FROM Sal Tinajero
Dazed and Confused over Orange County's Pot Policies? Medical marijuana was approved by California voters in 1996, and it's a billion-dollar industry. But state law gives cities the option of either approving dispensaries or banning them. Anaheim had more than 110 dispensaries three years ago. Since then, it's been closing them down — going to court and shutting off their water and power. The city is now saying "no," but Santa Ana, next door, held a lottery last Thursday for 20 licenses. No less than 630 applicants paid $1700 each for a chance to open a business.
"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.