Marihuana Legalization: Canada’s Example, Vermont’s Case and Texas

The Canadian Case:

Anne McLellan is not wrong when she claims ‘the world is watching’ Canada’s marijuana legalization. A move which could have a big impact on how other countries are handling the issue.

Although she recognizes that it will take time, there’s no doubt Canada holds an important role on the international scene, and that legalizing it in this country, could open the possibility to do it in other countries.

From her speaking at the University of Windsor, which included a free lecture From Prohibition to Legalization, we can extract the following:

“The regulatory regime that goes with the legalization is very complex and involves all three levels of government. It’s going to require high levels of collaboration and cooperation.”

She recognizes it’s one of the most challenging files she has ever worked on. It’s mainly due to the fact that they are looking forward to legalizing it, but also regulating it for vulnerable groups in society like young people.

Legalization is a complex matter. And as Anne McLellan states: “The world is watching us and we are quite aware of that fact”.

It’s because if Canada accomplish legalization, which is projected for 2018, it could settle an historical precedent and serve as a case study for countries that want to create similar laws.

This has been one of the most important marijuana news of the month, because the future of marijuana legalization seems promising, and Canada is leading it.

The Vermont Case:

And in other marijuana legalization news we have a great promise for consumption of recreational marijuana in the United States of America. On May 3rd, the bill known as H.170 was approved with a 71 to 74. A slight margin, yet enough.

This bill is very important, because it’s another event in what seems as a chain reaction, after Vermont’s Senate approved a measure aimed to legalize, regulate and tax minimal amounts of marijuana. Although, this bill will have to wait for House vote until January, 2018.

Going onto the same track as Colorado and its recreational consumption laws, the future for recreational consumption of cannabis in Vermont seems promising.

Although it’s yet a controversial topic, if Vermont results successful on its journey, it may inspire other states to do the same. It’d be a great advance, similar to the Canada’s case, but at a national level.

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Texas and Medical Marijuana:

And in other important medical marijuana news, we have that advocates of medical marijuana in Texas have sharpened plea for its legalization in the state.

“Don’t let misconceptions continue to block a life-improving treatment for people with serious health problems,” they claim.

They delivered a simple plea to state lawmakers on May 3rd. Supporting it with personal stories on painful conditions untreatable with conventional methods and drugs, they strive for legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.

Taking Cherie Rineker’s case – 49-year-old mother with an incurable kind of blood cancer – she states medical marijuana would allow her to quit some really hard drugs, which do her as much damage as her disease.

“There’s no moral high ground in denying medical patients medicinal marijuana,” she states, “when allowable prescription drugs rob us our health.” And this is a thought shared by many other patients in Texas who strive for creating similar medical marijuana laws to Colorado’s.

Colorado is a strong referent in legalization and regulation of cannabis. Many people, including Cherie Rineker, have traveled to this state to solely try medical marijuana. And as she states, thanks to it she could cut on her prescription drugs and feel great relief.

Between other supporters of this initiative we have members of the group Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism, health professionals informed on the issue and veterans, who testified to give the plea more support and ground.

“All of these people here who can benefit from this don’t have time to wait,” claims Heather Fazio, Texas political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. They criticize the indecision of Texas legislators on this issue, claiming patients cannot wait anymore.

There’s still a long way to go, but this initiative seems to be a great step onto the right direction.

On Sticker Marketing Campaign

Despite the casual and playful nature of stickers, they are not just popular among the young generation. In fact, they are popular among various age groups and they are one of the best ways to efficiently expand your market reach.

Here are several ideas that you can utilize when you use stickers for branding and visibility of your products.

Target your Audience

In order to be successful, you have to create a campaign based on your target market. The same as what you would do for any promotional operation, the greatest way to start a sticker campaign is to invest time in research and planning. Think about your target audience: their characteristics; their tastes and expectations; the impression you would want to project; the type of consumers you want to capture; and how you can build a lasting relationship.

Custom Stickers

One of the most practical reasons for sticker marketing is that they are very flexible in serving your purposes. There are a lot of printing services around (that can charge you a small price) to help you come up with a custom-made sticker depending on your requirements.

If you want, you can look for printers in your area; although, local printing may cost you more. Ordering stickers in bulk is highly recommended as you may be able to avail special offers and discounts of the items and services you purchased.

Be Creative

Besides incorporating a sticker campaign and knowing your audience, don’t forget to be inventive. Although the market isn’t as crowded as it is now, and even though stickers are convenient to use, making it look special will make your business standout from the rest; thereby, attracting customers.

Distribution

Like leaflets and brochures, stickers can be handed out; however, they’re best used as a fun and easy-going tool. To give the campaign the right exposure, it is important that you should carefully choose where you should place it. The spots you choose should be accessible enough that it would be hard to miss. Just ensure that you’re placing it in respect to other people’s spaces.

Bumper Stickers

One of the most obvious choices to achieve exposure is using bumper stickers. Nowadays, car stickers have evolved from the tradition. Not only are they intended to be placed on the bumper, but alternatives like stickers being attached to car doors and windows have also become acceptable.

Striking Message

Sticker marketing is important, whether you have a solo campaign or a larger one. The major requirement is to have creative ideas and originality, and adapt to the medium that would suit your needs and the audience as well.

The 2016 Digital Decisions

The social media war rooms were created, the database has already been built and the advertisement targeting methods has been secured and loaded. At this moment, it is about implementation and comprehending how, where and how much channels to use? How much funds should be allocated to digital over some other channels? But how all of this latest multiple channel voter profile data base best utilized, to which goals and on what segments? Nowadays since the advertisement technology can focus to tapered slices of the electorate, will there be messages address to that of the interest of the voters? Plus where and how can digital channels can turn people to shut away from the screen to carry out the most vital political act turning out to vote?

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Social media war room.
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The future of content marketing in politics and on other sectors is expected to improve in the coming years that will definitely commence next year. This is something that all the people in USA, Australia, Canada and other countries all over the world are looking forward to.

Scotch Whisky Contributes £5bn To The UK

So far, in the last 10 years, Scotch whisky did a great job with their 115 distilleries all over the country, working round-the-clock to produce world-class whiskies to cater 200 markets all over the world. About forty bottles of Scotch whisky are shipped abroad every second, this contributes to about £5bn of the balance of payments in the UK. However, the success of their whiskies came at a price.

The Scotch Whisky Association is now working 24/7 to block attempts of some companies worldwide in passing off their products to boost the country’s profits. In one of the recent news, the industry body revealed that the proceedings were authorized against 19 various brands in the previous year: it covered Belgium, Curacao, China, Ecuador, Germany, France, New Zealand, India, Scotland and the Netherlands. Scotch whisky has been protected as a GI (Geographical Indication); this means that the product can be produced only in Scotland, according to the rules of the UK. However, this did not stop imitators; they came up with different ingenious ways just to avoid the laws and will be protected.

The facts and figures of Scotch whisky in 2014 are the following:

  • Exports generated was about £3.95billion, it is equivalent to £125 per second.
  • Each second, 38 bottles were shipped abroad.
  • Over 10,000 people are employed directly in the industry.
  • About 115 distilleries were licensed for the production of Scotch.
  • Scotch whisky accounted for about 25% of all the UK exports in terms of food and drinks.

Magnus Cormack, director of legal affairs in SWA said that the organization has around 60-70 active legal cases in thirty different countries, at the same time, the trademark oppositions reached 300 and it is increasing coming from 20 countries. He said, the issues involved are simple fraud like passing drinks labelled as Scotch whisky even if they are not and subtle attempts of dressing up products so that they look like Scotch. Last year, the association acted against Highlander, a brand from Bulgaria.

With this growing concern, Cormack said: “With the litigation internationally we have to draw on the expertise of lawyers in other countries to actually do the groundwork”.

VP Biden Eyeing for Presidential Seat – Visits South Florida

For two days, Vice President Joe Biden takes a good tour in South Florida to gauge some potential support and acquire political intelligence as he considers running for president.

The Itineraries

Biden has a number of itineraries during his two-day political trip. The following are included in his itineraries: Miami-Dade College for a discussion of college affordability and workforce training; negotiation for nuclear agreement with Iran before gathering Jewish leaders in Davie; and moving around Florida for campaign donors for a fund raising dinner for U.S Sen. Bill Nelson and other Democratic senators.

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Vice President Joe Biden visits a biotech class at Miami Dade College in Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

With this range of political routes, Biden will be in scrutiny for every step, word and action he makes. People will be looking for clues whether he’ll be seeking the support or nomination of the Democrats for his presidential pursuit.   Obviously, Florida is an important state as it is the biggest US state. As it could be remembered that it is the state gave Clinton the best of everything in terms of Democratic support.

Major Supports to Biden’s Presidency

Many of Biden’s supporters have been vocal in pushing him to run for the presidential race as Clinton is experiencing a diminishing support.

1. Sen. Jeremy Ring

Sen. Jeremy Ring, a Democrat representing Northwest Broward, vocally saying, “He should run. If Joe Biden runs, sign me up. I would be one of his biggest supporters.” Ring is not a new supporter of Biden and he is always vocal about it. Ring then added, that Biden would be a great president and is capable of rallying a country, does not have stains and is very approachable.

Just like other supporters, the vice president’s ability in connecting with the working class is being praised. Also, Ring really appreciated how Biden displayed a “super human strength” through his personal tragedies like the deaths of his wife and two children.

For the people of Florida, Biden is not a stranger. Throughout his term as a vice president, he has already visited Florida for more than 30 times with multiple appearances in various events and places like Broward and Palm Beach. Last 2005, Biden was on the campaign trail for Bill McBride who was running for governor in Florida.

2. Gordon Deckelbaum

On the other hand, is another vocal supporter of Biden in the name of Gordon Deckelbaum, a semi-retired real estate developer and former chairman of the Jewish Federation of Broward County. Deckelbaum said that, it’s been awhile since he was thinking that Biden would be the best man to run the country and he is hoping that Biden would take the challenge.

While with a hanging affiliation so far, Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter said that she is looking forward for the vice president to make up his mind. Ritter is one of the Florida Democrats who was known for supporting Barack Obama on his first presidential campaign.

With the August 20 Poll of Quinnipiac University of Florida Democrats, it had been found out that 48 percent supported Clinton, 15 percent for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and for Biden, 11 percent. However, the statistics still fluctuating, especially that Biden has not yet made a decision leaving others hanging on their decisions too. And add to it that blow of the issues of unworthiness against Clinton.

The upcoming 2016 Presidential Election is already making big fuzz around Florida not just among people but also among various companies since they too can have a big impact especially to whom their support would be.

Carly Fiorina to Critics – “I’m not a Neophyte”

The former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina the Republican presidential candidate had her side defended regarding the issues on her lack of experience in the political arena last Sunday.

Fiorina said, as a tech adviser to various agencies like NSA and CIA she has the edge. She said, American people are now sick, tired of those people within the political circle, and is looking for someone from outside to occupy the seat.

Moreover, Fiorina said that through her experiences of doing various policy works like advising secretaries of defense, heads of CIA and NSA, the secretaries of state and the Homeland Security, she has a great edge against her opponents, and that she is not a neophyte. Also, her global connections make her more qualified.

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Fiorina said, “I understand how bureaucracies work. And that’s important because our government has become a vast, huge, bloated, corrupt bureaucracy.” Her wide knowledge and experience at HP Company as CEO from 1995 to 2005 is a proof that she is a leader. She said, “I had to make some tough calls during some tough times that many technology companies did not survive at all. There’s nothing worse than laying someone off I had to make some tough calls during some tough times that many technology companies did not survive at all.”

On being Fired

On 2005, Fiorina was laid off from the company and according to her, “I was fired in a boardroom brawl. We had board members who were leaking information out of the boardroom. You know, the truth is this: It is a leader’s job to challenge the status quo. And when you do, you make enemies.”

On Titles

Lastly, she added, that being US senator and secretary of state are not significant accomplishments as she said, that those are just titles.  “In the world that I come from, a title’s just a title,” Fiorina said. “Why are we so impressed with political titles? A senator is a title. Secretary of state is a title. What has anyone accomplished with their title?”

Running for national seat like a presidential ticket, it is of great important to enter into the market. It is just like promoting oneself to get votes amongst people. With the use of internet, doing such would be a lot easy especially using domains with high SEO metrics. With this, a candidate would just easily reach the people and promote his/her political platforms.

The Many Scandals of Jody Kriss

Jody Kriss, The Bayrock Group’s former CFO and cofounder of East River Partners, admits that he was working for the Russian Mob for over seven years. This occurred around the time he was working for Bayrock Group. He was asked to run errands for the Mafia, involving real estate transactions in New York and Florida using money from various criminal activities.

The sheer number of lawsuits Jody Kriss filed as a result of this admission is known to the public. Based on lawsuits filed by Kriss, he believes that it is okay as a result to use explicit extortion to get the shares from real estate deals that he believes he is entitled to. He also is acting as if it is acceptable to use blackmail to force defendants to move out of their apartments. He ultimately paid these victims $1.6 million for their silence.

In another Jody Kriss lawsuit, he uses dead Holocaust survivors as pawns in a litigation scheme against a Bayrock Group partner, attempting to use stolen documents as extortion to attempt to reap a half billion dollars from the embattled company.

One of Kriss’ former business associates is wanted by the Moscow district attorney office for tax and finance charges. According to his other partners, it was Kriss who covered for the illegal activities knowingly and acted as a frontman to hide the crimes. Another business partner of Jody Kriss was arrested for pimping, resulting in another lawsuit against Bayrock Group. How other partner, a popular Mob associate, has requested FBI protection since Kriss requested a hit on him fro the Persico or Columbo crime  family.

Jody Kriss and his legal team of Fred Oberlander and Richard Lerner, were accused of stealing pertinent documents from the US Supreme Court, as well as from the Bayrock Group. These sealed documents served to prove that one of Kriss’ former coworkers helped the FBI and US Justice Department to capture known Mob associates. These documents that Kriss illegally submitted as evidence to the courts were sealed to keep the coworker’s safety from being at risk and his life and the lives of his family members from being harmed.

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East River Partners. Jody Kriss on the right

Today, Jody Kriss is involved in several scandals relating to his company East River Partners. These scandals include construction clause breaches and risks to health and human safety. Although East River Partners is dealing with multiple lawsuits, the company is still growing rapidly. This brings people to question whether he is adapting his Mobster connections and mentality in his new endeavor.

Phone Poll Versus Internet Poll

According to the latest survey conducted by the Guardian/ICM via a phone poll says that the Conservatives are ahead by 6 points. While, the YouGov poll for the Sun via an internet survey says the Labour leads by 3 points.

Internet polls conducted last week says that the Labour’s lead ranges from 3 to 6 points. However, phone polls that were published several hours’ later say that the Tories are ahead by 1 point.

The differences of the poll results can be attributed and explained by the standard margin of error by random sampling of positive or negative 3 points that all polls have to face. But, the trends in the polls from internet and phone surveys tell us significant differences.

Which Method is Better?

The problem is that we won’t be sure enough until May 8th this year.

The phone polls conducted in 2010 were generally closer to the final results; however, it was mainly driven by the surveys conducted by the internet that overestimated the support for the Lib Dems.

Majority of the internet polls were generally correct in terms of figures for the 2 largest parties during the election. YouGov’s final results in 2010 had the Tories on 35%, while the Labour on 28% — which are just 1 point off from their final figures.

History tells us that phone polls are generally more accurate; however there is no evidence that suggest that this will always be the situation. The fact that only fewer people nowadays use the telephone will prove this historical basis to be a challenge to phone polls. Internet polling, on the other hand, is cheaper; thus, more data can be collected from various domains, and panels have become increasingly representative of a certain population as it grows in size.

The Difference between the 2 Approaches

Phone polls utilize random sampling; while those who take internet polls usually do it voluntarily as they have to sign up to a panel, but they cannot choose which poll to respond to.

There are also differences in methods used by phone and internet polls. This includes past voting behaviors, undecided voters, and levels of uncertainty.

Note that all types of polls have a margin of error and a level of confidence. For instance, for a poll of 100 people, there will be a marginal error of +/- 3 points and a confidence level of 95%. Theory suggests that 95% of the results of the poll are within the 3 percentage of points of what the results would be for the whole British population that participated in the survey.

The truth is there is always that element of uncertainty. That is, there is no way of knowing whether a certain poll is right or wrong until the election takes place. Because of that, it is highly recommended that you evaluate the trends of the polls first.

The latest average of the polls conducted by the Guardian has 2 main parties that are tied up; the conservatives who are on 33.7% which is just 0.1 points ahead of the party of Ed MIlibands.

Sarah Confesses She Gave a Dazzling Amount to Online Lover She Has Never Ever Met

Sarah, who will be featured on Dr. Phil’s upcoming episode, tells that she has met a man named Chris Olsen for the past 18 months on an online dating facility.

Chris who is a businessman based in Africa soon proclaimed his love over the 2 times divorced Sarah that he refers as his “flower” and soon to be “Mrs Olsen.”

However the path to happy ever after was such a rocky road as Chris was detained for several times and prevented to come back home following an incident with the African government in the country of Benin.

Sarah on the other hand is very determined to help her new found love. So she sold her apartment and earned $500,000 and sent the money to Chris in order to have his bail paid.

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In spite of the story reading of a handbook How to Avoid a Dating Scam which seems like a warning call, Sarah is still “95% sure” Chris is not lying.

“He has given me assurance that once he gets home, he will repay every dime.” She said that she has given Chris around $1.4 million to settle his bail and bills and asked the help of Dr. Phil with the hope that he can make them unite on his show.

Sarah deems that Chris, an Italian who is already a widow and originates from Milan who transferred to America nearly 20 years ago. As they met online, he said to her he was currently working in South Africa. After several months, he moved to Benin together with his 2 daughters.

According to Sarah, Chris desperately wants to go back home to America but has an issue with the Benin government which include being falsely accused due to money laundering.

On top of the $500,000 amount of bail cash, Sarah has also paid the visa bills, hotel bills, attorneys, money for stolen credit cards and she was even the one who paid for the nanny’s salary.

Recalling about their first encounter over the web datingsite, Sarah said that she was overly flattered by the mere attention. “What I thought is that, wow, this guy is undeniably handsome, it is beyond my imagination that he is actually entertaining me.” “Chris is good with flattery and poetic words. He’ll ask me ‘how are you my queen’.”

Almost every day, the couple talk over the phone even though Sarah admits that during the moment she has recognized Chris, his voice has been quietly different. He seemed to have an Italian accent at first, but she believes that his voice was changed since he has been in Benin for quite some time.

“I still have faith in love.”

Jody Kriss Uses Courts of New York to Make Money?

Jody Kriss, the principal owner of East River Partners and former CFO of the Bayrock Group, has been involved in a large number of multimillion dollar lawsuits since leaving Bayrock in 2009. An analysis of the lawsuits Kriss is involved in shows a clear intent to increase capital for his own company by means of extortion and blackmail in order to receive settlement money. This money would most likely be used to create his own real estate stockpile.

According to a website that is dedicated to reveal the dirty tactics of Jody Kriss, he is involved in at least 5 lawsuits that he either filed as a plaintiff or fought as a defendant since 2010. The lawsuits include a billion-dollar case filed against hundreds of people that were involved in the building of Trump SoHo, an establishment that costs $450 million. They also include the $20-million lawsuit that was filed against a blogger from New York City wherein Kriss used dead Holocaust survivors as plaintiffs, Moreover, there is also the lawsuit filed against the East River Partners with regards to the harmful exposure of infants and families to lead paint and asbestos. All these were pointed towards Kriss attempting to extort quick cash without any regard for other people’s livelihood.

Jody Kriss filed a case against his former company, Bayrock Group, claiming that the company was just a racketeering front, suing them for $100 million worth of punitive damages. This is somehow one of the interesting cases under his wings as he has been the company’s CFO; thus, he should’ve had an idea about several financial decisions of the company as they had to go through him first. This case which was filed in May of 2010 is still sitting dormant primarily because of the way the evidences were claimed by Kirss and his legal team (Richard Lerner and Frederick Oberlander). The said evidence was obtained illegally as they stole it from the hard drive of the company; it contained confidential and sensitive information about attorney-client communications. Currently, it has been sealed since it places great risks to the safety of the defendants. As a result, the lawyers of Jody Kriss are now under investigation for criminal contempt of the court.

After many years of trial, Jody Kriss then filed a suit against Salvatore Lauria, one of the managing partners of Bayrock Group, on behalf of a deceased family of Holocaust survivors (the Estate of Ernest Gottdiener). This case, however, is still looking for new information to arrive in order to push through.

Three years after Kriss first filed a case against Bayrock Group, he then filed another suit. According to some sources, the demand was up from $100 million to $1 billion. In fact, the list of defendants continues to grow which included several government employees, high-end real estate developers, insurance companies, and hundreds of others. This too was put on hold, because of Kriss stole the hard drive of the company which contains dangerous information which could put the lives of the defendants at risk.

On top of these cases, an article which was released through New York City blog Queens Politics reveled that Kriss is a serial plaintiff out to make money using the Courts of New York as pawn. The blog even claimed that he is associated with the Russian Mafia as evidenced by a highly trafficked NY Post article about Kriss. Kriss immediately demanded $20 million settlement with the blog owner, Adam Lombardi. This case is still ongoing, and has hit many snags.

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Jody Kriss – Russian Mafia Connect?

There are at least 5 major lawsuits that involve Jody Kriss, demanding huge amounts of money which were based on threats of using stolen evidence and blackmail. No end is in sight.