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George Soros Pushes For Pot Legalization

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It seems two states is not enough for billionaire investor George Soros (who is ranked the 9th most influential marijuane user in the US). As The Washington Times' Kelly Riddell reports, advocacy groups are leading the campaign to crush marijuana prohibition from coast-to-coast, and 83-year-old Soros is helping line the pockets of those making that push. "Through a network of nonprofit groups, Mr. Soros has spent at least $80 million on the legalization effort since 1994, when he diverted a portion of his foundation’s funds to organizations exploring alternative drug policies, according to tax filings," Riddell notes, adding that the Soros-affiliated Foundation to Promote an Open Society donates roughly $4 million annually to the Drug Policy Alliance.

 

As RT notes,

On the heels of the approval of two of the United States’ first recreational laws in Colorado and Washington, other locales across the country are considering implementing policy changes that could decriminalize pot, ease penalties for users or eliminate weed laws altogether. Advocacy groups are leading the campaign to crush marijuana prohibition from coast-to-coast, and 83-year-old Soros is helping line the pockets of those making that push.

 

On Wednesday this week, Kelly Riddell at The Washington Times pulled back the curtain to reveal details about some of the roles that Soros has played in the pro-weed debate, and helped explain how the billionaire’s many foundations are fighting the war against pot prohibition.

 

“Through a network of nonprofit groups, Mr. Soros has spent at least $80 million on the legalization effort since 1994, when he diverted a portion of his foundation’s funds to organizations exploring alternative drug policies, according to tax filings,” Riddell wrote.

 

The Soros-affiliated Foundation to Promote an Open Society donates roughly $4 million annually to the Drug Policy Alliance, Riddell added, a nonprofit group that describes itself as the nation's leading organization promoting drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. Soros is among the group of board members who help steer policy reform efforts undertaken by that organization, which has contributed to the successful attempts in both Colorado and Washington state to legalize recreational marijuana, as well as in Uruguay where last year the South American country became the first in the world to allow for the regulation, distribution and sale of weed to legal adults.

 

Records obtained by the Times also reveal that Soros cuts other substantial checks annually to the American Civil Liberties Union, “which in turn funds marijuana legalization efforts,” Riddell wrote, as well as the Marijuana Policy Project which funds state ballot measures. In 2013, the MPP ranked Soros as the ninth most influential marijuana user in the US, behind President Barack Obama, television host Oprah Winfrey and a handful of other politicians and celebrities.

Soros has not just donated money but has been publicly outspoken:

Ahead of an attempt in November 2010 to legalize weed in California through the failed Proposition 19, Soros wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal in which he called the since-failed initiative “a major step forward.”

“In many respects, of course, Proposition 19 already is a winner no matter what happens on Election Day,” Soros wrote then. “The mere fact of its being on the ballot has elevated and legitimized public discourse about marijuana and marijuana policy in ways I could not have imagined a year ago.”

And Soros is not done yet...

“In Florida, Mr. Soros has teamed up with multimillionaire and Democratic fundraiser John Morgan to donate more than 80 percent of the money to get medical marijuana legalization on the ballot through its initiative ‘United for Care, People United for Medical Marijuana,’” Riddell wrote, and the MPP is “focusing a lot of time and resources passing bills” in Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, according to her report.

 

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Fri, 04/04/2014 - 19:57 | 4626867 HedgeAccordingly
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Light em up! Flash! http://hedge.ly/1h3W6kd

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:02 | 4626878 Dazman
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Indeed, I can't wait until marijuana is legal everywhere. It's the only thing that effectively treats my debilitating insomnia without bad side effects, and I've tried everything.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:06 | 4626886 john39
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If soros is for legalization you can safely assume that the goal is not beneficial to society. That said, drug laws are ridiculous.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:08 | 4626897 Buckaroo Banzai
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Yes there is no doubt that this dirty cocksucker has some kind of angle he is trying to play. He's a fucking vampire. They call him "The Black Hand" for a good reason.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:16 | 4626914 NuckingFuts
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Acapulco Gold Bitches!

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:25 | 4626931 LetThemEatRand
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Soros' buddy in Florida, John Morgan, has a mini-empire of personal injury law firms (he's a personal injury laywer -- "for the people").  Everyone in Florida knows him because he advertises relentlessly.  He is the Walmart of law firms.  His current law partner is Charlie Crist.  Yes, that Charlie Crist.  I don't know what the agenda is, but there is one.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:31 | 4626957 mofreedom
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Agendaduh! Keep us asleep...unless you know how to use it.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:13 | 4627340 MonsterBox
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Pot, TV & xBox = opiate of the masses

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:09 | 4627601 RichardParker
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+1

You're spot on MonsterBox.  If I could, I'd  give you +100. 

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:19 | 4627729 weburke
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legal pot will be grown to poison. if you do pot, better farm your own. Dont buy grow supplies from anyone. not dark.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:51 | 4627748 clymer
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Soros is above all else a money junky. There are empires built on the illegal drug trade (i.e. Bush). I see him as creating a legislative path toward controlled legalization for hemp purely so he can cash in on the industry it creates. Watch for Monsanto's endorsement next

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:02 | 4628030 eurogold
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Proof that Soros is not all bad !

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 13:40 | 4628215 PT
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The sheeple are starting to notice things aren't right.  Plan B involves keeping them too fucked up to notice that things aren't right.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 14:09 | 4628282 0b1knob
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Isn't part of the Protocals of the Elders of Zion about legalizing drugs in order to undermine goy society?

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 17:15 | 4628612 emersonreturn
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the brits, americans, french perfected in hong kong and china.  drug the populace, keep the sheeple sleeping.  if you want pot or other drugs, grow your own.  poppies are wild in some parts of NA a leftoever from the chinese brought in to build the railways.  they flourish unattended and seem less difficult than pot.  i don't, but grow your own if you desire some escape.  i'm trying to configure a way to manage homegrown scotch.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 17:15 | 4628613 emersonreturn
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the brits, americans, french perfected in hong kong and china.  drug the populace, keep the sheeple sleeping.  if you want pot or other drugs, grow your own.  poppies are wild in some parts of NA a leftoever from the chinese brought in to build the railways.  they flourish unattended and seem less difficult than pot.  i don't, but grow your own if you desire some escape.  i'm trying to configure a way to manage homegrown scotch.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 14:20 | 4636426 fallout11
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It will be legalized (for big agribusiness) and taxed heavily, to feed mammon. The war on drugs has been such a phenomenal success after all, but the simple fact is (Dmitry Orlov called it nearly a decade ago) the US can not afford to keep pissing money down a rathole, incarcerating every pot smoker. They'll have bigger fish to fry in the years to come (as the US sinks further into third world banana republic status), and pot is useful to our masters for keeping us all docile.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:46 | 4628114 Kirk2NCC1701
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I'd vote for Euthanasia of select demographics, e.g. Soros.

But then I'd also vote for Youth in Asia.  ;=)

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 01:23 | 4627511 wee-weed up
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Soros is Obozo's Daddy Warbucks... and a scumbag like him too!

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:55 | 4627008 nmewn
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Plus one Rand..."for the people" what a fucking joke Morgan is.

From my perspective, Soros being the uber-statist that he is, its more about tax revenue going to government coffers than any libertarian views on reefer.

My position has always been, decriminalize, not legalize. Making something legal just makes something taxable and with that taxation, comes the power to destroy.

Without the tax applied (the tax stamp as it were), its still illegal.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:05 | 4627042 Buckaroo Banzai
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You know what? I would be 100% for an excise tax on marijuana... So long as they repeal the income tax at the same time.

Excise taxes are cool because you can legally avoid them. Income taxes on the other hand are unavoidable and are fucking slavery.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:28 | 4627108 nmewn
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Income taxes are theft of wages, progressive income taxes are an abomination. It lets the "ruling class" decide who pays what and how much according to which flavor of the day is doing the "ruling" around here, so I'm with you there.

But we have to get past the tit for tat taxation scheme that they are playing now and its easy to fall into.

Its easy for you and I to say..."When we're elected king, everyone will be forced to buy a gun...or health insurance" as punishment for what has been done in the past.

The fairest & easiest way is, if you spend, you get taxed one rate, everyone the same. If you don't, no tax. For the statists, it "captures" their much bellyached about loss of revenue to their beloved state. For the saver, they incur no penalty for simply working and they have to buy something but they can still decide what to be taxed on.

I probably shouldn't even be talking about taxation because I'm slipping closer to anarchy everyday anyways ;-)

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:49 | 4627159 dogbreath
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wrong turn down memory lane   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKgB-3aANe0

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:40 | 4627743 nmewn
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An oldie but goodie ;-)

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:58 | 4627174 hobopants
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+1 I wish anarchy didn't have all the negative connotations it's picked up over the years. 

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:10 | 4627414 xxxxx
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Yes Anarchy has a very interesting history. Some very deep thinkers have developed it over time. Most don't even know what it is.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 04:24 | 4627645 Bearwagon
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They usually mean "Anomie" when talking of Anarchy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anomie

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 08:10 | 4627754 nmewn
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It is interesting to contemplate...the back & forth human reactions to the acceptance of governments and/or rulers.

For example, we decide (meaning us, the people) that as a society of equals, it is better for all of us to have some type of structure, some type of order...that is to say...the absence of chaos.

And over time we find that the growth of "this thing"...suffering from its countless indignities per day on our person, with its contradictory impositions, selections, favoritism, its creation of ruling classes of elitist technocrats with their regulations, their laws and nonsensical propaganda fabricated to support it...drives us away from it by the complexity & injustice of its very nature.

But do the denizens who inhabit it realize this?

Not likely, they're too busy taking what is not rightfully theirs.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 15:01 | 4628382 hobopants
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Polybius's Anacyclosis that was written what? 300 years before christ? Lays out the brevity of human political memory and our reactionary nature in revolutionary change, and yet we still haven't learned. The sovereignty of the individual over himself (and no one else) has always been the best way.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 20:34 | 4629033 nmewn
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I wanted to return to this one last time.

The problem (as I see it) is, all the wisdom of the ages is drowned out in a cacophony of bullshit. From the latest Miley twerk to Obama & Putin running through traffic like suicidal squirrels, for example.

Distractions, humorous as they are.

Hardly no one is looking at the big picture, what was already tried and discarded, what was learned from its being discarded and therefore shouldn't ever be tried again. If they (society & governments) think my acceptance of its laws & rules comes without its reciprocity to me, they are mistaken. I can be just as cut throat, unethical and immoral as they.

I'm fond of saying, Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot etc. all had laws of the state. The simple veneer of legality of course, of order, of authority but without any real sense of justice or equality, nothing of right or wrong or propriety of the person(s) indicted.

If it is to be this way, I'm certainly capable of living within their state of chaos on my own terms, afterall, being an enemy of the state doesn't have the same negative connotation it once did these days. Tribunals & trials in absentia for offenses against the people can be held anywhere and verdicts handed down for enforcement.

What a revolutionary idea...lol.

I extend my hand to you sir and welcome to Fight Club ;-)

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:18 | 4627089 booboo
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John Morgan is Florida's version of John Edwards except no self respecting woman would fuck the fat bastard and shit faced staggering drunk at that. But he raises a shit ton of money for President Zero.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:31 | 4627115 nmewn
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The prick has a son to carry on chasing ambulances and intentional slip & fall's long after he's gone too...lol.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:28 | 4627440 Tsunami Wave
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It's Morgan & Morgan.  For the people.   Offices: Orlando.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:58 | 4627673 Mountainview
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One day you'll be old my baby, thinking of all the story you could have told!!! Free after Avidan...

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:23 | 4626936 fudge
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Don't worry, the sheep will SNAP this up.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:26 | 4626945 mofreedom
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If he for it I agin it...just buy it off the streets like the brain damaged gub of Minnesota told a woman. Got got dain bramage?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:03 | 4627032 rbg81
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Why does Soros want to legalize marijuana?  

Because it will help keep the unemployed masses docile as they sit stoned watching porn on Internet TV all day, texting their friends on their Obamaphone and eating a steady diet of Government cheese, with a Sunny Delight chaser

That's really the only way they won't notice how shitty, empty and pointless their lives have become.

Of course.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:06 | 4627044 Buckaroo Banzai
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Not a bad guess. But I feel he also has a way to make a buck off of it as well.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:12 | 4627072 fudge
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No one will get to grow their own, large commercial ventures will be needed..with the appropriate FDA approvals.

Green Gold bitchez

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:46 | 4627385 TBT or not TBT
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And/or the Dept of Agriculture. Anyway, planting a single seed in America is engaging in interstate commerce, and so is not doing so, if congress levies a tax on individuals for failure to plant a seed, or any other fucking thing. John Roberts can explain that to you further.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:20 | 4627085 Georgia_Boy
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Came here to say that. The elite need it as a tool to keep the bottom 80 percent distracted and away from the jobs and decisions that matter. If you're in the 2nd to 19th percentiles they don't want you smoking it, they need you productive to keep the machines humming and the money rolling in. (And if you're in the club, of course, the rules don't apply to you and you do whatever the fuck you want.) Downvote if you must, but once you grow up and join the real world, pot is for life's betas and omegas. Don't care what they do with it anymore.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:06 | 4627191 bluprint
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It'll backfire in my opinion. Once people start smoking it daily as a way to relax and contemplate, and not just taking it as a party drug, they'll become more introspective. That's a shift we need. Legal weed + bitcoins = black swan

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:48 | 4627624 trader1
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so, in other words, soros is trying to do the americans a public service...

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 16:30 | 4628531 Suisse
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It gets young people out to vote who will vote for Democratic politicians. 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:09 | 4626898 ILLILLILLI
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When it is time to put the population "to sleep", pot will be legalized.

I guess that time has come...

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:13 | 4626908 Dazman
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And then there are those like me that work 16 hour days and are workaholics that can't turn their minds off that would LOVE a little bit, legally, to be put "to sleep".

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:21 | 4626924 NuckingFuts
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If you were my neighbor I would give you some of the chocolates I make with canna butter. Best natural sleep aid I have ever found.... And after 16 hours on the farm (my business) it certainly helps.

Why would someone down vote that. Try walking in his shoes before you judge what is best for the individual. If you don't like weed, don't smoke it but stay the fuck out of my life and everyone else's.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:28 | 4626952 Dazman
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I would gracefully accept said chocolates lol. As for the downvote... This site intrigues me sometimes... Talk about gov't intervention with markets and everyone on here goes crazy and wants the gov't out. Talk about the gov't regulating miscellaneous things in people's lives like weed for example, and they are all for it. Ironially hypocritical.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:51 | 4626990 mofreedom
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Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should and thereby tell my kids it is OK. I'm not against POT at all, just don't legalize it. Let my kids try to do it behind my back, or kinda safely when they're grown, not to have them find it cooling on my cookie sheet when they're still in diapers. Population control much?

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:12 | 4627415 NihilistZero
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Mofreedom my ass.  Fuck off if you can't influence your kids.  How's about this...  LEGALIZE EVERYTHING AND DESTROY THE NANNY STATE!  Everyone be responsible for themselves.  If you don't have the balls to go force your neighbor not to smoke pot and risk all that would entail STFU and keep your pussy ass at home instead of calling some jack booted .gov thug to do it for you.

 

 

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:22 | 4627610 Spanky
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+1

 

Gotta say NZ, that was pretty fucking eloquent...

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 08:28 | 4627766 mofreedom
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We need some laws, which we are free to break. Some things should not be normalized.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 18:28 | 4628728 NihilistZero
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No law is ever "free to break" that's why they're laws modumbfuck.  And what exactly is "nornalized" anyway??? It's perfectly legal to jerk off in your tub covered with green jello, but that's not exactly normal now is it?

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:51 | 4627625 trader1
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if you let your still-in-diapers kid find your pot brownies on a cookie sheet cooling, then you deserve to bear the consequences.

 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:36 | 4627130 booboo
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So inviting the government into your life is a good way of keeping them out of your life? The government has no business in regulating shit because they have proven that they are to inept to regulate shit, they just want to tax you for it and they can't tax you if they don't convince you that you need it "legalized". It will NEVER NEVER be "legal" there will be so many laws encumbering the purchase, use, transportation, how you smoke it, when you smoke it, if you smoke it, have your children seen you smoke it ("sorry we gotta take your children, yea it's legal but you can't do that, get in the car kids")

Legal my ass, you people are twisting your own hangin rope. How about this, when it's LEGAL the government has their hands all over it. Fucking free people don't need to have the government to tell them it's legal you just fucking do it like walking down your driveway.

 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:43 | 4627286 NuckingFuts
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Where in what I posted did I ever mention legalization?

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 04:36 | 4627650 mc225
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thomas satz had it right when he stated that there shouldn't be any drug laws. period.

 

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 08:19 | 4627761 sleigher
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There aren't any drug laws.  There was that alcohol prohibition for a while, but they repealed that a long time ago.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:36 | 4626968 itchy166
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Amen

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:15 | 4626913 fudge
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George says ..

Let's keep them fat stoned and stupid, that should get us another few years at the trough.

Let's nailgun George instead.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:23 | 4626934 Dr. Sandi
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The nail gun is purely a suicide tool, everybody knows that.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:48 | 4627388 TBT or not TBT
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Nail guns don't suicide people. People suicide people.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:14 | 4627077 palmereldritch
Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:45 | 4626985 hobopants
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Ya not sure what the dudes angle is, but I think legalization in itself would be a positive thing.

uhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwc9pBSsr7k

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:55 | 4627009 Bill of Rights
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Of course, smoke weed or apply to smoke weed and you give up your right to own firearms, that simple. In my state there is a question asked on the form when purchasing a new firearm " do you or have you ever smoked marihuana.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 13:43 | 4628222 WillyGroper
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That's got to be the angle, for gun control.

Wasn't Soros backing this during O'buttholes re-election?

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 01:28 | 4627518 DR
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Soma(pot) for retirees in lieu of social security checks and medicare.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:39 | 4627666 Skin666
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Soros may be a cunt and a Vampire Squid, but if he uses marijuana he also knows that it's a miracle drug.

 

The various health benefits of regular marijuana use, means that sooner or later it will be legalized http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2bffpN876Q

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:06 | 4626887 Slave
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I wonder how many in the tribe smoke it?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:09 | 4626900 john39
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Very high rates of usage in Israel.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:55 | 4627630 trader1
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and thanks to israel, they are leading a lot of the ground-breaking research into the physiological effects of cannabis.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:26 | 4626942 Who was that ma...
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Have you tried just going to sleep?  It's worked for me for years.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:40 | 4626975 NuckingFuts
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Consider yourself lucky and try not to judge those who are not so blessed.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:04 | 4627039 negative rates
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He's still a kid, has yet to feel the pain of 30.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:02 | 4627034 negative rates
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The law man believes you can get it all done with coffee, and he'll bust ya just to make his point clear..

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:59 | 4627482 Joe A
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I've had (episodes) of insomnia for 15 years. It is a bitch. Stay of the alcohol and coffee -at least during the evening-. Have you tried Valerian root or Kamille tea? Pot works for sure. Good luck with your insomnia.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 19:59 | 4626870 Cattender
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God i hate that Fucker..

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:04 | 4626879 DeadFred
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I used to pretty much be a pro-legalization guy but today I find out it was a wrong position. Anything that Soros supports must be straight from the pit of hell.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:09 | 4626902 news printer
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Yep I feel there must be something wrong with the "plant" if he advertises it,

probably GMO stained

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:13 | 4626907 NotApplicable
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Think Hegel.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:56 | 4627014 hobopants
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Care to elaborate? I see no dialectic Here sir!

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:25 | 4626940 Dr. Sandi
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Maybe George doesn't want to be nailed on a bloated marijuana charge next time he crosses the bosses.

Or maybe he's so pissed at the CIA that he wants to cut off one of their funding funding sources.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:14 | 4626909 Emergency Ward
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Nah, you can still be for decriminalization of the stuff without going to Soros hell.  Beware of "Legalization" schemes which tax the stuff and place it under the control of the FDA.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:20 | 4626921 The Gooch
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If we get that far, they'll eventually tax it to the point that the existing black market prevails.

I'm sure Bayer, DuPont and Monsanto have "sustainable" breeds on the sidelines that can permeate glass and cross-pollinate organic small timers. 

Also, that MD card = no arms for you...

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:56 | 4627628 Treason Season
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...unless the goverment tests the pot´s dna thus verifying it as contraband.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:01 | 4626871 Emergency Ward
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War Profiteering, Hillary Mongering and Pot Legalization?  A busy fellow, this Soros

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:07 | 4626893 john39
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Whatever his dark master asks of him.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:14 | 4627342 The man with po...
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Nah it's just Darth Soros.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:30 | 4626929 Taint Boil
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Pot is a plant that occurs naturally on Earth … and it’s illegal???? OK … don’t we have some country to bomb, you know the ones with weddings, funerals, kids collecting fire wood, goat herders or those bad guys in caves?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:34 | 4626967 Dazman
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It's really about lining the pockets of big pharma that come up with toxic chemical "medicines" that substitute mariijuana for exorbitant costs. Plus they have a ton of side effects that require further medication. Double plus good.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:01 | 4626875 MichiganMilitiaMan
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Forget religion! Pot is the new "Opiate of the Masses".

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:01 | 4626877 Kitler
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Why am I left with the feeling that the palindrome is going to make billions off of any potential legalization?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:05 | 4626885 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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Soros is the reason Obama stopped poppy eradication in Afghanistan right after taking office.

Which is one of the reasons we have such high grade heroin on the streets today. Thanks buddy.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:08 | 4626896 Overfed
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Poppy eradication stopped while GWB was president..

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:59 | 4627023 willwork4food
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Yes, it was one of the first prime objectives, outside of the oil lines.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:09 | 4626901 Kitler
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Thank Hammy's brother Wally.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:06 | 4626889 monoloco
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Wow, Oprah! Seriously?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:07 | 4626890 monoloco
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Wow, Oprah! Seriously?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:10 | 4626891 One And Only
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I never wanted marijuana to be legal and I smoke.

See anytime the government gets involved with something the quality goes down and the cost goes up always. The government fucks up everything it touches and it was nice having that one plant that fell out of the purview of taxation/regulation.

When the motherfuckin FARMERS vote AGAINST making their crop legal, you know we have crossed the Rubicon into the realm of absurdity.

http://www.marijuana.com/threads/ca-why-northern-californias-pot-growers...

People in Colorado where it's legal are still choosing to buy it the illegal way

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/4/marijuana-black-market-st...

Why is Geoge Soros always trying to ruin everything that is good and pure?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:15 | 4626912 monoloco
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It pisses me off when I hear someone say, "yeah, legalize and tax it just like alcohol", fuck that. it's an HERB for Christ's sake. How about we just legalize it and don't tax it?  We don't need to give the government another excuse to come into our backyards.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:20 | 4626925 One And Only
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HERE! HERE!

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:22 | 4626933 The Gooch
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<hear>

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:31 | 4626958 One And Only
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What are you? A 17th century nobleman?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:06 | 4627050 negative rates
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Beats a 21st century night thief.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:06 | 4627052 The Gooch
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21st Century Schizoid Man

Pardon me, do you have any Wasabi?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhjeCex2Z8Y

 

 

 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:23 | 4626935 robertocarlos
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+maybe 10. And get rid of taxes on booze and cigs. It's not right to punish addicts.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:18 | 4627084 James
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"We don't need to give the government another excuse to come into our backyards."

 

When I lived in Ukiah,CA I had a medical card.

I was also registered with the Mendocino Co. Sheriff so as to avoid arrest when holding.

A growers crop was stolen by some high school kids and the Sheriff treated it as any other theft and arrested the perps.(Felony theft)

Under prop 215 you could have a 10 x 10 garden. The growers were famous for planting right @ 10 x 10. This made the garden when mature more like 15 x 15. The Sheriff would come out and watch you pull plants 'til you were legal size. Mendo cops were always cordial as long as you were legal.

When growing under lights you only let them grow to about 2' tall and 16 hours light and then overnite cut back to 12 hours light to force flowering reducing by 5 minutes a day until harvest to mimic natures seasonal sun change.

I live in Tampa and I got me a manilla envelope full of cash for John Morgan to grease the skid for dispensary grows should that pass come Nov.

I have MS and sleep problems. I treat it as the meds it is.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:27 | 4626946 Dr. Sandi
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I have to disagree. The medical MJ we're getting here in Washington State kicks the ass of the street stuff.

Or so I hear.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:41 | 4627982 sleigher
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This is only one step of the plan.  Watch as Soros pushes for marijuana legalization, and then moves on to opium (and derivatives), cocaine, methamphetamine, and so on.  Everything will become "legal" as a way to keep us numb to the increasing insanity that is happening in the world.  They (TPTB) are going full frontal attack against us and legalizing drugs is a powerful way to keep us (I use the word us loosely) dumb and numb.  

 

I should add I am for decriminalization.  Not the whole legalize and tax thing though.  Addicts need help not jail.

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 01:17 | 4631395 James
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sleigher,  first off, Cannabis is not physically addictive.

Your fear of the Opiates,Amphetimines, etc. suddenly hitting the streets is misguided for those drugs are already on the street courtesy of your Pharma.In parts of this country those scripts are used as currency. We currently are living the repurcussions in real time of misuse of those drugs at all levels of Society.

As a proponent of legalisation of Cannabis my interest is not in the stoner aspect of the herb, though it does'nt hurt, it is in the true medicinal properties inherant in that plant and other commercial uses that are currently not being promoted. Pharma has proved this by prescribing Marinol to patients.

I could provide hundreds of factual instances of this recorded over thousands of years of use. It is ignorance and greed that has kept that plant illegal.

For something to be addictive it would also have to have the power to kill you in overconsumption - cannabis has never done that.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:11 | 4626892 Overfed
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Decriminalize all of it! Abolish the CIA, DEA,  FBI, DHS, ICE, drug courts, and let about half the people out of prison. No taxation. No .gov interference. Watch the price go throught floor, and the power of the cartels diminsh practically overnight.

And fuck Soros, that evil fuck. We don't need his help.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:17 | 4626916 Infinite QE
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Another covert way to get gun control in place. No guns for pot users. Already being bandied about.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:27 | 4626941 One And Only
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Children have been the choice weapon of politics as it relates to gun control (but pretty much everything else too).

It's alllll about keeping the kids safe (especially after a school shooting)

But what you'llllll neevvverrrr hear on the news is that the largest attack at a school yielding the most fatalities in US history did not involve a single bullet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath_School_disaster

But with hypersensitive women now with the right to vote obviously children are going to be choice political weaponry. And if you say "it hurts children" it will be regulated and taxed to fucking death. They've even found a way to vilify carbon dioxide and that's just plant food....because our children won't have polar bears to go see.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:09 | 4627060 negative rates
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Who would want to ever give birth and go thru that pain the rest of your life, you break your zen doing that, and it's all down hill from then on..

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:27 | 4626950 Dr. Sandi
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Anybody who's anybody knows the only drug you should use when you're playing with guns is good ol' likker'.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:19 | 4626923 khakuda
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He's 83 and rich.  He wants to smoke pot without the government seizing all his assets.  He also wants to continue to bang women under age 35.  He's an asshole, but at least I can undertand his logic here.

He actually looks a little stoned and like he's getting a hummer in the photo.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:34 | 4626963 One And Only
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He could buy a fucking island which he'll fly to on his private jet and smoke all the weed he wants and never be bothered.

His activism is irritating as fuck.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:20 | 4626927 Robinhood
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I'm all for legalization but I'd like Soros to suck on the tip of the muzzle break on my AK74. Better yet, the end of my Persuader.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:21 | 4626930 robertocarlos
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That sly bastard! He knows your weaknesses.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:28 | 4626951 robertocarlos
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I did not do the crack.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:33 | 4626960 NuckingFuts
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When ever the topic of legal weed come up I am astounded at how many ZHer's are against it. With all the talk of liberty on this site I have to wonder how this is not a personal freedom issue. Fuck Soros and his ilk but the Maker put the herb here for a reason and I try not to question his judgment.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:33 | 4626966 wcvarones
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Good.

Nice to see him funding something sensible rather than his usual push to help Obama turn the US into Chavez's Venezuela.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:54 | 4627005 kchrisc
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With respect I must say: This is George "fucking" Soros. He doesn't take a shit without an American middle-class killing agenda attached?!

Sort of like saying Obamacare is about health insurance.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:44 | 4626969 Ness.
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Pack it up, pack it in.  Let me begin.  I came to win, battle me?  That's a sin.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7IVAH1JauE

 

 

 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:46 | 4626988 Soul Glow
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I want to get high......so high....

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:44 | 4626983 Soul Glow
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There is going to be a lot of money made in pot.  Soros wants a piece because he wants a piece of everything.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:10 | 4627068 negative rates
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You're kidding me.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:49 | 4626995 kchrisc
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So he says "legalize" pot--"PJay for permission to possess and consume a plant."

But, "control" guns--"Give those with the most guns your guns."

I see an agenda. Does anyone else?!

 

"My guillotine sees the agenda."

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:56 | 4627004 dexter_morgan
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Guns empower people and individual liberties. Pot fucks people up. Which would a douche nozzle .00001% want for you?

Same reasons most agendas are pushed - like militant homosexuality, feminism, climate change, etc. Because they are GOOD for you............

 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:58 | 4627019 SaveTheBales
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Chillax.

George Carlin already explained that "the problem pot has with getting legalized is that no one can ever remember where they left the petitions."

 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:06 | 4627043 nmewn
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I dunno Dex, I know a lot of people who smoke pot. I know a lot of people that drink alcohol too. Its done for the same reasons, just to get high.

Both groups also have guns, maybe they're just paranoid about .gov taking their liquor & ganja from them ;-)

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:44 | 4627150 dexter_morgan
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Yeah, I do too. Like anything in moderation probably not bad for you. In fact, probably better than alcohol. But, if Soros is putting so much money in to it, he must have a reason. Maybe he's investing in Frito-lay and looks to reap a big munchies windfall. Who knows.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:54 | 4627170 nmewn
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lol...I wouldn't doubt it...he's got his tentacles in more shit than Goldman.

Personally, I think its just tax revenue for his pals in government is how he thinks about it, the boy couldn't survive a minute on the street without it.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:00 | 4627027 Tracerfan
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Everything possible to dumb down and zombify the world so he can profit.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:00 | 4627030 williambanzai7
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I would like to patent a nailgun that shoots joints...what a minute

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:07 | 4627054 nmewn
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I knew I should have patented that ole army surplus gas mask...lol.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:10 | 4627062 DR
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Soros and company are looking for a new TAX base.....

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:15 | 4627079 Yes_Questions
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POT'S Sheldon Adelson

 

Freedom is getting legal again toke-by-toke.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:26 | 4627105 El Vaquero
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I agree.  Legalize it. 

 

Still, FUCK YOU SOROS!

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:35 | 4627124 TimmyM
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All I can figure is he want's to make room in the prisons for somebody. Oh...wait.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:43 | 4627147 jeffgroove102
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Do not understand all the haters on this thread with the anti geoge soros narrative. I personally think this is awesome that he has supported it. George Soros is good at what he does, why all the hate.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:07 | 4627327 JR
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George Soros is a communist.

Soros (aka György Schwartz) is the leading moneyman behind the left wing edge of the Democrat Party (MoveOn.org, ACORN and Podesta’s CAPS, etc.). He is an international bad boy who engaged in dirty tricks to elect Obama. The way he operates, it’s surprising his passport allows him to travel abroad.

It is the George Soros-funded National Immigration Forum (NIF) that organized the “fly-in” this past October to lobby for amnesty. His Open Society has a 100-nation-breaking network committed to open borders worldwide as a prelude to one-world governance.

Soros, in his book “The Age of Fallibility,” wrote, “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States.”  He announced in 2003 that it is necessary to “puncture the bubble of American supremacy.” In the Atlantic Monthly of February 1997, he wrote, “The main enemy of the open society, I believe, is no longer the communist but the capitalist threat.”

KeyWiki shows Soros’ connections with the KGB while in Hungary, then his connections with Communism through the years, his felony conviction in France, his work as a former director of CFR, his proclaimed atheism, how he made his money and where he’s putting it, the scandals with his ex-wives and girlfriends... and progresses to his current activities.

http://www.keywiki.org/index.php/George_Soros

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:15 | 4627343 The Joker
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Yeah.  We can all get stoned and instead of singing the national anthem we can sing "we are the world" and.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VM2eLhvsSM

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:13 | 4627341 fudge
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Yeah, poor ol' misunderstood George, he's really here to hep' us fight the gubmint and if we just stand in line to polish his knob we all get a big helpin' o' Georgie goodness.

Hang the fucker

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:57 | 4627176 10mm
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Great. A version of a translucent Eddie Monster.

 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:28 | 4627249 ljag
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I. Don't get it. You can stand in line & pay $350oz ( in Colorado) or you can walk over to ur car and find a kid slinging same oz for $300( or less). Some peeps r just skeeeeeeeetrrrrddd!

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:53 | 4627475 Quantum Darwinism
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Jesus $300 for an oz what a ripoff.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 04:35 | 4627649 Bearwagon
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At such price levels a last-minute flight to Amsterdam could be suitable.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:43 | 4627281 JR
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Soros is an insider and his primary targets are open immigration in Europe and America. What is the connection with marijuana?

Could it be that he hopes to break down middle class culture in Europe and America. The legalization of marijuana is a deliberate attack on the family, i.e., America's strength and mainstay.

The myths of marijuana: Former DEA chief says pot legalization a 'disaster' | Power Players

These days, former DEA administrator Peter Bensinger is like a lonely voice crying out in the wilderness – an anti-drug crusader who served three American presidents, now battling the perils of pot at a time when legalization is all the rage.

“I think it’s a disaster,” he told “Power Players” of the rapid growth in sales of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington and medicinal pot in 18 other states.

It “will damage the young people in that state. It will damage the industries in the state, and put the highways in jeopardy,” he said. “Plus, it's against federal law and the Constitution and our international treaties...

“You'll dissipate a drink in about an hour per drink; marijuana can stay in your body for a week,” he said. “It goes to where we're fattest, which is our brain. … It causes short-term memory loss if used chronically. It impacts on the immune system if used regularly. It affects your depth perception.”

He said recent statistics show a spike in traffic fatalities from drivers high on pot and a significant influx in hospital emergency room visits due to overuse of the drug.

As for President Obama’s claim in a recent interview with “The New Yorker” that marijuana isn’t more dangerous than alcohol, Bensinger said it’s just flat wrong.

“I don't agree with the president at all and neither does his director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Nora Volcow, nor the American Medical Association. They both say marijuana is not safe,” he said. “The Food and Drug Administration, not legislators, should decide what's medicine. And the Congress should decide, not the president of the United States, what's legal.” …

... it will instead increase in illegal activity by enticing drug traffickers to operate more openly.

“Believe me, they'll come to Colorado, they already have arrived,” he said.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/power-players-abc-news/the-myths-of-marijuana-former-dea-chief-says-pot-legalization-a-disaster-224858590.html

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