FROM Stephen Gutwillig
Proposition 19: Marijuana Is Back on the Ballot Again Medicinal marijuana use has been legal in California since Prop 215 passed 14 years ago. Proposition 19 on this November's ballot would legalize recreational use for Californians over 21. It would be subject to taxes, fees and regulations by the state and local governments. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst says it could save "several tens of millions of dollars" a year for law enforcement, jails and state prisons.
California Voters to Decide Whether to Legalize Marijuana Secretary of State Deborah Bowen has certified for November's ballot a measure to permit Californians 21 and over to grow and/or possess an ounce of marijuana. Local jurisdictions could regulate and tax marijuana or not. We hear from a reporter covering the story as well as advocates and opponents of the measure.
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.
"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.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.