Marijuana News: Maryland to Release Names of 15 Approved Medical Pot Growers

Aug 15, 2016, 4:59 pm EDT

The latest marijuana news sees Maryland making progress in the growing, distribution and sale of cannabis for medical purposes. Source: ©

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is expected to announce that it has approved 15 institutions to grow the plant and sell it to medical dispensaries. Each group of growers will receive a license, pending background checks.

More than 1,000 institutions applied to be considered for the growth of marijuana in the Old Line State. Additionally, the agency has chosen five alternates that could take over as growers if one or more of these institutions fail a background check. Read 

DEA: Marijuana to Remain Illegal Under Federal Law

Aug 11, 2016, 12:46 pm EDT

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that marijuana will remain illegal under federal law.

The new report from the DEA has it denying two petitions to reschedule marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). This means that the drug will continue to remain as a Schedule I controlled substance due to the requirements of the CSA.

The DEA noted that marijuana doesn’t meet the criteria for accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. This is due to a lack of safety around the drug and its “high potential for abuse” from users. The organization has ordered a scientific and medical evaluation and scheduling recommendation for the drug from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Read 

The US Post Office (USPS) Reports Steep Loss in Its Third Quarter

Aug 9, 2016, 1:47 pm EDT

The US Post Office (USPS) has reported third-quarter results that paint an ugly picture of the agency’s business.

Earnings for USPS’ quarter lowered to a loss of $1.57 billion, marking a 268% increase compared to last year’s third quarter, when the agency lost $586 million.

Revenue increased 7.1% year-over-year to $17.7 billion. The agency’s weak earnings figures resulted from a change in workers’ compensation expense of $1.6 billion–a factor that is outside of USPS’ control. Read 

Who is Independent Presidential Candidate Evan McMullin?

Aug 9, 2016, 1:15 pm EDT

Evan McMullin is a new independent presidential candidate that is attempting to appeal to Republicans that are against Donald Trump.

Evan McMullin said that he knows there are many Conservatives that aren’t happy with Donald Trump as the pick for the Republican presidential candidate. He hopes that these individuals will give him enough backing to be a solid contender in the election. Republicans that stand against Trump are behind the #NeverTrump campaign.

Evan McMullin is hoping that he’ll win Utah, which is where his campaign will be based. He’s a Mormon and a graduate of Brigham Young University. His work history includes the CIA, Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) and serving as a top House Republican aide, reports CNN. Read 

NJ Bill Would Ban Drinking Coffee While Driving

Aug 8, 2016, 4:30 pm EDT

The state of New Jersey (NJ) may make drinking coffee and driving illegal. Source: Wikipedia

The bill — currently under consideration by state Legislature — would make it illegal to conduct “any activity unrelated to the actual operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle on a public road or highway.”

Distracted driving caused more than 3,000 fatal crashes in 2014, and many of these practices are considered to be influenced by the consumption of caffeine, as well as the crash that typically occurs about an hour after drinking coffee. Read 

Hillary Clinton Nomination Revives Walmart T-Shirt Banned in 1995

Jul 28, 2016, 3:22 pm EDT

A Hillary Clinton T-shirt that was popular in the mid-1990s is being released again now.

The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate had a shirt made about her potential presidential run in the future. The shirt reads “Someday a woman will be PRESIDENT!”

The concept of a woman being president was unheard of during Bill Clinton’s presidency, but the continuing advancement of human rights has made it possible for her to bring back the shirt. Read 

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