Rand Paul reportedly became the first major Presidential candidate to raise campaign money from the marijuana industry. So does this mean marijuana will be the next big political industry?

Brigida Santos The Washington Post shared an article this week revealing that 2016 Republican Presidential contender, Rand Paul, has become the first major presidential candidate to ever raise campaign money from the marijuana industry.  Related Story While Vets Vie for Medical Pot, VA Pays $142 Million in Bonuses Paul held a private fundraiser at the National Cannabis Industry Association’s

The Washington Post reports that police officers in the United States have shot and killed at least 500 people so far in 2015, according to a Washington Post analysis. While the FBI has never recorded more than 460 fatal police shootings in an entire year, The Post identified 463 such shootings in just the first six months of 2015.

Off The Grid   It’s amazing that the death penalty can be rendered that often for crimes that don’t warrant it. That’s really the meat of the argument here: that people are being put to death for things that don’t warrant the death penalty. I don’t know where to go on this, because clearly too

Off The Grid contributor Travis Irvine sounds off on The Donald’s surge in the polls. As Travis writes, “turns out loudmouthed, racist bigots would love to have a loudmouthed, racist bigot for president.”

Travis Irvine When billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump first announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on June 16th, many people scoffed.Clearly this was just another way for “The Donald” to keep his brand relevant — and as Jesse Ventura pointed out — get publicity.  Several on the left were pumped about Trump’s

The Pentagon has confirmed that it has indeed lost an MQ-1 Gray Eagle drone in Iraq.

Jen Hobbs Buzzfeed reports that a spokesperson from the Pentagon stated “an MQ-1 crashed on its way to its recovery base in Iraq” after “technical complications caused a loss of communication.”  The incident actually occurred on July 16th but has only now come to light after several images of the downed drone made their way online. Local Iraqi villagers found

After Ellen Pao resigned as Reddit’s CEO, co-founder Steve Huffman stepped into her place. He says the popular site will now lay out clear boundaries for eliminating and banning offensive and abusive content, something Reddit hadn’t clearly laid out for users before. While many other sites have clear terms of service when it comes to bullying and harassment, like Facebook and Twitter, Reddit’s decision brings up an interesting debate over what constitutes free speech.

Brigida Santos Steve Huffman’s AMA lays out the new terms of service. He states,  Reddit is a place to have open and authentic discussions. The reason we’re careful to restrict speech is because people have more open and authentic discussions when they aren’t worried about the speech police knocking down their door. When our purpose comes

The Institute for Justice reports that civil forfeiture laws allow the government to take cash, businesses, cars, homes and other property suspected of being involved in criminal activity. Here’s how law enforcement abuses the system.

Brigida Santos Civil forfeiture laws allow the government to take cash, businesses, cars, homes and other property suspected of being involved in criminal activity. What’s so crazy is that the property owner doesn’t even have to be charged with or convicted of a crime to permanently lose his or her property, as is the case with criminal forfeiture.  Related Story Cop

Residents of the California port city of Oakland are pushing back by developing the first enforceable city legislation to regulate the purchase and use of surveillance equipment by law enforcement agencies. If approved, the legislation could make Oakland a national trailblazer for privacy rights campaigners alarmed at the rise of cameras, “stingrays” and other surveillance technologies used by law enforcement.

Off The Grid   I think it looks good on paper. I applaud the city of Oakland for doing it. They should and so should other cities. I’ve got news for you though: a federal law takes precedence over any local law. So even though they passed this at the local level, the federal law

Looks like Colorado’s marijuana tax incentive for schools just set records and has collected more money in the first half of the year than all of 2014.

Off The Grid Local news outlet KOAA out Colorado are reporting that the state has hit record highs in regards to marijuana tax incentives for school construction.   KOAA reports that the first five months of 2015 alone have surpassed all of 2014.   Related Story Off The Grid: Prison Inmates May Soon Be Getting Federal Money

Sen. Bernie Sanders is pushing new legislation to raise the minimum wage for all workers to $15 an hour. The Democratic presidential candidate will introduce the minimum wage bill Wednesday. Sanders has long called for a $15 minimum wage, but this is the first bill he is introducing to do so. It’s believed to be the highest minimum wage that has ever been proposed by legislation in Congress.

Off The Grid   I’d like to see them implement a maximum wage. If you can’t live off of $100,000,000 a year, there’s something wrong with you. There’s not a person on the planet that should make more than that in one year. What could you possible spend it all on? Related Story Jesse Ventura: Bernie

Texans monitor Jade Helm military training amid fears of government plot. The two-month exercise has been described by the US military as a routine, though unusually large, training event for a variety of units that will take place on both private and public land in order “to practice core special warfare tasks, which help protect the nation against foreign enemies”.

Off The Grid One thing we have to constantly remind people is that a Republican President and Republican Congress did the majority of this lockdown that’s now happening in America. So, for those Republicans out there who think this is all Barack Obama’s doing, no. It’s the federal government. This could all be a moot

Troy Goode, 30, was a chemical engineer and married father of one from Cordova, Tennessee, who suffered from asthma.After attending a concert this past Saturday, he died while in police custody.

Off The Grid According to reports, Troy Goode, who suffered from asthma and carried an inhaler, died after allegedly being hogtied and placed facedown on a stretcher by police following a Widespread Panic concert in Mississippi. The Goode family attorney claims a witness overheard Troy telling police could not breathe.   Related Story Off The Grid: Prison Inmates