FROM Frank Chimienti
Another Crackdown on Medical Marijuana Medical marijuana is legal in California but prohibited under federal law, and that's created confusion in the courts and in many cities. The City of Los Angeles once had as many as 850 dispensaries, but now the City Council is divided over a proposal to ban them altogether. In the meantime, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is targeting dispensaries operating within 600 feet of schools, relying on state law. If he succeeds, it'll cost violators $5,000 a day as long as they stay open.
"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.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?