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DC Council Sets First Hearing On Legal Weed Sales

The DCist reports: More than a dozen states across the U.S. have already legalized marijuana sales, and later this fall lawmakers in D.C. will start debating whether to join that group. The D.C. Council has scheduled a public hearing on Nov. 19 to consider legislation from Chairman Phil Mendelson that would legalize the sale of recreational marijuana, alongside a separate …

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Oxy-Peddling Sackler Family Given Civil Immunity

The Washington Post reports: More than two decades after Purdue Pharma launched its blockbuster pain pill OxyContin, preceding a deadly overdose crisis, a judge approved a bankruptcy plan Wednesday that will resolve thousands of lawsuits against the drugmaker and grant sweeping legal immunity to its billionaire owners. Negotiated until the 11th hour, the final terms of the settlement confirmed by …

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New Orleans Pardons Thousands For Weed Possession

New Orleans’ CBS News affiliate reports: The New Orleans City Council pardoned thousands of people who have been cited for marijuana possession. According to Council President Helena Moreno, about 10,000 convictions and pending case penalties for small amounts of cannabis possession have been pardoned as well as any future summons. The council hopes that the new move will help the …

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US Sprinter Left Off Olympics Team For Marijuana Use

The Wall Street Journal reports: Team USA’s roster of track and field athletes at the Tokyo Olympics will be missing its biggest newsmaker ahead of the Games: sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson. The 21-year-old winner of the U.S. Olympic track and field trials’ women’s 100 meters last month was left off the team named Tuesday by USA Track & Field, after an …

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Mexican Supreme Court Legalizes Recreational Weed

The Associated Press reports: Mexico’s Supreme Court ordered the government Monday to issue permits for the personal use of marijuana and for the growing of limited amounts of pot plants, after the country’s Congress took too long to approve a limited legalization law. In 2019, the court ruled that prohibiting marijuana was unconstitutional, and gave lawmakers until this past April …

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Man In Cockpit Breach Bid: “I Smoked A Lot Of Meth”

The Daily Beast reports: A man who panicked on a moving plane at LAX, charged to the cockpit, then broke his leg after leaping out of an emergency exit told cops that he’d smoked “a lot” of crystal meth in the days leading up the incident. Court documents allege that Luis Antonio Victoria Dominguez, 33, leaned over to the passenger …

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Junior Posts Bizarre, Slurring, Bleary-Eyed Rant [Video]

Donald Trump Jr. today posted a bizarre, slurring, red-eyed rant against President Biden that leapt between disjointed claims about hacking McDonald’s and Biden giving the nuclear football to Putin. Junior’s performance has sent Twitter’s wags wondering is he was drunk, stoned, or drunk and stoned. Watch below and give us your own assessment. It appears Don Jr. is going through …

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Thomas Suggests Ending Federal Ban On Marijuana

Axios reports: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote Monday that the federal prohibition on marijuana may no longer be needed because of the government’s “mixed signals” on the issue. Why it matters: Thomas, one of the court’s conservative justices, wrote the opinion Monday as the court declined to hear the appeal of a Colorado medical marijuana dispensary that was …

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Connecticut Legal Weed Bill Approaches Final Approval

The Hartford Courant reports: Following more than seven hours of debate, the Connecticut House of Representatives avoided a threatened gubernatorial veto and approved a revised bill that would legalize marijuana in the state. The measure cleared the House by a largely party-line vote of 76 to 62. Twelve Democrats joined all but one Republican–Rep. Rick Hayes of Putnam–in voting no. …

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Pew Poll: Only 8% Say Weed Should Be Totally Illegal

Pew Research reports: As more states, including Virginia and New York, continue to legalize marijuana, an overwhelming share of U.S. adults (91%) say either that marijuana should be legal for medical and recreational use (60%) or that it should be legal for medical use only (31%). Fewer than one-in-ten (8%) say marijuana should not be legal for use by adults. …

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NYPD Memo: Ignore People Smoking Weed In Public

The Hill reports: A recent memorandum from the New York Police Department (NYPD) advises officers not to stop residents who are smoking marijuana in public. The memo shared with The Hill on Friday outlines how officers are to approach the drug after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed recreational weed into law. It says that smoking marijuana in places …

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Mexico Is On The Verge Of Fully Legalizing Marijuana

The New York Times reports: Lawmakers in Mexico approved a bill Wednesday night to legalize recreational marijuana, a milestone for the country, which is in the throes of a drug war and could become the world’s largest cannabis market, leaving the United States between two pot-selling neighbors. The 316-to-129 vote in Mexico’s lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, came more …

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VA Lawmakers Approve Legal Weed Starting In 2024

The Virginia Mercury reports: Lawmakers in the Virginia House and Senate voted Saturday to legalize recreational marijuana beginning in 2024, but opted to delay key decisions about how the new marketplace will operate until next year. The bill, which Gov. Ralph Northam made a priority of his final year in office, is poised to make Virginia the first state in …

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New Jersey Governor Signs Legal Weed Bill Into Law

The New Jersey Advance reports: More than three years after he took office with hopes of legalizing marijuana in 100 days, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills that together legalize marijuana in New Jersey and put an end to thousands of arrests. But it took more than a marijuana-friendly governor to make reform a reality. There were years of failed …

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Feds Seize $3 Million Worth Of Cocaine-Frosted Flakes

Cincinnati’s ABC News affiliate reports: Federal officials said they found around 44 pounds of cocaine-coated corn flakes, seized in Cincinnati from incoming freight from Peru. U.S. Customs agents said they intercepted the smuggled narcotics, with an estimated street value of $2,922,400. K-9 Bisco picked up the scene, federal officials said, alerting agents to a large shipment of cereal heading to …

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US House Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Marijuana Moment reports: The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill to federally legalize marijuana in a historic vote on Friday. It’s the day that cannabis reform advocates have been building toward for years—a full floor vote to end prohibition in a chamber of Congress. Under the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, cannabis would be federally descheduled and …

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UN Removes Weed From List Of Dangerous Narcotics

The New York Times reports: A United Nations commission voted on Wednesday to remove cannabis for medicinal purposes from a category of the world’s most dangerous drugs, a highly anticipated and long-delayed decision that could clear the way for an expansion of marijuana research and medical use. The vote by the Commission for Narcotic Drugs, which is based in Vienna …

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Montana Voters Approve Legal Weed Initiatives

Marijuana Moment reports: Montana voters have approved a pair of marijuana legalization initiatives. The main statutory reform measure will establish a legal system of marijuana production and sales for adults in the state, while a separate constitutional amendment will stipulate that only those 21 and older can participate in the market. Opponents of the legalization attempted to quash the proposal …

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Oregon Is First State To Decriminalize Hard Drugs

Portland’s NBC News reports: Fifty years after the War On Drugs began in the 1970s, Oregon voters decided on an alternative path: decriminalization for user-amounts of illicit substances and accompanying recovery treatment options instead of jail time. Oregonians have approved Measure 110, which decriminalizes possession of small amounts of heroin, cocaine, LSD, oxycodone and some other drugs, according to the …

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Arizona Voters Approve Legal Weed Initiative

Arizona Central reports: Arizona’s ballot measure to legalize marijuana passed Tuesday with voters deciding to join 11 other states that have done so despite a conflict with federal law, according to The Associated Press. Proposition 207 would legalize possession of as much as an ounce of marijuana for adults 21 and older and set up a licensing system for retail …

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