Major Colorado City will use $1.5 million cannabis tax revenues to help the homeless.
Aurora city officials want to use the drugs sales tax for so-called ‘one-time uses’ Reuters
Aurora, the third largest city in the state, will donate funds to organisations which help low-income people with housing and community services
One of the largest cities in Colorado is donating millions of dollars raised by taxes on marijuana sales to local non-profit organisations which help the homeless.
Aurora will use a significant portion of the $4.5 million revenue from recreational cannabis to fund the Colfax Community Network, which helps low-income families to live in motels, apartments and provides food, clothing, hygiene products and nappies, as well as other local programmes.
A total of $1.5 million of the revenue has been earmarked for homeless efforts in the 2017 and 2018 city budgets, in addition to the $1.5 million already approved for the 2016 budget.
Colorado has already given the non-profit around $220,000 to assist with operating expenses, part of a two-year plan to deal with homelessness in the state’s third largest city.
The Comitis Crisis Center and Aurora Mental Health will also be equipped with a van for their homeless outreach programs, along with two outreach workers each.
An Aurora Housing Authority landlord coordinator will now work full time instead of part time, thanks to a city allocation of $45,000. This position is vital as landlords are often reluctant to accept previously homeless people as tenants.
Council members are also considering a day center for the homeless, a place where they could wash their clothes, take a shower and receive mental health services.
Normally funded by revenue from red-light cameras, the sales revenue from cannabis has come as a welcome relief for non-profits, according to the Denver Post.
“We wanted to be able to show citizens that we are having a positive impact on the community and point to specific projects or initiatives to where that money is going to,” said city councilman Bob Roth.
Recreational sales of the drug started in October 2014, the first state to legalize recreational drug use. There are now at least 20 dispensaries in the city, but the number of marijuana licences is capped at 24.
Aurora city officials forecasted that pot revenue would double from $2.65 million in 2015 to $5.4 million in 2016. Revenue from cannabis is expected to clock in $6.4 million in 2017, but should remain flat from 2018 to 2020 once all the dispensary licences are used up.
In March Los Angeles also proposed to fund housing for homeless people through a tax on pot, which is estimated to bring in an annual $16.7 million.
In a massive step towards Bitcoin going mainstream, Bitstamp has now become the first nationally licensed Bitcoin exchange — approved to operate across 28 countries in the European Union.
The approval of the license which goes into effect on July 1, where it was granted in Luxembourg, was announced on Monday.
Thanks to the approval in Luxembourg, Bitstamp will subsequently become nationally licensed under the EU’s “passport” program. The program allows financial services providers legally established in one member state to be recognized and operate in all others.
“This is an industry first,” Bitstamp cofounder and chief executive Nejc Kodric told Forbes. “We are entering a new era where [being a licensed exchange] is becoming an industry standard.”
Bitstamp is currently the third largest bitcoin exchange, but is likely to grow with this announcement. The exchange is also launching euro-Bitcoin trading, which they did not previously offer.
“We believe that this is stability-inducing — that people will see this as a sign of Bitcoin going mainstream,” said Kodric. “It also allows us to be taken seriously and partner up with more serious institutions, because we had a lot of discussions in the past but it always comes to a point where there’s no one overseeing us, and bigger financial institutions are still reluctant to work with unlicensed companies doing [financial technology].”
The move is a huge step for Bitcoin, the most widely used cryptocurrency by far. Bitcoin users hope this will help provide more legitimacy to the digital cash that many still associate with dark-web criminal activity.
“Suppose that the use of Bitcoin has grown to such an extent that it has replaced existing fiat currencies and has become the predominant medium of exchange or at least the backing for the predominant medium of exchange in a large group of countries,” Warren Weber wrote in a 37-page paper entitled “A Bitcoin Standard: Lessons from the Gold Standard”.
“In an industry that has been extremely resistant to change, the implications for financial institutions that do not adapt to the emerging technology could be devastating,” he concluded.
Local reporter exposes George Soros’ plans for a “new world order.”
(Fargo, ND) Earlier this week, a local news anchor from Fargo, North Dakota aired a segment on a group of billionaire “globalists” bent on destroying the individual sovereignty of nations. In a revealing story as shocking for its content as its appearance on local news, Chris Berg reported that powerful globalists have conspired together under the guise of a “nonprofit” foundation with the intent to bribe small U.S. cities in to accepting “refugee resettlement” supporting “Sanctuary cities“, and also to promote broader immigration acceptance, and to further propagate political cultural integration policies .
“They want to manipulate the minds of the community and get Americans to believe mass immigration is going to be good for them, that they’re all going to benefit from the influx of more and more migrants,” said Ann Corcoran, author of the Refugee Resettlement Watch“It’s a mind game to soften up the receiving communities.”
This is just the latest example of the “mainstream media” catching up to alternative news. News media not funded by billion-dollar corporations have been writing about the globalist plan of a single american union since the end of WW2. The “alternative” media have covered the formations of the New World Order, the decline of national sovereignty, and the development of a Tri-lateral North American Union for over three decades.
The paper trail starts with 1988’s Free Trade Agreement. The FTA — unlike its various aborted predecessors over the previous 130 years — was intended to be but the first step in a process of economic and political integration that would indeed, over the long run, abolish the independence not only of the United States and Canada, but the rest of North America as well.
For the initiated, the plan goes much further: The Club of Rome concluded that a Ten Zone world, of which the North American Union is one, is necessary to form World Governance to save mankind from destroying itself.
By the 1990s, it was very clear to careful observers that what was afoot at the time in Europe was also taking place in North America. Relatively unknown by most lawmakers at the time of its passage was another initiative, which had been under way since 1986, one that was to create a trilateral trade agreement involving not only Canada and the United States, but also Mexico. This agreement, was to become the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) only a few years later. NAFTA was the real prize; the FTA was only to lay the groundwork for, and then be superseded by, NAFTA, and was only negotiated because those favoring a more comprehensive trade agreement knew that a Canada-U.S. accord would be much easier to achieve first.
With the establishment of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the process of creating continent-wide government had begun.
NAFTA was sold to Congress and the American public as a “free trade agreement.” But instead of creating conditions for free trade, NAFTA instead set up a complex bureaucracy tasked with managing and controlling North American trade and with adjudicating trade disputes. In other words, NAFTA was not a “free trade” but rather a “managed trade” agreement, in complete conformity with the credo of global socialists that the free market could be not be trusted, and that all merchant activity must be closely monitored and managed by entitled benevolent bureaucrats who can work better than market forces to determine how much of a given good to produce, at what price, and up to what standards.
Moreover, NAFTA, by imposing such a managed trade regime across international boundaries, was not merely an “accord” but also a first layer of western globalist international governance where none had existed before.
When NAFTA came into the spotlight in 1994 it was billed as a sort of an expanded FTA, but in reality, NAFTA was North America’s first foray into transnational government camouflaged as a “free trade agreement,” of the sort that Europeans had been building on the other side of the Atlantic since about the 1950s.
George Soros played an instrumental role in encouraging the middle eastern wars, and the resulting wave of refugees that flowed into Europe. It seems now, just like as before, Soros created the problem in order to offer his “solutions” and not surprisingly, these solutions involve more globalism , less sovereignty, less self-government, and less liberty.
In 1995 The Council on Foreign Relations launched the Independent Task Force intended to help shape the public debate on critical foreign policy issues. This task force was headed by former CIA head David H. Petraeus, KKR Global Institute, and Robert B. Zoellick, and Goldman Sachs. Watch this video, of the retired general and the Task force admitting to destroying American Sovereignty by design and what the world will be like “after America”
In a 2004 article for Foreign Affairs entitled “North America’s Second Decade,” Robert A. Pastor, Professor and Founding Director of the Center for North American Studies (also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations) admitted that NAFTA was “merely the first draft of an economic constitution for North America” while decrying the monumental setback to continental integration entailed by the 9/11 attacks.
“Following 9/11, the United States virtually sealed its borders and returned to its traditional unilateralism” Pastor lamented, “In a more enlightened future security fears would serve as a catalyst for deeper integration.”Acknowledging the obstacle of Mexico’s underdevelopment relative to her two northern neighbors, Pastor then advocated for the establishment of a “North American Investment Fund” to funnel hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars from Canada and the United States to Mexico. Stiff cultural resistance in all three countries to submersion in a North American Community would be overcome by the establishment of “Centers for North American Studies” to “help people in all three countries to understand the problems and the potential of an integrated North America — and to think of themselves as North Americans.”
In 1999 Herb Grubel wrote a paper for the Canadian think tank The Fraser Institute called The Case for the Amero. The idea was further encouraged by the successful launch of the euro, the prospect of official “dollarization” in Argentina and Mexico, and the relatively poor performance of the Canadian economy, particularly in 1998, and the depreciation of the Canadian dollar during the previous 25 years made the plan seem more legitimate. Under the proposed plan, a single North American central bank would print notes and coins of the currency (tentatively called the “amero” ) said to have “amero” symbols on one side and national emblems on the other to preserve important symbols of national identity. Grubel went on to say that
“cultural sovereignty and political independence would not be affected by monetary union..The conversion of existing currencies into the amero will take place at rates that leave unchanged each country’s real income, wealth, and international competitiveness at the time of conversion. When the United States joined other international organizations like the IMF, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, and the North American Free Trade Agreement, the expected economic and political gains appeared to offset the surrender of some national sovereignty. In this tradition, the United States may well find it worthwhile to join the proposed monetary union.” – Herb Grubel The Case for the Amero
From such policy recommendations emerged, in 2005, “Building a North American Community,” a policy statement promulgated dirrectly by the Council on Foreign Relations in which they said-
“North America is vulnerable on several fronts: the region faces terrorist and criminal security threats, increased economic competition from abroad, and uneven economic development at home. In response to these challenges, a tri-national, Independent Task Force on the Future of North America has developed a road-map to promote North American security and advance the well-being of citizens of all three countries.”
It too was sponsored by nonprofit think tanks from all three nations. Created in 2004 in a post-9/11, post-NAFTA world, it advocates called for closer economic and security cooperation among the three nations.
A similar, but more official, group was called the “Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America“, formed in 2005 by Vicente Fox, George W. Bush, and Paul Martin, who met for dialog to discuss essentially these same purposes, and was active though GW’s presidency finally ending in 2009.
In June of 2006, CNN anchor Lou Dobbs described the SPP, on the air, as an agreement (which it wasn’t) to actually form the North American Union without the consent of Congress (which it didn’t).
…The Bush administration is pushing ahead with a plan to create a North American Union with Canada and Mexico. You haven’t heard about that? Well, that’s because Congress hasn’t been consulted, nor the American people. – CNN anchor Lou Dobbs
It’s a multi-pronged approach, the globalists repeat the same mantra all over the world: immigration reform and citizenship for the illegals. First, there was the NAFTA treaty, which was introduced by the Skull and Bones, Bilderberg attending George H.W. Bush. Since he couldn’t get it done, they dumped Bush in favor of Clinton who used every bit of his political capital to push it through a Democrat controlled Congress. Upon the election of the second Skull and Bones member George W. Bush, the plan was sealed and the SPP was official. For those who aren’t keeping up the SPP is the vehicle for the destruction that Petraeus talks about in the above video.
Even though it officially ended in 2009, unofficially it continues to be the model for groups like the Soros, Murdoch, and Bloomberg-founded and Goldman Sachs-funded Partnership for a New American Economy.
George Soros, in denouncing European officials trying to control the human tsunami coming across their borders, recently declared, “Our plan treats the protection of refugees as the objective and national borders as the obstacle.”
In essence, then, these engineered refugee crises are created and used to advance “global governance” or what the insiders refer to as the “New World Order.” As part of that, even the idea of nationhood is under fire — everybody is just part of “humankind,” as Sutherland put it, and as such, people must be governed by the “Parliament of Humanity,” as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon referred to the Bilderberg directors club known as the UN last year.
The New York Times, an establishment mouthpiece that dutifully promoted the globalist wars that sparked the refugee crisis and the subsequent flooding of the West with the victims of those wars declares candidly that Immigrants are Good for the U.S. Economy, and any would-be supporters of a North American Union have also gone on record promoting such an organization by name. A few, such as Pastor, have been careful to draw semantic distinctions between “union” and “community,” but, as the Europeans can attest, weasel words mean far less than intent. Of that there can be no mistake: North America’s elites covet regional government no less than do their European counterparts. After all, elites on both sides of the Atlantic ardently support that embryonic global government foundation.
The European Union was brought about on a continent that had seen two world wars in less than a half century, was partitioned off by the Cold War for another four and a half decades, and was suffering from economic instability and difficulty in managing its diverse currencies. North America has no comparable international conflict, but the looming threat of world war, and the constant globalist media propaganda campaign hyping terrorism and Russian aggression is designed to spark an armed confrontation between the large global powers.
Trade among the United States, Canada, and Mexico is brisk. The threat of external terrorism provides some pretext, but nothing on the scale that Nazism or World War II did in Europe. Nothing less than an epochal socioeconomic meltdown is likely to furnish the political prerequisites for dissolving the borders between the United States and her northern and southern neighbors. But in the meantime, expect the George Soros, Robert Pastors, and Michael Bloomberg’s of the world to continue laying the groundwork for eventual North American economic and political union, while simultaneously pushing Transatlantic and Trans-Pacific mergers via the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
There is a conspiracy to do away with the greatest nation that ever was, America. Actually, it is not really a conspiracy – it is openly advocated by some of the most powerful men in the world, like George Soros, who is funding both John Kasich and Hillary Clinton. With eyes wide shut, the Press manipulates America and most of her people have been duped, lulled into a stupor, bewitched or have simply chosen to ignore the truth. There are of course many more “proofs” of this conspiracy, like the interview of Henry Kissinger with Charlie Rose a few years ago, wherein Kissinger opined that “unless the world adopts a One World Governance, the world will descend into chaos.” but in light of job security, and the common attention span, it is likely best that we save some for later.
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