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January 14, 2019 9:16 PM Marijuana producer Canopy Growth granted hemp licence in New York

Cannabis products with higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, remain listed as restricted drugs by the U.S. federal government. Canopy says it will source hemp exclusively from U.S. farmers for its U.S. operations once up and running. Canopy Growth says it’s in the process of evaluating a number of sites that will become one of its first extraction 420

January 10, 2019 8:57 PM Treasury chief: No sanctions relief for Russian oligarch

WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) plans to tell lawmakers in a classified briefing that the Trump administration will keep strict U.S. sanctions on the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Democrats asked Mnuchin to brief the House about the U.S. agreement to lift sanctions on three companies that Deripaska has owned or controlled 116

January 10, 2019 8:32 PM Nevada’s Reid calls Trump ‘amoral,’ wants a Romney 2020 run

LAS VEGAS - Former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid said Thursday that he thinks President Donald Trump has no conscience and said he’d like to see Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney challenge Trump in 2020 for the GOP nomination for president. “I’ve had dealings with the man,” Reid said of Trump. “I think he’s amoral. I don’t think he has a conscience.” Reid, the 79-year-old 214

January 8, 2019 11:52 PM U.S. House Democrats, making guns a priority, unveil a background check bill

WASHINGTON—Emboldened House Democrats, seeking a politically charged debate on gun control, unveiled legislation Tuesday to expand background checks to nearly all firearms purchases, a move timed to mark the eighth anniversary of the mass shooting in Arizona that nearly killed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. By introducing the measure less than one week after 129

January 5, 2019 6:26 PM U.S. federal agencies directed to hold off on shutdown raises

The raises, which were first reported by The Washington Post, appear to be an unintended consequence of a shutdown that is affecting hundreds of thousands of federal employees, forcing many to work without pay. Trump and congressional leaders met again Friday to try to hash out a resolution, but emerged no closer to a deal. Trump is demanding billions 131

January 2, 2019 9:36 PM We’re signing trade deals. Now, we have to use them

Canadian exporters fixated on the U.S. market invoke the EU’s many languages (at least 47) and transportation issues as reasons for not vigorously tapping EU markets. And yet those same language “barriers” have not dissuaded Italian biscuit and French cheese exporters from ramping up their sales to Canada. And transportation challenges in an EU with an integrated 144

December 13, 2018 11:59 AM Pot unites Democrats, Republicans as ex-party chiefs join Tilray

Other members of the company’s International Advisory Board include the former foreign ministers of Germany, Joschka Fischer, and Australia, Alexander Downer, Tilray said in a statement. Tilray isn’t the first pot company to enlist prominent ex-pols. John Boehner, Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2015, and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney 128

December 12, 2018 6:26 PM Pelosi nears deal with dissident Democrats to limit her speakership to four years

WASHINGTON—Rep. Nancy Pelosi is nearing a deal with dissident Democrats to limit herself to four years as speaker, according to two senior Democratic officials with knowledge of the emerging plan, her most consequential move to date to put down a rebellion in her ranks and clinch the votes she needs to win the gavel in January. The agreement would almost 78

December 5, 2018 7:03 PM Wisconsin Republicans approve bills stripping power from incoming Democratic governor

“That’s what this is about: power-hungry politicians using their grubby hands in their last-ditch effort to desperately cling to power,” state Rep. Katrina Shankland, a Democrat, said before the vote Wednesday morning. “All we’ve seen demonstrated today and over the past few days is a contempt for the public.” The fight over power in Madison came after 100

December 3, 2018 3:59 PM Wisconsin Republicans forge ahead with power-stripping bills

He also held out hope Walker might stop the bills, but Walker has not voiced any opposition to date. The last lame-duck session in Wisconsin was eight years ago, just before Walker took office, when Democrats tried unsuccessfully to approve union contracts. This year’s proposals are wide-ranging and would affect everything in the state from transportation 97