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Sessions Says He Is Sticking With His Predecessors’ Tolerance of State-Legal Marijuana

House Judiciary CommitteeTestifying before the House Judiciary Committee today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed that he is not abandoning his predecessors’ policy of prosecutorial forbearance regarding state-licensed marijuana businesses. “Our policy is the same, really, fundamentally, as the Holder-Lynch policy, which is that the federal law remains in effect and a state can legalize marijuana […]

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New Jersey’s Newly Elected Governor Wants to Legalize Pot

campaign photoYesterday New Jersey voters elected a governor who wants to legalize marijuana, while Virginia voters elected a governor who wants to eliminate criminal penalties for simple possession. Incoming New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat who defeated Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, will succeed Republican Chris Christie, who as a candidate for his party’s 2016 […]

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Treating Drug Overdoses As Homicides May Be Deadly

WikimediaBecause prompt medical attention is crucial in saving people from potentially fatal opioid overdoses, 40 states and the District Columbia have enacted “911 Good Samaritan” laws that shield bystanders from some drug-related charges when they call for help. But as a new report from the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) notes, a countervailing legal trend undermines […]

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Vetoing Voters, Maine’s Governor Blocks Marijuana Legalization

Governor’s OfficeMaine Gov. Paul LePage on Friday vetoed a bill that would implement the marijuana legalization initiative that voters approved last November by establishing a system to license and regulate production and distribution of cannabis for the recreational market. Today state legislators are considering whether to override his veto or further delay commercial cultivation and […]

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Behold the Work of Russia’s Evil Advertising Geniuses

Today members of the House Intelligence Committee released some of the election-related ads placed on Facebook and Instagram by accounts linked to the Russian government. The sampling published by Politico seems inconsistent with the way politicians and journalists generally portray “Russian disinformation,” which they describe as a plot to “reshape U.S. politics” and undermine our […]

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Social Media Executives Echo Politicians’ Hysteria About ‘Russian Disinformation’

Yesterday representatives of Facebook, Google, and Twitter testified before a Senate subcommittee about online “Russian disinformation,” sounding a note of alarm that echoed legislators’ concerns and therefore grossly exaggerated the threat. “When it comes to the 2016 election,” said Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch, “the foreign interference we saw is reprehensible and outrageous and opened […]

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The Futility of Looking for Mass Murder in Stephen Paddock’s Brain

Next week Stanford neuropathologist Hannes Vogel expects to receive Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock’s brain, which he plans to examine for an explanation of the man’s horrifying crime. He is not optimistic. “I think everybody is pretty doubtful that we’re going to come up with something,” Vogel told The New York Times. “The possibilities, neuropathologically, […]

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