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Shift in the Cannabis Paradigm
In the past 10 tens there is tangible momentum developing behind ending the prohibition of cannabis on a global level. The shift in the cannabis paradigm is particularly noticeable in the United States.
Although on the federal level, the use, sale and possession of marijuana is illegal in the United States, and as of 2013, cannabis remains a Schedule 1 substance, the most tightly restricted category reserved for drugs, which have “no currently accepted medical use,” many organizations, individuals, as well as medical professionals, scientists, and even states legislatures are challenging those laws. Instead they are advocating for sensible drug policy reform. As of 2014 there are twenty states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, in addition to DC that have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana. In addition, there are two states, Washington and Colorado, that have enacted laws to allow distribution of marijuana for recreational use. Marijuana advocates hail these changes as a historic shift. We will continue to follow this story.
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Award winning author and all-around nice guy, Stuart Dybek will be the judge for or 2007 Short Fiction Contest. June 1 was the deadline for our 2006 Short Fiction Contest judged by Peter Ho Davies. Contest entries are being read and an announcement of the winner and runners up will be made in July. The first prize is $1100. This contest is now closed but we are accepting entries for our 2007 Short Fiction Contest with a deadline of June 1, 2007. Enter now for your chance to win the $1100 First Prize. Your contest entry will also be considered for publication even if it dosn’t win the contest. We’ve published three of the runners up from last year’s contest just as we’re publishing several runners up for our Great Stories of Few Words Contest. The deadline is June 1, 2007. GSOFW Contest News!!!: Our brand new Great Stories of Few Words Contest has a winner!!! Amy Hempel has chosen “The Downer” by J. D. Blair as winner for this year’s $500 prize. Check our Short Fiction Contst page to read about the prize winner and other finalists.
We have a great story from our man in Las Vegas, Tony Telefony. The Grand ran an experiment, and launched both the new website and its new e-room on the same day, at the same time. They converted a small room into an internet gambling area, set up with computers each with a super fast connection the main servers. Problem was that the promo strategies were too good, and too many people not only showed up, but hit the websites from home – all at the opening. Perhaps you’ve heard of the disastrous first day, in which too many players crashed the system…but not until over 100 accounts had been accessed by one or more nefarious other players, and $8000 worth of Someone Else’s Money had been used to gamble. And then most entertaining of all, there were those players wearing disguises (Marky Mon was wearing a wig from Raquel Welch wigs with his initials on the back in glitter as well as a couple of outrageously perfect cubic zirconia rings) who distracted the action and confused the press. And wearing Raquel is not illegal, and making yourself look amazing (or silly) with giant fake diamond rings should not get you arrested, but the cops were all over him. At last, Raquel was not arrested and whoever pulled it off did so without getting caught. Ah yes, life in LV!
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