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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.

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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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Man Who Licked Ice Cream, Put it Back in Store Freezer, Pleads Guilty

A man who was caught after he was seen licking a container of ice cream and then putting it back in a store freezer has now pleaded guilty.

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A Texas man who was caught after he was seen on social media licking a container of ice cream and then putting it back in a store freezer has now pleaded guilty to the crime.

D’Adrien Anderson, 24, thought it would be funny to open a container of ice cream, lick off the top of it, then put it back in the freezer for someone else to buy and eat.

Anderson filmed himself pulling the prank in a Port Arthur, Texas, Walmart last year. His prank went viral, but the police also got on his trail because of it.

An investigation showed that Anderson went and retrieved what officials assume was the ice cream he licked, and he bought the container. But because no one could be sure, Walmart was forced to throw away all the ice cream in the particular freezer section involved.

With his guilty plea, Anderson could face a year in prison and a $4,000 fine. He has pleaded for leniency and asked the judge for probation.

According to the Daily Mail, Anderson filmed his prank to make himself famous on social media.

Anderson goes by ‘Dapper Don’ and ‘realarrogant’ on social media. The video he uploaded to Facebook and Instagram was viewed more than 125,000 times. His Facebook account indicates he lives in the Bronx in New York City, but he has no listed phone number and his residence has not been confirmed.

Well, Anderson certainly got the attention he wanted, huh?

And now he is a criminal because of it.

“This guy loves publicity even if it’s for the wrong reason,” Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham said. “That can lead to bigger and worse things. If we’re going to save this guy, we have to do it with this case or he’s over the hill.”

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FBI Looking Into Criminal Allegations Against Minnesota’s Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar

The FBI and other federal agencies have begun looking into possible criminal actions by Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

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A report says that the FBI and other federal agencies have begun looking into possible criminal actions committed by Minnesota’s Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

“The Department of Justice had assigned an FBI Special Agent in Charge, or SAC, to review Rep. Ilhan Omar’s apparent, astonishing spree of felonies from 2009 to 2017,” the Blaze reported.

The investigation appears to have been sparked by a complaint from a Minnesota State Rep:

Minnesota state Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R) had previously filed a complaint on the matter with the Minnesota District of the Department of Justice. That office — headed by U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald, a 2018 Donald Trump appointee — directed the FBI to review the complaint. An FBI SAC formally met with Rep. Drazkowski, and others, in mid-October to receive a prepared file of evidence and related information.

The government found a wide range of possible criminal actions committed by Omar, especially in connection with immigration laws.

The Blaze added that ICE’s involvement in the investigation pertains to “questions about [Rep. Omar’s 2009 marriage],” which allegedly includes “eight instances of perjury, immigration fraud, marriage fraud, up to eight years of state and federal tax fraud, two years of federal student loan fraud, and even bigamy.”

The Department of Education inspector general is also looking into possible student loan fraud connected the fraudulent immigration claims.

It seems obvious to anyone looking at the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s timeline of Omar’s claims about her marriage that she committed multiple crimes of fraud, and theft, and lied repeatedly to federal officials.

Just take a look at this convoluted history of Omar’s marriage claims:

1982: Ilhan Omar is born in Somalia, the youngest of seven children.

1997: Omar, still a teenager, settles in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis after fleeing Somalia’s civil war with her family and spending four years in a refugee camp in Kenya.

2002: Omar, now 19, marries Ahmed Hirsi, 22, in their “faith tradition” in Minnesota, but they don’t legally marry.

2008: Omar and Hirsi, now the parents of two children, reach an “impasse in our life together” and divorce in their faith tradition.

2009: Omar, at 26, marries Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, 23, whom she identifies only as a “British citizen.” School records show he attended high school in St. Paul and studied art at North Dakota State University.

2011: Omar and Elmi end their relationship and divorce in their faith tradition, but do not legally divorce until 2017.

2012: Omar and Hirsi reconcile and have a third child together.

2014–15: Omar files joint tax returns with Hirsi, though they are not yet legally married; she remains legally married to Elmi.

2016: Omar, endorsed by the DFL over longtime incumbent Phyllis Kahn, is elected to the Minnesota House, becoming the first Somali-American, Muslim legislator in the United States. But her campaign is rocked by allegations in a Somali news forum and the conservative Power Line blog suggesting that Elmi is her brother and they married for unspecified immigration benefits.

2017: Omar is granted a legal divorce from Elmi.

2018: Omar legally marries Hirsi and is elected to Congress.

This woman belongs in jail and then to be deported, not serving in Congress.

Sadly, we can’t expect Obama’s crooked FBI to do the right thing, here, can we?

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Democrats’ ‘Bail Reform’ Has Already Cost A Life Now The ‘Seething’ Family Speaks Out

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A man has been charged with DWI and released without bail following a car crash that killed a 27-year-old man on Monday. The victim’s cousins and aunt say they were seething at the arraignment.

The victim’s cousin, Carolyn Buiernheimer: “We walked in here thinking we were gonna get some justice for Jonathan today, and we didn’t get that. And now we have someone who, unfortunately, is walking freely right now.”

“It’s infuriating when a hardworking person who works to build a positive life and could be a contribution to our community is taken away. In return, we have repeating offenders who walk freely, leaving destruction in their path.”

Daily Wire:

Due to New York Democrats’ “bail reform” legislation, Jordan Randolph, a 40-year-old man with a lengthy criminal rap sheet, was released without bail on Monday after charged with a DWI in connection with a crash that killed 27-year-old Jonathan Armand Flores-Maldonado.

Randolph, who has a history of drunk driving, was arrested and released without bail on January 1 — 11 days before Flores-Maldonado was killed — for not having a court-ordered ignition interlock device in his car, reported News 12 Long Island.

“The prosecutor told the judge during the arraignment that he would’ve asked for a substantial amount of bail if the incident happened before Jan. 1,” the outlet noted. More

According to News 12 Long Island, here’s a list of Randolph’s prior convictions:

Third-degree attempted robbery in 1997, a felony
Endangering the welfare of a child in 1998, a misdemeanor
Second-degree assault in 1998, a felony
Second-degree assault in 1998, a felony
Third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance in 2002, a felony
DWI in 2011, a misdemeanor
Seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in 2013, a misdemeanor
DWI in 2016, an E felony
Third-degree possession of a forged instrument in 2016, a misdemeanor
Criminal contempt in 2017, a misdemeanor
Seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in 2017, a misdemeanor
DWI in 2018, a D felony

I have to assume the people of New York want this because they voted for every single politician that is delivering on promises they campaigned on. Unfortunately more innocent New Yorkers will have to die or be violently assaulted before enough will rise up to demand action or vote the Democrats completely out of office. 
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New York Liberals Furious at Street Cameras Installed to Stop Attacks on Jews

Pro-crime liberals in New York City are screaming bloody murder after a series of cameras were installed.

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Pro-crime liberals in New York City are screaming bloody murder after a series of cameras were installed to try and put an end to anti-Semitic attacks on Jews.

Democrats are attacking the police and city officials for plans to install street cameras that have now been set up to record possible street crime after a rise in attacks on the city’s Jews.

According to CBS 2:

The city is planning to add dozens of security cameras in Brooklyn in response to the recent anti-Semitic hate crimes.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says the NYPD will install 100 new cameras in Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Borough Park.

The city says that the first 30 cameras will be up and running as soon as March.

The cost will likely be extreme, but the cameras could be the first tangible policy to begin ending the escalating attacks on Jews — attacks mostly perpetrated by blacks.

But as Jazz Shaw noted, liberals are already claiming that the cameras are bad because they could stop criminals.

Of course, not everyone is happy about this news. (We’re talking about New York City, after all.) There are already reports of people calling in to local radio shows or showing up at demonstrations saying that cameras like these are turning our society into a “police state” or something. Others have long been pushing back against the use of facial recognition software by law enforcement, asserting that it unjustly targets minorities. And then, of course, there are the “F*** the Police” marches that take place in Brooklyn on a regular basis.

“Gee… it’s almost as if some of these people don’t want the police to catch the people who are attacking the Jews. Perish the thought,” Shaw wrote sarcastically.

Leave it to liberals to be both soft on crime AND supportive of attacks on Jews.

And why do Jews vote for liberals so much, again?

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Vermont Bill Seeks to Legalize Adult Prostitution

Some Vermonters want to make adult prostitution legal and four left-wing female legislators want to help them.

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Some Vermonters want to make adult prostitution legal and four left-wing female legislators want to help them.

One of the co-sponsors of the bill, progressive Rep. Selene Colburn, says decriminalizing prostitution will improve safety and the health of those involved.

“The underlying question is do we need to criminalize consensual sex between adults on any terms?” Colburn said, adding that sexual exploitation of minors will remain illegal.

“The bill (H. 569), only four pages long, would simply repeal current sex work statutes prohibiting the act. Human trafficking and the sale of sex that is coerced in any form would still be illegal under the legislation, but it would decriminalize the sale of sex between two consenting adults,” VTDigger wrote.

The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Diana Gonzalez, P-Winooski, Rep. Maxine Grad, D-Moretown, and Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, D-Brattleboro.

Colburn added that the bill was introduced with another bill that gives immunity from prosecution for anyone who witnesses any acts of prostitution or the human trafficking of underage people. This bill also creates a Sex Work Study Committee to modernize the Vermont’s sex work laws.

If passed, the Green Mountain State would become the first state to legalize adult prostitution.

That lack of support from other state legislatures has caused some doubt, even in Colburn.

“There is a lot of good research and compelling advocates on this issue,” Colburn told the media, “And hopefully my colleagues will hear them and take it seriously.”

Still, several other states, including New York, have begun looking at the idea of decriminalizing sex work.

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Serial Slugger Arrested Hours After Release Under Bail Reform Law

Who could have ever guessed that releasing repeat offenders would lead to repeat offenses?

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A serial slugger was arrested again just hours after being release under the new bail reform law.

This new bail reform law is leading New York on a pathway to becoming like San Francisco, a lawless city governed by Democrats. I used to think that if it got bad enough, the voters would change their government, but liberal cities have convinced me otherwise. Apparently, some people enjoy living with filth, squalor and the threat of violence right outside their front doors.

NY Post:

The homeless man cut loose without bail despite a history of unprovoked street attacks has been busted again — just a few hours after his release, police said Saturday.

Eugene Webb, 26, was arrested Friday night for aggressive panhandling near a bank entrance in Greenwich Village, just one day after he was hauled in for allegedly slugging a 23-year-old woman in the face so hard that two of her teeth were knocked out.

Webb, who police say is homeless, also attacked a second woman near Grand Central Terminal just hours after the Wednesday attack, punching the 35-year-old and kicking the back of her head, prosecutors said.

But despite a long rap sheet of at least four other arrests, Judge Ann Thompson cut the serial slugger loose under the state’s new bail reform regulations at his Friday morning arraignment.

A few hours later, Webb —who grinned as he left court—was back on his old turf in the Village, where cops caught him aggressively panhandling within 10 feet of a Chase Bank entrance on W. 4th Street near Grove Street at about 7 p.m., authorities said. More

It’s interesting that his targets aren’t men that can fight back. If he makes a mistake and picks a woman with martial arts training and she beats him half to death, will she be prosecuted? I understand that they get gift vouchers and goodies when they’re released, so is this his way of getting his swag?

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NYC Woman Charged with Hate Crimes Arrested Again After 2nd Release in a Week Due to ‘Bail Reform’ Rules

A woman has been arrested for the third time in a week after being released twice already due to new liberal “bail reform” rules.

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A New York City woman has been arrested for the third time in a week — once for an anti-Semitic hate crime — after being released twice already due to new liberal “bail reform” rules.

Tiffany Harris has become the poster child for the failure of left-wing meddling in the courts after being arrested for yet another hate crime in a week. Harris was arrested three times in a week because she was released for her other crimes because the new “bail reform” laws had her released.

Harris was first arrested last Friday and charged with slapping three Orthodox Jewish women in Crown Heights. Her act was called a hate crime by New York Police officials. Still, she was immediately released without bail due to the city’s new bail reform law, which requires judges to free those charged with a crime without posting bail during their pretrial phase.

The woman was re-arrested only two days later after police said she punched a woman in the face. This second crime was not necessarily termed a hate crime, but it was the second violent incident only a few days apart. Naturally, she was released without bail once again.

Then comes Wednesday when she was arrested all over again, this time because she did not come back to face authorities who were managing her supervised release.

Harris’s lawyer complained that she was only arrested because she is now under a public microscope.

“She went to the office as instructed, gave the information she needed, clearly she wanted to leave. Anyone would want to leave in that circumstance, no one felt she did anything wrong,” the lawyer told the press.

The whole incident has become a notorious chapter in the left’s war on public safety and Democrats are getting worried that the public is turning against their “reform” before it is fairly under way (It only just started).

As the Blaze reported:

Even the New York’s Democratic leadership, which pushed for the bail reform package, was clearly nervous about the impact her story would have on the public’s perception of the bail reform law. Democratic assemblyman Brian Barnwell, for instance, told the Post, “It’s a balancing task. You have to give judges the power to consider the dangerousness of an individual, and this is a case that highlights the need for this.”

Every time Democrats turn their attention to “justice reform” the only people that have to fear are the regular, law-abiding citizens.

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