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Democrats favor looser restrictions on marijuana — and some in GOP join them

“But in both parties, there are still calls to exercise more caution when it comes to overhauling marijuana laws” writes Seung Min Kim for washingtonpost.com. Democrats are increasingly embracing looser restrictions on marijuana — and a growing number of high-profile Republicans are joining them, marking a shift in the politics of cannabis.Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) have pressed the Justice Department to back off efforts to curtail medical marijuana research at the Drug Enforcement Administration.In a written statement announcing his decision, Schumer said “there’s no better…

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Koch brothers infiltrated Trump administration, Democrats demanding documents say

“Senate Democrats are demanding President Trump answer for a “sweeping infiltration” at the White House and throughout the Trump administration by members of groups affiliated with the Republican-aligned Koch brothers” writes Ap Photo Phelan for washingtonexaminer.com. “Long-standing members of the Koch network fill the ranks of the federal government, raising concerns about the network’s access to and influence over federal decision-making. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Smallville’s Allison Mack Arrested for Sex Trafficking in ‘Guru to Stars’ Case

“Allison Mack was accused in an indictment unsealed Friday in federal court in Brooklyn” writes Associated Press for elle.com. Raniere is being held on trafficking charges, and his attorneys have said he’s innocent.NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a television actress best known for playing a young Superman’s close friend has been charged with sex trafficking for helping recruit women to be slaves of a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru. Source: elle.com Share This:

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Yep, the feds grow and sell marijuana. Here’s how.

“They have the one and only license ever issued by the DEA to grow cannabis for research purposes,” Dr” writes Morgan Sung for mashable.com. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse pays this university to grow weed, and then distributes it to registered researchers.Does the government actually grow weed for its citizens, though?. Is the government really growing weed?. In the 2008 stoner staple Pineapple Express, a secret military facility experiments with growing marijuana in the 1930s. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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Wells Fargo to pay $1B for mortgage, auto lending abuses

“Wells Fargo has been refunding auto loan customers since July and been mailing refund checks to impacted mortgage customers since December” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Last summer Wells Fargo admitted that hundreds of thousands of its auto loan customers had been sold auto insurance that they did not want or need.NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo will pay $1 billion to federal regulators to settle charges tied to its mortgage and auto lending business, the latest chapter in a wide-ranging scandal at the banking giant.Wells Fargo is the…

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Venture Capital Backers of Cryptocurrency Companies…

“Digital currency companies and their Silicon Valley backers are seeking a broad oversight exemption from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), claiming it would slow digital coin growth” writes Rebecca Campbell for livebitcoinnews.com. It claimed that the mechanism for trading assets meets the definition of a ‘security’ under the federal securities laws. Source: livebitcoinnews.com Share This:

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Chuck Schumer signs a bong, declares support for bill that would decriminalize marijuana

“Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., signed a bong during an interview where he revealed his support for forthcoming legislation to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Schumer said he believes full legalization should be decided on the state level and threw his support behind legalizing marijuana in his home state of New York.If smoking marijuana doesn’t hurt anybody else, why shouldn’t we allow people to do it and not make it criminal?” Schumer explained. Some states have already legalized recreational marijuana use, despite the federal ban, including…

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Federal appeals court rules against Trump in challenge to sanctuary cities

“A panel of three Republican-appointed judges on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the injunction issued by a federal district court judge in Chicago” writes Haven Daley Ap for washingtonexaminer.com. A federal appeals court on Thursday delivered a blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to crack down on sanctuary cities, by upholding a nationwide injunction that blocked the Justice Department from denying funding to jurisdictions that fail to cooperate on immigration matters.”Nationwide injunctions allow a single federal district judge to set policy by ordering relief outside the scope…

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Former Cooper Lighting employee sentenced on racketeering charges

“A former Cooper Lighting employee has been sentenced to five years in prison and restitution on racketeering charges after stealing $133,000 from the company” writes Ben Nelms for thecitizen.com. As a special condition of her probation, she is required to disclose any federal and state convictions to any potential employer.” Price, 60, of Hampton, was an employee of what was then called Cooper Lighting. Source: thecitizen.com Share This:

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Is It Too Late to Stop the Rise of Marijuana, Inc.?

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions has long opposed marijuana legalization, so this move was not entirely surprising” writes Reihan Salam for theatlantic.com. Yet as support for marijuana legalization has increased, and as the marijuana industry in his home state has grown by leaps and bounds, Gardner has shrewdly repositioned himself as its champion.Soon, I suspect, marijuana legalization will be entrenched in federal law. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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