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Biden & Marijuana

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    I haven't seen a release from Biden about marijuana but everything seems to indicate he is against legalization. No recent quotes from him.
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    Chet:

    The short version is that Biden is unlikely to look for a loosening of marijuana laws. The article below goes into more detail:

    https://www.marijuanamoment.net/where-presidential-candidate-joe-biden-stands-on-marijuana/

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    Chet:

    The short version is that Biden is unlikely to look for a loosening of marijuana laws. The article below goes into more detail:

    https://www.marijuanamoment.net/where-presidential-candidate-joe-biden-stands-on-marijuana/

    From your link::

    "He’s sponsored some of the country’s most punitive drug legislation, including the notorious 1994 crime bill. "

    He was slow to come to terms with touchy feely. I think his immediate jump to the lead is going to reinforce Biden for Biden.

    I think Bernies socialist tag is less of a liability than perceived. Shaming people with "free stuff" is fading with the realization of the income gap. People can't be shamed into overlooking 47k deaths a year due to lack of healthcare. Working poor poverty is a choice made by the top 1% by choosing to stagnate money instead of investing in manufacturing.

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    As if this morning, Biden has a 24 point lead over Bernie in a New Hampshire poll. More significantly, Trump trails a "generic Democrat" in the poll as well.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/441285-biden-leads-sanders-by-24-points-in-new-poll

    It is still to soon to make any predictions, but here's a thought.

    I just saw Biden's video promo this morning, and I liked it a lot. Regardless of who gets the nod, though, Trump is going to look like an absolute idiot in any presidential debate due to the fact that he can't even talk in complete sentences.

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    As if this morning, Biden has a 24 point lead over Bernie in a New Hampshire poll. More significantly, Trump trails a "generic Democrat" in the poll as well.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/441285-biden-leads-sanders-by-24-points-in-new-poll

    It is still to soon to make any predictions, but here's a thought.

    I just saw Biden's video promo this morning, and I liked it a lot. Regardless of who gets the nod, though, Trump is going to look like an absolute idiot in any presidential debate due to the fact that he can't even talk in complete sentences.

    The only danger is if Trump sucks somebody into nasty talk. Trump has to be treated like a floundering kid needing help and direction. He should be referred to in the third person.
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    Democrats and the topic of legalization. Recent article discussed the issue.

    I read elsewhere that NY / NJ were considered to be potentially next but troubles have shelved the issue currently. Illinois may be next.

    politico.com/story/2019/05/19/democrats...

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    I live in Washington state and its legalized here by authorized smoke shops. Its been a couple of years and there has been no effort to role it back largely because its a nice cash cow for the city, county, and state. Kinda hard to get rid of something that generates a lot tax revenue from luxury type products (tabaco, Alcohol, gambling, etc)
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    100 million in taxes. They're already buying it privately and paying zero taxes while promoting illegal activity. Other states will be envious because consumption won't change but taxes do.

    abc7chicago.com/politics/illinois-house...

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    Biden isn't the only politician who publicly fought legalization of marijuana. However, in politics (as in life) it's important to to remember to "never say never". Another political axiom is "follow the money", and here is where those two sentences merge:

    When John Boehner was Speaker of the House, he was strongly opposed to the legalization of marijuana. After he got fed up with the House Freedom Caucus and quit, he started to get lots of job offers and opportunities to make money.

    One of those opportunities came when he was invited to sit on the board of a company called Acreage Holdings, a marijuana investment firm whose sale to a cannabis industry giant hinges on Mr. Boehner’s ability to persuade Congress and the federal government to legalize, or at least legitimize, marijuana.

    Boehner and former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld each hold 625,000 shares in the company. Boehner currently earns about $400,000 a year due to his position on the board of tobacco giant Reynolds American, and he also earns more than $1,000,000 a year in retirement benefits from Congress. However, if marijuana legislation gets looser in Congress, and if Acreage Holdings gets sold to a Canadian company named Canopy Growth, Boehner will have a very nice payday. Canopy Growth is a Canadian company that is the biggest cannabis holding in the world. The deal, worth around $3 billion, based on current stock prices for both Acreage and Canopy, would create an $18 billion behemoth. If the sale goes through, Boehner's shares would be worth roughly $20,000,000.

    Money talks, and b*****t walks.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/03/us/politics/john-boehner-marijuana-cannabis.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

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    Forbes gives credit to Illinois for doing what both NY and NJ could not.

    forbes.com/sites/mikeadams/2019/06/04/m...