Welcome Canadian Reefer Madness – The president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police is assuring the public that police departments across the country are prepared for Wednesday when recreational marijuana becomes legal.
“‘I’m here to tell Canadians that police are ready,” said Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer at a news conference. Palmer said enforcing new laws around legal weed will be “a work in progress.” However, he reminded people that police have been dealing with drug-impaired driving for decades.
“Police may see an increase in drug-impaired driving once cannabis is legalized, but we have well-established techniques to detect impairment that have successfully passed the courts in Canada for many years now.”
Legislation to legalize recreational cannabis was passed by the House of Commons in November of 2017 and approved by the Senate in June.
The new laws allow adults 18 and over to possess up to 30 grams of legal marijuana and to grow up to four plants for personal use.
Growers and suppliers are required to be federally licensed. Retailers will have to abide by provincial and municipal laws, which could vary widely across the country.
Palmer said organized crime has historically been heavily involved in the illegal marijuana trade but that legalization will help push the gangsters out over time.
“With millions of Canadians using illicit [marijuana] supply for decades and decades, it’s going to be an iterative change,” he said.
Palmer doubts there will be raids on stores currently selling illegal cannabis come Wednesday, pointing out that despite the attention around legalization, cannabis is not a top concern for police when it comes to public safety.
“The marijuana trade is important but it’s not the most important drug issue going on in Canada today,” said Palmer. “Fentanyl kills 11 Canadians a day. Marijuana does not.
Pot Gets You Hot…Hot…Hot – Cannabis aficionados have long believed that a nice buzz can make things significantly more steamy in the bedroom. Now researchers are going beyond anecdotal evidence to determine if, how, and why this is happening. So far their results are encouraging.
The study found “Marijuana use is independently associated with increased sexual frequency and does not appear to impair sexual function.” Daily users reported having 20 percent more sex than those who have never used cannabis.
More cannabis, more sex, more studies
The study used survey responses submitted by 28,176 women and 22,943 men across the United States who were given questionnaires by the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC’s survey is often used by researchers for more specific analysis.
Another study published by the Journal of Sexual Medicine, entitled, “The Relationship Between Marijuana Use Prior to Sex and Sexual Function in Women,” and conducted at Saint Louis University, claims “The internet is rife with claims regarding the ability of marijuana to improve the sexual experience; however, scientific data is lacking.” The objective of this study was “to determine if marijuana use before sex affects the sexual experience, by how much, and which domains of sexual function are affected.”
The study gave sexually-active adult women at one particular, academic ObGyn practice a lengthy questionnaire about their marijuana use and sex lives. The results of this survey were similarly encouraging, with women reporting increased erotic pleasure and enhanced the sexual experience.
Chicago – Stop – Frisk – Trump – Says Chicago – Stop-Frisk – Trump – Says the President, speaking Monday to an audience of law enforcement leaders, suggested Chicago bring back the controversial police practice known as “stop and frisk.“Trump described gun violence in Chicago as a “terrible blight” in an address to the International Association of Chiefs of Police … Continue reading “Chicago – Stop – Frisk – Trump – Says”
Chicago – Stop – Frisk – Trump – Says Chicago – Stop-Frisk – Trump – Says the President, speaking Monday to an audience of law enforcement leaders, suggested Chicago bring back the controversial police practice known as “stop and frisk.“Trump described gun violence in Chicago as a “terrible blight” in an address to the International Association of Chiefs of Police … Continue reading "Chicago – Stop – Frisk – Trump – Says"
CloudHQ.net – Interworking Tool has been an invaluable tool for us as a CPA firm that deals with clients that use a myriad of platforms. We run our core practice on Salesforce Service Cloud Enterprise edition. We maintain files on:
Dropbox Business – Advanced
Box.com – Enterprise
Microsoft One Drive Business
Our Clients have widely varied business workflows and are NOT going to change their content management platform because we tell them that we use the X platform. Our Salesforce instance is built out to work with every single one of them, and we have incorporated the first three into our website so a client can have their client portal interface with us in any one of them.
Internally, we are heavily reliant on G Mail, Dropbox Business MS Word and MS Excel. We use the Dropbox “Badge” and Gmail integration with Dropbox.
Our infrastructure is based upon:
Drobo 5N2’s coupled with Time Machine for MacOS Devices
Azure Cloud Back Up for Windows Servers and
Amazon S3 for back up of Box. Dropbox and G Drive CMS and GMail.
If we didn’t say it upfront, CloudHQ IS THE GLUE that holds many of the disparate pieced together with some assistance from workato.com [which is essentially Zapier on steroids]. We rely heavily on CloudHQ to connect apps that would not otherwise communicate.
The specific functions that CloudHQ is integral to for us include:
Back up: We’ll back up our information stored in G Suite and across various cloud services to Amazon S3 or some other cloud storage (Dropbox, Box, etc.)
Gmail label sharing: We use CloudHQ to setup shared Gmail labels for collaboration on incoming emails – great for CRM, sales, recruiting, HR, etc.
Automatic saving of emails and attachments: cloudHQ can automatically save and convert to PDF/HTML emails to cloud storage (for example, all invoices received via email can be automatically saved).
Integration of other cloud apps: cloudHQ can integrate other apps used in your organization with your Google Apps: Salesforce, Evernote, Basecamp, Dropbox, etc. This drastically improves our collaboration and productivity.
CloudHQ is our “go to” for interworking, Gmail Productivity, Back Up, Sync and Migration. It is also a critical part of our Data Loss Prevention stratety.
Where Do You Put Your Cannabis? represents a somewhat whimsical review of some of the alternative possibilities which we have seen for the introduction of cannabis, or perhaps we need to add ingest or insert into your person [some of this may be “fake news”)…well we were amused.
you could smoke the stuff
Where Do You Put Your Cannabis?
you could snort it up your nose
A non-binding term sheet signed in June outlined proposed terms for the licensing of Rhinomed’s patented nasal technology platform which will enable Columbia and Rhinomed to jointly develop a range of unique cannabinoid products targeting a wide range of significant and unmet clinical and consumer health needs in the US.
Rhinomed has advised that while negotiations are “substantially complete”, the signing of the agreement is likely to be before month end.
The deal will leverage Rhinomed’s nasal platform with development taking place at Columbia’s US research and manufacturing facilities.
According to Rhinomed chief executive officer Michael Johnson, joining forces with Columbia will enable both companies to establish a leadership position in the largest market in the world.
“Partnering with Columbia Care [allows us] to bring a revolutionary range of nasally administered, dose-controlled, cannabis-based formats to the US market,” he said.
“By offering consumers and clinicians access to the range of products that solve specific unmet clinical needs, we believe we can modernize this market in a new and radical way.”
Check Out Wake – Bake Daily Site – if you are anything like us, and spend your days busting your ass working on, and living with the California commercial cannabis industry at some point you start to take yourself way too seriously. That’s exactly how we feel about Mr. Sean Hocking, the publisher of wakeandbakedaily.com. Our sense is that this tidbit of wisdom from stonerjesus.net captures the consequences of doing that.
We will be adding their RSS Feed to our front page.
We welcome our regular contributor Jordan Zoot to Waked & Baked Daily. Jordan Lives In Oakland and has been involved in CA’s regulated cannabis market for many years. ” Yo Smoked Good Shit Literally – say hello to Escherichia coli [“E coli”]. Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria normally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals. Most varieties of E. coli are harmless or cause relatively brief diarrhea. But a few particularly nasty strains, such as E. coliO157:H7, can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. AND IT MAY BE IN YOUR STASH.”
On 30 August, the Shah Alam High Court sentenced Muhammad Lukman to death by hanging, after he was convicted of possessing, processing, and distributing cannabis oil. Three liters of cannabis oil and 279 grams of compressed cannabis were found in his home, according to local sources.
Lukman, a 29-year-old father of one, provided cannabis oil to patients who were suffering from ailments that were difficult to treat with legal medicines. Lukman did not profit from this and would provide cannabis oil for free to patients who could not afford it. Despite the lack of financial gain from his endeavor, his offenses fall under section 39B of Malaysia’s Dangerous Drugs Act 1952. This stipulates that “Any person who [traffics an illegal drug] shall be guilty of an offense against this Act and shall be punished on conviction with death”.
Lukman’s defense team called upon patients who had successfully used his cannabis oil to treat their illnesses and emphasized that he produced and provided the medicine on a non-profit basis for their wellbeing. The prosecution argued that, regardless of intent or revenue, Lukman produced and distributed an illegal drug that is not recognized for its medical uses by the Ministry of Health or any accredited Malaysian physician. This lack of recognition, the judge concluded, invalidated Lukman’s defense.
Although it has not been approved in Malaysia, cannabis oil is used to medically treat a range of ailments among adults and children in Canada, many US states, and several European countries.
Despite Lukman’s lawyers’ plea for a reduced sentence, his mitigation was rejected and he was sentenced to death by hanging. Lukman will appeal his sentence at the Court of Appeal.
“This is not the fault of the judge, he only performed his task in accordance with the written law,” Lukman said. “It’s clear that he was unaware of the truth [of medical cannabis]. I believe this is not the final verdict. If it is, Malaysia laws are cruel.”
Lukman’s case is not unique in Malaysia. A former military captain, Amiruddin Nadarajan Abdullah, is currently on trial for providing medical cannabis products to as many as 800 patients, Free Malaysia Today reports. Former patients, including young children and grandparents, are among those who have come to court to show their support for Abdullah – known among his patients at Dr. Ganja. If convicted, Abdullah also faces the death sentence.
Zoot Gets Zoot Suited …Well…this is possibly the first time I was ever happy to lose a bet to a client. In this case, one of our new cannabis industry clients near Los Angeles. The consequence of losing the bet is the client get to redo part of my wardrobe. What am I getting…ugh…think Siegals in LA…yep…ZOOT SUITS [I am petrified of what my dumpy ass is going to look like, but fair is fair. Just to provide plenty of advance warning…here is a preview of his selections for me…going to be in San Francisco end of August so we need to set a date with the tailor. Well enough bullshitting…here goes.
First suit..Navy Chalk Stripe –
This one is by far my favorite of the bunch. I do need to do something about shoes. I don’t think topsiders will cut it. I went and looked to replace my favorite shoes from thirty years ago which were Ferragamo Wing tips…found the same shoes with a $900 price tag so that isn’t happening, but they are just beautiful.
The second suit selection is pure torture…though I just might get used to it…Apple Green…grab your sunglasses. I guess if I am going to look like a horse’s ass…it might as well be an Apple Green horse’s ass.
Well…this it cool…a real Stetson Beaver Fur Fedora.
I wonder what it is going to look with a Fedora and sweatpants…not that I would think twice about it.
The final suit is an El Pachuco…I am just about at a loss for words.
Zoot Gets Zoot Suited
Hopefully, every single one of you will have mercy and observe the “you don’t talk about how fat someone is when you are in the sauna rule”.
[A bit of history] It was June 1943 when the riots broke out. For over a week, white U.S. soldiers and sailors traversed Los Angeles beating up allegedly “unpatriotic” Mexican-American men, identifiable by their conspicuously voluminous attire. It was, as the historian Kathy Peiss writes in Zoot Suit: The Enigmatic Career of an Extreme Style, “perhaps the first time in American history that fashion was believed to be the cause of widespread civil unrest.”
Starting this month, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will feature an authentic example of one of these catalyzing ensembles as part of a new exhibition, “Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015.” Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/brief-history-zoot-suit-180958507/#6emTzk8v0ACYLFfD.99
With its super-sized shoulder pads, sprawling lapels and peg leg pants, the zoot suit grew out of the “drape” suits popular in Harlem dance halls in the mid-1930s. The flowing trousers were tapered at the ankles to prevent jitterbugging couples from getting tripped up while they twirled. By the ’40s, the suits were worn by minority men in working-class neighborhoods throughout the country. Though the zoot suit would be donned by the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, it was “not a costume or uniform from the world of entertainment,” the Chicago big-band trumpeter and clothier Harold Fox once said. “It came right off the street and out of the ghetto.’’
Zoot Gets Zoot Suited
Fox was one among many, from Chicago to Harlem to Memphis, who took credit for inventing the zoot suit—the term came out of African-American slang—but it was actually unbranded and illicit: There was no one designer associated with the look, no department store where you could buy one. These were ad hoc outfits, regular suits bought two sizes too large and then creatively tailored to dandyish effect.
The best part for last…the second part of the bet is I get photographed in all of this stuff an have to update this post with your truly as the model.
Post Stupid Stuff – Make Sure Its Yours…when I read a blog there are two things that I completely fail to understand…well let’s make that three things.
Anyone that is considering writing a blog, or even sending a letter to a newspaper should ask themselves a very simple question. Am I capable of adding an original thought to a discussion, expressing a view, opinion or theory that articulates a thought or concept that the came up with on their own? It is no different than watching political discourse where one person is repeating what they heard on CNN, and the person is regurgitating FOX. If that is what you want, at least the television has an off switch.
2. If you are going to quote from a court opinion or other published source, observe proper rules for attribution, and quotations there are readily available resources for reference. The structured rules [Bluebook] for citations to statute, regulations, administrative and judicial authority are the bane of just about every first-year law and graduate tax students. There are numerous references for a citation to tax research As an absolute statement while hyperlinking has not entirely replaced the traditional forms of attribution and citation to authority, there is absolutely no excuse NOT to reference source material.
When it is done properly, the references provide readers that wish to delve deeper into a topic the jumping off points. Further, the reference to authority is an absolutely critical element in establishing the provenance of original research and scholarly work.
3. No matter what else you decide to undertake, do not, and lets all repeat DO NOT use the work of another person, copyrighted or not, and misrepresent, whether by an overt act of commission or omission as your own. An act of plagiarism is almost certain to destroy the careers of numerous individuals particularly journalists, attorneys, CPA’s and financial professionals.
We could expound on these three rules ad nauseum. Suffice it to say, for those of us that that use reference materials as part of our professions on a daily basis, content that adheres to these rules is a pleasure, and content that doesn’t is best reserved for clean up after one has completed the process of expelling feces from their anus [Note: that is my effort at practicing restraint with respect to the use of language for which I am admonished on a regular basis.
Finally, any high school or college student can tell you about the supernatural powers that modern plagiarism checking software has.
An excellent example of software for online publishers such as writers & journalists, unique content is very important. Your main challenge is producing or obtaining original content. Whether you’re a blog owner or a professional content writer, Plagiarism Checker X can help you avoid plagiarism charges.
YOU DON’T WANT TO BE THIS PERSON
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 The advent of the internet and hyperlinking has caused amazing advances the ability to reference published works. What used to require hours to go trek to a reference library to look up can now be accomplished either with a mouse click or at worst, a “Google search” A sample of some of the of the best practices for attribution and quotation are:
Creative Commons [“CC”] – Best Practices for Attribution – You can use CC-licensed materials as long as you follow the license conditions. One condition of all CC licenses is attribution. Here are some good (and not so good) examples of attribution. Note: If you want to learn how to mark your own material with a CC license go here.
Publishing Guidelines – Third-Party Content – The Washington Post – “We should assume that our audience will hold us accountable for third-party content on washingtonpost.com, whether it is embedded, copied or simply paraphrased. So, follow common-sense rules: Don’t embed a video without having watched the entire clip. Know exactly what a block of foreign-language text says before excerpting it. Look at the entire Web page you link to before posting a link to ensure that other headlines and posts, side modules or ads are appropriate.”
Under the “fair use” defense, another author may make limited use of the original author’s work without asking permission. Pursuant to 17 U.S. Code § 107, certain uses of copyrighted material “for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.”
As a matter of policy, fair use is based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of commentary and criticism. The fair use privilege is perhaps the most significant limitation on a copyright owner’s exclusive rights. If you write or publish, you need a basic understanding of what does and does not constitute fair use.”
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MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook (8th ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.
“A joint undertaking of the Virginia tax review (University of Virginia School of Law), Tax law review (New York University School of Law), and the American Bar Association Section of Taxation” (introduction)
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Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgment. All published and unpublished material, whether in manuscript, printed or electronic form, is covered under this definition.
“According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, to “plagiarize” means
to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own
to use (another’s production) without crediting the source
to commit literary theft
to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source
In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else’s work and lying about it afterward.” Source – Plagerism.org
STATES Act Introduced – Senate introduced in US Senate on June 7, 2018.
Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced a bipartisan bill on Thursday that would allow states to regulate marijuana without federal interference.
Warren and Gardner, who both represent states with legal recreational pot, introduced the legislation, known as Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act, as a response to the Trump administration’s hard-line stance against the drug.
The bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act to include a framework that says it no longer applies to those following state, territory or tribal laws “relating to the manufacture, production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, or delivery of [marijuana].”
“It’s time to reform American’s outdated marijuana policies,” Warren tweeted with a video of her and Gardner speaking at a press conference announcing the measure.
The operative provision in the law states:
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the provisions of this title as applied to marihuana, other than the provisions described in subsection (c) and other than as provided in subsection (d), shall not apply to any person acting in compliance with State law relating to the manufacture, production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, or delivery of marihuana.
Warren and Gardner had announced a partnership in April in an attempt to hold President Trump to his word about respecting states rights.
Warren reportedly said the goal of the legislation is to “ensure that each state has the right to determine for itself the best approach to marijuana within its borders.”
Warren and Gardner’s proposed legislation comes in the face of increasing opposition toward marijuana from the White House.
In May 2017, he sent a letter to congressional leaders asking that they eliminate an amendment that prohibits the Justice Department from using federal money to prevent states “from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.”
Recreational marijuana is legal in nine states and Washington, D.C., and medical marijuana is legal in another 29.