Monthly Archives: November 2016

Obama says marijuana should be treated like ‘cigarettes or alcohol’

By Christopher Ingraham

President Obama. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

In an “exit interview” with Rolling Stone magazine, President Obama said that marijuana use should be treated as a public-health issue similar to tobacco or alcohol and called the current patchwork of state and federal laws regarding the drug “untenable.”

“Look, I’ve been very clear about my belief that we should try to discourage substance abuse,” Obama said. “And I am not somebody who believes that legalization is a panacea. But I do believe that treating this as a public-health issue, the same way we do with cigarettes or alcohol, is the much smarter way to deal with it.”

Obama has made comments to this effect before. In a 2014 interview with the New Yorker magazine he said that marijuana was less dangerous than alcohol “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.” More recently, he told TV host Bill Maher, “I think we’re going to have to have a more serious conversation about how we are treating marijuana and our drug laws generally.”

In the Rolling Stone interview published this week, Obama also reiterated his long-standing position that changing federal marijuana laws is not something the president can do unilaterally. “Typically how these classifications are changed are not done by presidential edict,” he said, “but are done either legislatively or through the DEA. As you might imagine, the DEA, whose job it is historically to enforce drug laws, is not always going to be on the cutting edge about these issues.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration recently turned down a petition to lessen federal restrictions on marijuana, citing the drug’s lack of “accepted medical use” and its “high potential for abuse.” Congress could resolve the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws by amending the federal Controlled Substances Act, but …read more


Trump just scored perhaps the biggest victory of his new tenure. But it comes with a huge asterisk.

By Danielle Paquette

Rexnord employees and their families protest in Indianapolis on Nov. 11. (Photo by Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar)

As news broke that President-elect Donald Trump reached a deal to save nearly 1,000 jobs at an Indianapolis plant on Tuesday evening, factory worker Brian Reed prepared to lose his job of 24 years just a mile away.

Reed assembles roller bearings at Rexnord, an industrial supplier that plans to send his job and 294 others from the Midwest to Mexico. The 45-year-old father worries about the mortgage, college tuition for his daughter and health insurance for his son, a football player. He hopes Trump will try to save his family’s livelihood, too.

“We are counting on him,” Reed said. “The working class elected him. Now take a stance.”

This week, the president-elect steered national attention to Carrier, the air conditioning manufacturer that had intended to move roughly 1,400 jobs from Indiana to Monterrey, Mexico. Carrier now says it will keep nearly 1,000 of those jobs in the state’s capital after coming to an agreement with Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who is governor of Indiana.

Neither the company nor Trump’s transition team released details of the agreement.

[After Trump pledged to keep Carrier jobs in U.S, company says it won’t move nearly 1,000 to Mexico]

The deal followed Trump’s pledge at an April rally in Indianapolis to rescue the jobs.

“That’s what is going to happen,” he said at the time. “It’s not like we have an 80 percent chance of keeping them or a 95 percent. 100 percent.”

Yet, the situation in Indianapolis highlights just how intractable the outflow of manufacturing jobs is …read more


Gatlinburg fires appear to destroy 3 resorts

Three Gatlinburg-area resorts appear to have been destroyed by wildfires in the popular tourist area in eastern Tennessee, Tennessee Emergency Management spokesman Dean Flener said Tuesday morning. The resorts are the Ober Gatlinburg amusement park and ski area, the Black Bear Falls log-cabin rental resort, and the Westgate Mountain Resort & Spa, Flener said, citing initial reports from Sevier County emergency management officials.

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Source:: CNN US News