Will Jones III: Legalizing Marijuana isn’t about Social Justice

first_imgPoppot.org 4 October 2019Family First Comment: Calls to legalize marijuana often lead with the cry of social justice. Many advocates argue that legalization will right the wrongs of our racist past in the criminal justice system. In reality, legalization would make our society much less just than it is now. Legalization would lead to increased commercialization of marijuana, playing into the hands of an intoxicating, addictive, for-profit industry that is appropriating problems of systemic injustice to the tune of billions of dollars in profits.Calls to legalize marijuana often lead with the cry of social justice. Many advocates argue that legalization will right the wrongs of our racist past in the criminal justice system.In reality, legalization would make our society much less just than it is now. Legalization would lead to increased commercialization of marijuana, playing into the hands of an intoxicating, addictive, for-profit industry that is appropriating problems of systemic injustice to the tune of billions of dollars in profits. Pennsylvania should instead focus on decriminalization.Marijuana commercialization advocates have shrewdly pointed to ethnically disparate arrest rates that show African-Americans are disproportionately targeted for enforcement of marijuana laws. While the problems they highlight are painfully true, their solution is both ineffective and disingenuous. It does nothing to punish, prosecute, or remove individuals or institutions with records of racism and discriminatory law enforcement practices – true reform. Instead, it creates a predatory industry that targets communities of color and other disadvantaged communities with an over saturation of ads and stores likes its predecessors Big Tobacco, the alcohol industry, and the lottery.When I walk out the front door of my home the first store that I get to in any direction is a liquor store. Going a bit further, when I get to a convenience store, it is so plastered with advertisements for liquor, cigarettes, and the lottery that I can’t even see inside the windows.A study from Johns Hopkins University found that, “such stores have been shown to be an important component of the social infrastructure that destabilizes communities.” We shouldn’t be celebrating legislation that permits irresponsible, predatory industries marketing another intoxicating and addictive substance to embed itself in our communities.As they anticipate and push for federal legalization, major alcohol brands including Heineken, Molson Coors, Blue Moon, and Corona have already invested billions in the marijuana industry. And to quote marijuana investors, “this is only the beginning.”Big Tobacco isn’t standing by either. In 2018, Altria, the parent company to Phillip Morris, invested over a billion dollars in marijuana and subsequently invested another several billion in Juul, the vaping company that is now being investigated by the FDA for their marketing practices that have created a near epidemic of teen vaping. The CDC has now linked marijuana vapes to a majority of over 800 cases of a mysterious lung ailment and at least two of twelve subsequent deaths.READ MORE: https://poppot.org/2019/10/04/legalizing-marijuana-isnt-about-social-justice/last_img read more

Man Utd Beats Spurs to Make it Six Wins out of…

first_imgPREMIER LEAGUEManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea produced a Wembley master-class as interim manager Ole Gunnaer Solskjaer made it six wins out of six to damage Tottenham’s Premier League title ambitions.Marcus Rashford’s low finish from Paul Pogba’s superb pass on the stroke of half-time stretched Solskjaer’s flawless start – but the Norwegian had De Gea to thank for a magnificent display as Spurs laid siege to United’s goal after the break. The Spaniard made a succession of crucial interventions, 11 in total, including many with his feet, as Spurs tried in vain to avoid a defeat that makes their task of keeping pace with Liverpool and Manchester City even more arduous.United showed great resilience to back up their early positive approach but it was De Gea who broke Spurs’ hearts by denying Harry Kane on several occasions, as well as Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld.The result leaves Spurs nine points behind leaders Liverpool and United level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal as they revive their top-four hopes.Elsewhere, two second-half goals gave Everton an edgy victory over Bournemouth that lifted them into the top half of the Premier League table.Kurt Zouma powerfully headed in his first goal for the club from Lucas Digne’s cross following a corner in the 61st minute, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin added the second in the fifth minute of stoppage time.Everton had been outplayed in the opening 30 minutes but Bournemouth failed to capitalise on their bright start.David Brooks hit the post when through one-on-one with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and had a strong penalty appeal turned down early on, while Joshua King also had a good chance saved.Everton, who had not won any of their previous four home league matches, failed to have a first-half shot on target for the second successive league game at Goodison Park.They improved after the break, with Richarlison having a shot cleared off the line by Nathan Ake and coming close with a header from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s cross.Bournemouth pushed hard for an equaliser in the final minutes, with Michael Keane producing an excellent block to deny Dan Gosling before Calvert-Lewin sealed the three points.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

No complaints from Cousins despite rough playoff debut

first_imgBut in his ninth NBA season, he’s 1-0 lifetime in the postseason after the Warriors’ 121-104 win over the Los Angeles … CLICK HERE if you’re having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — DeMarcus Cousins’ first career playoff game, a year after suffering a devastating Achilles tendon injury, was not the stuff of fairytales.Cousins shot 4 for 12, had six turnovers to go with nine points and nine rebounds and fouled out after 21 minutes on the floor.last_img read more

“Arngast” GC1JC94 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – April 25, 2011

first_img“Arngast”Discover a lost island in Germany while attempting to claim a smiley on the EarthCache “Arngast” (GC1JC94).Geocacher Keitaro64 created the difficulty 2.5, terrain 4.5 EarthCache in August of last year. The cache page describes the adventure like this, “The walk starts on land that once was sea and leads into the sea, which once was land.”Geocachers walk their way across salt meadows and tidal flats. Geocachers eventually navigate their way to the remain of Arngast island. The land, along with a dozen small villages, was claimed by the sea after centuries of flooding.  The hiking tour covers six waypoints. Geocachers must answer questions about the location to claim a smiley.ArngastThe EarthCache is quickly becoming popular, already amassing six Geocaching.com Favorite Points.  Favorite Points. Continue your exploration of some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe Aare Gorge | Aareschlucht | Gorges de l’Aar – GC1YH51 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 11, 2012October 11, 2012In “Community”Dive in and earn a smiley! – The Blue Hole – Half Moon Caye (GC2KFB8) — Geocache of the WeekMay 28, 2014In “Community”Summer vacation inspiration — Es Pontas (GC20APF) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 24, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Semester One Sporting Schools funding is now open!

first_imgRegister and lodge your funding application today to get your students active, engaged and having fun! Sporting Schools is a $100 million Australian Government initiative aiming to get children healthy and active, before, during and after school. Sporting Schools is all about fostering a lifelong interest in sport among Australian children. Its key purpose is to encourage more children to do more sport-based activities, and empower schools to help them do that. Schools that are registered with Sporting Schools can: –       Access over 30 National Sporting Organisation (NSO) programmes delivered by endorsed coaches –       Support health and physical education outcomes that complement the school curriculum –       Access user-friendly sports based resources and professional development opportunities –       Design programmes that create important links between your school, sport and your local community  The Sporting Schools programme helps students’ foster healthy and active living habits and improves a child’s academic, health and social outcomes. Students who participate in Sporting Schools can benefit from: –       Better health and fitness, contributing to long-term health benefits –       Enhanced social and emotional wellbeing, cognitive functions, and improved fundamental movement skills –       Building positive relationships amongst their school peers. Term One funding applications are open until Friday, 4 March 2016. Term Two will remain open until Friday, 27 May 2016. Register your school and complete the grant application via the Sporting Schools website at sportingschools.gov.au.Related Files34323_ss_semester_1_2016_v1-pdfRelated LinksSporting Schoolslast_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola dismisses 5-point Liverpool lead

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola dismisses 5-point Liverpool leadby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has dismissed concerns about Liverpool’s five-point lead at the top of the table.Last week’s shock defeat to Norwich has left City playing catch up in the opening weeks of the season.”We accept it,” he said. “It doesn’t happen many times in the big moments. I’m relaxed. It’s going to happen.“There are 99 points to play for. We’re five behind, but let’s see how many we get. I lost many times as a player and a manager, the only way to survive here is to win games and we’ve won a lot.“Many times we look to improve. You have to understand what we have done in the past.”I’ve said many times, the strongest opponent we’ve had in Liverpool. I said when they were in front (last season) they have everything in their game, set pieces, transitions. I know how difficult it is and was and will be. That’s the challenge.” last_img read more

11 days ago​West Ham move to consolidate their esports presence

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​West Ham move to consolidate their esports presenceby Ian Ferris11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United have signed a two-year partnership with esports agency Bundled as the club bid to grow their presence in the competitive gaming sector, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The Premier League team were the first soccer club in the UK to sign a professional gamer after employing Sean ‘Dragoon’ Allen in 2016 to compete in EA Sports’ FIFA tournaments. They also held their own competition for the soccer simulation at their London Stadium home in a collaboration with investment partner Basset & Gold, with the winner taking home UK£10,000 (US$12,600) last November.Now the East London outfit are stepping up their esports efforts with Bundled. The agency provides various services in the industry, from organising gaming events, to creating innovative digital content, coaching and performance management of professional esports players. The company also represents the interests of more than 30 professional FIFA esports players.As part of the agreement, West Ham unveiled two new FIFA players; ‘Yago’ Gabriel Fernandez and ‘Jas’ Singh. Both will join current Hammers player Jamie ‘Jamboo’ Rigden for the 2019/20 FIFA season.Karim Virani, West Ham’s digital and commercial director, said: “The club has always been proactive and one of the pioneers in the esports arena, and this partnership is another step on our journey.”Bundled is a forward-thinking, dynamic company who are passionate about the esports space, and will help us to continue to grow and be one of the leading Premier League clubs going into this FIFA season and beyond.” last_img read more

TAJ Implementing Strategies to Increase Property Tax Collections

first_img Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) is implementing several strategies to increase property-tax collections.Speaking at the recent Local Governance conference in Montego Bay, Commissioner General at TAJ, Ainsley Powell, said a total of 17 programmes were developed and implemented covering registration, filing and payment compliance, audit, and taxpayer service and education.“Those are some of the key things that we’re trying to do at TAJ to assist in how we get this partnership with local government, in order to meet the target,” Mr. Powell said.He pointed out that property-tax compliance for the first quarter of the 2018/2019 fiscal year showed that the strategies are working, and the administration intends to do more to achieve the annual target of $10 billion.Mr. Powell said that for the April to June 2018 period, just over $3.7 billion was paid by property owners, which is slightly more than the $3.6 billion collected in the same period last year.He noted that there are established property-tax compliance teams working directly with local government officers to encourage more payments.“The TAJ is also regularly reviewing its payment channels, and strengthening its online, in-line and mobile collection methods. Last year, property-tax collection came in at about 88 per cent of the overall $9.6-billion target,” Mr. Powell said.The Commissioner General said the drive is for the agency to become more efficient and effective in collecting revenue, enhance the level of voluntary compliance, and improve the quality of taxpayer services in Jamaica. Story Highlights “Those are some of the key things that we’re trying to do at TAJ to assist in how we get this partnership with local government, in order to meet the target,” Mr. Powell said. Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) is implementing several strategies to increase property-tax collections. Speaking at the recent Local Governance conference in Montego Bay, Commissioner General at TAJ, Ainsley Powell, said a total of 17 programmes were developed and implemented covering registration, filing and payment compliance, audit, and taxpayer service and education.last_img read more

Lopetegui Ramos will miss Real Madrids Champions League match

first_imgReal Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui announced that Sergio Ramos will not feature in tonight’s Champions League game at CSKA MoscowThe Real captain sustained a small cut in Saturday’s 0-0 derby draw with city rivals Atletico Madrid, although Lopetegui insists that Ramos is simply being rested for tonight.“He’s played 125 minutes more than anyone else and I’ve decided to rest him for this one. There are times when you have to rest, so as to be able to feature in the other games. His hamstrings will thank him for the rest,” said Lopetegui on the club website.Los Blancos are now hoping to put a terrible week behind them by following up their 3-0 win over AS Roma a fortnight ago with another three points at Moscow.But Lopetegui will not be taking last season’s Russian Premier League runners-up lightly.“It’ll be a really tough game against a side of real pedigree. We’ll overcome the challenges with the players that we’ve got available,” he said.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We’re up against a side that are on a really good run and who managed to beat Viktoria Plzen. We’ll have to see how they set up tomorrow. They usually go with a five-man backline but they’re capable of switching to four at the back.“They’ve got some top players, the likes of [Alán] Dzagoev, and tomorrow they’re sure to put in a big performance”.The match between CSKA and Real will take place at the VEB Arena with kick-off to start at 21:00 (CEST).🏟🇷🇺 Final preparations at the scene of tomorrow’s big match! #RMUCL pic.twitter.com/mDydi29ZpB— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) October 1, 2018last_img read more