August 22, 2014 Radio Commentary

A Blow to Obamacare

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, August 22, 2014 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

On July 22nd the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled on the legality of Obamacare in states that did not establish a health insurance exchange. Immediately, State Representative Jason Spencer issued a press release explaining how Obamacare would be affected in Georgia, if the decision is upheld. This is what he said.

The Court invalidated the mandatory taxpayer subsidies that helped people pay insurance premiums through Obamacare’s federal exchanges. Since the Court struck down the subsidy plan, enrollees have to pay out-of-pocket full premium prices for their insurance, whether they choose a gold, silver or platinum plan. But the Court failed to explain whether subsidies already distributed would have to be repaid to the government.

Since Georgia, reportedly, was the first state to ban the creation of a state health insurance exchange under Obamacare and, subsequently, did not establish an exchange, millions of local exemptions from Obamacare mandates were affirmed by this Court decision. Benefiting from Georgia exemptions are 11,000 businesses, 420,227 low-to-middle income individuals and 112,991 state employees, for a grand total of 2.5 million Georgians now exempt. Also, Georgia taxpayers benefit with untold millions of dollars that will not be redistributed for Obamacare in Georgia. Continue reading

August 2014 Newsletter

“Pot” in the Kitchen, “The New Gold Rush!”

“It’s the latest cannabis craze – a concentrated form of marijuana known as ‘wax.’
It looks like ear wax, but potheads say it smokes like a mule kicks.”
– “Latest Cannabis Craze: Marijuana known as ‘Wax’,” by Phil Shuman May 21, 2013
“There is no weed out there that possesses the punching power that the wax does. And it’s like smoking 20 joints of the best grade of weed that you have into one hit of the wax.”
– DEA Agent Interview on Nightline.

Ear wax bust, Roswell, GA. On August 8, 2014 Roswell police found 80 grams of powerful “ear wax” marijuana in a suspected drug dealer’s home. Ear wax, also called butter or Butane Hash Oil (BHO), may be up to 90-proof, instead of 14-percent THC leaf marijuana contains. The product is derived from “blasting” a chemical solvent, such as butane, CO2, through the plant, then “purging” the solvent away. The resulting substance can be used in e-cigarettes or smoked or eaten and may be readily made by “home chefs” in make-shift equipment.

Rock Hill, S.C. ear wax made half-mile from middle school. In a Rock Hill, S.C. home police officers discovered marijuana hash oil being made on a double hot plate. “It’s just pure marijuana resin, pure THC,” said the York County, S.C. Drug Enforcement Unit Commander.

Ear wax is sold in Colorado dispensaries to anyone over 21. Denver’s February three-day “X-Cup” contest accomplished its goal in broad daylight. The winning contestant was the one who made the highest THC ear wax, using aerosol butane to force THC from buds and leaves of female marijuana plants. “It’s a mom-and-pop business,” Nightline was told.
California Solano County Alcohol & Drug Advisory board member said, “In the 1970s, [users] were primarily smoking the leaves…. Now [they] are smoking the more potent buds of the plant,” and children as young as 12 are experimenting, risking long-term damage.

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August 15, 2014 Radio Commentary

Israel

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, August 16, 2014 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

On January 15, 2014 the Georgia General Assembly adopted two senate resolutions supporting the Nation of Israel.

S.R. 741 by Senator John Albers expressed strong support and a steadfast commitment to the security, welfare, and survival of the Jewish State of Israel with secure borders and the right to protect itself against terrorism. It called for an end of attacks against Israel; for the recognition of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish State; and for the U.N. to stop blaming Israel for defending itself. It encouraged Georgia lawmakers and citizens to give vigorous enduring support to the State of Israel.

S.R. 739 by Senator Judson Hill reached back into the Old Testament to affirm Israel’s right to occupy land deeded to the Jews “in the Old Testament … scripture held sacred and revered by Jews and Christians … as presenting the acts and words of God.” Continue reading

August 8, 2014 Radio Commentary

Marijuana

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, August 8, 2014 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Medical marijuana was a BIG issue this year in the legislature. The halls of the Capitol were filled with folks interested in H.B. 885 to amend Georgia’s 1980 law that legalized the use of marijuana to treat cancer and glaucoma. H.B. 885 changed the word “marijuana” to “cannabis,” and authorized its use as a non-smoking medication in clinical trials and research for the treatment of seizure disorders, glaucoma, cancer and the side effects of cancer treatment.

The 1980 law did not prohibit the smoking of marijuana for medical purposes, but H.B. 885 stipulated the product as “medical cannabis,” and defined it as nonpsychoactive extracts and compounds in non-smoking forms of liquid, pill, vaporization, or injection, which does NOT include recreational forms of marijuana. However, H.B. 885 died at the end of the session. Continue reading