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California Supreme Court’s medical marijuana ruling could trigger ‘green rush’

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Right now nearly 200 cities and counties in California ban medical marijuana dispensaries, but all those markets could be set to open later this year thanks to a case the California Supreme Court began hearing on Tuesday.

When lawmakers crafted the medical marijuana provision, they did not specifically say whether towns and counties may ban shops from selling marijuana, but it did give them broad authority to regulate sales.

The difference between regulation and prohibition is precisely what the state’s supreme court is weighing right now, and if justices decide the difference is irreconcilable with the law and dispensaries must be allowed, hundreds of new pot shops could soon be springing up across the state.

Deliberations over a lawsuit brought by the dispensary’s owners, Lanny Swerdlow and William Sump, went directly at that point on Tuesday, Reuters noted, with one justice pointing out, “The legislature knows how to say, ‘Thou shall not ban dispensaries.’ They didn’t say that.”

At least one city, Oakland, has no problem with this: they collected over $1 million from the world’s largest medical marijuana dispensary in 2011 and expect yet more in 2012. The city has even sued the federal government, taking the side of the Harborside Health Center’s right to exist under state law.

The case should be decided in May.
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Correction: A prior version of this story incorrectly stated that J. David Nick owns the dispensary. He is the dispensary’s attorney.

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What does the Trump administration want from Iran?

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It was the latest in a series of assaults on tankers transporting oil through the Gulf. In May, Saudi, Norwegian and Emirati oil tankers were attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, causing damage but no casualties. The attacks have gone unclaimed, so the perpetrator is unknown – at least publicly.

U.S. ally Saudi Arabia, Iran’s regional rival, blamed the Iranian government and called the May attacks “naked aggression.” Saudi King Salman asked the international community to “use all means” to punish Iran.

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quiet’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff

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Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?

Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.

The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."

There's little mystery about how the night will go down.

Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.

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