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Marijuana comes to your coffee and candy—but is it legal?

9/12/18--Companies are selling a growing number of products that contain cannabidiol, or CBD, a chemical found in hemp. It’s being added to everything from gumdrops to beverages, as marketers claim benefits such as pain relief and stress reduction. Read

New partners in weed startup: Jimmy Buffett and Wrigley Scion

9/11/18--Singer Jimmy Buffett and billionaire William “Beau” Wrigley Jr. are getting behind a U.S. marijuana startup, joining other companies betting on the increasingly crowded marijuana industry. Mr. Buffett will license his Coral Reefer brand to Surterra Holdings Inc. for a line of cannabis products including vape pens, gel caps, edibles, and lotions. Read

Jeff Sessions struggles to get planned marijuana crackdown going

6/10/18--Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to use federal law to get tough on marijuana, announcing in January he was ending Obama-era protections for the nascent pot industry in states where it is legal. Six months into his mission, he is largely going it alone. In fact, Mr. Sessions’ own prosecutors have yet to bring federal charges against pot businesses that are abiding by state law. Read

Legalizing pot is a bad way to promote racial equality

8/9/27--According to an article by Jason L. Riley of The Wall Street Journal, Senator Corey Booker believes drug legalization would address racial disparities. However, violent offenses, not drug offenses, drive incarceration rates. Data from 2015, the most recent available, show that about 53% of people in state prisons were imprisoned for violent crimes, 19% for property crimes, and 16% for drug crimes. Given that blacks are also overrepresented among those arrested for property and other nonviolent offenses, merely altering U.S. drug laws would effect little change in the racial makeup of people behind bars. Read

Against all odds, the U.S. tobacco industry is rolling in money

4/23/17-Far fewer Americans are smoking, and yet U.S. tobacco revenue is soaring due to years of steady price hikes. Americans spent more at retail stores on cigarettes in 2016 than they did on soda and beer combined, according to independent market-research firm Euromonitor International. Read

FDA cracks down on online sales by e-cigarette industry

fb-square-english-spanish9/15/16--A month after assuming regulatory oversight over e-cigarettes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cracked down on online sales by the industry, issuing 24 letters to websites for illegal sales to minors. Read