There will be a cannabis industry expo in October 2014 in Denver, CO: “The Indo Expo Trade Show looks to assist in building relationships between wholesalers,retailers, and the public. This show will provide a safe business environment as well as a forum for constructing business relationships and exchanging ideas and information. In addition, the Indo Expo will support the growth of the industry both locally and nationally by bringing together industry professionals from around the country.” — Indo Expo 2014
Oregon puts Legalization initiative on the 2014 ballot: “Oregon voters will decide this November in favor of a statewide initiative to regulate the commercial production and retail sale of marijuana.
“State election officials today announced that petitioners, New Approach Oregon, had submitted enough valid signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the November ballot.” — NORML 7/22/14
REPUBLICAN LAWSUIT AGAINST OBAMA
Republicans in the House of Representatives vote to sue President Obama: “The House voted mostly along party lines Wednesday to authorize suing President Barack Obama, which Republicans called a principled move to rein in an increasingly lawless president and Democrats and the White House dismissed as a taxpayer-financed political stunt.
“The resolution, adopted 225-201, would authorize a lawsuit against the president over his implementation of the Affordable Care Act, with five Republicans joining all the Democrats in opposition … “
“GOP leaders plan to sue over his decision to delay the employer mandate without authorization from Congress.
“Republicans say the unilateral employer mandate delay is just one example of the White House’s disregard for the rule of law.” — Roll Call 7/30/14
DETROIT WATER SHUTOFF
[T]he unelected emergency manager who was appointed by Michigan’s Republican Governor Rick Snyder, issued an order relinquishing some of his control over the Detroit Water and Sewage Department (DWSD) and giving that authority back to the duly elected Mayor Mike Duggan, who has not been in charge of the Detroit Water Department during this crisis. According to the order, which takes effect immediately, Mayor Duggan now has the authority to manage the DWSD and make appoints to its board. Partial power has been restored to the people.” — PoliticusUSA 7/30/14
JOBS FOR AMERICANS
Senate Republicans vote against bringing jobs back to America: “Senate Republicans blocked a bill today that would potentially bring millions of jobs back to the United States by refusing to end tax breaks for companies who outsource jobs.
” … Millions of jobs have been outsourced over the past decade in part because companies can get a tax break on their expenses related to sending jobs overseas. The Bring Jobs Home Act would have ended these tax breaks, and give companies who bring jobs home a 20% tax credit.” — PoliticusUSA 7/30/14
TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR CHURCHES
Evangelical churches face IRS investigation over electioneering: “[T]he Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) won a lawsuit and a settlement with the Internal Revenue Service. The lawsuit demanded that the IRS start cracking down on churches and religious groups who blatantly violate the rules of their 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status by “electioneering from the pulpit.” The IRS agreed to start doing its due diligence and enforcing the law against mainly Christian evangelical churches that “have been blatantly and deliberately flaunting electioneering restrictions” with impunity because they believe they are above, and immune from, the nation’s laws; because they are evangelical Christians.” — PoliticusUSA 7/31/14