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Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted for funneling foreign money into US campaigns

Giuliani associate Lev Parnas was convicted on 6 campaign finance-related charges after a high-profile trial. His co-defendant, Andrey Kukushkin, was also found guilty of the two charges against him. Both men were accused of illegally funneling a Russian businessman’s money into US campaigns. Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian business associate of former New York mayor RudyContinue reading “Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted for funneling foreign money into US campaigns”

A War Over Weed & Water Is Tearing Apart This California Community – VICE News

A battle has erupted over water and weed in Northern California, and the fight has pitted some long-time residents against a community of refugees from Southeast Asia.

How The United States Ended Up With Two Right-Wing Parties – Second Though

We hear a lot about the Democrats being “the radical left.” Most of us know this obviously isn’t the case, but what many Americans don’t realize is that the Democrats should not be considered left-wing at all. In this episode we’re exploring the ratchet effect and the long rightward shift of the Democratic Party.

3 Senate Democrats draft plan to end federal ban on marijuana

Three top Senate Democrats have a draft plan to end the federal ban on cannabis and implement a series of programs to help communities that have been harmed by the war on drugs, which have disproportionately tended to be communities of color.   Senators Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, Ron Wyden of Oregon and CoryContinue reading “3 Senate Democrats draft plan to end federal ban on marijuana”

Clarence Thomas says federal laws against marijuana may no longer be necessary

“The federal government’s current approach is a half-in, half-out regime that simultaneously tolerates and forbids local use of marijuana,” the conservative Supreme Court justice wrote. Clarence Thomas, one of the Supreme Court‘s most conservative justices, said Monday that because of the hodgepodge of federal policies on marijuana, federal laws against its use or cultivation may noContinue reading “Clarence Thomas says federal laws against marijuana may no longer be necessary”

Mississippi justices toss voter-backed marijuana initiative

Mississippi will remain in the minority of states without a medical marijuana program after the state Supreme Court on Friday overturned an initiative that voters approved last fall — a decision that also limits other citizen-led efforts to put issues on the statewide ballot. Six justices ruled that the medical marijuana initiative is void because the state’sContinue reading “Mississippi justices toss voter-backed marijuana initiative”

91 Percent of Americans Support Legalized Marijuana as Democrats Push to Reform Laws

Democrats in Congress are continuing a push to legalize marijuana, while a recent poll showed that 91 percent of Americans support legalizing the drug for either recreational or medicinal use. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he expects to introduce legalization legislation to the Senate in “a few weeks” on Tuesday, a day that he called “a very unofficial AmericanContinue reading “91 Percent of Americans Support Legalized Marijuana as Democrats Push to Reform Laws”

Schumer says Senate to act on marijuana legalization

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told Politico in an interview this week that the Senate will work toward federal marijuana reform legislation — including legalization — with or without President Biden’s support. Why it matters: Biden has in the past opposed federal marijuana legalization citing a lack of evidence on whether it is a gateway drug. He has insteadContinue reading “Schumer says Senate to act on marijuana legalization”

New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana

New York is poised to join a growing number of states that have legalized marijuana after state lawmakers reached a deal to allow sales of the drug for recreational use. The agreement reached Saturday, which is expected to be signed into law in the coming days, would expand the state’s existing medical marijuana program andContinue reading “New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana”

Jamaica faces marijuana shortage as farmers struggle

Jamaica is running low on ganja. Heavy rains followed by an extended drought, an increase in local consumption and a drop in the number of marijuana farmers have caused a shortage in the island’s famed but largely illegal market that experts say is the worst they’ve seen. “It’s a cultural embarrassment,” said Triston Thompson, chiefContinue reading “Jamaica faces marijuana shortage as farmers struggle”