Feds Deny Approval of Construction of the DAPL on Lands that Border Lake Oahe [corrected headline] — Turtle Talk

Here is the United States’ press release: JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY AND THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR REGARDING STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE V. U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior issued the […]

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Dead Vibrations Explore the Darker Side of Swedish Shoegaze — Bandcamp Daily

Dead Vibrations. Stockholm’s Sodermälm, often shortened to “Söder,” which is Swedish for “south,” is a neighborhood that was home to famous Swedes (Greta Garbo spent her childhood there), and famous fictional Swedes (Mikael Blomkvist, the journalist searching for sinister answers in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). But it’s also prime real estate for up-and-coming […]

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George Will Wonders if Trump’s Missing Tax Returns Are Connected to Russia…

Getty Image After the DNC email leak that led to Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s resignation, speculation has run rampant about how involved Donald Trump is with Russia, which the FBI is reportedly investigating in the leak. This is just another potential scandal in Trump’s notorious campaign, and includes his refusal to release his tax returns, which…

via George Will Wonders If Trump’s Missing Tax Returns Are Connected To Russia — Real Stories – UPROXX

Gov. Chris Christie Being Vetted as Potential Vice-Presidential Pick for Trump Poses Grave Dangers to State-Authorized Medical & Regulated Marijuana.

Voters in four states and Washington, D.C. have approved measures legalizing marijuana for individuals over 21, and four states — Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington — approved taking marijuana production and sales off the criminal market and regulating and taxing them. Additionally, 25 States have now legalized marijuana for medical use within those States.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is now being vetted as a possible vice presidential pick for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, according to two ranking Republican officials as reported earlier today by Yahoo News and The Guardian.   Additionally, many in the Beltway contend that Gov. Christie would be on the short list for appointment of US Attorney General in a potential Trump Presidential Administration.

During the Republican Presidential Debates, Gov. Chris Christie unequivocally and unambiguously stated that he would use the Federal governments authority via the USDOJ or otherwise to shut down all licensed and/or regulated use of marijuana in any State regardless of lawful medicinal or other legal use within such a State — i.e., Christie vowed not to follow the current DOJ policy concerning marijuana as most recently has been set forth in its 2013 Memo.

 
Protecting the Principle of Federalism in Marijuana Policies: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) reintroduced H.R. 1940, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act with strong bipartisan support. This legislation would modify the federal Controlled Substances Act to protect anyone acting in compliance with state marijuana laws from federal prosecution and resolve the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws, ensuring states can determine their own policies. Others have introduced similar legislation.

It remains imperative that all US States who have already authorized and/or decriminalized marijuana be vigilant in monitoring Federal officials and those who aspire to be.  Similarly, States such as California which are now contemplating legal marijuana on the ballot this year, should be fully aware of Federal policy and particularly those who will be in a position to apply it.

 
Accordingly, should Trump select Christie as his VP (potentially becoming only a heartbeat away from the Presidency), or alternatively, appoint him as his AG in any Trump administration should Trump become POTUS, the result for State regulated, authorized, and legal marijuana could be disastrous specifically to State-authorized marijauna and generally to concepts of federalism as to other fundamental State’s rights.
En garde.

NO. He’s not even worth that…

Getty Image The Dwight Howard era in Houston is likely over now that he’s opted out of his current contract in order to try and reap the financial benefits of the skyrocketing salary cap this summer. The 30-year-old center was set to earn a little more than $23 million next season with the Rockets, and it seems like he’s at…

via Is Dwight Howard Really Only Worth $15 Million Per Year? — Real Stories – UPROXX

New GM Tech Aims to Prevent Children, Pets From Dying in Hot Cars — Fortune

General Motors has developed a new sensor technology for its GMC Acadia crossover SUV that alerts drivers to check the backseat. The intent: to keep kids and pets from dying in hot cars, the company says. The automaker plans to offer the technology in future GM vehicles, but didn’t specify which models or when it…

Ok, so I’m not against this sort of technology per se, but maybe some folks should look in the mirror and honestly ask themselves, should I even be having kids, or pets, for that matter…

–IJI

via New GM Tech Aims to Prevent Children, Pets From Dying in Hot Cars — Fortune

Some People Are Moving to the U.S. Just For Medical Marijuana — Fortune

While some Americans may cross state borders to buy legal marijuana, some parents are traveling thousands of miles–spending months or years away from home–to get their children medical cannabis in the U.S. A small group of people, “international marijuana refugees,” are even immigrating to the U.S. in order to treat disorders associated with seizures for…

via Some People Are Moving to the U.S. Just For Medical Marijuana — Fortune