Skimm'd while staying fresh

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OCTOBER 17, 2018


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Skimm'd while staying fresh


"Broccoli is like my favorite vegetable. It's the sh*t. I love it." – John Legend.


The Story

Mary Jane has a new home.

What are you talking about?

Starting today, recreational weed is legal in Canada. It's only the second country in the world (hi, Uruguay) – and first industrialized one – to legalize the green stuff for fun.

Give me the ground rules.

All 13 provinces and territories have rules on things like where you can buy it. For most, the legal smoking age is 18. No selling to minors. No driving high. And no edibles until next year. Otherwise, party on Wayne.

Why the change?

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau campaigned in part on making it legal. Last year, the gov intro'd legislation to make it happen. The goals: stop money from going to the black market and make it harder for minors to get their hands on it. Canada's House of Commons gave it the (green) thumbs up. The country's senate OK'd it just a few months ago.

What are the issues around it?

Since the rules are different around the country, Canadians are feeling dazed and confused about what is and isn't allowed. There's also concern that there could be a shortage of legal weed. And illegal drug dealers are apparently dropping prices to try to keep customers. There are worries that all of this could lead to people turning to the black market – the exact thing Trudeau wants to stop.

What are the laws in the US?

You're good to smoke in nine states plus DC (if you're 21 or over). 30 states have given the OK to medical marijuana. But federal law still says 'very much illegal.' The Justice Dept has been cracking down on it too. Also, don't try to bring your new green friend back to the states with you. It's illegal.


Legalizing weed is expected to make some Canadians very happy. But there are fears that the rollout has been rushed, and could cause problems for smokers and businesses there.

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What people are worried about…

Yemen. The UN is reportedly warning that up to 14 million people there are in danger of famine. Since 2015, the country's been caught in a civil war between the Yemen gov (backed by Saudi Arabia) and the Houthi rebels (backed by Iran). More than 10,000 people have been killed, and millions more have been displaced. The worst violence right now is in a rebel-controlled port city, which the gov is trying to get back. But that area is crucial for food and aid access. In recent weeks, food prices have skyrocketed. Earlier this week, the UN said 12 or 13 million people were at risk of starvation. Now, the UN's reportedly saying it underestimated by 1.5 and 2 million, and that children are expected to be worst hit by this man-made famine – which could be the world's worst in 100 years.

What people are watching…

This caravan. Yesterday, President Trump threatened to cut aid to Honduras if it doesn't somehow stop a caravan of more than 1,000 Honduran migrants from reaching the US. The migrants are fleeing things like violence and poverty back home, and so far are showing no signs of stopping. Speaking of money talking, key Democrats are outraising Republicans they're trying to unseat in advance the midterms. It has Dems hopeful this means a blue wave is coming for the House. Speaking of Dems, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) is facing some heat for an ad she ran about sexual assault survivors. The problem? Some women in the ad hadn't agreed to share their names, and others said they're not even abuse survivors. Add this to an already challenging race for her – she's running for re-election in a state Trump won by 36 points.

What people don't want a comeback of...

Polio...or anything like it. Yesterday, the CDC said it's seeing dozens of cases of a polio-like illness that can cause muscle weakness or paralysis. The CDC is saying 'to be clear, this isn't polio.' But it's also struggling to understand what's causing this illness to show up in 22 states.

What to say when you hear the interim USA Gymnastics CEO lasted less than a week…

There, there – you'll find something else. New government data shows the US hit 7.1 million job openings back in August – the most on record. Might be a good time to ask for a raise.

What to say when you hear Apple fixed its sad bagel

Twitter fixed its notifications.


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