Marijuana Legalization Countrywide in Canada, then Mexico, then the United States

A year ago this month, countrywide marijuana legalization was implemented in Canada. Also a year ago this month, the transition team of then-President-elect and current President of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced marijuana legalization discussion was on the agenda of a trip to Canada by high-level Obrador administration members. Now, a year later, it looks like the Mexico national legislature is prepared to approve countrywide marijuana legalization soon, maybe even this month.

Next up, the United States government adopts countrywide legalization.

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Donald Trump, ‘Isolationist’

On Tuesday, I wrote about Bill Weld, who is running for president in the Republican primary, criticizing President Donald Trump for causing the United States to “retreat into isolationism,” with “isolationism” being used as a substitute for a foreign policy of nonintervention. Weld is not the only politician recently making this bizarre accusation about Trump. It appears from reporting by Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin that this week former United States President George W. Bush did so as well.

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Bill Weld, Champion of Foreign Intervention

Ron Paul, who had been the 1988 presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party, spent much time in his 2008 and 2012 Republican primary presidential runs criticizing US intervention overseas and promoting following a noninterventionist foreign policy. Some people might expect Bill Weld would do the same thing in his current Republican primary challenge to President Donald Trump. Weld was, after all, the 2016 Libertarian nominee for vice president. However, as Weld made crystal-clear in his October 8 editorial at Foreign Affairs, Weld aspires to oversee as president a foreign policy that is solidly interventionist.

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Libertarians for the Drug War?

Kyle Jaeger, in a Marijuana Moment article last week discussing answers to a drug war question from a March Cato Institute poll, suggests that a substantial percentage of libertarians, even higher than among liberals, support continuing the drug war. Yet, when you look at the poll question at issue, a much different alternative interpretation becomes evident.

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Pinning an ‘Antisemite’ Label on President Trump

In a Friday The Intercept editorial, Mehdi Hasan wrote that President Donald Trump “and his acolytes” have been “banging their anti-Semitic drum in plain sight” since United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s September 24 announcement of an impeachment inquiry in regard to Trump. But, Hasan then offers no substantial evidence to back this bold claim.

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How About Donald Trump Hires Tulsi Gabbard, Rand Paul, and Daniel McAdams?

In a Sunday Target Liberty editorial, Robert Wenzel provides some advice for President Donald Trump, who Wenzel relates has decided to “surround himself with warmongers” in executive department positions despite Trump seeming to want to move foreign policy in a different direction. Trump would have been wise, writes Wenzel, to choose different people for Trump administration personnel, including hiring Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), and Ron Paul Institute Executive Director Daniel McAdams for important foreign policy-related positions.

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David Stockman: Trump Impeachment Effort is a ‘Clown Show’ that Can Give Elizabeth Warren the Democratic Nomination

Interviewed this week at Cheddar, author and former United States House of Representatives Member David Stockman called the effort to impeach President Donald Trump a “clown show.” Further, argues Stockman, this clown show can result in Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) becoming the Democratic presidential nominee.

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The Right to Possess Iced Tea, Bug Spray, and Razor Blades

In August of 2018, John Miska was arrested in Charlottesville, Virginia for engaging in civil disobedience. In particular, Miska had bought bug spray, a razor blade, and cans of iced tea in defiance of the city government’s imposing of restrictions on possessing such common items. The purported reason for the restrictions was that a year earlier there was violence between protesting groups in the city.

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Libertarian Party Chairman Admits He Is Not a Libertarian

United States Libertarian Party Chairman Nicholas Sarwark, as part of an effort to put in a good light the election results of the 2016 Libertarian presidential ticket, declared in a September 10 The Soho Forum debate that libertarians in America are exclusively the people registered as affiliated with the Libertarian Party. Then, on Tuesday, Sarwark wrote at Twitter that the Secretary of State of New Hampshire, where Sarwark moved last month, “does not recognize the Libertarian Party.” Sarwark further wrote: “Our city clerk whited out ‘Libertarian’ on my voter registration form and replaced it with ‘unenrolled.’”

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