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FROM John Litrell
Marijuana Dispensary Owner Found Guilty—Federal Law Always Wins Charles Lynch runs Central Coast Compassionate Caregivers in Morro Bay—a dispensary for medical marijuana. Under the state law approved by voters in 1996, that’s perfectly legal, and Lynch has the support of Morro Bay’s Mayor. But yesterday in Los Angeles a federal court jury convicted Lynch of selling and distributing marijuana. Marijuana is illegal under federal law, and the US Supreme Court has ruled that federal law prevails. Lynch could be sentenced to between 5 and 85 years in federal prison.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?