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White House hopeful Jill Stein: Time to empty prisons of non-violent marijuana users

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Speaking at Seattle’s Hempfest last week, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein voiced her support for marijuana legislation.

Stein, a long-time physician and teacher, said the first thing she would do as president would be to direct the Drug Enforcement Administration to declassify marijuana as a Schedule I substance, the most restrictive classification reserved for dangerous, addictive drugs with no medical value.

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“Use science in the classification of substances,” she said. “Because the minute science is used, marijuana, cannabis and hemp are off the list of scheduled substances. There is no scientific reason to schedule them.”

Stein also called for non-violent marijuana users to be released from prison.

“We need to legalize cannabis, get the users out of jail, and start to treat substance abuse and addiction as a public health problem, not as a criminal act,” she said.

Stein was nominated by the Green Party in July. She has promised to puruse a litany of progressive causes, from marijuana legalization and demilitarization, to a radical overhaul of the tax code and a crackdown on Wall Street. Stein will be joined on the ticket by vice presidential running mate Cheri Honkala, the National Coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.

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Mnuchin begs Chris Wallace: Take the president ‘very literally’ except on being ‘the chosen one’

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin insisted on Sunday that Americans should take President Donald Trump's hyperbolic comments "very literally" -- but he allowed for some exceptions.

During an interview on FOX News Sunday, host Chris Wallace noted that Trump had recently "ordered" companies not to do business with China.

"When the president says something, how seriously, how literally should we take it?" Wallace asked.

"I think most of the time, you should take it very literally," Mnuchin insisted. "I think sometimes he says things that are meant to be a joke."

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‘The Mooch’ attended Biden fundraiser in the Hamptons — because Trump ‘has lost his mind’

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Former White House press secretary Anthony Scaramucci attended a fundraiser for former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday.

CBS News reporter Ben Mitchell posted a photo of Scaramucci at the event, and subsequently interviewed "The Mooch."

Scaramucci said he was still a registered Republican, but added that Trump "has lost his mind."

Spotted at a Biden event in the Hamptons: Fmr. Trump WH Comms Director Anthony @Scaramucci pic.twitter.com/PWVTZ8Qm15

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Sean Spicer wonders if he’ll dance better than Geraldo or Tucker Carlson: ‘I’ve set the bar very, very low’

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Sean Spicer retreated to the friendly environment of Fox News on Saturday following a week of being publicly denounced.

In a widely criticized decision, ABC announced that President Donald Trump's former White House press secretary would be a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars."

ABC was blasted for "normalizing fascism" by allowing Spicer to rehabilitate his public image on the show.

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