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Trump Administration Plans Crackdown On Recreational Marijuana
Created: Friday, 24 February 2017 03:38

President Donald Trump’s administration said on Thursday for the first time that it will crack down on marijuana sales in states that have approved recreational pot use.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the Department of Justice will pursue enforcement of federal law against recreational use, but not medical use. The statement marked a major break with the Obama administration’s hands-off approach to the growing marijuana legalization movement.

“I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement,” Spicer told reporters at his daily briefing. “Because again there’s a big difference between the medical use … that’s very different than the recreational use, which is something the Department of Justice will be further looking into.”

The decision is certain to provoke a fight with the states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Those states are Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington and the District of Columbia.

Jay Inslee, Washington state’s Democratic governor, made it clear earlier this month that the state would fight hard if the Trump team tried to block its recreational pot sales. “I think it would be a really big mistake for them to pick this fight, and I hope it will not occur,” Inslee said.

California legalization could translate to $5 billion in annual retail sales if Trump doesn’t intervene, according to estimates from Marijuana Business Daily. A cannabis caucus formed in Congress last week and vowed to fight Trump, if necessary, and protect legalization. Among the co-founders is Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican and Trump supporter whose name was floated for secretary of state before ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson got the job.

Nevada Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford called on the state’s attorney general to “vigorously defend” the state’s laws.

“Not only did voters overwhelmingly vote to approve the legalization of recreational marijuana, the governor’s proposed education budget depends on tax revenue from recreational marijuana sales,” Ford said. “Any action by the Trump administration would be an insult to Nevada voters and would pick the pockets of Nevada’s students.”

Seventy-one percent of voters say the government should not enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana use, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday. Fifty nine percent support legalizing recreational marijuana while 93 percent of Americans support medical marijuana use.

Washington and Colorado were the first states to legalize marijuana in 2012, while California followed suit last year. Twenty-eight states have legalized the drug for medical use.

Spicer compared the use of recreational marijuana to the opioid addiction crisis that has ravaged many communities across the nation. “The last thing we should be doing is encouraging people,” he said. He referred specific questions on enforcement to the Justice Department.

Source:  Sacbee.com

 
President Trump; "See You In Court" 9th Circuit Rules Against Reinstating Travel Ban
Created: Friday, 10 February 2017 01:19

President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, February 2, 2017.

 

President Donald Trump's travel ban will remain blocked, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

The unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel means that citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries will continue to be able to travel to the US, despite Trump's executive order last month.
"On the one hand, the public has a powerful interest in national security and in the ability of an elected president to enact policies," the judges wrote. "And on the other, the public also has an interest in free flow of travel, in avoiding separation of families, and in freedom from discrimination. We need not characterize the public interest more definitely than this... The emergency motion for a stay pending appeal is denied."
It is a significant political setback to Trump's new administration and raises questions about how the courts will view his apparent vision for an expansive use of executive power from the Oval Office on which he is anchoring the early weeks of his presidency.
Trump immediately tweeted his reaction to the ruling: "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!"Source:  cnn.com
 
Remember "Read My Lps No New Taxes" Now Aide Says Trump Won't Release Tax Returns
Created: Sunday, 22 January 2017 21:15

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will refuse to release his tax returns, abandoning a campaign promise that he would do so after an audit of them is finished, an aide said Sunday.

"The White House response is that he's not going to release his tax returns. We litigated this all through the election. People didn't care. They voted for him," Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, said on ABC's "This Week."

Conway had been asked on the TV program about a White House petition posted Friday demanding release of the tax returns. There are well over the 100,000 signatures required to meet the threshold to get a White House answer.

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Conway dismissed the observation about the signatures. She said people don't care about tax returns from Trump, the nation's first billionaire president, and are focused on what their own tax returns will look like while the Republican is in the White House.

"People want to know they will get tax relief," she said.

After Conway's remarks, the website WikiLeaks called on leakers to provide it with copies of Trump's tax returns.

WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign published thousands of e-mails and internal documents hacked from the Democratic National Committee and top advisers to Clinton

Source:  sacbee.com

 
Widespread Flooding, Mudslides, Evacuations As Biggest Storm In Years Batters California
Created: Monday, 23 January 2017 04:50
The latest and most powerful in a series of three winter storms slammed into California on Sunday, flooding roads, forcing evacuations in communities near burn areas and adding more snow in mountains from the Sierra Nevada to the San Bernardinos. 

Numerous roads around Southern California were flooded by sustained bursts of intense rain. The 710 Freeway flooded, prompting the California Highway Patrol to close both directions of the thoroughfare at Pacific Coast Highway. The 110 Freeway experienced high water near Torrance, where the CHP shut down all lanes for several hours. Numerous surface streets were also blocked by standing water, fallen trees, and rockslides.

Source:  latimes.com

 
Measles Outbreak Grows In L.A. County Despite California's Strict New Vaccination Law
Created: Sunday, 22 January 2017 02:11

Six months after California’s strict vaccine law took effect, a measles outbreak has infected 20 people, most of them in Los Angeles County, prompting a search for others who may have been exposed to the highly contagious virus.

Most of the patients live in western areas of the county, including L.A.’s Westside, the Santa Monica Mountains and the San Fernando Valley. Santa Barbara and Ventura counties each reported one case.

At least 15 of the 18 L.A. County patients either knew one another or had a clear social connection, said Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, interim health officer for the L.A. County Department of Public Health. None of the 18 could provide proof of vaccination, he said.

Gunzenhauser said the first person was diagnosed in early December, followed by 16 cases in the last three weeks of 2016, and then one more case last week.

Source:  latimes.com

 

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