Tel Aviv, Israel — New Israeli laws regarding cannabis decriminalize possession of the plant and its buds. In accordance of the new laws, the possession of a home grown marijuana plant is no longer punishable by law. Civilians found to be carrying small amounts of cannabis in public without medical authorization will now face fines rather than be subjected to criminal proceedings.
Israel decriminalized adult use on April 1. On the same day, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak was a keynote speaker at the fourth annual CannaTech conference in Tel Aviv.
Barak, who incidentally is currently chairman of the Israeli medical cannabis company Canndoc/Intercure, spoke about the benefits of medical marijuana, quipping that Israel is updating its motto, becoming “the land of milk, honey and cannabis.”
The former prime minister’s involvement highlights yet another career politician who has made the shift from cannabis prohibitionist to proponent ala Former U.S. Speaker of the House, John Boehner. Barak lends his voice to the significant global chorus of former government leaders, Such as Mexico’s former president Vicente Fox, who are calling for a change in perception of how the world currently views cannabis.
“Some 35 countries have already legalized cannabis to a certain extent, either for medical or sometimes even recreational use,” Barak said during his keynote. “Two-thirds of U.S. states have approved medical cannabis; one-third [have approved] recreational use.”
With the typical alpha-male machoness one expects from a decorated former member of the military, Barak asserts, “The future of cannabis belongs to the bigger, faster and more assertive players which will enter directly into the markets.”
The Israeli Parliament (the “Knesset”), passed the 16th amendment to Dangerous Drugs Ordinance on December 25, of last year, that concerns the governance and regulatory aspects of exporting medical cannabis from Israel. Subsequently, Israel is poised to be a top-earning, global hub in the marijuana market.
The Israeli cannabis industry is already among the “more assertive players”, with companies like Tikun Olam —Hebrew for “repair the world”— at the forefront, with a 40% market share.
“If one is to look at a county that is at the forefront of the cannabis industry, they need to consider Israel at the top of their list. From the early discoveries from Dr. Mechoulam to the significant work in identifying the endocannabinoid system, Israel has been leading the path for some of the most significant advancements in cannabis science. As the first nation to legalize medical cannabis over a decade ago, Israel has allowed companies like Tikun Olam, as well as medical, research and educational institutions, to undertake the groundbreaking research that has created the basis for some of the advancements in this fast-growing industry,” said Stephen Gardner, Chief Marketing Officer of Tikun Olam, USA.
Meanwhile, according to Israel’s Ministry of Health, over 550 farms have submitted requests for licenses to grow medical cannabis in anticipation of new guidelines that will allow more Israeli patients to purchase pot at pharmacies with a prescription from a physician. Medical marijuana is currently available to patients who suffer from Parkinson’s, epilepsy, cancer and other terminal illnesses.
The new laws were delayed past the initial roll out on April 1, but are expected to go into effect, imminently.
The Washington Post has reported that senior officials in The White House have denied Jared Kusher’s security clearance.
Russian News panelists discuss recent flight maneuvers from The United States along the baltic sea. The maneuvers prompted swift response of Russia to fly out and redirect America’s planes, as the video they discuss in the clip below shows not only real-time encounters in the air, but also a separate from CNN outlining The US’s plans for pressuring Russia, and the deployment of 1500 troops into Europe.
I’ll describe how I believe it works, or at least should work, rather briefly.
First, and foremost, for it to help everyone in the United States of America, every American citizen should benefit. Regardless. The only people who should be exempt are prisoners.
A monthly stipend is to be issued to every American citizen. It should be given in conjunction with our pay from work. An income bracket will outline what the recipient’s stipend will be.
Taxes are not reduced. Taxes increase.
A tax is created for healthcare, allowing healthcare to be free. Free Healthcare includes mandatory assistance for pregnant women, unlimited childcare, and routine semi-annually mandated doctor’s visits for tax paying American citizens. Prescriptions, operations, and other medical expenses are covered with working wage pay, stipend pay, and other allocated payment agreements with the patient and the hospital. The system for procedures would ensure that the patient never accrues too much debt.
The educational system becomes the focus of modern American society. K-12 remains the same while teacher’s wages increase, along with infrastructure funding. It becomes America’s leading industry. Colleges ought to, at this time, create agreements with states to begin offering free college education to qualifying citizens. Private Universities probably remain the same. Collegiate level institutions are created (hopefully many of them are privatized, created by companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Walmart and others that accrue vast amounts of wealth) to ease the strain on other Universities.
Obviously, War is still the issue. Socialism would destabilize The United States of America. We spend an obnoxious amount of money on modern warfare as it stands, so we would have to become a Nation of Peace, that adheres to The Constitution. Thus, we maintain our military, and our militias, if you may.
For it to be socialism, we shouldn’t care how much it costs. What will matter most is if The American People, as a majority, decide to live off of the benefit of socialism, and not their labor’s worth. It is a system that requires vast selflessness.
There are other obvious works to be installed in this system, and obvious faults that could lead to a Nation’s downfall (especially a Democratic Republic that thrives off of capitalism) but all in all, and oddly so, that is my best description of how a socialist system would play out.
What will throttle, or should I say, revitalize America’s economy? What modern achievement, which in mass use could benefit people in variances of society, and grant us a reemerging economy? What new idea or creation will be what filters the massive debt that The USA holds?
Will there ever be such an idea?
I am no economist, so it would be difficult for me to give you the answers to my question. I, myself question how the United States of America will surpass the debt that it holds. It almost stands at 23 Trillion Dollars. When I was young, 1 trillion wasn’t a number that I would imagine to be our nation’s debt. Then again, who would I have been for it to have mattered?
No one, basically.
But I am looking at it now, as I have before, as millions of people have, this overwhelming debt that The USA now holds. We live in the era of technological advances, and we coexist with some of the world’s greatest minds. Their creations though, their magnificent gifts to the world fails to solve America’s debt. Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook will not be the business to revitalize America’s economy.
New York residents don’t want Jeff Bezos’ Amazon Headquarters overcrowding their State.
The obvious Military Industrial Complex fuels The President’s current bid for a wall along the southern border. The President foolishly failed to amass enough money to complete the wall, forcing America to withstand a government shutdown while in conjunction activating the distress factors of declaring a National Emergency for the unguarded portions of the southern border.
And, a Space Force.
Will The United States of America ever try to remove their debts?
If not, why not start making some things free?
The American Dream is not dead, Mr. President. It is alive, and We, The People, are aware.
The obvious answer is very strong. Hundreds of billions of dollars is now spent annually on America’s Defense. The United States Army is as strong as ever, and every other branch appears to exist without much flaw. As a matter of fact, one can conduct a bit of research and decipher that often times, too much is spent on the Department of Defense. Whirlwind headlines of Navy coffee mugs costing thousands of dollars can be a prime example of a Nation’s military with a budget that appears to have no end.
So my question is, with a military spread all over the entire world and allies spanning every continent, why has The President declared a State of Emergency?
The U.S. Government was recently Shut down for over 31 days, the longest recorded government shutdown in recorded history. With a military so strong, in a robust and prosperous Capitalist society, a shutdown is now the tail end to what appears to be a declaration of an emerging crisis.
In recent month’s time, there were reports of an invasion along the southern border, an actual cry from the President which has led him to orchestrate a campaign of border defense. His campaign includes most importantly, a 2000 mile long border wall between The U.S. and Mexico. Without rehashing the terrible war of words President Trump has had with others over this wall, it is easy to understand that he was incapable of acquiring the funds necessary to complete his campaign promise of building a massive border wall.
This, only days after a month long Government Shutdown, and after only acquiring 1 billion dollars of the 30+ or so billion dollars needed for his project, The President has now issued a State of Emergency.
How long does this remain in effect? Who does it effect? Are we as weak as he perceives? What is to come?
Perhaps the most important question may be, are we going to be invaded?
What a world of conspiracy. This is no Russian folk tale.
In a powerful display of opposition to President Trump announcing a complete withdrawal of troops from Syria, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis submitted his letter of resignation. The letter, pictured below, highlights many facets that General Mattis enjoyed while Secretary of Defense, but the letter also plainly States to the President that he does not agree with the decision to withdraw troops from Syria, arguing that the move abandons allies on the battlefield.
Despite the resignation of General Mattis, and what appears to be a bipartisan pushback from both Republicans and Democrats, President Trump remains resilient in his decision to withdraw troops, explaining to the American People that ISIS has been defeated, and that he has been more successful than any President in modern history in defeating ISIS.
Several officials and News outlets have reported that the decision to withdraw troops was not advised by Senior military officials or The Pentagon, and that this is move done largely in part by Donald Trump.
Again, despite pushback from every angle, Trump remains resilient in downsizing the battlefields overseas, with rumors now floating the agenda that The President also intends to withdraw as many as 9,000 troops from Afghanistan as early as January.
General Mattis served four decades in The United States Marine Corps. He ends his career on a high note, putting countrymen and his allies before self. He will officially depart Trump’s Administration February 2019.
The time of the year is upon us, where citizens across The United States of America now have the chance to exercise their rights and vote into office the candidates they believe will best represent them as Mayors, Governors, and congressional representatives in both The House and The Senate.
This Tuesday, November 6th 2018 is Election Day. Commonly referred to as The Midterms, this marks a day where we’ll essentially see either The Republican party maintain their dominance across the country, or The Democrats gaining much needed representation and control in The House or The Senate, to begin their process of amending many of the decisions Republicans have made.
For The Democrats, it is crucial that enough representatives are elected to seize control of either The House or The Senate, or both. If not, and if their campaigning fails as it did during the Presidential Election of 2016, where Donald Trump managed to seize victory over long-time Government server Hillary Clinton, The United States of America could begin to see policy implementation by The Republicans ramp up. Americans could also see the eradication of The Obama Era Healthcare Plan, an end to Birthright Citizenship, and tremendous cuts to spending on Social aid (Medicaid and Social Security).
It is important to vote.
Regardless of your party affiliation, if you feel concerned about a topic, or wish for change in your neighborhood and society, it is important to vote. As a registered Democrat, I am eager to vote, and I hope to see The Democrats pull off significant power grabs in Congress. As someone who voted in 2016 for a Democrat to be President, I’ve learned that polls are are no longer a trustworthy source to grasp voter turnout demographics. This year, the message is clear: go out and vote.
Come Tuesday, we decide the direction our country moves in. Vote for what you believe in. If Donald Trump does not sit right with you, and if you demand change right now, go out and vote. Your voice can be heard, and your power to vote can and will change the entire course of this Nation. It is of utmost importance, and I urge anyone who reads this, to go out and vote.