continue reading » The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act is a critical first step to ensure legal cannabis marketplaces are safe, legal and transparent, CUNA and other financial services trade organizations wrote to Senate Banking Committee leadership Thursday. CUNA and the other organizations called on the Senate Banking Committee to bring up and vote on the SAFE Banking Act or similar measures.The bill would provide a safe harbor for entities that conduct legal, cannabis-based businesses, which CUNA supports. CUNA takes no position on the legalization or decriminalization of cannabis.“A growing chorus of Americans and legal businesses now face an increasing number of risks resulting from a patchwork legal system with no federal banking protections. Because of this, U.S. industry and, especially, financial institutions – which provide the infrastructure for safe marketplaces to grow— must assume civil and in some instances, criminal liability in order to service state-licensed cannabis businesses and ancillary companies,” the letter reads. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Telegraph (UK) 21 May 2012The Coalition Government is failing to tackle the “tragic breakdown of family life”, breaking pledges to support marriage, Iain Duncan Smith’s think-tank has said. The Centre for Social Justice found a “political tug-of-war” had meant efforts to strengthen family life had fallen flat, with a “dangerous” lack of progress in introducing transferable tax allowances. According to the think tank’s annual report, the Government had also failed to eliminate the “couple penalty” in the welfare system and were “repeating the mistakes” of the previous Labour administrations. This, it claimed, meant childcare and parental leave have been chief pre-occupations, with differences between Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians resulting in a “frustrating lack of coherence in tackling the tragic breakdown of family life”. Furthermore, the report warns last year’s riots “underline the urgency of the social challenges facing the country”. It scores the Government just four marks out of ten for measures to “reverse family breakdown”, with two out of ten for their approach to the voluntary and community sector.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9278888/Government-failing-to-tackle-family-breakdown-Iain-Duncan-Smiths-think-tank-rules.html
Greensburg, In. — Indiana State Police arrested a Greensburg man following a short pursuit Tuesday night.Police say at 11 p.m. a car driven by Dwayne Bradley, 56, refused to stop for police on Michigan Avenue for a registration violation. Bradley fled on several side streets but stopped for police at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Ireland Street.During the investigation police found six grams of methamphetamine and a pipe that had been thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit. Bradley was arrested without incident.Bradley has been charged with resisting law enforcement, obstruction of justice, possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.