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  1. First his Medical Marijuana Program doesn't work. Now his Health Care Website doesn't work. It's starting to look like it's Sharfstein that doesn't work as Maryland Health Secretary. Has he done anything that has worked?
  2. Sharfstein tells Congress contractors are to blame Maryland's top health official told a congressional panel in Washington on Thursday that IT contractors were to blame for the state's troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act and suggested that the state may reimburse the federal government if it can claw back money from those companies. Though Maryland Health Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein has repeatedly testified in Annapolis about the launch of the glitch-prone website, the hearing by a subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee was the first time he has publicly addressed questions from federal lawmakers about the exchange. In an occasionally testy hearing, Republican lawmakers peppered Sharfstein and health officials from other states about when they discovered problems that caused sites to crash on Oct. 1. And they questioned whether Maryland would pay back any of the $180 Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/health-care/bs-md-sharfstein-congress-20140403,0,4003581.story#ixzz2xteygPI5
  3. They are trying to legislate away the Fouth Amendment warrant requirement. I don't think the law will survive challenges because of that. As it stands police have to develop probable cause and get a warrant to get someones cell phone records. This law is trying to do away with that. Destroying the Fourth Amendment is not the Legislatures job. It's SCOTUS' job to do that and they have made it their sole mission in life.
  4. Thanks to Gov. Ehrlich there is already a decrim law in place for medical marijuana users. So they can be arrested and will have to do the jail & bail if they are. But they can't be sent to prision. They can only be fined. There is what they are calling the Medical Marijuana Fix Bill going through the Committees. I'm hearing that too has a very good chance of passing and being signed.
  5. Demopublican, He's in charge of Annapolis' heroin interdiction efforts as well as other drugs. But I don't really think he's involved in that on a level or in a way that would put him on a witness stand. But if he ever does have to testify. It's something that a defense attorney could throw at the jury to see if it sticks.
  6. A few of my God Children went to this. Represenative democracy is okay. I'm a big fan of direct democracy. So I love it when they get involved. I've had to explain this to some of them. It looks like I need to explain this here too. Yes this is a "hearing" in which people "testify." But none of the testimony is sworn under the penalty of perjury. This is the secular version of standing before the congregation to testify about how you found Jesus and how that changed your life. The governing rule is free speech. It's a platform on which you can present your thoughts, beliefs and opinions on a bill. It doesn't help your cause to lie to or misinform the committee. But no one is going to jail if they do. I've been talking to my people about this. Last year the decrim. bill died in the House Committee. The Chairman ran down the clock on it. So the decrim. bill was reintroduced and a new legalization was also introduced. If both bills make it out of the Senate and House committees and go to their respective floors for a vote. It's looking like the decrim bill will pass and be signed. The legalization bill is not likely to pass because this is an election year and some of the politicians see supporting legalization as going out on a limb. They really don't want legalization being an election issue. But If Heather Mizeur wins the primaries for Governor. This is will be an election issue that's not going away.
  7. So that's what you've been up to. It all sounds very adventurous and interesting. Ah, to be young again.......
  8. OMG! Aimeey7, long time no see. How in the hell have you been?
  9. I thought he was in Fla. working with Kurt McEwen.
  10. Why Medical Marijuana Laws Reduce Traffic Deaths States that legalize medical marijuana see fewer fatal car accidents, according to a new study, in part because people may be substituting marijuana smoking for drinking alcohol. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia, have legalized medical marijuana since the mid-1990s. For the new study, economists looked at 1990-2009 government data on marijuana use and traffic deaths in the 13 states that had passed legalization laws during that time period. The data were from the National Household Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Comparing traffic deaths over time in states with and without medical marijuana law changes, the researchers found that fatal car wrecks dropped by 9% in states that legalized medical use — which was largely attributable to a decline in drunk driving. The researchers controlled for other factors like changes in driving laws and the number of miles driven that could affect the results. Read more: Why Medical Marijuana Laws Reduce Traffic Deaths | TIME.com http://healthland.time.com/2011/12/02/why-medical-marijuana-laws-reduce-traffic-deaths/#ixzz2swe7RAxL
  11. Shadow, It's been my experience that smoking pot and driving presents the same dangers as any other drowsy driver and even that depends upon how much was smoked.
  12. I have a problem with one word and it's a weasel word. That word is "involving." That vaugery allows people to apply their own particular political bent to the results. People who are anti marijuana can assume that all the people with marijuana in their system were at fault in the accidents. But there is absolutely nothing in the article to indicate that. People who are pro marijuana can assume that all the people with marijuana in their system were the victims. Once again there is absolutely nothing in the article to indicate that. All that can be discerned is that they were involved in an accident. Also the article doesn't say what type of test was used. If it was a urine test that would detect marijuana up to 30 days after it has been used or a blood test that would detect the amount of marijuana available to be metabolized. So all this article really tells us is that people who smoke pot are involved in fatal accidents.
  13. I think some sanity is starting make it's way to the surface on these kind of shootings. This isn't a gun problem. Blaming it on the weapon is a cop out and an easy way out of contemplating the real problem and it's solution. What it comes down to is this is a mental health problem that is becoming a societal problem. The gun nuts needs to understand that gun control is meant to keep the guns out of the hands of nuts while allowing them to have access. The gun control crowd need to realize that gun control can only do so much. At some point in time you have to start looking at the people holding the guns and doing these shootings. Most importantly of all both sides need to quit fighting each other and start working together.
  14. Jim, It's good to hear from you. I wish it could be under more pleasant circumstances. I'm also sorry to hear about Boss. Pat was a very special lady. Today I'm missing her more than ever. I will always remember her as the wonderful person she was. I feel I'm better for having known her.
  15. One problem that Hobby Lobby should have is that a corporation is deemed to be a person unto it's self. The corporate person's interests and liabilities are seperate from it's officers and even share holders. So to should any perceived religious beliefs held by the corporate persona. If ever that stack of papers that is a corporate charter that establishes the existence of the corporate persona can of it's own volition develope and declare it's own religious beliefs. Then that stack of papers should be free to practise that religion. But neither the officer nor the shareholders should be able to enact religious opression upon the corporate persona by misrepresenting their own religious beliefs to be those of the corporate persona.