FROM David Samuels
California's Marijuana Industry The Drug Enforcement Administration says marijuana is as dangerous to users as heroin and PCP. It's strictly illegal under federal law. Democratic Congressman Barney Frank wants to decriminalize the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, although he concedes that will never pass. In the meantime, the pot industry is more than alive and well—especially in California, where medical use was legalized by voters in 1996. David Samuels wrote extensively about it in last week's issue of the New Yorker magazine.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.