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Tommy Chong optimistic Obama administration will allow legal pot

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Stoner icon Tommy Chong said Wednesday that he believed others states would follow the example of Colorado and Washington by legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

During an appearance on The Young Turks, Chong was optimistic that industrial hemp would soon be legalized and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) would be abolished. He described Colorado and Washington as the “toe into the water.”

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“The whole body is following,” Chong remarked.

The marijuana activist and comedian said he thought Obama would allow Colorado and Washington to legalize marijuana without federal interference. He added that the Obama administration could prevent a clash between federal and state law simply by re-classifying marijuana at the federal level. Currently, the DEA classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug, the most restrictive category reserved for addictive drugs with no medical value.

The Young Turks Cenk Uygur noted that the Obama administration had cracked down on medical marijuana dispensaries in states like California, where it was legal.

“But he is also a black guy from Hawaii that used to surf,” Chong responded.

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Sandra Hagen Solin of Capitol Solutions said businesses in Colorado were worried about being subjected to wrongful termination lawsuits if they fired an employee who came to work stoned. But Chong dismissed those concerns, noting that tech pioneers like Paul Allen and Steve Jobs had smoked pot.

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WATCH: Mike Pompeo goes dead silent when ABC corners him on Ukraine

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on "This Week" Sunday where he was faced with a question about chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's press conference Thursday.

During the press briefing, Mulvaney, who also serves as director of the Office of Management and Budget, confessed that Trump told him Ukraine corruption issues also had to do with the DNC server.

“That he also mentioned to me that the corruption related to the DNC server, absolutely,” said Mulvaney. “No question about it. That’s it and that’s why we held up the money.”

Pompeo said he wasn't going to answer any questions about hypotheticals, which he said host George Stephanopoulos was asking.

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Mick Mulvaney just dug the impeachment hole deeper by admitting Trump ‘is still in the hospitality business’

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In a Sunday morning gaffe, White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney likely fueled Democrats' impeachment case against President Donald Trump.

Mulvaney made the remarks on FOX News Sunday while being grilled by host Chris Wallace.

During a question about the White House's now-defunct decision to hold the G7 conference at Trump's Doral resort, Mulvaney revealed that President Donald Trump "still considers himself to be in the hospitality business."

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‘Was Alex Jones not available?’ CNN faces viewer backlash for hiring ‘conspiracy dunce Sean Duffy’

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CNN viewers lashed out on Sunday after the network announced it had hired former Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy (R), who quit his previous job in Congress to take care of his nine children.

During a Sunday appearance on CNN's State of the Union program, Duffy defended President Donald Trump by repeating a conspiracy theory about a Democratic Party server that he claimed is controlled by Ukrainians.

Read some of the responses to Duffy's first appearance as a CNN contributor.

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