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RI candidate lights up in ad : ‘We’ve been lied to’ by the government about pot

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A gubernatorial write-in candidate in Rhode Island highlighted her support for medical marijuana in a new campaign video by admitting to using it and smoking from a small pipe on camera, the Huffington Post reported.

“Yes, I do smoke cannabis, and yes, I do inhale,” Compassion Party candidate Anne Armstrong says in the video. “It helps me. It helps me to focus, it helps to facilitate communication.”

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State law currently allows for medical marijuana to be used to treat illnesses like cancer, Hepatitis C, glaucoma, HIV and AIDS, and certain kinds of “chronic or debilitating diseases.”

But in a speech at the “Boston Hemp Fest” earlier this month, Armstrong said that if elected, she would make growing and using marijuana completely legal.

“I hope that you will read and open your eyes and realize the truth: that we’ve been lied to a long time by our government,” she says in the video. “And something that’s been essential to our health has been taken away from us, and that’s why people get sick from cancer. That’s why they get sick with a lot of chronic degenerative diseases — because they’ve been deprived of cannabinoids. Our bodies need them.”

A study released by researchers in Spain late last year found that cannabinoids — the active ingredient in cannabis — can enhance chemotherapy treatments by targeting cancer cells without putting regular cells in danger.

The only two candidates listed on the state ballot this year are Democratic Party candidate and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, who is representing the Republican Party.

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The Compassion Party states on its website that the sole purpose of government should be to implement the goals of the Constitution, which the party believes to be “to improve the condition of humanity and increase the happiness of all individuals.”

Watch Armstrong’s ad, as posted online, below.

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Trump’s attacks on Biden’s mental fitness just draw attention to his own problems: Joy Reid panel

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MSNBC host Joy Reid gave some helpful advice to President Donald Trump and his children, who frequently attack former Vice President Joe Biden for his mental health: It makes you look worse.

Speaking to her closing Wednesday panel with Jason Johnson and Howard Fineman, Reid showed a super-cut of Trump's knack for getting words wrong, not knowing how to pronounce simple things, slurring his words, stumbling down the stairs, not knowing where to go, dragging his feet and more.

"Well, you know, my pretext for all my students this fall will be: person, woman, man, camera, tv, and if they can do that, I know they're at least as smart as the president," joked Johnson. "Here's the thing. Joe Biden demonstrated that he literally can ride a bike and do something else at the same time. Like, I have always thought the argument that Joe Biden has lost a step or has some sort of mental deficiency was a complete lie. It's Republicans just projecting. What's important to remember is that no matter how much they spout this nonsense, every single time Donald Trump opens his mouth, he looks worse. There is nothing Joe Biden can say that is more foolish or incoherent than Donald Trump in the middle of a substantive interview."

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Congresswoman criticizes Republican press guy for claim Black folks don’t care about Kamala Harris: Does he know any?

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Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) hilariously mocked former press secretary Ari Fleischer, who worked for former President George W. Bush's White House. Fleischer claimed Black people won't be that excited about Sen. Kamala Harris on the ticket.

"She's just not that historically exciting to African-Americans," said Fleischer speaking to Laura Ingraham during a Fox News appearance after the announcement.

During a conversation with MSNBC's Joy Reid, the host called Fleischer "a sort of a bygone era Republican voice" and asked Bass to listen to his comments.

"I wonder how many African-Americans," asked Bass, chuckling.

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Trump calls funding for the Post Office ‘political’ — and holds up COVID-19 stimulus to stop it

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At Wednesday's White House press briefing, President Donald Trump launched into yet another attack on mail-in voting — and explicitly made it clear he'll hold up COVID-19 stimulus to prevent funding for the Postal Service.

Funding USPS, Trump complained, would be "political" — and he claimed that Democrats are the ones "holding up" the negotiations because "how are they gonna do it if they don't have the money to do it?" He reiterated that he believes the use of mail-in ballots in the 2020 election, a practice that has been in use for decades, "will be one of the greatest frauds in American history."

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