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Homeland Security Chief Does a 180 on Marijuana: First He Said It's 'Not a Factor' in the Drug War, Now He's Spreading Fear About It

DHS's Kelly takes hard line on pot in major speech, closing ranks with Sessions

WASHINGTON — Two days after downplaying the role of marijuana in the nation's drug war, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly changed course Tuesday, calling it a "potentially dangerous gateway drug" and saying his agency would continue to arrest and investigate those who traded in it in violation of federal law. "Let me be clear…

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11 Senators Call on Trump Team to Not Mess With Legal Marijuana

11 senators call on Trump team to allow sale of recreational marijuana

WASHINGTON — Eleven senators asked the Trump administration Thursday to allow states to tax and sell recreational marijuana. The senators wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, reminding him that President Donald Trump said on the campaign trail that the issue of legalization should be left up to states. Eight states that have legalized recreational…

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Late night comics react to Trump's 'crazy' Thursday press conference

Late night comics react to Trump's 'crazy' Thursday press conference

For all the talk of division in the land, Donald Trump, it turns out, is bringing the country together, or at least the portion of it that is employed in hosting late-night talk shows. They all agreed Thursday night that the 45th president's first solo press conference that day was a spectacle worthy of much comment.…

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Congressional Cannabis Caucus Ready to 'Bump Heads' With Trump's Anti-Pot Attorney General

Cannabis caucus ready to 'bump heads' with Trump's anti-pot attorney general

WASHINGTON — Congress is forming a cannabis caucus with high hopes of protecting a pot industry besieged by fears of a potential federal crackdown. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican who is an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, is helping to lead the creation of the caucus. He's pushing legislation telling anti-pot Attorney General Jeff…

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Marijuana Supporters Hand Out Free Joints Before Inauguration

Marijuana supporters hand out free joints before inauguration

WASHINGTON — As hundreds of people lined up for free marijuana in Washington Friday, Kareem Walker could hardly believe the sight. "They're passing out weed, man, it's crazy!" said Walker, a New Yorker, who came to the marijuana giveaway to sell T-shirts that bore a catchy phrase in honor of the day: "When they go low,…

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Pot Advocates See Some Hope in Attorney General Nominee's Vague Answers on Marijuana

Pot advocates see some hope in attorney general nominee's vague answers on marijuana

WASHINGTON — Marijuana legalization advocates struggled Tuesday to find hope in comments that Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, made at his Senate confirmation hearing about federal tolerance for states that have legalized pot. Sessions, who has been fiercely anti-marijuana as a U.S. senator from Alabama, has the power as attorney general to reverse…

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Vote on Sessions is "Make or Break," Pot Groups Say

Vote on Sessions is 'make or break' for marijuana legalization, pot groups say

WASHINGTON — Backers of marijuana legalization on Monday stepped up their pressure on the U.S. Senate to block the confirmation of Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions as the next attorney general. Sessions, a staunch opponent of legalization, angered proponents in April when he called pot "dangerous" and said that "good people don't smoke marijuana." Marijuana backers…

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Donald Trump's Call for 'Stop and Frisk' is a Recipe for Heightening Racial Tensions

How many stop and frisk arrests led to convictions in New York?

WASHINGTON — Would it help keep minorities safe in violent neighborhoods? Or subject them to racial profiling by police, and increase tensions between minorities and law enforcement? It's "stop and frisk," a police practice adopted in New York City, credited with helping bring down crime, and then amended after being ruled unconstitutional. And now Donald Trump…

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Congress Short-Changes Opioid Crisis, Passing Bill Without Necessary Funding

Opioid bill passes, but there's little money to act on its wish list

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Libertarian Gary Johnson Could Spoil the Southwest for Trump

Libertarian Gary Johnson could spoil the Southwest for Trump

WASHINGTON — Up against the least-popular presidential candidates ever, Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein of the Green Party are getting extra attention. Both have been included in a series of polls and performed relatively well. And while neither may win any electoral votes, Johnson can still spoil the Southwest for GOP hopeful…

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