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Shifting Legal Paradigms in the Regulation of Medical Marijuana

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge, Jr., Jennifer Piatt, Sarah Wetter, and Alexandra Hess of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona …

This Trump accuser’s story is well-supported and convincing. His response is not.

Trump’s latest statement on sexual misconduct allegations: call it the security camera defense.<p>The president of the United States offered his latest response on Tuesday to one of the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him.<p>Rachel Crooks told the Washington Post on Monday that Trump …

Donald Trump

The Swiss Have Liberal Gun Laws, Too

But they also have fewer gun-related deaths than the U.S.<p>In February 2011, Swiss citizens voted in a referendum that called for a national gun registry and for firearms owned by members of the military to be stored in public arsenals.<p>“It is a question of trust between the state and the citizen. The …

Guns

Senate Republicans are trying to blame Medicaid for the opioid epidemic

A new hearing and report focus on this supposed problem.<p>Senate Republicans have found a new enemy in America’s opioid epidemic: Medicaid.<p>On Wednesday, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, led by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), will hold a hearing focused on the impact of …

Health Care

An End to Gerrymandering in Ohio?

A bipartisan compromise that just passed the state Senate would require minority-party support for political maps, and would limit the number of communities that could be splintered.<p>On Monday night, the Ohio state Senate did something truly unprecedented: With near-unanimous support from both …

Government

‘Like we descended from Hitler’: Coming to terms with a slave-trading past

The family secret lurked in the background as the cousins grew up in Maine, Maryland and Tennessee. Something about the Southern ancestors, back in the Civil War days, that most of the adults wouldn’t talk about, although those who married into the family would occasionally give hints.<p>“My …

Black History

Tax Cuts Put Oklahoma In A Bind. Now Gov. Fallin Wants To Raise Taxes

Oklahoma taxpayers are fed up.<p>Riding high on the oil boom of the late 2000s, the state followed the Kansas model and slashed taxes. But the promised prosperity never came. In many cases, it was just the opposite.<p>Around 20 percent of Oklahoma's schools now hold classes just four days a week. Last …

Sustainability

New California bill could serve as national model for skirting Trump's tax law

A California Senate leader on Thursday introduced legislation aimed at circumventing a central plank in the new Republican tax law, introducing a model that - if successful - could be replicated all over the country.<p>California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León, D, introduced a bill that …

Court green-lights Democrats' suit against Project Veritas

A federal judge rejects the bid by James O'Keefe venture to dismiss a suit over an undercover operation during 2016 campaign.<p>A federal judge has turned down a bid by the conservative undercover video producer Project Veritas to throw out a lawsuit filed by Democratic organizations and activists it …

Corruption

Two conservative lawmakers call for Sessions to step down

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two leading members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign in an op-ed published Thursday morning, writing that "it's time for Jeff Sessions to go."<p>Mark Meadows, Freedom Caucus chair, and Jim Jordan, a member who sits on the oversight …

Donald Trump

States unhappy with rollback of hands-off federal guidelines on pot laws

<b>(CNN) —</b> Several states that allow marijuana use reacted with frustration to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' rescinding of Obama-era guidelines that established a hands-off approach to their marijuana-friendly laws.<p>While a number of states have decriminalized or legalized marijuana use, it is still …

Cannabis

New Painkiller Discovery Could Lead to First Non-Addictive Opioid Drug

This could reshape the opioid crisis.<p>By on<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>In the United States, more than 90 …

There's Now "Very Strong Evidence" That Alcohol Can Directly Damage DNA

Well, crap.<p>There is an increasing body of evidence linking alcohol consumption to an increased cancer risk - and now scientists in the UK believe …

California’s Pot Queen Raided Just Before State Legalizes It

From unlicensed lipo to high-volume hydro, a California Woman gives Florida Man a run for his money.<p>Before she became a pot “queen pin,” Stephanie …

Where Pot Entrepreneurs Go When the Banks Just Say No

The small burgundy satchel bore the hallmarks of rugged craftsmanship: top-grain leather, double stitching on the straps. It was wider at the bottom, sort of like an inverted funnel, and two buckles secured the flap. Babak Behzadzadeh knew exactly how he might use the bag when he saw it hanging in …

Cannabis

Colorado Democrats React to Jeff Sessions' Weed Policy With Surprisingly Good Tweets

Often, the Democratic Party has trouble on the social media platform known as Twitter dot com. But today, the Colorado Senate Democrats showed how it …

Everyone in Trumpworld Knows He’s an Idiot

One of the more alarming anecdotes in “Fire and Fury,” Michael Wolff’s incendiary new book about Donald Trump’s White House, involves the firing of James Comey, former director of the F.B.I. It’s not Trump’s motives that are scary; Wolff reports that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were …

Donald Trump

Here's exactly what to say to people who think intense cold weather "proves global warming is a lie"

In case you somehow are missing it, today and heading into this weekend, most of the U.S. is experiencing some of the coldest temperatures on record. …

The Year Climate Change Began to Spin Out of Control - MIT Technology Review

For decades, scientists have warned that climate change would make extreme events like droughts, floods, hurricanes, and wildfires more frequent, …

Climate Change

The Trump administration’s new war on marijuana, explained

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is unleashing federal law enforcement — to crack down on marijuana legalization states.<p>Attorney General Jeff Sessions has launched a new war on marijuana legalization.<p>On Thursday, Sessions rescinded a memo from former President Barack Obama’s administration that …

Incoherent, authoritarian, uninformed: Trump’s New York Times interview is a scary read

The president of the United States is not well.<p>The president of the United States is not well. That is an uncomfortable thing to say, but it is an even worse thing to ignore.<p>Consider the interview Trump gave to the New York Times on Thursday. It begins with a string of falsehoods that make it …

Legal Weed Isn’t The Boon Small Businesses Thought It Would Be

As California opens its market Jan. 1, Washington state’s experience serves as a warning.<p>The business of selling legal weed is big and getting …

A woman approached The Post with dramatic — and false — tale about Roy Moore. She appears to be part of undercover sting operation.

A woman who falsely claimed to The Washington Post that Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, impregnated her as a teenager appears to work with an organization that uses deceptive tactics to secretly record conversations in an effort to embarrass its targets.<p>In a series of …

Journalism

GOP Voter Suppression Is the Country’s Greatest Scandal

In state after state, the party enacts measures to solve a problem that does not exist but which targets African Americans, often with surgical …

We Need to Impeach Trump So Republicans Can Do the Exact Same Stuff but, Like, Normally

Hello, all—Serious Conservative Writer Man here to discuss a matter of grave importance. Donald Trump is a boorish, uncouth embarrassment to the nation, and it’s high time my colleagues in the Republican Party stood up to him once and for all: we must impeach this inurbane ruffian to restore the …

Jon Stewart Reckons With One Year of President Trump: ‘What the F*ck, Man?’

At the annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit Tuesday night, Jon Stewart looked back and tried to make sense of the year since America elected …

Comedy

New report suggests Trump may have lied about ties to mob-linked Russian businessman

A new report describes Trump meeting with Felix Sater shortly after the 2016 presidential election<p>President Donald Trump has long insisted that he doesn't know Felix Sater, a Russian businessman with a number of shady ties to organized crime. Yet a new report suggests that Trump and Sater not only …

7 Ways To Pull Your Wandering Mind Back Into The Present Moment

Humans spend about half of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they’re actually doing in the present. A now-famous Harvard study illuminated this reality, using an iPhone app that pinged participants at random times throughout the day and asked them what they were thinking …

Mindfulness

Groundbreaking quark fusion generates 10 times as much energy as nuclear fusion

Physicists at Tel Aviv University and University of Chicago have discovered that quark fusion could be an even more energy-packed reaction than …

Russia