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This prison food contractor is funding efforts to keep marijuana illegal

Keep prisons full by keeping nonviolent offenses illegal

Most Americans support legalizing marijuana, but there are some noteworthy exceptions.

I wrote last month about how some beer makers are lobbying to keep weed illegal because they believe it will be a competitor and lower their profits. If anyone could understand the dangers of prohibition, you’d think it’d be the alcohol industry, but somehow they’ve managed to combine crony capitalism and an appalling ignorance of history in one terrible package.

Now it seems those beer lobbyists will find strange bedfellows in the prison industry, as a prison food contractor in Arizona is spending big bucks to stop marijuana legalization—and thus keep the prisons full of profitably hungry people. RT.com reports:

A company that makes money selling food to prisons is helping to bankroll the effort to defeat marijuana legalization, a review of new campaign finance records shows.

Services Group of America, whose subsidiary Food Services of America prepares meals for correctional facilities, gave $80,000 late last month to a campaign committee opposing the legal cannabis measure on Arizona’s November ballot.

This isn’t just politics, and it’s worse than mere self-serving crony capitalism like beer makers’ support for prohibition. No, this is actively campaigning to keep nonviolent people locked up, ruining their lives, just to make a buck.

That goes beyond differences of opinion about the drug war. It’s morally grotesque.

Now more than ever, Arizona should vote YES on Prop. 205.

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This prison food contractor is funding efforts to keep marijuana illegal

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Amy Goodman Is Facing Jail Time for Reporting on the Dakota Access Pipeline. That Should Scare Us All.

Journalist Amy Goodman Arrested for reporting on ND pipeline

Amy Goodman Is Facing Jail Time for Reporting on the Dakota Access Pipeline. That Should Scare Us All.

“The charges against Goodman are a clear attack on journalism and freedom of the press.”

“Goodman had the audacity to commit this journalism on September 3, when she was in North Dakota covering what she calls “the standoff at Standing Rock”: the months-long protests by thousands of Native Americans against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The $3.8 billion oil pipeline is slated to carry barrel after barrel of Bakken crude through sacred sites and burial grounds of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, and tribe members fear it could pollute the Missouri River, the source not only of their water but of millions of others’, should the pipe ever rupture. Their protests, which began in April and ballooned through the summer months, represent the largest mobilization of Native American activists in more than 40 years—and one of the most vital campaigns for environmental justice in perhaps as long.”

 

Journalist Amy Goodman Arrested for reporting on ND pipeline

 

 

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Teen Girl Kidnapped by the State, Forced to Undergo Chemo, Denied Communication with Mom

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Hartford, CT — In September of last year, 17-year-old Cassandra C., received some horrible news. Doctors diagnosed her with Hodgkin lymphoma, in which cancer originates from white blood cells called lymphocytes.

Doctors then recommended chemotherapy.

Concerned about the effects of chemotherapy, Cassandra decided that she would rather seek out alternative treatment. In an interview with the AP, Cassandra explained that she didn’t want to have “such toxic, harmful drugs” in her body, and she’d like to explore alternative treatments. She said that she understands “death is the outcome of refusing chemo” but believes in “the quality of my life, not the quantity.”

Worried about the chemo, Cassandra and her mother sought out a second opinion from Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

However, the doctors didn’t like this decision, so they contacted agents of the state to force Cassandra to do what they wanted her to do.

In November, government agents from the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, kidnapped Cassandra and placed her in a foster home. She eventually agreed to chemo and was allowed to return home. However, after she found out that she would have to have surgery to implant the chemotherapy port in her chest, she ran away.

“I felt like I had no other options,” she said.

According to the AP,

On Dec. 9, after she returned home, a Connecticut Superior Court judge granted DCF temporary custody of Cassandra, who was admitted to the hospital and forced to resume the chemotherapy.

In January, the state Supreme Court ruled that kidnapping Cassandra, and forcing her to undergo medical treatment against her will, does not violate her rights. The court stated that she was not mature enough to make that decision for herself.

Since January, Cassandra has been medically imprisoned by the state, “hoping beyond hope” that a judge would let her leave the hospital.

However, on Wednesday, a judge ruled that the 17-year-old girl must be kept in state custody until they are finished forcefully medicating her against her will.

To add insult to forced medication and kidnapping, the state refuses to let Cassandra see her mom. Cassandra has not been allowed to see nor speak to her mother since January 1.

“I cried when I found out,” Cassandra told PEOPLE.com. “I’m just heartbroken right now. Why are they keeping me from my mom? It is really unnecessary. I want to be with my mom. I’m devastated.”

In the Land of the Free, a young woman can be taken from her family and forced to undergo medical procedures against her will. In the Land of the Free, the state can take your children and keep you from seeing them. In the Land of the Free, this is called Justice.
Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/teen-girl-kidnapped-state-held-will-forcing-undergo-chemotherapy/#54YpAAwL3GftTOtC.99

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