Is there really a bad way to legalize marijuana? Last week I got a phone call from a friend advising me to look a little deeper. I did.
If your job was to design a legalization regime that would pretty much keep the war on drugs, and confine the economic beneifts of legalizing weed to the narrow circle of rentiers who already have toll booths planted in the middle of every ordinary transaction, and lock down the growers in a fashion that will make it relatively easy to persuade or force them to use seed varieties patented by agribusiness firms, Colorado would be a good start. Read more about Colorado Shows How To Legalize Pot But Keep the War on Drugs, and Guard the Profits of Rentiers
For a group that has vociferously supported drug decriminalization over the years, they seem to have been mighty quiet about the watershed legalization that just occurred in Colorado.
Last summer I wrote about the Sierra Club's Water Sentinels program for testing water. Our town's anti-fracking activists have been using it at their homes for a while now, but around the time of my post we also began free monthly water testing for the community. We are careful to emphasize several caveats, though. The most important is that the testing is not comprehensive or EPA certified; it is not meant to be a substitute for a certified test. It measures a handful of items and is only meant to give a basic idea of water quality. Similarly, the testing would almost certainly not be admissible in a court of law; anyone with an eye on future court cases should go with an EPA certified lab. Read more about Testing water and building community
I'm not sure if this is as bad as it looks, but I'm interested in seeing what other people think. In danps's post on emergent party laziness, I commented that Greens were irrelevant in California, because other than the presidential race, there are none on our ballot. Boy, was I wrong.
Here's "top two" in a nutshell: Read more about The Emergent Party "Solution": Keep Them Off the Ballot? Now with Post-Election Update!
The Kucinich Amendment would help Colorado significantly should Colorado decide to become a model health reform state, for which there is strong support in Colorado. And the Weiner Amendment, HR 676, SB 703, supporting a rational single payer system, could represent the gold standard for individuals and the country.
National Nurses Movement has a wonderful diary at MyDD about all the single payer bills in the states (but leaves out the legislation in Maryland). Please read about all the good news in California, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, and Washington.
Clearly single payer is a political winner, witness the increasing momentum in an atmosphere where the national media has airbrushed out all discussion of single payer.
The most important thing is to make sure that whatever Obama does, no federal legislation prohibit the states from creating their own single payer systems. Read more about Single payer is moving forward in the states
A House committee has approved a bill that could set the stage for a single-payer health care system, potentially leading to a major change in the way Coloradans get and pay for medical care.
Never forget our fall back position, there must be no federal bill that prohibits the states from enacting their own single payer system. Read more about Single payer in Colorado
A community hearing Sunday on the proposed federal economic stimulus package drew a shopping list of requests ranging from smart energy grids and wildfire fighting help to Medicaid funds and a single payer health system.
We seem to be making more progress in the states. We need to insist that any federal plan NOT prohibit states from doing the right thing.
ST. PAUL - Passage of the Minnesota Health Security Act by a key House panel is an important first step in the effort to provide health coverage for hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans, leaders of the "Make Health Happen" Coalition said.
ALAMOSA — “I’ll be the first to admit I have a lot more to learn,” said U.S. Senator Ken Salazar about health care in Creede yesterday. He discussed health care with a vocal community at the Creede Ambulance Barn, one of 32 stops he will make statewide to thrash out the issue.
This is a good sign. This is how politicians talk when they are preparing to shift positions. Read more about Senator Ken Salazar begins shift on healthcare
"This country spends 16 percent of its total income on health care and we leave millions uninsured," said Dr. David Zehring, of La Veta. "Our European allies spend about 11 percent of their income on health care and cover everyone, while Canada spends about 9 percent for universal coverage. I'm confident we will get universal coverage here some day."