Thursday, March 2, 2017

Weed Saved Trinidad, Colorado. Will It Do The Same For Sierra Madre, California?

Mod: I've posted a few articles on this topic, and up until now the intention has been pretty much tongue in cheek. However, after last Tuesday's shocking City Council meeting revelations that the recent Measure UUT utility tax increases were no longer enough, and taxes here are going to have to be raised yet again in order to save the Fire Department (as opposed to last year's show victim, the Library), I am not so sure. Sierra Madre's new City Manager, Gabe Engeland, is credited with helping to turn around Trinidad, Colorado. They too had a decrepit water pipes, an at risk Fire Department, and overall tough financial challenges. So how exactly was it done? The Alternative Daily lays out the "Trinidad Miracle" for us.

How Weed Could Save This Small Town (The Alternative Daily link): Trinidad, Colorado: The city where Bat Masterson was marshal, Doc Holliday practiced dentistry—and owned a brothel—and Jesse James’ gang ran around, is now a major hub for legal marijuana. The industry has taken off so well in the town in fact, that city officials are excited by the promise of revitalizing the quiet town through marijuana tax revenue to turn it back into a bustling town.

The rural southeast Colorado town is located just 11 miles from the Colorado-New Mexico border and was once a booming coal mining town. In the early 2000s, Trinidad gained notoriety for being one of the first places in the nation where one could receive gender reassignment surgery. It quickly earned the unofficial title of “sex change capital of the world.” But since then, Main Street has been quiet. That is until retailers in Colorado began selling legalized marijuana in 2014.

Trinidad started slowly. “It’s like tipping your toe in the water, testing the water,” said mayor pro tem, Anthony Mattie. “And we said, ‘Alright, this is not the big problem we maybe thought it was going to be.’”

In fact, getting into the marijuana business has proved to be much better than anyone could have anticipated. After only allowing medical marijuana businesses at the start of 2014, by November, the first recreation retail marijuana shop opened in town. City Manager Gabe Engeland said they had anticipated collecting $200,000 in tax revenue from legal pot sales, but the city collected $800,000 in taxes in just one year. Pot sales make up around 10 percent of Trinidad’s general fund.

There are now eight dispensaries in town, and more change is already on its way. Old water pipes, many of which were installed between 1890 and 1950 and were literally falling apart in some places, have been replaced, and the city was able to buy a pumper truck for the Fire Department. Several rundown buildings in town have been purchased by the city and plans are already in the works to turn them into live-work buildings to attract artists and other creatives to town.

Legal pot sales have significantly impacted the economy throughout Colorado since the state legalized weed sales. In February 2015, The Washington Post reported that the industry amassed $700 million in revenue. Retailers sold $386 million in medical pot and $313 million worth of recreational marijuana. The state received $63 million in tax income and another $13 million for licenses and fees. Experts predict that the Colorado pot industry will hit $1 billion by the end of this year.

That’s great news for places like Trinidad, where buildings and infrastructure are no longer falling into disrepair and neglect. Despite some residents’ distaste for the industry, crime rates haven’t raised significantly. In fact, as CNN reports, the number of burglaries has gone down, weed-related crime reports have decreased and even DUIs are lower than ever, “dropping from 59 in 2014 to 29 in 2015.”

Dispensaries and edibles chefs are excited about the industry’s growth in town, hoping to build business while helping, or even saving, Trinidad.

Currently, 24 states have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes. Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia have legalized it for both medicinal and recreational reasons. Will other states look to the economic expansion in Colorado and consider following its lead? Pot lovers and advocates sure hope so.

Mod: Recently Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's somewhat sawed off Attorney General, was making a lot of noise about enforcing Federal marijuana laws. Something that wouldn't help TrinidadColorado too much. However, it appears that Little Jeff has now gotten himself caught up in Traitorgate, and might be forced to resign from his high office very soon. Here are some details.

BREAKING: Trump’s Attorney General Under Fire, Told Big Lie To Congress (News.Groopspeak link): Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R-AL) did not disclose to Congress during his confirmation hearing that he had spoken to Russia’s ambassador twice during the presidential campaign, despite being asked about it.

The news is prompting calls for him to recuse himself from his role of overseeing the Justice Department, which is currently leading investigations into any Russia links to Trump’s campaign.

In one of the meetings, Sessions had a private conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in his office while he was still a senator, at a very contentious time when news first broke about Russia engaging in a cyber war to help elect Donald Trump.

What’s important to understand is that Sessions wasn’t just a bystander during Trump’s campaign – he was one of Trump’s top foreign policy advisors. When he was asked during the confirmation hearing if he had any information about any contacts with Russia, he simply didn’t tell them about the meetings.

In fact, he went a step further – and the lie was blatant. Sessions claimed that he did not have any communications with Russia when he was asked flat out by Senator Al Franken if the Trump campaign spoke with them.

However, a further review of the record shows that Sessions even stated flat out (again) that he nor anyone else had any contact with any part of the Russian government when he was asked about it by Sen. Patrick J. Leahy in January.

“Several of the President-elect’s nominees or senior advisers have Russian ties. Have you been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day?”

Sessions responded to this with a firm “No.”

Mod: As they used to say, back in the day. It's not the crime, it's the cover up.

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60 comments:

  1. Good. Sessions resigning will help drain the swamp.

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  2. Guess he was smoking some of that Colorado weed and starting believing himself a little tooooo much.

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  3. Huh. Ol' Sesh would the the second Trumper to resign because of undisclosed contacts with the Russians and then lying about it. Is this a pattern? Does the sun rise in the east?

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    1. Third trumper. Don't not forget manafort

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    2. A regular snakepit of sedition.

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    3. Sessions has now recused himself from any participation in the Traitorgate investigation.

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  4. I wish some of you folks were as energetic about getting at the truth when it came to Fast and Furious, IRS, Benghazi and other scandals of the Obama administration. I think it's called hypocracy.

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    1. The treason angle we see from the Trump people adds a little spice to the problem.

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    2. Nice try kid. Benghazi was investigated multiple times. Clinton was reprimanded but cleared.

      It's called reading the news

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    3. It's all the Trumpies have. Discredited BS.

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    4. Clinton Clowns like to tell you not to look at the things they don't want to talk about. Then they bring up something they do want to talk about but have no facts. What would you have all said if Benghazi was under President Trump's leadership. Clowns!

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    5. Ahh shaddup.

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    6. Stunning retort!

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    7. More than you deserved. So you know, stupid trolling like that usually doesn't get cleared. The only reason I let it through is to let people get a look at what a knucklehead you are.

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    8. Trump troll pumps himself just for our amusement

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    9. Pumps himself up with hot air.

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  5. Bush's ethics lawyer on Sessions talks with Russia ambassador: 'Good way to go to jail'
    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/321936-ethics-lawyer-to-george-w-bush-on-sessions-talks-with-russa

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    1. Screw bush and his absentee ethics lawyer

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  6. I did'nt think General Flynn should have "resigned", but the circumdtances were different.
    Big deal, so a seated Senator spoke to an Ambassador who was from Russia.
    It's the recall or the nature of the meeting that is in question.
    Just because thw DNC was loose with it's cyber security that party of dim wits are continuing tantrums. That's ok, more voters are seeing through their tactics and leaving that party. Good luck in the next Presidential election!
    No pot shops in town, the voters living in Sierra Madre would never go for that. There will be a big very substantial tax increase coming soon. Sad, very sad. This council has done very little in budgeting or saving monies. This is a spend the money as fast as you can, council. Oh, it's for improving the future, you know.
    What future? There is not even enough cash in reserves if the town needed that money today.
    Could it be that the council gets their information from Russians?

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    1. Thank you, comrade.

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  7. Are all Senators from the Democratic Party comedians? Is Sen. Chuck Schumer looking for a spot on Saturday Night Live? He appears to be in competition with Sen. Al Frankin.
    Typical Democrat strategy inorder to get out of the real work of the Senate.

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    1. Bye Bye Beauregard.

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    2. What does this say to our youth, when the AG lies to congress and gets caught and law makers 'ponder' what they should do about it.

      Our republic is in crisis. Republican agenda setters better act swiftly and decisively otherwise, they are as guilty as the perpetrators; Flynn, Manafort, Sessions, Ross, tRump and the rest of his red Russian allies. This goes beyond lock them up. This steps into treason territory.

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    3. Someone somewhere is going to crack.

      I mean... Is defending Trump really worth spending ten years in jail??
      Granted, Putin's spooks might get ya with a poison dart... but at least
      you won't be rotting in an eight foot cell.

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    4. "Typical Democrat strategy inorder to get out of the real work of the Senate." The real work being;taking away healthcare from millions,destroying our education system,gutting Social Security,building walls,colluding with our enemies,enriching Wall Street thugs,covering up pooty planned military operations,etc,etc,etc?

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    5. The real work of the Senate now is to investigate all of the 5th columnists in the Trump administration.

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    6. Two more Trump administration officials have now been called out for talking to Russian intelligence agents during the 2016 presidential campaign. The question will soon be not who talked with Russian spies during the runup to the election, but those few who didn't.

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  8. Hubris doesn't begin to describe the...virtual insanity of the Republican Party leadership and congressional caucuses, as well as the 45th administration. While all this was simmering, BOTH branches continued to install people with highly questionable connections to Russia in top national offices. Sessions is only one of several of them whose presence both turns up the heat and stirs the pot. I'm always pointing out that extremists are intrinsically incompetent and prone to self destruction and that the GOP has been taken over by extremists, but...my god! Who could ever have imagined this?

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  9. Top Republicans call on Sessions to recuse himself from Russia investigation

    Top Republicans said Thursday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from federal investigations of whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said during an appearance on MSNBC that Sessions should bow out to maintain “the trust of the American people.”

    Minutes later, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) joined McCarthy’s call, tweeting that “AG Sessions should clarify his testimony and recuse himself.”

    The calls from two of the House’s most prominent Republicans follow revelations that Sessions met with the Russian ambassador during election season. Under oath in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing in January, Sessions had said that he had not met with any Russian officials.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/top-gop-lawmaker-calls-on-sessions-to-recuse-himself-from-russia-investigation/2017/03/02/148c07ac-ff46-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html

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    1. ACLU calls for perjury investigation into Sessions: 'It's now clear' he 'plainly lied' under oath
      http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/aclu-calls-for-perjury-investigation-into-sessions-its-now-clear-he-plainly-lied-under-oath/

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    2. The ACLU? one of the most corrupt organizations in history.

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    3. Really? I think they do fine work. The best way to judge them is by the people they piss off.

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    4. A better wat to judge them is by who supports them and who the employ.

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    5. 'Today is a remarkable day': Scenes from the ACLU's victory against Trump's travel ban
      http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/29/today-is-a-remarkable-day-scenes-from-the-aclus-victory-against-trumps-travel-ban.html

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  10. Sessions met w/ Russian ambassador DAYS BEFORE Wikileaks started pub'ing DNC emails stolen by Russians. Was this meeting a tip off to the Trump campaign?

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  11. I think it would be swell to shop locally for my Marijuana, just like in the 70's,80's,90's,Y2K,2010-the present.

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    1. It would give the city something more to tax.

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    2. It would bring interesting new jobs to town. Would you like papers with that?

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    3. Papers. Rolling or Federal?

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    4. Accessories in any business are where all the profit is made.

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  12. Any truth to the rumors that Fox News and Russia Today will merge?

    They have appeared to have the same goals for some time, now, so maybe it's been in the works for a while...

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  13. The pot shops would be a great revenue for the town. I doubt that it will ever happen.
    8:20am. Most youth are smart enough to get into politics for the freebies a d money or become sports figures again for the money and freebies. If pot shops do become viable, without interference from the Feds, the same kids will become business owners and hand out freebies :)

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  14. How many pop shops and how much pot would you have to sell to generate tax revenues to fund a paid fire department in SM? The demographic has changed and the era of small town vounteer fire dept in an suburban setting like SM is a thing of the past. Fire fighters come in as volunteers, get trained here and move on to a Job with pay. Big trouble ahead for this little berg. Not sure of the answer but I don't see this passing an election nor the parcel tax. We're heading for a fiscal crisis that's for sure.

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    1. I think most of the customers would be from elsewhere. Look at all the tourists that show up for the Wistaria plant.

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  15. 7:18 thinks only the Dems were hacked. Think again. The problem with the Dems for Russia is that what they hack from the Dems has very little value for blackmail purposes. So they just release it when the time is right and trust that those they want in power (GOP) will amplify it through Foxnews.

    With the "do as I say not as I do" GOP, who love getting their freak on and taking wide stances in the shadows, what the Russians hack from them is far more valuable for purposes of blackmail.

    How else can you explain just how widespread the treason is in their ranks?

    Surely, they weren't all there when Trump was getting his freak on in Moscow, so there must be some pretty powerful dirt obtained by the Russians using other means, such as hacking.

    Again, how else do you explain such widespread treason?

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    1. Former Trump adviser Carter Page also met with Russian envoy
      Sergey Kislyak and Page spoke on the sidelines of the GOP convention last July.
      http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/carter-page-russian-ambassador-meeting-235626

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    2. Trump’s Son-In-Law Just Got Busted For Secret Meeting With Russian Ambassador
      http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/03/02/trumps-son-law-just-got-busted-secret-meeting-russian-ambassador/

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  16. Trump was right... the election was rigged. By him.

    LOCK HIM UP

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  17. The Trump presidency can’t seem to escape Russia’s shadow
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-trump-presidency-cant-seem-to-shake-russias-shadow/2017/03/02/7661fa08-ff74-11e6-8f41-ea6ed597e4ca_story.html?utm_term=.2625238d93d5

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  18. Let them eat kaleMarch 2, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    First Lady Suggests People Losing Healthcare Should Rely on Nature for Cures

    “I am a passionate believer in integrating and interpreting nature’s elements into our daily lives to create a warm, nurturing and positive environment. I believe that these same natural benefits can be instrumental to enhancing the health and well-being of all children.”

    While the First Lady likely intended her comments to be benign, the timing is especially inconvenient as her husband seeks to take away the ACA from millions of Americans without a suitable replacement ready to go.

    Mrs. Trump’s views on healthcare seem to echo those of her husband as President Trump has made several false claims on the healthcare system. After all, just earlier this week, the POTUS declared that “nobody knew” healthcare could be so complicated.

    https://trofire.com/2017/03/02/first-lady-suggests-people-losing-healthcare-rely-nature-cures/

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    1. She is speaking for nature? Do you think she means the same nature that her husband is out to sacrifice to the gods of business?

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    2. Let them eat quinoa.

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    3. "I'm also a passionate believer in integrating silicon into my upper torso".

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  19. Haha where's Joe McCarthy when he really is needed.

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    1. Serving tea and cake to communists in hell.

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  20. Trolls get trumped:

    Boeing Is Cutting 1,800 Seattle-Area Factory, Engineering Jobs

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  21. Relax about your Healthcare, you will be fine. California's Medicare etc. uses a different system.
    The country needs to repeal and replace, this is a fact, the health system is imploding on it's self.

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  22. 5:42pm. Are you saying no more growing organic foods and that GMO's are just as healthy; because they are.
    What is negative about healthy clean living both body and soul?

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    1. You missed the point. This is some billionaire's kept penthouse show wife recommending to the great unwashed that they eat the same absurdly expensive diet that she does.

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  23. Trolls get trumped:

    Pence used personal email for state business — and was hacked

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