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EDITORIAL: Smoking Marijuana Has Unhappy Consequences

4yrs ago from Washington Times
It’s good to be smart. Nearly everybody craves the company of the brainy and bright. Smart people usually surround themselves with the intelligent gadgetry of modernity — smart phones, smart cars, smart watches, smart TVs, even smart fridges that can recite recipes and stream video on demand. It is true, of course, that gadgets can be become addictive. Then acquiring the latest expensive iFrill is not so smart.
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California Company Develops Tool That Could Help Cops Bust Stoned Drivers

4yrs ago from The Blaze
As the legalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational use continues to expand across the country, so does the concern that stoned drivers are putting lives at risk on the roadways. Hound Labs, a California-based company, has created a device that might help law enforcement detect drivers who are driving under the influence of marijuana. "We are trying to make the establishment of impairment around marijuana rational and to balance fairness and safety," Hound Labs CEO Mike Lynn told NPR recently. Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, and 30 states allow its use for medicinal purposes. How does it work? The device is housed in a small plastic box about the size of a large cellphone, NPR reported. If an officer suspects someone may be under the influence, the officer would place a disposable cartridge inside the device and ask the person to blow into the clear tube …
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The Trump Administration Wants to Punish Legal Immigrants Who Used ObamaCare

4yrs ago from The Week
The Trump administration is preparing a proposal that would make it more difficult for legal immigrants to obtain a green card or become citizens if they have used public welfare programs, NBC News reported Tuesday. The proposal would limit the path to citizenship or reduce the odds of obtaining permanent legal status for migrants who have ever used ObamaCare, children's public health insurance, food stamps, or other benefits. Experts say it would affect around 20 million immigrants, hitting low-income families the hardest. White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, who has been tasked with reducing the number of migrants who obtain permanent legal status, is leading the way on the proposal, reports NBC News. It would not require congressional approval. The details are still being finalized, but sources said a nearly-finished version of the plan has been sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget. In 2016, about 1.2 million immigrants became lawful permanent residents, and more than 750,000 became naturalized citizens. The Trump administration's new immigration policies have put the U.S. on track to decrease those numbers by 20 percent and 10 percent, respectively. A Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman said that the proposal "is clearly intended to protect the American taxpayer by ensuring that foreign nationals seeking to enter or remain in the U.S are self-sufficient." Read more at NBC News. Summer Meza
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Here’s How Reality Luxury TV Is Helping Conservatives Push Their Agenda — and Killing America’s Soul

4yrs ago from Raw Story
In both Britain and the United States conservative lawmakers are trying to radically reduce the social safety net for the poor by adding conditions and requirements to programs like Food Stamps and Medicaid. Proposals include adding work requirements and drug testing. This article was originally published at Salon Their voting base is loving it: “Finally, something is getting done. . . .” A lot has been written about how the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump reflected the ascendancy …
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