Five years after the state of Florida legalized medical marijuana, the state announced an "emergency rule" that sets aside one medical marijuana license specifically for a Black farmer, the Miami New Times reports.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner and former marijuana lobbyist Nikki Fried said the new rule will "more than double fees ONLY for Black farmers applying for medical marijuana licenses."
"This new rule is discriminatory and disgusting and needs to be revised immediately," Fried tweeted.
According to the new law, only 23 licenses can be issued and one of those will be set aside for a Black person. But as the New Times points out, it's intended for just any Black person.
"Only recognized class members of Pigford v. Glickman, a 1997 federal class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, were eligible to apply. The so-called Pigford Class consists of more than 15,000 Black farmers across the nation who were covered in a 1999 consent decree that netted them an average of about $50,000 apiece," the New Times reports. "More than $1 billion has been paid out since the suit was adjudicated, ranking among the largest civil-rights settlements in the history of the American judicial system."
Last week, eligible Black farmers in Florida learned that it would cost them $146,000 apiece to apply.
"We look forward to seeing more progress being made in the near future," Florida Rep. Kevin D. Chambliss (D) said. "We would like to receive justification for the fee increase, but the fact that the application is available is still considered to be progress."
"It's a known fact there are a majority of Black farmers who are ineligible," Chambliss said.
Read the full report over at the Miami New Times.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) was probed about the number of times he spoke to former President Donald Trump on Jan. 6. But in two different interviews, Jordan seemed confused, fumbling around for the right answer. Months later, Jordan still couldn't come up with the answer when asked about it in a House Rules Committee hearing Wednesday about whether to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress.
"Republicans [are] telling their members vote no" on Bannon's contempt charge, noted CNN host Brianna Keilar. "And that includes Congressman Jim Jordan, who defended Trump at a contentious hearing yesterday even though he himself may be called as a witness. The reason: he spoke to Trump on January 6th. Except Jim Jordan can't quite seem to get his story straight."
Jordan claimed he has been "clear" when he spoke to Trump, but even when being asked by the panel, Jordan rambled off that he speaks to Trump all the time.
In an interview with a reporter over a month ago, Jordan was asked, "On Jan. 6th, did you speak with him before, during or after the capitol was attacked?"
"I would have to go -- I -- I spoke with him that day after — I think after. I don't know if I spoke with him in the morning or not. I just don't know. I would have to go back and -- I don't know that -- when those conversations happened. But what I know is I spoke with him all the time," Jordan fumbled at the time.
Brianna Keilar couldn't help but notice, "A month later after having even more time to consider his answer, the infamous 'I don't recall' made an appearance twice."
"Look, I definitely spoke to the president that day," said Jordan on Wednesday. "I don't recall. I know it was more than once. I just don't recall the times."
"Peril" co-author Bob Woodward explained that the whole point of the hearing was to discuss Steve Bannon, who was quoted throughout his book. The main quote Woodward called attention to is when Bannon said that the priority of the Trump team post-2020 is to "strangle the Biden presidency in the crib." It was their effort to "subvert the process of certifying the Biden election," said Woodward.
"Remember, at this time, Trump is president," Woodward recalled. "He's talking to Bannon. He's talking to Jordan. He's talking to Giuliani. He's talking to people we probably don't know about. He had come back from Mar-a-Lago, avoiding reluctantly that New Year's Eve party. So, he can work the phones, so he can make -- we report in our book about his meeting with Pence and saying, 'Don't you think it would be cool if you had this power to decide who is going to be the next president?' And Pence says to his credit, at that point, [says] 'No. I don't think one person should have that power.' And the Constitution and the law make that very clear. But Trump is pushing it, Bannon is pushing it, Giuliani is pushing it. There are others involved in this, and if somebody really looks at it as I think you almost are required to do, as a criminal conspiracy, just like Nixon, to destroy a process of, 'Oh, this is going to be the next president.'"
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The Russia gang suspected of being responsible for a pipeline hack that sent gas prices soaring in America has created a front group as it seeks to hire employees, according to a new report.
"A criminal organization believed to have built the software that shut down a U.S. fuel pipeline has set up a fake company to recruit potential employees, according to researchers at the intelligence firm Recorded Future and Microsoft Corp," The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
Fin7 is using the name Baston Secure to seek employees, the researchers say.
"Fin7 is believed to have hacked hundreds of businesses, stolen more than 20 million customer records and written the software used in a hack that disrupted gasoline delivery in parts of the Southeastern U.S., federal prosecutors and researchers say. The Bastion Secure website, which uses the logo BS, has listed jobs that are technical in nature and appear similar to work that would be performed at any security company—programmers, system administrators and people who are good at finding bugs in software," the newspaper reported.
The jobs are for nine-hour days, Monday through Friday, with a lunch break.
"The attempt to impersonate a legitimate company for recruiting purposes represents a new development by purveyors of ransomware to grow and spread a scourge that has disrupted meat production, hospital care, education and hundreds of businesses," the newspaper reported. "With hundreds of millions of dollars in illegal earnings, ransomware operators are increasingly operating like criminal startups with professionalized support staff, software development, cloud-computing services and media relations, security researchers say."
Read the full report.
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