Two more Tulsa robberies, last night. One was a 'strong-arm" & violent work of 5 robbers.
Robberies are almost daily, now. Oklahoma's thousand-plus dispensaries are operating in 'cash only', because our state & federal lawmakers can't seem to regard these as anything other than renegade cartels.
The Federal govt is deliberating whether licensed marijuana dispensaries should be allowed to use local banks for the safety of their staff & patrons. Hern, Cole, & Horn voted to change the federal policy, but Mullin & Lucas voted to keep the shops more vulnerable to crime.
Had the robberies happened at noon on Sundays in local churches, the lawmakers might have more sense and made it a campaign plank for reelection.
The bill is tied up in the senate. Senator James Lankford is a stalwart opponent of extending banking safety. So is Sen. Jim Inhofe. To them, we guess robberies help discourage cannabis medicines from being more socially acceptable.
What's even more troublesome for state govt. is the massive train of cash deposits coming in to the Oklahoma Tax Commission's Oklahoma City office every month at about the same time. Several millions in cash are brought in, by the thousands of business owners who either grow, process, or retail the medicines. State employees could be endangered, as well.
President Donald Trump invested heavily and personally, toward a big win in Louisiana's statewide elections. The former French colony still does things very different than the rest of the states; holding elections on Saturday is just one of the uniquely Bayou traditions. Republican Rispone is taking on Democrat incumbent, Edwards; in the statewide race.
Former President Barack Obama made a rare foray into the cultural conversation this week, objecting to the prevalence of “call-out culture” and “wokeness” during an interview about youth activism at the Obama Foundation summit on Tuesday, in Chicago. Fox News and other independent media carried the message quickly, but it took two or more days for other outlets to discover this speech.
We wish to commend the ordinarily unreliable editors of the New York Times for finally publishing the transcribed speech that Barack Obama shared with younger adults, at his foundation's 'Summit' event. We're sharing part of how the NYT & Fox News described it.