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Attorney General Jeff Sessions: There’s ‘a lot of violence’ that’s coming from legalized pot

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United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday told reporters that one reason he wants to crack down on marijuana is that there’s “a lot of violence” that has come from legalizing the drug for recreational use in states such as Colorado.

Per the Huffington Post, Sessions met with Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson on Monday to discuss his concerns about marijuana flooding into his state from neighboring Colorado, which voted to allow recreational use back in 2012.

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After the meeting, Sessions spoke with reporters at the DOJ and explained his own fears about Americans being allowed to legally smoke pot.

“I don’t think America is going to be a better place when people of all ages, and particularly young people, are smoking pot,” said the attorney general. “I believe it’s an unhealthy practice, and current levels of THC in marijuana are very high compared to what they were a few years ago, and we’re seeing real violence around that… Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved.”

The Trump administration has hinted that it will crack down on recreational marijuana use, and the Reno Gazette-Journal reported this week that the federal government has already made moves to shut down the annual Cannabis Cup that’s held on tribal lands outside of Las Vegas, Nev.

Sessions also criticized marijuana legalization during his speech Tuesday at the National Association of Attorneys General.

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China vows to retaliate for Trump’s Rose Garden press conference — and could impose new sanctions on America

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US President Donald Trump said Tuesday he was ending preferential trade treatment for Hong Kong and had signed into law an act that authorises sanctions on banks over China's clampdown in the international finance hub.

In a discursive news conference dominated by attacks on his domestic rivals, Trump declared himself to be the toughest president ever on China, a country he is increasingly positioning as his nemesis ahead of November elections.

Trump announced that he had issued an executive order on Hong Kong as he predicted decline for the restless city, on which Beijing recently imposed a tough new security law.

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Trump’s former White House doctor Ronny Jackson wins GOP runoff for Congress in Texas

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Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician and President Donald Trump's onetime nominee for secretary of veterans affairs, has won his bid for the Republican nomination for a solidly red congressional seat in the Texas Panhandle.

With 100% of polling locations reporting, though some mail-in ballots will still need to be counted, Jackson held a lead of 11 percentage points over Josh Winegarner, a veteran agriculture expert and lobbyist. Jackson and Winegarner were competing for a seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, who is retiring and held the seat since 1995.

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Ivanka Trump’s tweet raises eyebrows: ‘Why is a senior White House official endorsing a food product?’

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As her big brother was dragging their 14-year-old half brother into the 2020 campaign, senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump was endorsing a line of canned food products.

If it’s Goya, it has to be good. Si es Goya, tiene que ser bueno. pic.twitter.com/9tjVrfmo9z

— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 15, 2020

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