according to a recent paper by NYU economist Edward N. Wolff."

Rich get richer; while middle class wages are declining (inflation-adjusted), and the federal minimum wage (inflation-adjusted) has declined.

USA. Since 2001, labor’s share of national income has suffered a sustained decline. 11 Sep 2018.

See chart. [23]. And source article.

Chart. Homelessness is increasing under Trump.

Rich pay less taxes than you,

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9 Oct 2019: America's richest 400 families now pay a lower tax rate than the middle class. CBS News.
8 Oct: For the first time in history, U.S. billionaires paid a lower tax rate than the working class. The Washington Post. From the article: "The top 400 families have more wealth than the bottom 60 percent of households, while the top 0.1 percent own as much as the bottom 80 percent. ... the tipping point came in 2017, with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The legislation, championed by President Trump and then-House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), was a windfall for the wealthy: It lowered the top income tax bracket".
6 Oct: The Rich Really Do Pay Lower Taxes Than You. New York Times.


Massive US student debt

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Facebook video: $1.5 trillion in student debt. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. Read the heartbreaking comments. 10 Dec 2018: People Are Living With An Incredible Amount Of Debt From Student Loans And Credit Cards. By Venessa Wong. BuzzFeed News.

Republican loansharking

See Wikipedia: Student debt. Roughly 1 in 4 adults. No bankruptcy rights. Much higher interest rates. Lifetime debt. Modern loansharking and predatory lending, approved by Republicans.

College at 16 is cheaper.

Return to top. See: Wikipedia: Age of majority (by country). Wikipedia: Voting age. Voting age of 16 in many countries.

Scotland: Adult at age 16. Prolonged forced adolescence is a waste of time and money. Increased agency is better. Public high school in the USA costs an average of $12,509 a year per student in taxes. The money now spent for high school between the ages of 16 to 18 could be set aside for 2 years of college tuition, room, and board. See: Scotland. What can I do at my age? See: Age of Legal Capacity (Scotland) Act 1991. See: Wikipedia: Education in Scotland: "In 2014, research by the Office for National Statistics found that Scotland was the most highly educated country in Europe".

Massive US medical debt,

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This doesn't happen in Canada, due to single-payer universal healthcare.

17 Jan 2019: US. 34 Devastating Stories About How People Are Still Crushed By Medical Debt. By Venessa Wong. BuzzFeed News.

Massive US household debt,

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US household debt at all time high. Chart is in the PDF linked from that page.
Total household debt timeline.

Total Household Debt by Type:

Click to enlarge. Timeline is by quarters.

Polls support legalization

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23 Oct 2019: 66% of Americans support legalizing adult use of marijuana. By Gallup Poll. 19 April 2019: CBS poll at 65% for legalization. This is after decades of activism such as cannabis marches, events, education, referendums, and more. See: cannabis polls and activism.

The majority of US Republicans now support full cannabis legalization, but many Republican leaders do not. We march until all the anti-cannabis US Republican leaders are removed from office.

USA. The state of the nation.

2019. And 2020.

Trump's falling wages

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7 Feb 2020: Real pay data show Trump's 'blue collar boom' is more of a bust for US workers, in 3 charts.

Top line in timeline below is hourly wages adjusted for inflation. It is flat: Bottom of chart below says: "Data for wages of production and non-supervisory employees on private non-farm payrolls."

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USA. Inflation-adjusted federal minimum wage over the years. US federal minimum wage has 35% less buying power than in 1969. 10 years since last increase. A record. [93].

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"The U.S. has one of the stingiest minimum wage policies of any wealthy nation." See: Charts. See Wikipedia: List of minimum wages by country.

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Cannabis is safer

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16 Dec 2019: Majority Of Americans Support Marijuana Legalization, Two More New Polls Show. "Voters who supported President Trump in the 2016 election expressed greater opposition to the policy than Republicans and Republican-leaning independents as a whole."

2 May 2019: Time to Admit It: Trump Opposes Cannabis Legalization. He opposed latest 3 bills for veterans’ access to medical cannabis.

23 Feb 2019: Trump Continues to Flip-Flop on Medical Marijuana.

See: Reagan's war on cannabis. And: Holy War on Drugs, Republican-led mass incarceration.

Ronald Reagan, 1980 campaign speech: "Leading medical researchers are coming to the conclusion that marijuana, pot, grass whatever you want to call it, is probably the most dangerous drug in the United States, and we haven't begun to find out all of the ill effects, but they are permanent ill effects. The loss of memory for example."

Share link: Obama.

See longer article: Cannabis is safer.

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Above quote is from Sanjay Gupta interview of Obama on April 15, 2015. Interview aired on CNN on April 19, 2015. [101][102][103].

Obama helped turn around the Reagan-Bush War on Pot, mandatory minimums, mass incarceration. See: US incarceration peaked in 2008.

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