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‘Smuggled’ brownies prompt Wyoming to look at marijuana laws

A legislative committee is looking at whether state law needs to be clarified on how the illegal use of edible marijuana is penalized in Wyoming.

As more people travel to Colorado and purchase legal treats such as brownies, cookies, or candy infused with marijuana, prosecutors are having a hard time classifying the offense as it travels back to pot-free territory, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.

It’s challenging to isolate the cannabis and to determine the weight of the drug in the food, causing confusion on how to account for non-marijuana ingredients when determining penalties, witnesses told the Joint Judiciary Committee last week.

“It’s a hole,” Ninth District Judge Norman Young of Fremont County said. “It’s a very significant hole right now, given the way things are in Colorado.”

The committee will investigate the issue this summer and possibly draft a bill for the committee to sponsor in 2016.

Wyoming law has different penalties depending on the form of a drug because of the concentration of the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, said Park County Attorney Brian Skoric, representing the Wyoming County and Prosecuting Attorneys’ Association.

In plant form, marijuana possession becomes a felony if someone has over 3 ounces. In a liquid form, it becomes a felony if someone possess more than three-tenths of a gram.

“What is the form of THC in edibles?” Skoric asked. “It goes in as an oil, but then it solidifies.”

If a police officer were to weigh a candy bar, “you can get over 3 ounces pretty quickly and you’ve got a felony,” Rep. David Miller, R-Riverton, said.

Rep. Ken Esquibel, D-Cheyenne, questioned how a police officer can tell the difference between “grandma’s cookies and a cookie that may have marijuana in it?”

David Delicath, Wyoming deputy attorney general, said there would be a combination of factors that could help the officer.

“Packaging. Sometimes people simply admit what they have. And while an officer can’t tell the difference, the dog can,” Delicath said.

Girl Scouts asked to end partnership with Barbie

America’s top doll, Barbie, finds herself in controversy once again, this time over a business partnership between her manufacturer, Mattel, and the Girl Scouts.

Two consumer advocacy groups often critical of corporate advertising tactics — the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for a New American Dream — criticized Barbie as a flawed role model for little girls and launched a petition drive urging the Girl Scouts of the USA to end the partnership. The Girls Scouts said they would not do so.

Just a few weeks ago, Mattel incurred widespread criticism — as well as some accolades — for letting Barbie be featured in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit edition.

The Girl Scouts’ partnership with Mattel, announced last August, includes a Barbie-themed activity book, a website, and a Barbie participation patch — the first Girl Scout uniform patch with corporate sponsorship.

“Holding Barbie, the quintessential fashion doll, up as a role model for Girl Scouts simultaneously sexualizes young girls, idealizes an impossible body type, and undermines the Girl Scouts’ vital mission to build `girls of courage, confidence and character,'” said Susan Linn, director of the Boston-based commercial-free childhood organization.

She said the Barbie patch — targeted at 5-to-8-year-old Daisies and Brownies — would transform these girls into “walking advertisements.”

“This is product placement at its worst,” said New American Dream’s executive director, Wendy Philleo, who described herself as a longtime admirer of the Girl Scouts.

“Our children are already being bombarded by marketers’ pitches at stores, at home, online, on TV, and in school,” said Philleo, whose Charlottesville, Va.-based group tries to counter the commercialization of American culture.

The Girl Scouts’ national headquarters in New York rejected the groups’ appeal.

“Our partnership with Mattel focuses on career exploration and teaches girls about inspiring women in a fun way,” said spokeswoman Kelly Parisi. “We stand behind this partnership, as it helps us bring to over 2 million Girl Scouts the message that they can do anything.”

That’s the essence of the Barbie uniform patch – a bright pink oval with a gold-letter slogan stitched on it: “Be anything. Do everything.”

Barbie — still slim-waisted and long-legged after 55 years — had pursued roughly 150 different careers, and she stretched her boundaries again in February by posing along with real-life supermodels in Sports Illustrated’s 50th anniversary swimsuit issue. Anticipating the criticism that ensued, Mattel promoted the campaign with the catchword “unapologetic.”

In announcing the partnership with Mattel last year, Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chavez depicted both her own organization and Barbie as “American icons.”

“Together, we are teaching girls that their futures are wide open with possibilities,” Chavez said at the time.

Parisi, in an e-mail Thursday, said Mattel gave the Girl Scouts $2 million to implement the Barbie-themed initiatives. At the time the partnership was announced, the Girl Scouts were struggling financially, with revenue shortfalls prompting the national headquarters to trim about one-fourth of its staff through buyouts and layoffs.

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood said the Girl Scouts’ Barbie-themed website included a game that would encourage girls to identify careers based on attire – “from a veterinarian in a frilly miniskirt, to a pink-suited U.S. president, to a race car driver in stilettos.”

Said Susan Linn, the campaign director: “The website is little more than an interactive ad for Barbie promoting the brand’s insidious message that women really are what they wear.”

Linn said she communicated privately with the Girl Scouts last year, hoping they would end the Mattel partnership without the need for a public advocacy campaign, but those efforts failed.

A psychologist who teaches at Harvard Medical School, Linn founded the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood in 2000. It now reports a membership of 54,000, many of them parents.

The group’s advocacy campaigns have achieved numerous victories, notably in forcing several companies to halt or modify advertising claiming that certain videos and other products could help infants learn. It also has helped block proposed state laws that would have allowed advertising on school buses.

The Center for a New American Dream, a nonprofit founded in 1997, says its mission is to help Americans reduce and modify the level of consumption “to improve quality of life, protect the environment, and promote social justice.”

Due to their size and high profile, the Girl Scouts have been a frequent target of criticism over the years, notably from certain conservatives who contend – despite the Girl Scouts’ repeated denials – that the organization tilts toward the abortion-rights side of the national abortion debate.

Last month, some anti-abortion groups launched a boycott of the Girl Scouts’ annual drive to sell cookies.

On the Web…

Girl Scouts’ Barbie-themed website: HTTP://FORGIRLS.GIRLSCOUTS.ORG/

CCFC statement:HTTP://WWW.COMMERCIALFREECHILDHOOD.ORG/ACTION/GIRLSCOUTSBARBIE

Indiana lawmaker refuses to sign Girl Scouts resolution

An Indiana lawmaker is the only member of the Legislature refusing to sign a resolution celebrating the Girl Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary.

The lawmaker, state Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, called the group for girls a “radicalized organization” that supports abortion and the “homosexual lifestyle,” the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette first reported.

Morris stated his position in a letter.

He alleged the youth group is a “tactical arm of Planned Parenthood” and that many parents are “abandoning the Girl Scouts because they promote homosexual lifestyles.”

Morris said in a Girl Scouts study of 50 role model, “only three have a briefly-mentioned religious background – all the rest are feminists, lesbians or Communists.”

He referred to a World Net Daily article that said troops are not allowed to pray or sing traditional Christmas Carols.

And, referring to a recent controversy in Colorado, complained that “boys who decide to claim a ‘transgender’ or cross-dressing life-style are permitted to become a member of a Girl Scout troop, performing crafts with the girls and participate in overnight and camping activities – just like any real girl.”

Morris also complained that first lady Michelle Obama is an honorary leader of the organization and that the Obamas “are radically pro-abortion and vigorously support the agenda of Planned Parenthood, should give each of us reason to pause before our individual or collective endorsement of the organization.”

Representatives responded in defense of the resolution and the Girl Scouts.

Rep. Kathy Richardson, R-Noblesville, told the Journal Gazette, “I guess he’s entitled to his opinion. They are out selling cookies – not sex and abortions.”

The Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana Michigan posted on its Website a statement of “What We Stand For” that addresses some of Morris’ claims.

The organization’s mission is to help build girls of “courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.”

Neither the Northern Indiana Michigan organization or the Girl Scouts of the United States of America has a relationship with Planned Parenthood, which provides health services to women.

And, the statement read, the scouts’ position is that issues related to human sexuality and reproductve health are best left to parents or guardians and their daughters.

In regards to transgender youth, the statement says those issues are addressed on a case-by-case basis, with the “welfare and best interests of the child and the members of the … troop … a troop priority.”

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Religious right wages war against Girl Scouts

Religious extremists have launched a crusade against the Girl Scouts.

Churches throughout the United States are ousting troops from meeting on their premises and urging parents to yank their daughters from the group. At the same time, a boycott of Girl Scout cookies is underway.

According to its critics, the Girl Scouts is a secular organization that promotes birth control, paganism, abortion and – the ultimate evil of all, according to right-wing Christians – homosexuality. Their growing smear campaign, conducted through social media, contends that the group is affiliated with Planned Parenthood, the far right’s current bogeyman.

America’s Girl Scouts have repeatedly countered the right’s charges, maintaining they have no stance on birth control and abortion.

The cookie boycott was launched by a group calling itself Honest Girl Scouts, a front group for Mission America’s obsessively anti-gay Linda Harvey. She is known for her frequent tirades against “the homosexual community” and has claimed, among many other bizarre things, that all gays “hate Jesus Christ and His followers.”

Harvey is incensed that a Colorado Girl Scouts troop decided to allow a 7-year-old transgender girl to join.

Selling Girl Scout cookies is an all-American tradition that teaches girls about enterprise, teamwork and business management.

Radical-right group calls for boycott of Girl Scout cookies

A Ventura County Girl Scout released a video calling for a boycott of the group’s popular cookies over what she calls its “radical homosexual agenda.”

“Taylor,” as the girl is identified, is a 14-year-old girl who said she was mortified by Girl Scout officials’ recent decision to allow a 7-year-old transgender girl to join a Colorado-based troop.In her video, Taylor warned that proceeds from the sales of Girl Scout cookies “push a radical homosexual agenda at the expense of the Scouts’ safety.”

Taylor’s video is posted on the far-right websiteHonestGirlScounts.com. The home page has a variety of articles linking Girl Scouts of USA to what it calls “radical” groups such as Planned Parenthood and “radical” ideas, such as STD prevention and birth control.

The site calls on the organization to “eliminate sex education from Girl Scout permission and curricula.”Honest Girl Scouts is calling for the Scouts to cut ties with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) over its “friendship” with Planned Parenthood “and its worldwide agenda of explicit sexual education for young children.”

The religious right group claims that Girl Scouts of USA new CEO Anna Maria Chavez is a member of a “pro-abortion feminist coalition.”

Girl Scout officials have denied that cookie proceeds support any agenda but instead help to fund local troop activities.