Weed lobby’s dangerous wins, Brittney Griner’s harrowing ordeal and other commentary

Watching Drugs: The Weed Lobby’s Dangerous Wins

“This year’s midterm measures to legalize marijuana in five different states are more evidence of the weed lobby’s progress,” argued Mark Haskins of The Federalist. But “today, many of the arguments of the marijuana movement” — such as the claim that it is “no worse than alcohol” — “have been proven wrong.” New studies “show previously unknown harmful effects” on “young people’s brains”. And children are showing up “in emergency rooms suffering from THC toxicity from marijuana products taken from parents and older siblings.” If “the government really cares about a generation already facing bad grades, mental health problems and a bleak future,” then “the only thing to do is step up . . . and keep marijuana on the schedule of controlled substances until reasonable people recognize the harm caused.”

Right: Manchin’s predicament in 2024

Just a week after the midterms, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin “already has a challenger” for his 2024 re-election bid, Katie Pavlich notes on The Hill: Republican Rep. Alex Mooney announced his campaign for the seat Tuesday. “Manchin publicly criticized President Biden for gleefully announcing” plans to close coal-fired power plants recently, but his words “rang hollow,” given that he voted for the Inflation Reduction Act – a “Green New Deal with a different with the title”. Indeed, the IRA is the “most significant” climate legislation in history, according to Forbes, and it will accelerate the nation’s transition away from coal. Shortly after Manchin’s vote, his approval rating in West Virginia “dropped precipitously.”

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Crypto-Biz: Why the FTX Watchdogs Didn’t Bark

“In reporting the FTX debacle, many in the media have been quite slow to ask a simple question,” laments Creators’ Ben Shapiro: “Why hasn’t anyone noticed that Sam Bankman-Fried is one of the most blatant scam artists of all time?” Maybe was it the $40 million he pumped into the midterm elections in support of Democrats, as well as “$5.2 million to then-candidate Joe Biden during the 2020 election cycle.” Or as SBF called it “effective altruism”—a “philosophy in which leftists seek to exploit capitalism to enrich themselves and then donate the money to favored causes”—to cover up their fraud. This helped the SBF win over government figures who “bent the rules” to benefit it. Error is on regulators “who don’t want to protect the public at all” but instead “make love” to “blue washing” fraudsters like Bernie Madoff and SBF.

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Experts: The Excruciating Trials of Brittney Griner

Russian penal colonies, like the one WNBA star Brittney Griner was sentenced to, “are far more brutal than American prisons,” reports Emma Camp at Reason. “With a prisoner exchange looking increasingly unlikely, Griner could very well spend nearly a decade in a Russian penal colony,” where she “likely will be singled out for special abuse” because of her status as an “openly gay American.” She will face “excruciating conditions” because “constant physical and sexual abuse dominates” in the colonies, and detainees are subjected to hard physical labor and lack of medical care. “While the U.S. State Department still classifies Griner as wrongfully detained, and previously appeared to be intent on a prisoner exchange, hope that the former WNBA player will be released soon is bleak.”

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A look at China: Hong Kong now high-risk

“Hong Kong’s leaders would like the world to think the financial hub is back to normal as it reopens for international business,” but, warn L. Gordon Crovitz and Mark L. Clifford in The Wall Street Journal, “business is far from business as usual.” it exists because “Beijing’s National Security Act 2020” allows “the Chinese Communist Party to kick Hong Kong’s free society and markets”. They were two members of the American board of Next Digital, a company that went out of business because of the publication of the pro-liberty Apple Daily, “costing its shareholders their capital.” Beware: “vague crimes under the law can be applied to anyone who poses a risk to the Chinese Communist Party’s conception of national security. The most vulnerable are about 1,260 US companies with offices in Hong Kong.”

— Compiled by The Post editorial board

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