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OPINION: CA New Pot Legalization Laws Made Criminal Pot Dealing WORSE for the Whole Country

Report: Illegal pot sales are worse and even MORE lucrative for the criminals with California’s new pot laws in place.



In a typical example of how government can’t do anything right, California’s sweeping legalization and decriminalization of pot has not ended the black market like politicians said it would. In fact, illegal pot sales are worse and even MORE lucrative for the criminals with the new laws in place.

Several years ago when liberal California politicians began selling the idea of legalizing pot and decriminalizing possession that the state would be rolling in money and crime would collapse.

Naturally, as is true for every government promise, the exact opposite has happened.

Costs are higher, legal growers are going bankrupt, illegal growers are expanding, and crime is worse than ever.

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Last weekend, no less than the CBS TV magazine, 60 Minutes, laid out the major problems with California’s failed pot legalization scheme.

“Three years ago, voters approved a ballot measure called Prop 64 in California. It made marijuana legal for anyone over the age of 21. Advocates said a regulated pot industry would push out the black market and generate more than a half billion dollars a year for the state,” CBS reported.

“So has it worked? Not quite,” the show quipped.

According to Mikey Steinmetz, who runs the Flow Kana Factory — a legal pot growing concern — the pot industry in CA is so fraught with requirements, red tape, and rules that his initial infusion of $175 million in capital is barely bring in a profit.

There are far fewer shops approved to sell pot and, even worse, the legal industry seems to be selling only to people 60 and older, meaning the market is limited right now. Worse, there are so many approved sellers that the CA industry has about 11 million pounds of extra product that they can’t sell.

But at least California has put a dent in the illegal drug dealers… right?

Not even close.

So where’s the money being made in California?

It turns out, in the very place legalization was supposed to destroy: the black market, which often operates out of store fronts like this in strip malls around the state.

Those unlicensed shops don’t have to pay for state and local permits and can sell marijuana much cheaper because they don’t charge customers marijuana taxes. Which can reach as high as 45 percent. So it’s cheaper and easier to buy pot on the black market, which is three times larger than the legal one.

Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman is also annoyed at how badly California’s pot laws have gone off the rails.

Sharyn Alfonsi: So, the backers of Prop 64 said three things, right? First they said, “We’re gonna raise a half-billion dollars in tax revenue.” Has that– has that happened?

Tom Allman: (LAUGHS) No… no.

Sharyn Alfonsi: They said, “It’s gonna eliminate the black market.” Has that happened?

Tom Allman: The mar– the black market has greatly increased.

Sharyn Alfonsi: Has increased.

Tom Allman: Absolutely.

Sharyn Alfonsi: And they said that, “This would now allow police officers like you to focus on other things.”

Tom Allman: I’m looking forward to that day.

But, even worse, the illegal pot growing industry has become so successful AFTER pot legalization, that California’s criminals have greatly expanded their criminal activities across the country using California as a base.

So what happens to the rest? We learned much of it is being smuggled east to the 39 states where pot is still illegal and prices are three times higher than in California.

Sharyn Alfonsi:. We’ve heard these reports from state police that say they’re seeing larger shipments of marijuana moving east from California. Have you heard about this?

Tom Allman: So probably once a week we get a call, it’s usually some trooper back east, you know, at 3:00 in the morning who stopped a car for not having a tail light. Says, “You won’t believe it. You know, we got 35, 40 pounds.”

That’s on the low end. Throughout the year we spoke to highway patrols across the center of the country. They shared photos of hundreds of pounds of pot they have intercepted. This 300-pound load was in Missouri, this trailer in Idaho carried 800 pounds, and 3,400 pounds were found in this haul in Texas. Since Prop 64 was implemented, we were told by highway patrols in six states that they have seized up to three times more pot on their roads.

Once again we see how liberals make things worse for everyone.

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Girls as Young as Six Forced into Prostitution in Paris ‘No-Go’ Sectors

Girls as young as 15 — and even six-year-olds — have been found working as prostitutes in Muslim sectors of the French capital of Paris, reports say.



Girls as young as 15 — and even six-year-olds — have been found working as prostitutes in Muslim sectors of the French capital of Paris, reports say.

Many Muslim-majority areas of the Paris suburbs are so dangerous that police officers won’t even enter them, but now it has been reported that one third of the prostitutes on these areas are underage girls as young as six.

According to Breitbart News:

The Observatory of violence against women in Seine-Saint-Denis published a study on underage prostitutes Tuesday, looking into 19 court cases in the juvenile court of Bobigny and around forty reports from French child protection services

“The children in sex work in the controversial neighborhood ranged from 17 to just six-years-old, with 89 per cent being prior victims of physical abuse and 40 per cent victims of prior sexual abuse,” the study found.

Most of these Muslim children had also suffered sexual abuse in their own homes. 61 percent of mothers of these children also reported sexual and physical abuse.

The head of the NGO that put out the study, Ernestine Ronai, added that the lives of these girls is “marked by violence.”

Ronai also says that these girls are traded around on social media, as well.

The Paris police are ineffective in curbing this sexual abuse against children because they can’t even enter the Muslim areas where this abuse is practiced.

Also, according to Breitbart:

The area studied for the report, Seine-Saint-Denis, has achieved a level of notoriety as a prime example of a so-called No Go Zone in France, or what the French government technically labels a Sensitive Urban Zone. It has become so difficult to retain staff to work in public services in the area the government now offers special cash incentives to civil servants not to move away, and the suburb has become synonymous with Islamization, and often the most radical expressions of the Muslim faith.

Many say this is a perfect example of why Muslim immigration should remain limited for any western nation.

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Two Twitter Employees Charged with Spying for Saudi Arabia

A pair of former employees of social media giant Twitter have been arrested and charged with spying for Saudi Arabia, a report says.



A pair of former employees of social media giant Twitter have been arrested and charged with spying for Saudi Arabia, a report says.

Ahmad Abouammo, a U.S. citizen, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with spying on the Twitter accounts of three Americans on behalf of the Kingdom.

Then on Wednesday, Ali Alzabarah, a Saudi citizen living legally in the U.S., was charged with accessing the personal information of more than 6,000 Twitter accounts in 2015.

According to The Hill:

One of the accounts Alzabarah allegedly hacked belonged to Omar Abdulaziz, a known critic of Saudi Arabia, who later became friends with Jamal Khashoggi, The Washington Post columnist that was killed by the Saudi government last year.

Federal officials also arrested a Saudi citizen named Ahmed Almutairi, whom the feds say acted as a middle man between the pair and the Saudi government.

“We will not allow U.S. companies or U.S. technology to become tools of foreign repression in violation of U.S. law,” U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson said in a statement.

This is the first time anyone in the U.S. has been charged with spying for the Kingdom.

Twitter claims that no other user data was exposed by the alleged spy ring.

Human Rights Watch researcher Adam Coogle was shocked by the arrests and noted that Twitter is a space for peaceful protest in the Kingdom and the breach of trust was worrisome.

“It’s a space in which the Saudi authorities have used various means to curtail critical voices, including by seeking to unmask anonymous accounts,” Coogle said.

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SHOCKING: Government Admits ‘Mistake’ in Putting Peter Strzok’s Name on Gen. Flynn Notes

Today’s revelation is amazing for how bad it has made the government look in the Michael Flynn case.



The federal government has been dragging its feet on releasing the required records in Gen Michael Flynn’s case, but today’s revelation is amazing for how bad it has made the government look in the case.

The newest revelation seems to show that the government has been lying about who made the notes during the FBI’s interview of the general.

Since day one we have been told that the notes were written by disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok. But today the government suddenly “realized” that the notes were “actually” written by another agent named Joe Pientka.

That means the government has been giving false information to both the Flynn legal team and the court the whole time.

Wait a minute… so the FBI has claimed that Gen. Flynn should be sent to jail for “lying,” while the FBI has been lying to everyone the whole time?

How does that work?

We already know that Obama’s FBI lied about what Flynn said during this interview (as evidence by the difference between the “302” forms and the notes that formed the basis of the 302 report). But now we have the feds lying a second time in this same case.

This case needs to be thrown out and the general exonerated.

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WATCH: ABC Had Full Knowledge of Jeffrey Epstein’s Crimes and Covered It Up to Help Clintons

ABC News had all the information about Clinton pal Jeffrey Epstein’s sex crimes but decided to cover it all up to help Clinton instead of reporting it.



Project Veritas has done it again: This time it has revealed that ABC News had all the information about close Clinton pal Jeffrey Epstein’s sex crimes but decided to cover it all up to help Clinton instead of reporting it.

It has been discovered that ABC had the full details on Epstein’s crimes for YEARS before it finally all came out. But they killed the story claiming that no one would care about a close Bill Clinton pal who had committed crimes of pedophilia.

Today’s new video reveals how an ABC Good Morning America Breaking News Anchor, and 20/20 Co-Anchor had significant information regarding Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes years ago but was told by her superiors that the network would not run the story.

Some of the key findings of today’s video:

• Amy Robach Describes How a Witness Came Forward Years Ago With Material Against Epstein: “She Had Pictures, She Had Everything. She Was in Hiding for Twelve Years. We Convinced Her to Come Out. We Convinced Her to Talk to Us. Um, it Was Unbelievable What We Had.”

• Robach: “We Had Her Whole Allegations About Prince Andrew…” “I Got a Little Concerned About Why I Couldn’t Get On.”

• Robach Details ABC’s Initial Response to Her Acquiring This Material: “Um, First of All, I Was Told, Who’s Jeffrey Epstein? No One Knows Who That is. This is a Stupid Story.”

• Robach: “…It Was Unbelievable What We Had – Clinton, We Had Everything. I Tried for Three Years to Get it on to No Avail. And Now it’s All Coming Out and it’s like These New Revelations and I Freaking Had All of it”

• Robach Discards the Possibility of Epstein’s Cause of Death as Suicide in Prison: “…So Do I Think He Was Killed? 100% Yes”

• Robach Repeats a Statement from Attorney Brad Edwards on Camera,” …There Will Come a Day When We Will Realize Jeffrey Epstein Was the Most Prolific Pedophile This Country Has Ever Known,” Adding, “I Had It All Three Years Ago.”

In the end, what we have here is proof that ABC refused to report actual news because it would have hurt Bill and Hillary Clinton.

This story proves 100 percent that the media only cares to talk about news that hurts Republicans or discredits conservatives and if they have something that hurts Democrats, they cover it up.

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Four White House Officials Refuse House Subpoenas for Impeachment Tribunal

Four White House officials have said they will refuse to appear before a House impeachment tribunal despite being served subpoenas, a report says.



Four White House officials have said they will refuse to appear before a House impeachment tribunal despite being served subpoenas, a report says.

The officials said that they would not testify in the secret tribunals that the Democrats are holding behind closed doors.

John Eisenberg, the National Security Council’s lawyer; his deputy, Michael Ellis; Robert Blair, a senior adviser to Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney; and Brian McCormack, the associate director for natural resources at the Office of Management and Budget, all said they will defy the subpoenas issued by the partisan Democrats running the closed-door Star Chamber hearings.

The Democrat subpoenas all demanded that the officials testify in private.

The U.S. Department of Justice agreed with the defiance and recently sent a letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone saying that high-level presidential advisers like Eisenberg have “absolute immunity” from these nagging Democrat subpoenas.

“You have asked whether the Committee may compel Mr. Eisenberg to testify,” Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel wrote in the DOJ’s November 3 letter.” We conclude that he is absolutely immune from compelled congressional testimony in his capacity as a senior adviser to the President.”

The president subsequently directed the officials not to appear before the Democrat witch hunters.

Naturally, the Democrats claimed that failure to testify before the Democrat’s secret tribunals would be perceived as “evidence of guilt.”

According to CNBC, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff told the media that a failure to appear would be considered “further evidence of an effort by the administration to obstruct the lawful and constitutional duties of Congress.”

“This will only add to the body of evidence on a potential obstruction of Congress charge against the president,” Schiff bloviated.

As if they needed any other excuse to make such a bald-faced proclamation.

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Victim Of Violent Home Invasion Credits Eight Months Pregnant Wife With Saving His Life With AR-15

She’s a keeper!



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The victim of a violent home invasion credits his wife with saving his life.

“When he came toward the back door in her line of sight, she clipped him, He made it from my back door to roughly 200 feet out in the front ditch before the AR did its thing.”

“Them guys came in with two normal pistols and my AR stopped it. [My wife] evened the playing field and kept them from killing me. “

Bay News 9:

LITHIA, Fla. — The bruises and swelling on Jeremy King’s face tells the story of a man on the receiving end of a brutal attack. But his actual account is far more harrowing than his injuries suggest.

“I’ve got a fractured eye socket, a fractured sinus cavity, a concussion, 20 stitches and three staples in my head,” said King, outside his home on Old Welcome Road in Lithia. “I took a severe beating.”

King said he was inside his home Wednesday when two masked men armed with guns barged in around 9:00pm. He said he doesn’t know who they are, never met them and has no idea why he was targeted. Both men pointed guns at King while demanding money. More

I love a happy ending! This could have turned out so differently with the father and mother dead. I shudder to think what these thugs would have done to the 11-year-old daughter.

When someone asks “Why do you need an AR-15?” Give them a link to this story. Never forget, the Democrats want to disarm the American people.

This is only one of many examples how our 2nd Amendment is valuable to us all because, without it, many of us would fall victim to these type of home invasions and assaults, and even worse, we might be murdered simply because we did not have the means to protect families.

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California Police Warn of Fake Firefighters Looting Homes During Wildfires

Police in California are warning homeowners that fake firefighters are entering homes in areas hit by wildfires and looting them.



Police in California are warning homeowners that fake firefighters are entering homes in areas hit by wildfires and looting them.

The Kincade Fire was ignited on October 23 and has raged through more than 76,825 acres of land so far.

But now the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office reported an investigation into reports of fake firefighters in the area of the fire.

Police have reported three cases of looting so far.

The Sheriff’s office added 300 deputies to patrol areas where residents are under evacuation orders.

“We did get a report yesterday of possibly some fake firefighters out there, wanting to do some looting,” Sgt. Shawn Murphy said Wednesday, according to ABC.

No suspects have been identified or apprehended.

The three hundred more sheriff’s officers were placed on patrol to head off looters.

“You guys don’t want that, you don’t want a couple of idiots to ruin your outstanding reputation, so if you see them please report them to us. Check their credentials. Let’s get them out of there,” Sgt. Shawn Murphy said to the state’s firefighters.

“They’re taking advantage knowing that first responders, police, everyone is so busy. It’s very disheartening,” said Santa Rosa resident Jennie Cormie after hearing of the thefts.

“That’s the most terrible thing I’ve ever heard,” another resident said. “Anybody pretending to do that, that’s just total fraud.”

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