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Take Action: Sessions Threatens State Marijuana Laws

Major Neill Franklin

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Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved closer to reigniting a war on marijuana. Sessions rescinded several Obama-era directives, including the Cole Memorandum, which served to protect states where marijuana has been legalized, for adult or medical use, from federal prosecution. Sessions also noted, in a memo sent to U.S. Attorneys, that  federal law prohibits the sale and possession of marijuana, and that prosecutors should use their discretion in weighing charges. 

This rollback of protections opens the door for the federal government to trample the Tenth Amendment, which protects states’ rights when it comes to marijuana laws. It means every state that has legalized adult use of marijuana or medical marijuana, or decriminalized marijuana, is at risk.

 Marijuana arrests disproportionately impact some of our most vulnerable citizens. Putting marijuana prosecution firmly on the Justice Department’s radar again will set back racial justice, increase tensions between police and the communities they serve, put medical marijuana patients at risk, and squander valuable opportunities for economic growth.

 Sessions has disregarded the will of American voters, 64 percent of whom support legalized marijuana. We need to make sure our voice is heard. 

Contact your Congressperson now

It’s not too late to stop this, but we have to work fast.

Tell Congress to block Sessions’ Justice Department from attacking state marijuana laws

Neill Franklin is a 34-year law enforcement veteran of the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department. After 23 years of dedicated service to the Maryland State Police, he was recruited in 2000 by the Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department to reconstruct and command Baltimore’s Education and Training Section. During his time on the force, he held the position of commander for the Education and Training Division and the Bureau of Drug and Criminal Enforcement. He also instituted and oversaw the very first Domestic Violence Investigative Units for the Maryland State Police.

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Jews Were Targeted by Parkland Shooter Who Took Neo-Nazi Militia-style Training

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POLIPACE has learned that several Jewish students of Parkland were specifically targeted by the shooter, as he was a member of a White Supremacist Group that had military style training exercises and had expressed his desire to take his violence on Jews who attended the school.

Among the Jewish victims are first-year students Jaime Guttenberg and Alyssa Alhadeff, senior Meadow Pollack, student Alex Schachter and Scott Beigel, a geography teacher who saved students’ lives by closing a door as he was shot.

The organization he belonged to, “The Republic of Florida” wants Florida to become a white-ethno state, Jereb said, but tries not to participate in the modern world. The Republic of Florida holds ‘spontaneous random demonstrations’ and drills in Tallahassee, which were attended by Cruz, Jereb added.

According also to ThinkProgress, “The ADL spoke with a man identifying himself as Jordan Jereb, who is thought to be the leader of the group. Jereb claimed “ROF had not ordered or wanted Cruz to do anything like the school shooting.”

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Maine Makes It Illegal to Prohibit Hiring Based on Marijuana Use

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Even though marijuana is legal in many states, that doesn’t necessarily mean people are allowed to use it. Many workplaces still refuse to allow their employees to use the drug and test to make sure they don’t. But in Maine, that could be a thing of the past.

The state of Maine has become the first state to prevent employers from discriminating their workers based on marijuana use. Starting today, employers cannot punish their workers nor refuse to hire someone based on marijuana use done outside of the workplace.

Use of the drug or coming to work under the influence of marijuana can still be punished, but Maine’s Labor Department says a positive rest result for cannabis is not sufficient to prove someone showed up to work while high.

The state’s Labor Department also removed marijuana from the list of drugs employers can test job applicants for.

It’s somewhat ironic that Maine would become the first state to enact these types of protections, considering they’re not technically a state where marijuana is legal. While voters approved a ballot initiative in November 2016 to legalize cannabis recreationally, the state’s government has been unable to pass a bill that would implement the law. But these laws will still protect people who use the drug medicinally.

The issue of marijuana use and the workplace is one that hasn’t been fully worked out in legalized states. While it seems many employers are relaxing rules on the drug, there are still very few protections for workers who use it. And this is particularly harmful for people who use the drug to treat serious medical issues.

Perhaps Maine’s new policy will become a starting point for state’s everywhere.

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BREAKING: ShipChain Founder John Monarch Standing Trial for 2013 Blackmail Scheme

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According to a lawsuit pending in South Carolina, John Monarch, CEO of Shipchain (which has sold $30M in cryptocurrency this month and is now raising an additional $15M via ICO offerings), is expected to stand trial for his alleged role in a 2013 cryptocurrency blackmail scheme this year.

It is alleged that Monarch, whom is a self-proclaimed cryptocurrency expert, blackmailed Pa. businessman Richard Gorman for $500,000 in cryptocurrency in December, 2013.

When Gorman refused to pay the cryptocurrency ransom, the lawsuit alleges that Monarch and co-conspirators waged an online smear campaign against Gorman’s employees, clients, vendors, and children.

Monarch’s co-defendant and one-time best friend, Karl Steinborn, was held liable for $3.1M in damages and subsequently committed suicide in 2016 on Gorman’s birthday.

The case against Monarch, which was originally filed in Federal Court in Pennsylvania, will be tried in Greenville, South Carolina. Gorman has retained the state’s top litigators, Robert Goings and Kirby Shealy, to try the case.

BlankRome LLP and Kroll Investigative Services were retained by Gorman in Pennsylvania, where the case was originally filed, and were successful in tracing the blackmail back to Monarch & Steinborn, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that Monarch and Steinborn used the pseudonym “Ilya” and operated a blackmail site called PerformOutsider.com.   PerformOutsider.com prominently listed Monarch’s fulfillment business, Direct Outbound, in its advertising section.

Additionally Monarch was PerformOutsider’s first follower on social media.

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