Levels of THC – the chemical that creates the high – in some pot now reach 20 to 30 percent, 15 times the potency of a few decades ago. The Netherlands and Uruguay, for instance, are readying proposals to cap THC levels of legal marijuana at 15 percent.
Having seized the Republican presidential nomination in Cleveland, Donald Trump gestured, strutted, smirked and yelled at the nation for 75 minutes, and we pundits panned the performance, as we so often have.
Politicians regularly talk about the need to rebuild America and produce millions of jobs in the process. Year in, year out, though, the drill is the same. People balk at paying to improve the country.
Civil rights attorney Mark Merin is known for many things in Sacramento. A defender of the homeless and helpless and the convicted. A ringleader of the “Safe Ground” movement. A perpetual thorn in the side of elected officials with big titles. All of that.
The U.S. Department of Justice last week announced with great fanfare a settlement under which Goldman Sachs would ostensibly pay out more than $5 billion for misconduct related to its sales of mortgage securities to investors in the run up to the 2008 financial crisis.