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Have you ever looked at the Constitution? I mean, really LOOKED at the Constitution, man?
With Weed and Justice For All

Well, this is quite cool: The Oakland City Council has voted to use the process for granting legal marijuana licenses as a means of addressing the racial injustices of the War On Some Drugs. Oakland was already the first (and so far only) city in the country to set aside 50 percent of medical marijuana and cannabis business permits for people who’ve been convicted of marijuana crimes. In a revision passed unanimously Tuesday, the measure was revised to address data showing that while blacks and whites make up roughly equal parts of Oakland’s population, blacks have faced much higher arrest rates for pot.

The revised policy will redefine eligibility for the city’s “equity permits”: in addition to reserving them for people arrested within the city for pot crimes going back to 1996, the permits will prioritize

residents living at least 10 of the past 20 years in police beats torn apart by the war on drugs. Their income must also be below 80 percent of the city’s average median income […] The 21 police beats were chosen because they had about 150 or more marijuana arrests over the past 20 years.

Data shows the disparities. In 2015, the cannabis arrest rates for African Americans was 77 percent, 15 percent for Hispanics, 4 percent for whites and 2 percent for Asians, according to the city’s report. African Americans, Hispanics and whites each make up about 30 percent of Oakland’s population.

According to Darlene Flynn, the city’s Race and Equity Director, the highest disparity in arrests was in 1998, when up to 90 percent of people arrested for pot were black.

“The data shows that for over two decades, black and brown residents were arrested and incarcerated for drug offenses at disparately high rates, while largely white cannabis cultivators, manufacturers and distributors who were not operating entirely above board either, flourished under changing laws designed to accommodate the burgeoning industry,” Flynn said.

The city is backing up the eligibility rules with cash, too, earmarking $3.5 million in tax revenue from cannabis businesses to offer no-interest loans to help holders of the equity permits to get their businesses up and running.

There’s already some controversy over a last-minute amendment to the new permit rules that was intended to encourage development of locally owned businesses; that provision requires general permit applicants to have lived in Oakland for three years. Some cannabis business owners say they may have to close up shop under that rule, which seems rather poorly thought out since it apparently applies to existing permit holders, not just new applicants. It’s nice, though, that the regulation would shorten the three-year requirement for permit holders who offer free rent or real estate to an equity permit holder.

Even so, a few business owners testified that the residency requirement would force them to move their businesses elsewhere.

Sascha Stallworth, co-founder of Kamala Cannabis Edibles, moved her family to Oakland from Los Angeles last year and was planning on signing a new building lease next week for her business. Now, she’s not so sure.

“If I end up with a five-year lease in a place I can’t operate out of that doesn’t work for anyone,” Stallworth said. “This is a break in our road which we didn’t anticipate.”

For heavens sake, they should have included an option to grandfather in existing permit holders. If a blogger who doesn’t even use the stuff can think of that, what’s up with the Oakland City Council, dude? What are those people smoking?

[The Cannifornian]

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  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
    • twinkie223

      New Year’s Eve, Tipitina’s in New Orleans, late ’80s, last year of college, throwing down (not up) with Dash Rip Rock, a handful of friends, and a baggie full of shrooms. Good times.

      • Lance Thrustwell

        Which college? I taught at a few down there. After your time tho.

        • twinkie223

          University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg. 1986-1989. I would have remembered a Professor Thrustwell :)

  • Iron Monkey


    while blacks and whites make up roughly
    equal parts of Oakland’s population, blacks have faced much higher
    arrest rates for pot.

    All the white stoners must have been on vacation. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e7c0999d067e880efbf18c14ba96b46c6f055c5ef3fa07a3b4441268d80aa834.jpg

    • georgiaburning

      Or across the bay

      • Red Bird Ω

        Working for Facebook.

  • Chadwells
  • MynameisBlarney
    • Chadwells

      Cowards run and hide. This is to be expected.

    • C4TWOMAN

      Governmenting is hard.

    • Kiri the Paid Protestor

      Is he spending another long weekend at Mor-an-Gulag in Florida?

      • MeerkatsRMammals

        Yes. Nobody knew how hard it was to run a government :( Golf is WAY easier!

        • Lance Thrustwell

          I hear it’s complicated.

          • MeerkatsRMammals

            I mean…he HONESTLY believed he could be the “figure head” while everyone else did the President-ing for him. That’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works :(

          • Lance Thrustwell

            It is, however, apparently how a real-estate and branding empire works. And that has been a revelation to me.

    • redarmyzombie

      Yes, us American can rest well knowing that in our darkest hour, our president will be out there, running off like a massive coward…

      • Liberal Fascist Ron

        ♫ Brave Sir Donald ran away
        Bravely ran away away… ♫

    • YoBunnyBunny

      And if you believe that, Trump has some ocean property in Arizona to
      sell you. Maybe they could, I don’t know, find a bigger room? Ask the
      other living presidents how they managed to do such things with the Free
      Press present?

      From the same administration that couldn’t figure out how to turn of the lights. I iz surprised.

    • Marceline

      Good. We’re getting to him. Say it with me…

      “He will die in jail.”

      • aureolaborealis

        I try not to hope too much, but that phrase is always floating in the recesses of my brain.

  • DerrickWildcat
    • Blackest Noobs

      YES!!!!!!!!!

      • DerrickWildcat

        Oh my God, this whole episode makes me cry.
        “Nice humidor ya got there.”

  • Chadwells
  • snark-lurker

    This gives blacks a unfair advantage. Bad. Sad. Unfair.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “Reverse racism is the worst racism.”
      — Your Republican Party

  • MynameisBlarney
  • memzilla Ω
  • “The data shows that for over two decades, black and brown residents were arrested and incarcerated for drug offenses at disparately high rates, while largely white cannabis cultivators, manufacturers and distributors who were not operating entirely above board either, flourished under changing laws designed to accommodate the burgeoning industry,” Flynn said.

    Which was the very reason why the War on Drugs was started.

    • h4rr4r

      Feature not a bug.

  • Resistance Fighter MausFeet

    Yay Oakland! (Looks below) Oh, I need an animal for this post, hold on:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4f3aadf17d6d953b088ed209b72974512da6cd425017412c4a7d9d0076529d08.jpg

  • schmannity

    Never too early on a Friday.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F2qdIGnmU8

    • ahughes798

      I haven’t heard this in YEARS! Thanks!

      • schmannity

        The Boss Report, WXRT?

  • tinker12
  • Msgr_MΩment

    Dave’s not here, man!
    What were we talking about?

    • Vecchioivan

  • Kiri the Paid Protestor
    • MeerkatsRMammals

      “Hard work good and hard work fine, But first take care of head”…words to live by there ;)

  • TJ Barke
  • MynameisBlarney
  • Latverian Diplomat

    It’s “40 acres and a mule” for the 21st century. Though this time, the beneficiaries will actually get it.

  • Lizzietish81
  • Lizzietish81
  • Latverian Diplomat

    “My whitey sense is tingling! Somewhere black people are being treated fairly. I must put a stop to it!”
    — Jeff Sessions?

    • Blackest Noobs

      yeah still waiting eight days and counting on Jeff’s excuse for lying to Congress.

      • Liberal Fascist Ron

        I’ll put a fiver on, ‘Because I’m a Republican, duh.’

        • Annercrespo

          Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !mj324d:
          On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
          !mj324d:
          ➽➽
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  • Yr. Gma

    Governor Jerry Brown was once the mayor of Oakland.

  • Undocumented Skwerl!
    • aureolaborealis

      That is one glassy-eyed cat.

      • ahughes798

        It’ll be a dead cat if it eats more than a little bit of it.

  • Crystalclear12

    So what you’re saying is this is our nice time allotment for the day?

  • Undocumented Skwerl!
  • DerrickWildcat

    Y’all a buncha dopers!

    • Kiri the Paid Protestor

      Dang, we were trying to be discreet about it…

    • Lance Thrustwell

      {cough} what?

  • IOnlyLikeCats

    Clearly, everyone in Oakland is smoking the same thing.

  • Shibusa

    Buy Low, Sell High Oakland!

  • MeerkatsRMammals

    If nothing else, this administration has spurred everyone to find ways to escape the fact that a reality TV game show host is running the country.

  • Kiri the Paid Protestor
    • Lance Thrustwell

      Would those be the Fabulous Furry Freak brothers?

      • Kiri the Paid Protestor

        Correct! You’ve won a vintage “Impeach Nixon” bumper sticker!

        • maxneanderthal

          FF’s cat; “Did I ever tell you of the time I was abducted by aliens?”
          The Nephews: “You’re. Full. Of shit”.

        • Skeptical_thinker

          That should be “impeach the Cox sacker”!

    • maxneanderthal

      “They sure got some dynamite shit in this town”
      “Yeah, just can’t stand dealin’ with those goddamn Freaks….”

      • Kiri the Paid Protestor

        hee hee hee!

    • Ωbjectifier

      Freewheelin’ Frank says dope will get you through times with no money better than money will get you through times with no dope.

  • Ms.MLG on Maui

    Brock Turner served 3 months for rape. How long did these folks serve for selling or possessing something people put in their bodies happily and willingly?

    • Lance Thrustwell

      I’m gonna guess… too long?

    • Scrofula

      Third bust might be LIFE.

  • anwisok
    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      Right on, right on, right on!!!

    • JustDon’tSayDieInJail

      Had to scroll back up to check: yup, anwisok posting more high-quality critter images!

  • aureolaborealis

    Funny that legal weed makes me a better worker bee on account of the getting sleep and all. And either the sleep or the residual THC/CBD cocktail in my system — or both –reduces free-floating anxiety, which also makes me more productive. That is all.

    • Courser_Resistance

      Oh hell yeah, without that bitch anxiety-monkey on my back, I’m more focused and confident in my work. I take the time to get something done correctly the first time rather than rushing through it and having to correct it later. And while building spreasheets and turning pivot tables for data analysis certainly isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it makes my brain happy. It’s hard to describe, but there’s a kind of symmetry to it.

      • Liberal Fascist Ron

        I for one understand it. Something about imposing order on chaos, perhaps?

        • Courser_Resistance

          Yeah, I think that’s it. I think it’s the way I tend to look at the world in general and it’s made me super-great at untangling nasty accounting and data messes.

          Basically, there are three categories for everything:

          Chaos I control
          Chaos I can’t control (Other Peoples’ Chaos OPC)
          Shit that’s just fucking chaotic and always will be.

          Simply figuring out which things are which makes life infinitely easier. But the new 45-verse is entirely fucking chaotic.

          • Liberal Fascist Ron

            Yeah, I suspect that’s why so many people are having so much trouble dealing with it – actions don’t have rational consequences, facts are ignored and behaviour is based on falsehoods and we’re being told it’s all perfectly normal when our experience tells us it isn’t. What do we do?

  • Scrofula

    I spent five years in war-torn Oakland and still just bought weed off random dudes.
    Anyway, if you walk through some areas, I’d say Oakland def. needs MORE weed (and less crack).

  • proudgrampa
  • Moebym the Persistent Returner

    I may soon take advantage of the fact that recreational marijuana is legal in NV. I’ll welcome anything that will interrupt my state of near-constant anxiety, because it’s a miserable state to be in.

    • Scrofula

      Las Vegas residents have the highest suicide rate in the country; like, by a lot.
      So get it sooner than later.

      • Moebym the Persistent Returner

        Oh. I………didn’t know that.

    • aureolaborealis

      It helps a lot with that. If you don’t like smoking, or you don’t want to invest in vaping, try edibles (I make my own), and proceed cautiously.

    • BaTsHiT_cRaZy

      Make sure you get a full Indica (relaxing) strain, and not a Sativa (stimulating) one. They’re all marked at dispenseries, or just ask. Nothing wrong with getting a bit of relief. And don’t let anyone ruin your fun by telling you what you should or shouldn’t be doing.

      • Moebym the Persistent Returner

        Thanks for the info! I definitely do not need more stimulation.

    • mfp

      the anxiety, or nevada?

      • Moebym the Persistent Returner

        I did say “state”, didn’t I…I meant anxiety.

  • Chadwells
    • Scrofula

      That video was hilarious.

  • Chadwells

    I’m gonna break this shit posting pot gifs!!!!

  • Chadwells
  • Chadwells
  • Chadwells
  • Chadwells

    Ok….I’m done. Thank you all for being patient and letting me get that out of my system!!!

    Back to your regularly scheduled shit show.

  • Inner Venom

    Imagine if we decriminalized weed. Think of how many wouldn’t be getting sent to prison for half their life just for having a little weed on them.

    • Jack Tenhet

      And there’d be a huge decrease in anxiety of every kind, even the dreaded “economic” variety. Maybe even less people needing, becoming hooked on and overdosing on pharmaceuticals. Less need for rehab centers. Less alcohol abuse/dependence, less death due to DUI’s (Stoned people don’t drive as much as people seem to think), less domestic abuse (Never wanted to fight anyone while baked). The list could go on further but I just got tired.

      • Courser_Resistance

        Just look at Colorado. We legalized weed, along with a robust regulatory system to control it. I think it should be the model for other states. It can be modified to serve local interests and it guarantees local control for jurisdictions who don’t want it.

        In the meantime, our economy has quite literally exploded and not just with pot jobs. We have become an incubator for tech startups because while affordability is a growing problem, it’s still much cheaper here than Silicon Valley. New luxury apartment complexes are popping up all over the metro.

        In fact, those of us who have been here for years are conflicted. It’s becoming impossible to get away from the crowd, even on the weekends, when everyone goes to the mountains. You have to plan a simple weekend camping trip a year in advance. Campground reservations on weekends or holidays are full by April and March in some places.

        Ironically, we have some of the most stringent regulations on Gas & Oil production in the country. And we still have a very active industry, which illustrates the lie that regulation stifles industry.

        So yes, we’re booming in both the good and bad ways.

        • Jack Tenhet

          My wife is a baker and we’re both hoping for all-around legalization because it would be good for business. Her idea is to open a bakery close to a dispensary. We both know that’s a very smart move and just makes good business sense. If she could do that, even as a small business, she’d need to employ no less than seven people. That’s creating jobs. If she succeeded enough, she would open a second location and expand the business, creating more jobs.

          That’s how you create jobs, not with wild proclamations with no substance declared at 3AM on twitter.

      • ahughes798

        Stoned people do drive, and they get in less accidents than drunk drivers. Stoned drivers also tend to obey the speed limit, or, if anything, drive slower, man.

        • Jack Tenhet

          That’s true. I remember riding with someone while stoned and saying “you need to slow down, man!”. He was doing 40 on the freeway.

        • richardgrabman

          You picked the wrong day for that argument. I had a bike accident this afternoon because the stoner in front of me was weaving all over the bike lane.

    • Courser_Resistance

      I’ve always suspected that was the driving force behind DC legalizing it. They knew they’d be unlikely to get legal sales, BUT cops are no longer arresting brown & black people for bullshit weed charges. It’s a HUGE criminal justice issue.

    • zerosumgame0005

      but that would make Jeff so sad and private prisons would not make as much money!

  • aureolaborealis

    Speaking of weed, this can be beautifully fixating:

    https://youtu.be/PD2XgQOyCCk

    • Courser_Resistance

      Holy crap. I could watch that for hours and I love paisley patterns.

      • aureolaborealis

        Yes, and while you’re doing that, meditate on the fact that it’s a real structure*, and it’s infinite.

        * Yes, it is a visual representation of a mathematical thing, but that’s still real in my book.

    • JustDon’tSayDieInJail

      Is the Fractal freeware still around? I used to play around with that for hours.

      • JohnE_o
      • aureolaborealis

        There is a lot around, or you can program it yourself. For this level of detail and color and zoom, you’ll probably need a pile of powerful computer time. I think this zoom took four weeks to calculate. Not sure of the computer, though.

    • aureolaborealis

      Top Youtube comment:

      What if we’re just in a lonely arm of arbitrary magnification in a fractal universe?

  • Nockular cavity
  • (((fka_donnie_d)))

    A turtle is lying on the bank of a river smoking pot.

    A beaver walks by, sees the turtle, and says “Dude, turtle, what are you doing?”

    “Dude, I’m smoking pot!” Says the turtle. “It is so fucking cool!”

    “Can I try some?” says the beaver

    “Sure!” says the turtle. “You in hale and you hold it in for as long as you can!”

    The beaver gets nice and stoned, starts walking down the river, and sees a hippo.

    “Dude, beaver, what are you doing?” asks the hippo

    “Dude, I’m smoking pot!” Says the beaver. “It is so fucking cool!”

    “Can I try some?” says the hippo

    “Sure!” says the beaver. “You in hale and you hold it in for as long as you can!”

    The hippo gets good and stoned, starts walking down the river, and sees an elephant.

    “Dude, hippo, what are you doing?” says the elephant

    “Dude, I’m smoking pot!” Says the hippo. “It is so fucking cool!”

    “Can I try some?” says the elephant

    “Sure!” says the hippo. “You in hale and you hold it in for as long as you can!”

    The elephant, having a giant inhaling appendage, provided by Mother nature, inhales the entire joint and gets so stoned he starts walking back up the river. Eventually he sees the turtle, who stares at him for about 5 minutes and says

    “Dude, beaver, you can, like, exhale now.”

  • lroom

    I hope that shitbird Sessions doesn’t come after them for this.

  • Ωbjectifier

    Would you look at that, it’s 4:20 in the mythical mountain time zone.

  • Bitter Scribe

    African Americans, Hispanics and whites each make up about 30 percent of Oakland’s population.

    I didn’t know that about Oakland. There’s a similar breakdown in Chicago. I’m guessing the political result in Oakland is different than in Chicago, where white politicians stay in power by playing blacks and Hispanics against each other.

    • ahughes798

      And poor whites.

  • SmotPoker

    Wait a minute, something smells a bit fishy with this story. How in the hell can you claim to be an Internet blogger yet not smoke cannabis? Is that even legal?

  • kindness

    Years ago Oakland had about a dozen clubs selling the kind bud. Then the ‘liberal’ City Council took over, cut that back to 4 clubs and threw down a huge tax on the remaining clubs (which they all continue to pay). I think there are 5 clubs now but there are limits to socialist paradises. If Jeff Sessions goes after the clubs it’s going to blow a huge hole in Oakland’s budget. Now it’s the pot clubs that have municipalities by the short hairs on account of their tax revenue.

    • Nick Slaughter

      yeah that was back when Obama’s DOJ didn’t order them to stop busting the Oaksterdam clubs. Only thing that sounds hopeful is that Sessions seemed to say he would leave medicinal mj alone and go after/reduce recreational.

  • Olav_Pompatus

    Justice for ALL??? Not on MY watch!!!

    — J. Sessions

  • John Mruzik

    so HAS SOMETHING HAPPENED WHILE i WAS AWAY?

  • Bongstar420

    Let aptitude be the last qualifier! Horrey

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