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Legalizing Marijuana Would End Black Market, Says Israeli Study

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Legalizing marijuana would generate more than $450 million annually for the Israeli economy, according to  a new study released by the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies.

The black market for cannabis in Israel currently is worth $707 million annually, and legalizing the sale of grass, if taxed like cigarettes, would blow $268 million into the government’s money pot. In addition, it would save law enforcement agencies $198 million since they would not have to spend money to smokers of weed.

The study found that approximately 275,000 Israelis, 4 percent of the population, used marijuana in the past year, only 26 percent of Israelis support legalization of marijuana, while 64 percent opposes it.

In the United States, slightly more than half go those surveyed support legalizing grass. Marijuana is illegal under federal law, but 20 states to allow the use of medical marijuana. However, the Obama administration last week gave the green light for Colorado and Washington to carry  out their laws to permit recreational use of marijuana.

The Justice Department said it would bring charges on marijuana only in certain cases, such as distributing it to minors.

The announcement “demonstrates the sort of political vision and foresight from the White House we’ve been seeking for a long time,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, an advocacy group.

The Justice Department added that it is watching Colorado and Washington closely to see  if they can properly control marijuana use.

President Barack Obama has said he smoked grass when he was young, and a federal survey has found that 42 percent of Americans age 12 and older have smoked marijuana at some point in their lives.

The financial gains for states – and Israel is not being ignored,

“Recognizing the enormous financial gains that would come from legalization demands that the government take a serious look at the proposal to legalize cannabis use under specific guidelines,” said Yarden Gazit, who co-authored the study in Israel.  “There is no disputing that if the public is able to get past the wholly negative misperceptions associated with marijuana usage and appreciate the potential benefits with limited social or healthcare costs, this is an idea that needs open-minded and serious re-examination at this time.”

News of the survey coincided with Canada’s launch of controlled medical marijuana, an industry that is expected to be worth more than $1 billion in the next 10 years. Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada for years but has been highly regulated. Now it is available by mail-order with a doctor’s approval.

Besides all of the arguments  over whether marijuana is a drug that can lead to addiction, the underlying desire for governments to legalize it is money.

“We’re fairly confident that we’ll have a healthy commercial industry in time,” Sophie Galarneau, a senior Health Canada official told the Canadian Press.  

The Green Leaf party in Israel has been trying to get into the Knesset for years to push its agenda to legalize pot. In early pre-election polls, it usually receives support that puts it on the brink of winning the minimum number of votes to win Knesset seats, but when the real ballots are counted, it always loses out.

The pro-marijuana campaigns in the United States may generate new enthusiasm to legalize marijuana in Israel, where liberal leaders  almost always turn to American for cultural guidance.

Portland, Maine media reported Wednesday that supports of legalizing recreation marijuana will start promoting their agenda on city buses, with a message that grass is a better and safer alternative to alcohol.

Critics have complained that the campaign should not be on buses because children ride them to school.

Portland’s voter will go the ballot box in November to decide on a proposal to legalize marijuana by 2016. I

The Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project has targeted Maine and nine other states in its campaign to legalize grass within three years.

The JTA contributed to this report.

Colorado Floods Close Boulder Synagogue on Yom Kippur

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

A killer flood in Colorado submerged a synagogue and a rabbi’s home in Boulder County, and the Chabad synagogue rabbi is thankful that Torah scrolls were saved with the help of students from the nearby University of Colorado.

“Thank G‑d, the students have been immensely helpful moving the Torahs and other sacred items to higher ground” before Yom Kippur,” Rabbi Yisrael Wilhelm told a Chabad website.

Several deaths have been reported, and 500 people are unaccounted for, with more rain expected Sunday from Denver to the Wyoming border.

Thousands of people have been evacuated or have fled their homes during the flood that has drenched some areas with up to 14 inches of rain, seven times the average amount for the entire month of September.

JTA contributed to this report.

 

 

 

PA Strikes Out again; Boulder Nixes Making Nablus ‘Sister City’

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

The Boulder City Council Monday night decided to leave the “peace process” for those with less common sense and overwhelmingly nixed a controversial proposal to adopt Nablus, the Arab version of the Biblical city of Shechem, as a sister city.

The council voted 7-2 against the proposal, according to the local ABC outlet Denver Channel, while the Boulder Daily Camera reported that the vote was 6-3.

Twinning cities is an international project, and even Israel cities have “sisters’ in the Palestinian Authority.

The problem with American and European cities twinning with those in the Palestinian Authority  is the political overtone.

Boulder has seven sister cites, in non-sensitive places – Kenya, Tajikistan, Nicaragua, Tibet, Mexico, Japan and Cuba.

The Palestinian Authority, of course, is not even a country, and that would not be an obstacle to its being twinned by an American city if it were not for the fact that twinning gives PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas the very ground support he has been trying to drum for more than eight years with a single minded aim.

He wants to create a new independent Arab country within Israel’s borders, which the international community insists do not exist.

Any city that has the lofty aim of generating peace with Arabs in Judea and Samaria cannot escape the fact it is involving itself with foreign affairs, even if unintentionally.

Being against twinning with Nablus does not mean taking a stand against the Palestinian Authority. It simply means that understanding culture and creating friendships in Tibet, Kenya and Japan is not the same as doing so in Palestinian Authority cities.

The Boulder-Nablus Sister City Project has been around for two years. Its stated mission sounds ideal.

“Both Arabs and Muslims are misrepresented and maligned by negative stereotyping in the US and we hope, through meaningful exchanges, to offer citizens of Boulder the opportunity to form friendships and to put a human face to the people of Palestine,” according to its website.

Isn’t that nice?

Of course, it is true. Arabs and Muslims are misrepresented. So are Jews. So are blacks, whites, Israeli settlers, Puerto Ricans, homosexuals, terrorists, clowns, Samantha Power and The Good Humor Man.

It is very nice that some well-meaning Americans in Colorado want to discover the truth about Arabs in the Palestinian Authority, but twinning with Nablus is not the way.

Americans, from Condoleezza Rice, to Hillary Clinton, her hubby Bill, John Kerry, President Obama and just about every other American citizen who “knows about the Middle East – the whole bunch of them really don’t have a clue.

If they did, they would not embark on peace processes and twining projects. You will never get to know Israel culture or Arab culture by eating a felafel with a Sabra or smoking a water pipe with an Arab.

In the political atmosphere that has suffocated the Arab-Jewish atmosphere ever since the creation of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the truth sounds like a lie and the lie sounds like the truth.

In this context, the “human face” that the good citizens of Boulder want to find in the Palestinian Authority would come at the expense of Jews and Israel. No matter what happens in the Palestinian Authority, it is Israel’s fault.

If the Palestinian Authority  economy sags, it is because of Israel checkpoints. If the economy improves, it is despite Israel checkpoints.

If Arabs are not happy, it is because of the occupation. If they are happy, it proves their endurance in the face of the Occupation.

The Intermountain Jewish News wrote, “At best the supporters are idealistic and naive, enamored with the Palestinian underdog status. But the leaders of the underdogs are haters, and stand in opposition to everything Boulder stands for.”

“I’m not sure I want to attach Boulder’s name to it,” Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum,  told the Boulder  Daily Camera.

“This is not going to be a decision that resolves the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is a bleeding wound,” said Boulder City Councilman Macon Cowles.

The city council heard four hours of testimony from 70 speakers before voting against the idea.

“It is dividing our Boulder community, rather than uniting us to work for peace,” said Beth Ornstein, a member of Bonai Shalom.

Events in the West

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Events in the West: On January 7, Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson will speak on “Marriage: The Comedy And The Kabbalah” at the Menachem Institute in Tarzana, CAYeshivat Yavneh hosts Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, author, lecturer, TV host and Jewish Press columnist, on Motzaei Shabbos, January 14 at Shaarei Tefila… On January 30, Rabbi Jason Weiner, chaplain of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, begins his three-part series on medical ethics and the beginning of life and reproductive technology at Young Israel of Century City in Los Angeles.

Chanukah Celebrations: Most shuls have pre-Chanukah bazaars and/or a Chanukah party. Chabad tries the unusual, and sometimes the spectacular. This year the Los Angeles Chabad organization reached out to more than just Universal City Walk when looking for a spectacular venue for its Chanukah celebrations. For the first time, there was a celebration in downtown L.A at L.A. LIVE, across from the Nokia Theater and Staples Center. The Chanukah menorah lighting ceremony was scheduled conveniently for Lakers basketball fans, the majority of whom always show up early for games, as it was held right before their game vs. the Jazz. The lighting ceremony, complete with some celebrity lamplighters, was broadcast live on the KTLA evening news. Along with performances by the Klezmer Fusion Band and the Cheder Menachem boys’ choir, there was menorah ice sculpting, celebrity dreidel, kids activities and donuts for all… Another fun venue was the “Chanukah on Ice,” a regular attraction in many cities across the U.S. It was held in California at the practice rink of L.A.’s hockey team, the Kings. Cars and vans, with menorahs on rooftops, drove around Jewish neighborhoods to remind the public that it was Chanukah. And the annual Chanukah parade took place on the last night of Chanukah, starting at Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon.

Back To The Future: For the first time in at least 25 years, a minyan was held recently at the Breed Street Shul in Boyle Heights to celebrate two bar mitzvahs, including one for a young man with special needs. The smachot were organized by Camp Chesed and Camp Dora Hauser. The Breed Street Shul was the largest Orthodox synagogue in the western United States from 1915 to 1951, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles, located east of downtown, was home to the city’s most populous Jewish community from 1910-1950.

Kosher News: 365 Sesame Sticks and Sesame Trail Mix, carried at Whole Foods, are kosher – but contain dairy ingredients. There is no D on the label… Many Israeli olive oils have unauthorized hechsherim. The national rabbanut hechsher should be accepted on olive oil only if accompanied by a hologram. While Tevel olive oil claims to have Badatz Beit Yosef, Maayan Hashemen oil claims Chug Chasam Sofer Bnei Brak and Katit Me’ulah, Galilee Press claims Badatz Yoreh De’ah, none of them are legitimate.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Births: Rabbi Shlomie and Elisheva Nussbaum, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Nachum and Chaya Sauer)… Rabbi Yosef and Rochel Bromberg, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Nachum and Chaya Sauer)… Rabbi Dovid and Esther Sauer, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Nachum and Chaya Sauer)… Moshe and Miriam Bloch, a son (Grandparents Yaakov and Laura Bloch)… Menachem and Chaya Cohen, a son… Yonatan and Sara Griffith, a daughter (Grandparents Yisroel and Reeva Milstein)… Joel and Shoshana Fogel, a son (Grandparents Sandy and Freda Small)… David and Tzippy Leichter, a son (Grandparents Robert and Elaine Leichter)… Yakov and Rochel Teichman of Lakewood, NJ, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Avrohom and Sara Teichman)… Boaz and Rebecca Kohn, a son (Grandparents Larry and Maureen Isenberg)… Jeremy and Samantha Garelick, two sons (Grandparents Arnie and Sue Garelick)… Michael and Pamela Talansky, a son (Grandparents Meir and Robin Gelman)… Steven and Danielle Herbst, a daughter (Grandparents Eddie and Debbie Herbst)… Simy and Yarden Hollander of Yerushalayim, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Tzvi and Kaila Hollander)… Eli and Esther Malka Heller, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Dov and Chana Heller; Rabbi Asher and Batya Brander)… Josh and Rachel Tomaszewsky, a daughter (Grandparents Joe and Gerda Tomaszewsky).

Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvah: Hillel Essas, son of Yossi and Bella Essas.

Mazel Tov – Engagements: Adam Shapel, son of Benjamin and Susie Shapel, to Elisheva Frohlinger, daughter of Brian and Mini Frohlinger… Chaim Mainstain, son of Morris and Sharon Mainstain, to Chani Crane, daughter of Dr. Hal and Jody Crane of Denver, CO… Yocheved Roz, daughter of Erwin and Mindy Roz, to Yaakov Hobb, son of Morris and Naomi Hobb)… Ayelet Levychaim, daughter of Rabbi Avrohom and Sarah Levychaim, to Moshe Moinzada of Baltimore, MD… Estie Altusky, daughter of Rabbi Yitzchok and Chaya Altusky, to Uri Meyer Kanark of Flatbush, NY… Nachi Gurman, son of Zalman and Chavie Gurman, to Tamar Lichtenstein of Lakewood, NJ.

Mazel Tov – Weddings: Aliza Saltiel, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Manny and Sharon Saltiel, to Avi Gruen, son of Jeff and Judy Gruen… Aryeh Leib Freylicher, son of Alexander and Rita Freylicher, to Ellie Exelbaum of St. Louis, MO.

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