(Everywhere) Human rights, ending prohibition, compassion, community empowerment and so on and so on and so on. There are so many in our society that continue to work hard to make positive changes in our society. So we decided to highlight these people as they Walk 4 Change
Police group endorsed the bill, statement below
Washington, D.C. -- Today, the US House of Representatives passed the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019 (H.R. 1595) by a margin of 321-103. Though marijuana remains illegal federally, the bill would permit financial institutions, which are overseen by the federal government, to work with marijuana businesses in states where the drug is now legally regulated. This version of the bill garnered more than 200 cosponsors, while the Senate version pulled in 33.
The Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP), a nonpartisan, nonprofit group of police, judges, and other law enforcement experts arguing for improvements to the criminal justice system, endorsed the legislation. The bill would enhance safety for industry workers forced to handle large amounts of cash, enhance safety for the general public, and enable law enforcement to use financial records to better investigate organized crime
Bill author Rep. Ed Perlmutter from Colorado invited LEAP executive director and 34-year police veteran Major Neill Franklin (Ret.) to testify on behalf of the SAFE Banking Act in the House Financial Services subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions earlier this year. He testified alongside California State Treasurer Fiona Ma and representatives from the finance industry.
“Prohibiting banking access means hundreds of millions of dollars in legal marijuana markets are exchanged in cash rather than with credit or debit cards, which make them more difficult to track. Keeping tabs on those transactions is part of how police are able to catch serious criminals, but our ability to do that right now is limited,” said Major Neill Franklin (Ret.). “The longer we wait to fix this, the more vulnerable the industry becomes to infiltration by organized crime.”
Securely housing and moving large sums of cash from one location to another also presents unique challenges while creating easy targets for thieves. Banking restrictions have contributed to considerable financial loss and horrific incidents victimizing store operators. They also produce safety and logistical difficulties for tax collectors, who must find ways to securely handle sums of voluminous physical cash.
LEAP emphasizes the importance of legalizing marijuana for adult use at the federal level and repairing the damage done to communities most harmed by marijuana prohibition.
An October 2018 poll found 66% of Americans support legalizing marijuana.
Juanita (Nita) Watson is a dedicated community activist and warrior for social justice and criminal justice reform. She is the President & CEO of Free Indeed Reentry Project, Inc. (FIRP, Inc.) (a 501c3 non-profit organization) where she provides reentry services to, and advocates for, services for men, women, boys and girls who have made mistakes and are looking for a second chance for a fresh start.
She is also owner of Free ‘N’ Clear Expungement Assistance services which provides expungement forms assistance services and helps emancipated individuals clear their criminal history. She coordinates, facilitates and participates in local and national events e.g., expungements clinics, job fairs, community legal clinics, conferences, civil rights organizations’ panel discussions, meetings, seminars, workshops, and town halls, to bring awareness and most of all, promote CHANGE in the U.S. justice system! Nita recently formed Black Gold Urban Grow Consulting & Expo (BGUGC) in an effort to expand her community work around criminal justice reform and ending marijuana prohibition. BGUGC is on a mission to educate people on the myriad of benefits of cannabis so that they may take charge of their own health and wellness, physical and economical. Its time to end prohibition. WIth leaders like Nita we will be successful that much quicker.
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(NEW YORK) — A court has denied parents custody of their 4-year-old son with cancer after the Florida couple stopped chemotherapy treatments earlier this year.
Hillsborough County Judge Thomas Palermo announced the ruling to parents Joshua McAdams and Taylor Bland-Ball Monday afternoon. Their son, Noah McAdams, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in early 2019. McAdams and Bland-Ball stopped the child’s chemotherapy two days into treatment.
Bland-Ball could be seen crying after the ruling was announced.
The child will remain in the custody of his grandparents. However, the state does still have the option of returning custody to the parents in the future, the judge said. Palermo said the ruling was not a punishment, but instead done to protect the child.
Instead of chemo, McAdams and Bland-Ball turned to medical marijuana and CBD oil — the increasingly popular cannabis extract that’s sold over the counter.
“He had vicious mood swings, making him violent, making him very emotional, and he also started to lose his hair right away after the first treatment,” Bland-Ball said of her son in an interview with ABC News’ Good Morning America in August.
McAdams and Bland-Ball took Noah to Kentucky where they sought a second opinion. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office had asked for the public’s help to locate the family after McAdams and Bland-Ball failed to bring Noah to the hospital for a medically necessary procedure on April 22.
“The parents have further refused to follow up with the life saving medical care the child needs,” the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook. “The parents have possible criminal child neglect charges pending.”
The parents were found one week later and the state of Florida placed Noah in the custody of his grandparents, who were ordered in May to resume chemotherapy.
Multiple hearings have since been held as McAdams and Bland-Ball fought to regain custody.
Dr. Bijal D. Shah, head of the Moffitt Cancer Center’s acute lymphoblastic leukemia program, said the current protocol for treating acute lymphoblastic leukemia has a 90 percent cure rate for patients who follow the treatment plan.
St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital confirmed this statistic for GMA.
Noah has been receiving both chemotherapy and CBD for treatment.