Heads Up: Administration Wants "Greater Enforcement" Laws On Marijuana

 
Photo: ACRONYM

Photo: ACRONYM

 

By: Amy Cooper, ACRONYM


Now, I'll preface this post with the notion that the Trump Administration could be making a statement about Marijuana, and it could totally turn into the equivalent of "Obama is gonna take our guns," and then NEVER TAKES THE GUNS, but never the less, here's the scoop.

Sean Spicer shared at today's press conference that even though the current administration understands the need for Medical Marijuana, and how it stops/helps the "pain and suffering" of some folks, Spicer says "Recreational marijuana, that's a very, very different subject," according to Vice.

Now as we're sure you're aware if you travel anywhere down 8 Mile, Michigan happens to be one of the places that has medical marijuana. But Spicer's explaination also touches on Opioid Addictions, which is very different than painkillers, both prescribed and non-prescribed. It leads you to believe that the current administration thinks that weed is a "gateway" to other drugs. 

Vice quotes Spicer saying that "the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people," as well as "I do believe you'll see a greater enforcement in it."

Politico shares a statement from the executive director of The National Cannabis Industry Association, saying that "it would be a mistake for the Department of Justice to overthrow the will of the voters and state governments who have created carefully regulated adult-use marijuana programs."

If you follow anything connected to the medical cannabis industry, you will be fully aware to know that studies have been done (for example, this one), and have shown that use of Medical Marijuana has helped people remove themselves from opioids, as well as other prescription medication. 

Though Spicer's comments seem to be targeted to recreational users, a crackdown on illegal marijuana use could cause some push back, and also extensive future limitations for card holders. 

To be continued... 

In Case The Media Avoids It, This Just Happened To The "NO DAPL" Movement

By: Amy Cooper, ACRONYM


It seems as if things that occur that are against the Government tend to go unnoticed in the media, but at least TIME is reporting this. The Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp fell victim to a fire Wednesday. It's cited by writers Blake Nicholson and James MacPherson that "opponents of the project set fire to makeshift wooden housing." 

The camp has been a home for protesters for around 6 months, before a Government Deadline was issued to be removed from federal land. If protesters were to resist (though most agreed to leave peacefully), they would be arrested. 

There was a deadline of 2PM yesterday for protesters to leave, and it seems as if the fire was set after this, but was not indicated in TIME's article. 

To read more, visit TIME by clicking here

Detroit's Planned Parenthood Counter-Protest | #IStandWithPP

 
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Photo: ACRONYM

 

Writing & Photos: Amy Cooper, ACRONYM

With around 225 protests going on against Planned Parenthood going on around the country, the supporters of Planned Parenthood decided to counter protest, and gained far more numbers than those of the original protesters. 

According to The Detroit News, over 1,000 counter protesters showed up to the event, and from the time it started around 8AM, it was still going on around almost noon, and the cops had blocked off Cass Avenue right in the area near Avalon Bakery. 

Other protests were set and executed in Michigan, including in spots like Ferndale, Livonia, Warren, Ann Arbor, Burton, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Marquette, Muskegon, Petoskey, and Traverse City. 

The pro-life vs. pro-choice argument has been a long battle between administrations, but the current administration remains an enemy of Pro-Choice individuals, and the defunding of Planned Parenthood not only would lead to unsafe abortions, but would also take away many women's preventive care. Many pro-life protesters get stuck on the abortion subject, but don't take into account what PP has to offer to women other than just safe abortions.

Photo: ACRONYM

Photo: ACRONYM

The protesters kept it respectful, but joyous, and the Fraternity in the area even contributed music to the event, after noticing what was going on outside their balcony. They even took to making a sign. 

To view the photos of today's event, click through the gallery below. 

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Congressman Mark Pocan The First To Suggest Impeachment Of Donald Trump

By: Amy Cooper, ACRONYM


A video is circulating from the Facebook Page Impeach Donald Trump Now of Congressman Mark Pocan of Wisconsin discussing what happened with the Muslim Ban, and how many of the countries and business interests of Donald Trump are playing into our foreign politics.

He also notes what "alternative facts" were shared of how many people were actually effected by the ban. Hard to argue with C-Span video. 

At the very end, he shares that the collective "we" need Donald Trump to give up his "unconstitutional executive order," and will take action legislative actions and explore impeachment. 

Betsy DeVos Confirmed To Be Secretary Of Education

By: Amy Cooper, ACRONYM

After voting in the U.S. Senate, Betsy DeVoss has been confirmed to be the Secretary of Education, with a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence. 

Melissa McCarthy Takes On Sean Spicer In 'Saturday Night Live' Bit

By: Amy Cooper, ACRONYM


Following suit in Saturday Night Live's impeccable way of addressing Political Commentary, Melissa McCarthy takes on the gender bending role of Sean Spicer, who is the Press Secretary to Donald Trump

Not only does Melissa completely own the role, Kate McKinnon joins her in playing Secretary of Education Nominee Betsy DeVoss. Hopefully Betsy, Kellyanne Conway, and Hillary Clinton never have to be in the same room or Kate has got her work cut out for her. 

Watch what people are calling SNL's best skit to date below:

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Plans To hire 10,000 Refugees

By: Amy Cooper, ACRONYM


Photo: Starbucks Press Room

Photo: Starbucks Press Room

Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, sent a message to all partners (who are the employees of the company) a message regarding Donald Trump's "executive order" concerning the banning of certain Muslim countries from entering the United States, which includes refugees from places like Syria who are in a state of war. 

"Uncle Howie," as some partners jokingly call him, shared his thoughts that "We are living in an unprecedented time, one in which we are witness to the conscience of our country, and the promise of the American Dream, being called into question," in his letter, and notes in action items, that the company's future blueprint includes hiring refugees. 

"There are more than 65 million citizens of the world recognized as refugees by the United Nations, and we are developing plans to hire 10,000 of them over five years in the 75 countries around the world where Starbucks does business.  And we will start this effort here in the U.S. by making the initial focus of our hiring efforts on those individuals who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel in the various countries where our military has asked for such support."

Schultz also notes that he intends to continue their business with Mexico, as they have had a working relationship since 2002, with the title header "Building Bridges, Not Walls, With Mexico." 

He also assured employees of the green apron that if they are dropped from their healthcare due to the attack on the Affordable Care Act, that they will always have access to health insurance through Starbucks, and will not have to wait for the open enrollment period to do so.

Schultz closed the note with this sentiment: 

"We are in business to inspire and nurture the human spirit, one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time – whether that neighborhood is in a Red State or a Blue State; a Christian country or a Muslim country; a divided nation or a united nation. That will not change.  You have my word on that."

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Since then, fans of Starbucks that support the views of the current administration have started a #BoycottStarbucks hashtag, but this young man sums up what a good majority of us are thinking: