No problem, eh?


I wouldn’t dump just on Texas – except for the ignoranus lawmakers! Been 5 whole weeks since the last mass shooting in the Lone Star State. Over that span, California has had at least 5 separate mass shootings.

US cannabis industry’s big problem: Too much cash

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Marijuana can be sold legally in 36 US states and the District of Columbia (DC) for medical use and in 15 of them and in DC for recreational purposes. But it is still illegal on a federal level, meaning most banks refuse to service the industry in case they fall afoul of money laundering laws…

With the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing legalisation driving a surge in cannabis use, the sector’s producers, manufacturers and retailers are awash in cash, adding risk and costs to the most basic business transactions from paying employees and filing taxes to finding somewhere to store their income…

Legal US cannabis sales grew 30 percent to $22bn last year, more than the $17.5bn Americans spent on wine, according to data from Euromonitor. Sales are expected to jump more than 20 percent this year…

The House of Representatives passed a bill in April that would allow cannabis firms to have bank accounts, get loans and accept credit card payments but it may not make it to the Senate because Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wants to work instead towards lifting the federal ban on cannabis.

A full federal green light is the industry’s ultimate goal but it is not counting on Schumer’s pledge to make it happen by next year.

Ah, yes. Several solutions are at hand. All that is needed is decision, a vote, and implementation by Congress. And our politicians are so good at getting that part done, eh?

National Guard left DC, this week

Here’s a surreal milestone you may have missed: The more than 2,000 National Guard troops that have been stationing the Capitol in the aftermath of January’s insurrection have finally left.

The departure comes as Republicans increasingly align themselves, and rather brazenly so, to the very false statements that spurred the deadly attack in the first place. Meanwhile, hopes for a bipartisan commission to investigate the insurrection are looking doomed, thanks to Republicans who presumably don’t have any interest in rehashing just how on earth pro-Trump supporters came to storm the Capitol.

When asked about the GOP insistence to downplay the attack, Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré didn’t mince words. “What I’m afraid of when I hear statements like that,” Honoré told CBS, “is that we have a two-party system that normally would be referred to as the minority party, the opposition, and that scares me. They’ve gone from being a minority party to an opposition party.”

Because the nutball wing of the Republican Party are such idjits – dedicating the efforts of that formerly conservative party to the looney politics of the most recent criminal to occupy the White House – we face the possibility of the National Guard being called out, again, someday to face the next insurrection called for by a fascist-minded gangster. Whether they hold office or not, at the time.