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Columbus voters rally to abolish City Council appointment process


COLUMBUS, OH – On Monday, Jan. 8 at 4:30 p.m., Yes We Can Columbus will host a rally outside City Hall to demand City Council abolish the undemocratic appointment process used to fill open Council seats.


Voters from across Columbus will gather to collectively protest the appointment process and to demand Yes We Can candidate Jasmine Ayres, who was the 4th highest vote-getter in the Nov. 7 election, fill the open seat.


Speakers will begin at 4:40. After the rally, attendees will join the remainder of the Council meeting.



Rhiannon Childs, executive director of the Ohio Women’s March

Kiara Richardson, former secretary of the Central Ohio Young Black Democrats

Puja Data, organizer with the Working Families Party

Kenny Myers, organizer with Yes We Can Columbus

Jasmine Ayres, candidate for Columbus City Council



Monday, Jan. 8 at 4:30 p.m.

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Medical cannabis laws were signed into effect in June of 2016 and Ohio has been working on the rules, regulations and guidelines since. The Ohio State Medical Association has approved Extra Step Assurance’s division, Cannabis Expertise, as an approved training provider for all medical professionals in the State of Ohio. Extra Step Assurance is an Ohio based company having offices in Bellefontaine Ohio and Farmingdale New Jersey. All doctors looking to recommend medical marijuana in the state must have the state approved two-hour training and education beforehand.


These 10+ TruthDig interviews in the link below are promising sources of information to enlighten (and frighten) viewers into awareness (and activism) concerning the devastating implications of the near-total multinational corporate take-over of the US economy, the environment, the government, the two major political parties, the federal courts, the Oval Office, the Pentagon, the entertainment industry, the food industry, the amusement industry, the major media, the people’s wilderness, the people’s water, the people’s air, the people’s mineral resources, etc.

 The #1-rate interview is the one with Oliver Stone. #10 is comedian/social commentator Jimmy Dore, and in between are interviews with a CIA whistle-blower, a NSA whistle-blower, a Green Party candidate, a Code Pink founder, the Young Turks, and a native American Dakota Pipeline resister.

“Mr. Kim may be partly motivated by an intense need to roll back sanctions that, by all accounts, have begun to bite.”

Whoa and ouch. This was my wakeup paragraph. I was sitting at Starbucks, reading the New York Times, feeling confusing old emotions wash over me on the first day of the New Year, when suddenly these words hit me like a sucker punch: The sanctions against North Korea “have begun to bite”?

The Free Press rarely if ever posts fundraisering appeals for other organizations or people, after all, we need donations ourselves.  

If you do not know who Jeffrey Sterling is, please read.  He became a political prisoner for a time, because he is a whistleblower and also because he is black.  (I say that because he filed a racial descrimination complaint against the CIA).   The Free Press proudly posts this in his behalf.


The announcement by US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions that he'll pursue federal pot prosecutions has two age-old motivations: power and money.

Financially, of course, the Republican party is vested in America's vast private prison system. Every new arrestee means money in the pockets of the investors who own and operate them. Keeping those cells and beds occupied is the essence of the industry"and of Pot Prohibition.

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The Drug War is a giant cash cow, not only for the prison owners, but for the cops, guards, lawyers, judges, bailiffs and all the other operatives whose livelihood depends on destroying those of the nation's tens of millions cannabis customers.

Medical legalization in about half the country, and full legalization in California, Colorado and other states, represents a serious threat to this multi-billion-dollar incarceration scam. Sessions has risen to its defense.

Then there's the power.

Buds of pot on  the left that look like just a ball of dirt, and a paper next to them that says Orgo Blackberry for Medical

It turns out that cannabis is not the evil wacky weed we were led to believe by criminals disguised as politicians, but instead, provides the pathway to better living and good health. How does cannabis work as a medicine and why are so many people demanding it? There happens to be a really good answer that lives within you.

We are all familiar with basic bodily systems, such as the circulatory or digestive systems, but did you know that within those systems lives another whole system that actually helps control and regulate those same systems? The Endocannabinoid system (ECS) lives within each and every one of us but this system wasn't discovered until 1964 when Dr. Rapheal Mechoulam isolated the THC molecule and soon thereafter the CBD molecule.
How do these play into our ECS system and what does that have to do with cannabis as a medicine? Both THC and CBD are cannabinoids and surprisingly enough they actually fit and bind, similar to a lock and key, into receptors endogenous to our bodies more understood systems. Cannabinoid receptors are embedded in cellular membranes and it is believed they are in greater numbers than other receptor systems.

Green bag with white background and words Hemp Seeds and pictures of five leaf plants

Welcome to the anniversary of the Great Cannabis Comeback. 20 years ago it seemed industrial hemp’s eminence here in the state with the heart of it all seemed not so far away. A few years tops, advocates thought. The subject was in the news regularly, pop culture was catching on and products ranging from textiles to food and cosmetics were becoming mainstream. It wasn’t just a fad.

There was a big problem with the poll numbers though, with Ohio voters being a walloping 40 percent undecided. This resulted in the funding plan for the industrial hemp and medical use initiative going up in smoke. The ball had to be handed off to the people to whom it would matter the most: The farmers. This is what the politicians were asking for with any hopes of a legslative bill.  

Considering all plastics can be made from the cellulose and its seed more nutritious than a soybean, it shouldn’t be that hard of a position for them to advocate. It’s not marijuana.

Black background with words Hellroys with fire coming out of the word Hell and under that the words Dumb Country noise and remastered in parentheses

December turned out to be a rough month for me in terms of getting out to see some shows. I guess I just picked up the holiday laziness. So on Christmas Eve I found myself looking through the archives of albums that local acts have asked me to review to see if I had missed anything interesting. The pickings were slim -- a couple of mediocre punk albums, a jam band live recording (god help us), and a well-financed folk-country disc which had a nasty habit of referencing whippoorwills. There was also a pretty decent metal demo, but I worry that reviewing demos would make me seem desperate.

So I was all set to write up a lame “songs to retire in 2018” column when I came across Dumb Country Noise, a three or so year old recording by the absurdist rockabilly/country act the Hellroys. Oh hell, I thought, I remember this. I also remembered that I had told these guys I was going to review this three years ago and totally spaced on it. So with my apologies, here is the review three years too late. I sincerely hope you are still together (your website seems current) and that you haven’t released eight other albums in the meantime.

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As I write this article, the total number of homicides in Columbus has reached a record breaking number of 140, breaking the previously held record of 139 in 1991. The latest victims range in age from 37 to 57 years old.  Columbus is the 14thlargest city in America with at least 860,000 residents living in this rapidly growing city.

According to the HUD’s 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, Columbus has about 1,691 homeless residents, which includes veterans, families, youth, sheltered and unsheltered and chronic homeless people. The total number for Ohio is 10,095 homeless residents. The good news for Columbus is that 2017 saw a decrease by three percent from 2016.

According to the Ohio Department of Education 2016-2017 Report Card Resources, Columbus, Ohio received D’s and F’s in all categories in education. The city schools earned an F in the Graduation Component Grade, a D in the K-3 Literacy Component Grade and an F in the Prepared for Success Grade.


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