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Government is launching a monopoly of 150 cannabis stores in Ontario, Canada

Government is launching a monopoly of 150 cannabis stores in Ontario, Canada

Oh no. This sounds even worse than the Dutch solution. Please Canada, take our advice, don't heavily regulate and allow something at the same time. You'll just end up with a mess. Here in the Netherlands, all drugs are actually still illegal, but are als tolerated underground certain circumstances. It has actually made sure that no one knows what's legal and what isn't, as well as making illegal drug production/trafficking very lucrative, since even doing as much as growing marijuana is still illegal (albeit tolerated and not punishable if you have just a few plants). Don't do it like us. It's a mess and you will regret it.

It'd be nice if countries competed in a marijuana race, similar to a space race, to see who could have the best weed laws. Just a thought, though.

Thanks, random redditor, you've fixed the problem.

Seriously tho, Ontario has a monopoly of liquor sales via the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, a crown (government) corporation. The liberal government of Ontario never wanted legal marijuana, but the federal liberals wanted to get elected so they're forcing it on everyone. Provincial liberals are gonna make it as hard to get as possible, probably with price jacks, and the black market will flourish.

As stupid as it is, anyone who didn't see this coming must be blind.

Other provinces are not taking this direction. Legalization will be Canada wide, so there will be a patchwork of approaches.

Berkeley Police Are Now Allowed to Use Pepper Spray Against Violent Protesters

Berkeley Police Are Now Allowed to Use Pepper Spray Against Violent Protesters
Berkeley Police Are Now Allowed to Use Pepper Spray Against Violent Protesters

They also have crisis counselors for Ben Shapiro's speech on Thursday. Let that sink in...

If you need counselors just because someone states an opinion different from yours, how strong were your beliefs anyway?

I honestly don't know wtf is going on with my alma mater. I'm glad I graduated from there before all this broke loose. I found the real world further strengthened my beliefs, while Cal is apparently making it more brittle.

As a liberal, this anti-free-speech trend I'm seeing on the leftmost side is concerning.

I'm afraid that it's spreading to otherwise reasonable people. My own younger brother, who is otherwise an intelligent guy, told me he actually believed "hate speech" is illegal. No, dawg, it's not, and the last thing we should EVER do is try to stifle opposing viewpoints. When people stop arguing with each other, that's when the bullets start flying. That, and if we support gagging the other side, it could just as easily be you who gets silenced next time around. That's not a precedent we want to set. The first amendment is first for a reason - let us never do anything to weaken it.

This is of course assuming the mayor of Berkeley wont give them order to stand down again, they might one day be able to use it.

Flames break out at Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Tampa

Flames break out at Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Tampa
Flames break out at Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Tampa

So far treated as an accident, and likely is. Of course the timing is rather sensationalizable.

After he asked to be replaced.

They didn't fire him they replaced him with another announcer for a game.

But did they really have to replace him with a man named Ulysses Grant?

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns after fifth child sex-abuse allegation

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns after fifth child sex-abuse allegation
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns after fifth child sex-abuse allegation

It took his COUSIN, a dialysis tech/military vet. coming out with accusations for this guy to resign, apparently he was sickened by all of the other allegations.

Shared a room with the 13 year old cousin when he was in his 20's. Absolutely despicable.

Maybe they've always gone on, but we're only learning about them now.

Kinda sad to see more outrage about Ted cruz liking porn over a pedo mayor.

Why are child sex-abuse allegations becoming so common for those in high positions like politicians or CEOs?? Seems to be an epidemic.

Men brawl in Lincoln Tunnel after one paints penis on other's car

Men brawl in Lincoln Tunnel after one paints penis on other's car
Men brawl in Lincoln Tunnel after one paints penis on other's car

OK this amused me far more than it should have.

So cock block in the tunnel eh?

That's what she said :p

the motorist in the car jumped out and drew his phallic portrait on the truck. The box truck driver jumped out swinging. Port Authority police arrived and stopped the fight. One of the men was arrested.

Article does not specify which one was arrested. It better not be the phallic portrait artist.

Over $54K Raised for Vendor After Police Seize His Money

Over $54K Raised for Vendor After Police Seize His Money
Over $54K Raised for Vendor After Police Seize His Money

The officer, UC police officer Sean Aranas, who issued the citation will continue working while the investigation plays out, according to UCPD.

Once again cops strong arm the public, take their property and the public picks up the tab, this time via GoFundMe.

So is it Beto or Juan?

A gofundme page where the creator has no way of contacting him?

And people are donating to this? Gullible idiots.

I would demand proof that the camera guy will actually give the money to Juan Beto

*He's only getting $60 and legal fees.

People don't actually give a shit whether this vendor gets the money. They just want to feel like they did something good.

Active Shooter Situation at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire

Active Shooter Situation at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire
Active Shooter Situation at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire

Scanner just said he's in custody

EDIT: Police scanners say suspect is in custody.

This is the largest hospital in New England outside of Massachusetts, affiliated with Dartmouth College (~7,000 employees). I and most of my co-workers I know are safe. Police are still working though. http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/6169/web

Edit: a local news paper: http://www.vnews.com/DHMC-Evacuated-After-Reports-of-Active-Shooter-12449909

Edit: another local news blog, but more on the alternative/independent press side of journalism. https://dailyuv.com/news/921737

By sick you mean collaborator.

A patient was killed (unconfirmed) https://dailyuv.com/news/921737

"Active Shooter Alert" issued at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

"Active Shooter Alert" issued at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

this is in Lebanon, New Hampshire just to clarify because there are a few different dartmouths.

I hope the media abides by the rules that the shooters name is not revealed and that the shooter's victims get all of the press and none for the shooter

So this is probably a personal or work issue related shooting then.

3 killed apparently

the dude fled on I-91, swat are chasing him

DOJ won't bring charges against Baltimore officers in Freddie Gray case, sources say

DOJ won't bring charges against Baltimore officers in Freddie Gray case, sources say
DOJ won't bring charges against Baltimore officers in Freddie Gray case, sources say

Because the Baltimore Sun tried to paywall me, here's the article in full:

DOJ won't bring charges against Baltimore officers in Freddie Gray case, sources say

By Kevin Rector The Baltimore Sun September 12, 2017, 1:30 PM

The U.S. Department of Justice will not bring charges against Baltimore police officers in connection with the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray from injuries sustained in police custody in 2015, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

The decision means no officers will be held criminally responsible for Gray’s death. The state previously filed local criminal charges against six officers in the case, but failed to secure a single conviction.

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the Justice Department was conducting a criminal civil rights investigation into Gray’s death on April 27, 2015, the same day as Gray’s funeral and the eruption of rioting, looting and arson in Baltimore.

Lynch, who served under President Barack Obama, said at the time that the department would “continue our careful and deliberate examination of the facts in the coming days and weeks” to determine whether any officers should be charged with violating Gray’s civil rights.

Now, nearly two-and-a-half years later and under the Trump administration, Justice Department investigators have concluded that no charges are warranted, according to the sources.

Public disciplinary trials scheduled for five Baltimore police officers in Freddie Gray case The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

The Justice Department has declined to comment on the status of the investigation, and it was unclear Tuesday if a public announcement was planned. Officials at the FBI and the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s office referred questions to the Justice Department.

William H. “Billy” Murphy, the Gray family’s attorney, could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday. Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith declined to comment.

Michael Davey, an attorney for the local police union, said he had not received any notice of an official decision in the case from the Justice Department as of Tuesday afternoon, but “if the sources are correct, we're obviously pleased.”

“We only wish that the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s office would have done just as thorough an investigation before they brought their state charges,” Davey said. “If they would have done that, we believe they would have come to the same conclusion as the Department of Justice.”

According to local prosecutors, Gray died after suffering a fatal spinal cord injury in the back of a Baltimore police transport van following his arrest on the morning of April 12, 2015.

Police accused Gray of running unprovoked in a high-crime area in West Baltimore and of being in possession of an illegal knife at the time of his arrest. He was handcuffed and shackled in the transport van, but not restrained by a seat belt.

Gray’s death a week later sparked widespread protests against police brutality in Baltimore. Clashes between police and civilians spiraled out of control on the day of his funeral, erupting into rioting that caused millions of dollars in damages. The city was put under a weeklong nightly curfew.

Justice investigation, police administrative review of Freddie Gray's arrest and death both remain open two years later Days after the rioting, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby filed local criminal charges against six police officers, ranging from misconduct in office and reckless endangerment to manslaughter and second-degree depraved heart murder.

All of the officers pleaded not guilty and none was convicted.

Three — Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., Lt. Brian Rice and Officer Edward Nero — were acquitted in bench trials before Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams. Mosby subsequently dropped the charges against Sgt. Alicia White, Officer Garrett Miller and Officer William Porter, citing the unlikely chance of a conviction with Williams scheduled to preside over their trials as well.

Porter had previously had a jury trial, which resulted in a hung jury and mistrial.

The Justice Department’s decision not to bring charges in the case was anticipated by many legal observers, particularly given Williams’ rulings at the state level, as federal civil rights cases have a higher standard for securing convictions.

To secure convictions in such cases, federal prosecutors must establish that an officer willfully violated a person's civil rights, which experts said is not an easy task.

When Mosby dropped the state charges against the remaining officers in July 2016, the DOJ leaders in the Obama administration issued a statement saying the agency had been "monitoring the state's investigation and trials" along with the FBI and the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s office. The statement said the DOJ would continue its "independent review of this matter, assess all available materials and determine what actions are appropriate, given the strict burdens and requirements imposed by applicable federal civil rights laws."

Separate from the criminal cases, two outside police agencies — in Montgomery and Howard counties — conducted an internal review of the officers’ actions. That review led to five of the officers being charged with violating internal Baltimore Police policies.

Those five all face internal disciplinary trials this fall and winter. Three — Goodson, Rice and White — face termination from the force, while Miller and Nero face five days suspension without pay. Porter was not charged with violating any policies.

Gray’s death also caused city officials to invite the Justice Department into Baltimore to conduct a broader investigation into the police department. In August 2016, the Justice Department released a scathing report that found widespread discriminatory and unconstitutional policing within the department, particularly in poor, predominantly black neighborhoods.

The Justice Department and Baltimore subsequently entered into a consent decree mandating sweeping reforms to the police department. That agreement was approved in federal court, and the two parties are in the process of selecting a federal monitor to oversee the reforms.

Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said in a statement Tuesday that Baltimore “desperately needs” systemic policing reforms that include mechanisms for holding officers accountable.

“We know that spines do not break without cause, and the DOJ and BPD’s credibility to make change a reality in Baltimore hinges not just on their ability to institute much needed reforms to police training, policies, and practices, but also on their success in bringing to justice officers who abuse their power and take the lives of innocent residents,” Ifill said. “The onus is now on the BPD to hold these officers accountable at their disciplinary trials this fall and winter. Baltimore will be watching.”

To get around their paywall, here's what I did (in Chrome 60):

Load the page. Paywall appears. Hit F12 to bring up the developer's console. Right-click the modal paywall notification in your browser, then right-click on the <div> with an id of "reg-overlay" in the dev console. This brings up the menu. Select Delete Element. This deletes the modal notification. Click the <body> tag in the dev console. In the Styles tab, go to the html[data-dss-meterup], [data-dss-meterup] body CSS declaration and uncheck overflow: hidden. This returns the scrollbar to the page. Click on the Event Listeners tab and go to "scroll". Remove both scrolling events. This allows you to scroll down the page.

Maybe next time the Baltimore Sun won't lie and say I've reached my free article limit. Fuck paywalls.

Of course not, and they shouldn't be.

After 3 were acquitted on regular state charges and the others had theirs dropped, no one in their right mind would expect federal civil rights charges.

They are notoriously hard to prove and require specific intent as per Screws.

Is anyone really surprised?

What was the excuse with Michael Brown and the DOJ under Eric Holder?

Try one of these subthreads