Marijuana News: Nashville Bill Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Pot

Sep 21, 2016, 2:04 pm EDT

Marijuana has been decriminalized in the city of Nashville for those caught in possession of a small amount of pot.

Under Tennessee law, the substance is still illegal and officers can still issue the standard penalty, which gives citizens a misdemeanor and a $2,500 fine. However, the new bill now gives authorities the option of giving those in possession of marijuana a $50 citation instead.

The law applies to those who possess or exchange up to half an ounce of the plant. Up to ten hours of community service could be added on along with the citation. Read 

Facebook Partners With ABC News to Stream 2016 Presidential Debates

Sep 20, 2016, 3:22 pm EDT

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) and ABC News — owned by Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS) — will cover the presidential debates.

The two companies will team up to stream the debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump via Facebook Live. Additionally, ABC analysts will host a pre-show on the social media site that will heat things up before the two candidates make their cases.

ABC News executive Colby Smith commented on the matter, noting the increased demand for live content. “We know many users turn to Facebook to engage and participate in the conversation,” he said. Read 

Republicans vs. Democrats: Which Is Better for the Economy?

Sep 19, 2016, 2:34 pm EDT

“It’s the economy, stupid!” This slogan, popularized during former President Bill Clinton’s campaign, highlighted one of the most important issues in politics. Source: GrabPress

Both Republicans and Democrats love to spout policy rhetoric to their core voting base. But at the end of the day, Americans care about how an administration will affect their wallets.

President Clinton was able to tap into that sentiment successfully. Don’t be surprised if the 2016 Election also hinges on which party delivers the economic goods. Read 

U.S. Presidential Election: When Is Election Day 2016?

Sep 15, 2016, 1:50 pm EDT

When is Election Day 2016?

The presidential race has been in full throttle for well over a year, marking one of the most intense battles for the presidency in recent elections. Tuesday, November 8 is the day when you can cast a vote for Republican candidate Donald Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton, or a third-party nominee such as Libertarian Gary Johnson.

The race has been a seesaw affair in 2016, with Trump leading the polls by 0.2% back in May. However, the Republican nominee has made a series of statements that have diminished his popularity, including his desire to build a wall in the Mexican border, and anti-Muslim comments. Read 

Book of Paintings by George W. Bush Coming in 2017

Sep 14, 2016, 4:47 pm EDT

George W. Bush is releasing a new book that consists mostly of paintings. Source: Flickr

The former president’s new publication will be titled Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors. The book will be comprised of 66 paintings, as well as a mural drawn by Bush.

The work of art pays homage to military veterans, as well as those in active service. Crown Publishing Group will release the book, which is slated for a Feb. 28, 2017 launch. Read 

California Prop 56: Will Voters Say Yes to $2 Tax Hike on Cigarettes?

Sep 9, 2016, 12:06 pm EDT

California Prop 56 is a new measure that would increase cigarette taxes in the state by $2.

The new tax on cigarettes could quickly take the state from offering some of the cheapest tobacco taxes to being in the top 10 most expensive states in the U.S. The current tax on cigarettes in California is 87 cents and California Prop 56 would bring it up to $2.87.

Tobacco companies, including Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) and Reynolds American, Inc. (NYSE:RAI), are funneling money into a campaign to fight California Prop 56. $35.6 million has already been donated to the campaign by tobacco companies. This is twice what supporters of the new tax have donated and makes up the majority of the campaign’s $37.1 million in donations. Read 

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