Florida Judge Rules Government Cannot Limit the Growth of Marijuana Facilities

“Tallahassee Circuit Judge Karen Gievers, she struck down the 2017 state law regulating medical marijuana, saying it conflicted with the state constitution.”

The Constitutional Amendment that was passed in November, 2016 details: 1) the actions the Department of Health is to take in setting up the registry for qualifying patients and certifying physicians, and 2) for registering the entities involved in growing and providing those patients with the medical marijuana needed for their treatment.

Last year, in a separate case, Circuit Judge Charles Dodson, in 2018 ruled “that the amendment did not contemplate a licensing scheme for providers that would be decided and controlled by state regulators, but rather “registrations” that would be freely granted.”

The legislature cannot limit access. Sounds like a freer market to me. Here.

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Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Advocacy of Intrusion into Your Consumer Purchases

Following up on my post about NY Times reporter and CNBC host Andrew Ross Sorkin’s advocacy for forcing banks and credit card companies to track purchases of firearms products. This template was developed for the tobacco companies and can be replicated.

Progressives’ plan here is to hassle any organization that handles firearms and ammunition — manufacturers, distributors, etc — into an arrangement similar to what the tobacco industry entered into in 1998.

The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement:

The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) was entered in November 1998, originally between the four largest United States tobacco companies (Philip Morris Inc., R. J. Reynolds, Brown & Williamson and Lorillard – the “original participating manufacturers”, referred to as the “Majors”) and the attorneys general of 46 states. The states settled their Medicaid lawsuits against the tobacco industry for recovery of their tobacco-related health-care costs.[1]:25 In exchange, the companies agreed to curtail or cease certain tobacco marketing practices, as well as to pay, in perpetuity, various annual payments to the states to compensate them for some of the medical costs of caring for persons with smoking-related illnesses.

 

This scheme enriched lawyers, created an industry cartel among large tobacco companies, and provided a revenue stream to state governments. State governments then issued bonds backed by the revenue from the settlement. This had the perverse incentive to increase support of the tobacco industry, on whom states are now dependent for future payments against this debt. Of course, it raised taxes on the product and hit lower income smokers hardest.

Boycott the NY Times, CNBC, and their advertisers.

 

Marijuana Legalization Update

Bloomberg:

By the end of 2018, 20 percent of Americans will live in a state where adults can legally buy and sell cannabis. Yet big problems remain unresolved, including a persistent black market that legalization was supposed to help undermine. There are also fights between states in favor of legalizing weed and localities that oppose it. And of course marijuana remains illegal under federal law, casting a shadow over the industry.

Come on, government people. There are businesses to create, people to hire, less crime.

Here.

Sen. Warren (D, MA) Grills Wells Fargo CEO

Senator Warren grilled Wells Fargo & Co. CEO Timothy Sloan during Senate hearings on the firm’s account creation scheme.

She tried to argue that the CEO personally profited from the scheme by making the stock go up. A large company like Wells Fargo, the CEO cannot make the stock up. Institutional investors, pension funds, index funds, traders, government sovereign wealth funds, and other large institutions are the main movers in the financial markets. They have to agree with the story the company is telling in order to buy the shares, or if they use technical analysis, see a pattern that’s bullish.

As for Sloan, he was not prepared for this partisan attack.

She wants him fired. That’s not her responsibility to hire and fire company executives. And, more importantly, its unconstitutional under Article 1, Section 9. The US Constitutions forbids Bill of Attainder. See here and here for explanations. Among other infringements of our rights, it could eliminate Due Process.

And it appears she wants to install a puppet regime so she can control the banking industry. Fascism 101, folks.

There was always something totalitarian about progressivism. The followers of this movement have no problem bossing anybody around if they don’t behave the way progressives want.

Politicians crave control, certainty, and stability. You hear them talk about stability of financial markets, of job markets, of domestic social and global situations.

With that in mind, imagine viewing issues from the perspective of politicians. If some issue gets out of control, they get criticized. We seek comfort in their supposed competence to handle various situations. But that comes with a price in the form of more laws, more regulations, more controls, and less freedom of choice. You may not even know it because politicians have mastered the art of concealing their intentions.

They pass a law that controls corporations in an industry, for example, and that law manifests itself in many ways such as the products and services it offers. And you wonder why a firm acts the way it does — well that’s why. The firm acts as an agent of the government and the politicians escape responsibility.

 

No, the U.S. President is NOT the CEO of the Country

 

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley defended President Trump’s firing of former FBI director James Comey, saying that he can “fire anyone he wants.”

“The president is the CEO of the country,” Haley told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday. “He can hire and fire anyone he wants.”

Wrong! The president may be considered the CEO of the federal government, but not of the country. He can fire people in his administration, not anyone he wants.

More evidence of the grabbing for control by the political class.

 

 

The Central Problem in the U.S.

Is, in a word, government.

All the passionate talk about the personalities and potential crimes of the presidential candidates has obscured debate about what the federal government actually does. Both Trump and Clinton promise to spend us to oblivion taking care of various collectivist groups: vets, seniors, farmers, military contractors, teachers, etc.

But that spending (and inevitable taxing) serves one overriding purpose: to make the people in Washington D.C. ever richer and more powerful. Its a bipartisan bonanza. Yes, the money will trickle down to those constituents I listed above. But the politicians, lobbyists, regulators, and other government employees take their cut first. All that money requires programs and administration. Who does that? Why the people who work in government. And what is the result?

Kevin Williamson explains. I tease you with this: “But Washington builds no iPhones. It doesn’t really build much of anything, and it doesn’t create any wealth — it just takes it.

Here.