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Starting on January 1, recreational marijuana will be legal in California. Selling weed could produce an economic boom — but for whom? Thanks to racial disparities in drug enforcement and in funding, the marijuana marketplace is not equal for black and white Americans.
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Mike Males, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (@CJCJmedia)
Hilary Bricken, Harris Bricken / Canna Law Group (@CannaBizLawyer)
Joy Hollingsworth, The Hollingsworth Cannabis Company (@THCCompanyWA)
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Democrats are winning in off-year elections even in GOP strongholds; and polls show the president’s job approval numbers declining and a desire for Democrats to control Congress. Republicans say they have to “sell” their tax bill to win support for it, but their real challenge may be trying to prove that Trump is up to the task of being commander-in-chief.
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