Monthly Archives: June 2011
Ólafsdóttir is a member of Ásatrúarfélagid, which honors the Norse pagan religion, and Úlfarsson is a member of the National Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland.
When Ólafsdóttir studied tourism at Hólar University she started wondering whether it was possible to have travelers to Iceland participate in heathen rituals. She has now developed tours where Ásatrú is part of the traveling experience.
People are taken to the beach in Arnardalur where a bonfire is lit and the religion introduced to attendees, then a ceremony takes place in which attendees participate.
But isn’t that the point of smoking marijuana? In that respect, isn’t smoking Kronic the same thing?
“Yes, but it’s not as nice,” says Mary.
“There are levels of high – some are clear, and bright, and happy and good fun, and I would put this in a lower category of, ‘dur, I’m a get stoned!’ feeling, and I certainly wouldn’t be happy having my grandchildren… attempt to smoke Kronic as a normal joint.”
Mary thinks if people were just allowed to do their own thing and grow their own naturally, low quality, chemical highs like Kronic wouldn’t be a problem.
21/06/11 Marijuana laws: Raft of marijuana legislation highlights a murky regulatory climate – Los Angeles Times
Although half of Californians consistently tell pollsters that they favor legalizing marijuana, the issue remains a touchy one for representatives in one of the nation’s most liberal Legislatures, particularly since voters rejected a general legalization measure last year.
Another bill, SB 676, which would allow farmers to grow industrial hemp, a non-psychoactive variety of marijuana, barely passed the Senate recently. Its author, Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), had to reassure his colleagues that the material was not a drug. He shelved another bill, which would have barred employers from discriminating against medical marijuana users, for lack of support.
dvocates of change in California confront one bedrock fact: They can’t repeal the federal laws making it illegal to grow, sell or even use cannabis. They can hope that change in California will create pressure for change in Washington, but whatever they ask voters to approve in November 2012 will have to work, at first, in the context of continued national prohibition. That rules out some otherwise attractive ideas. For example, Proposition 19, which came close to passage last year, sought to tax and regulate cannabis production and sale. But no grower or seller could have paid state taxes or filed California regulatory paperwork without confessing to a federal crime. That made the whole idea nonsense.
The push back isn’t just against Oakland. Recently, the Justice Department warned officials in eight other states that
they would be violating federal law if they allowed commercial production of medical marijuana.
“That, in very simple terms, is what drug traffickers do. That is drug trafficking period,” said Tommy LaNier, director
of the National Marijuana Initiative, a program funded by the White House Office on Drug Control Policy.
A change in US marijuana policy would mean significant savings. Full legalisation would bring in an estimated $2.4bn annually if marijuana were taxed like most consumer goods, and $6.2bn annually if it were taxed at rates similar to those on alcohol and tobacco. In fact, legalisation of marijuana – the cessation of prosecutions and tax revenue – could put more than $13bn into government coffers. That would equal the entire budget of the department of labour. Maybe with a budget twice as large, it could focus on creating jobs and getting Americans back to work.
Why should sick patients like Dolin continue to suffer without the medical treatment they need? At a time when tens of millions of people can’t find work, and while pay and healthcare benefits are being cut, why should our sick economy be deprived of so much needed revenue? On this 40th anniversary of the failed drug war, we must, instead, envision a drug policy that is patient-centred and fiscally responsible – a policy that puts Americans first.
Occult practices such as fortune-telling, divination and black magic have always existed in certain strata of Iranian society and were largely tolerated unless individuals claimed to be victimised or defrauded.
In a later interview Mr Afshar added “devil-worshippers” as subjects of the intended crackdown. Devil-worshipper is the collective term that authorities in Iran often use to refer to underground rock bands and young people dressing unconventionally or “western-style”.