CANNABIS: “The Push for Marijuana Legalization Keeps Growing – and the Business Community is Onboard” / K.J. McElrath ☮

Cannabis LeafThe “Voice of Doom” that first spoke up in the 1936 film Reefer Madness continues to rant and rave about the horrors of the demon weed known as marijuana – but increasingly, that voice is being disregarded and even mocked as the movement for full legalization continues its inexorable march forward.

Even the business community, seeing the potential for immense profits from a cash crop, is adding its voice to ordinary citizens who are demanding the right to kick back and smoke a doobie without worrying about the cops bursting in and hauling them off to the pokey. Furthermore, political leaders who formerly opposed pot legalization, such as Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, have seen the light.

And speaking of the cops, law enforcement has also been supporting regulated legalization – if for no other reason than it frees up resources from having to bust small-time pot offenders and allowing them to put energy into pursuing more serious crimes.

There are numerous reasons why pot legalization is a positive step for the country.

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CANNABIS: “WATCH: Fear Mongering Anti-Pot Ad From Massachusetts” / Secular Talk / Kyle Kulinski ☮

A new political ad is painting the prospect of marijuana legalization as a parent’s worst nightmare.

Massachusetts is just one of a number of states that will vote on whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana on Nov. 8, and a recent WBUR poll showed 55% of respondents in the state support the measure known as “Question 4.” But the opposition isn’t giving up just yet.

CANNABIS: “A Quarter Of US States Could Legalize Weed This Year” / Secular Talk / Kyle Kulinski ☮

Recreational marijuana users can now legally light up a joint in states representing about five percent of the U.S. population. By the time Americans wake up on November 9, that percentage could be swelling to more than one-quarter.

CANNABIS: “ACLU and HRW Call to Decriminalize Drug Use and Possession After Documenting Arrests Every 25 Seconds” / Democracy NOW! ☮

A new report on the devastating harm of policies that criminalize the personal use and possession of drugs finds that in 2015 police booked more people for small-time marijuana charges than for murder, non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault combined. The report also showed African-American adults are more than two-and-a-half times as likely as white adults to be arrested for drug possession despite comparable rates of drug usage. This comes as four states have legalized recreational marijuana use and five more will vote to do the same next month. Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union released the findings Wednesday with a call for states and the federal government to decriminalize low-level drug offenses. We speak with Tess Borden, author of the report “Every 25 Seconds: The Human Toll of Criminalizing Drug Use in the United States.”

PSYCHOLOGY – COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: “Narcissism Doesn’t Develop Naturally; it is a Learned Condition” / Alison Gopnik ☮

Narcissists aren’t born – they’re made, says development psychologist Alison Gopnik. She takes issue with the popular notion that children need to unlearn brashness and learn civility, when neuroscience shows that it tends to work in the reverse.