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John F. Kelly, Trump's Choice For DHS Chief, Considers Medical Marijuana Legitimate

Trump’s Choice For DHS Chief Considers Medical Marijuana Legitimate

Trump’s Choice For DHS Chief Considers Medical Marijuana Legitimate

Retired U.S. Marine Gen. John F. Kelly will be President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for chief of the Department of Homeland Security. In a recent interview, Kelly said he believes U.S. drug policy should focus on reducing demand, and he also said medical marijuana has a legitimate medicinal purpose.

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DEA Funds For Uprooting Pot Plants Wasted in New Hampshire And Utah

In some states, DEA funds for destroying marijuana plants have not amounted to money well spent, according to The Washington Post’s Wonkblog. Last year, the DEA sent $20,000 to New Hampshire for a plant eradication program, but state law enforcement agencies found one growth site with 27 plants.

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In States With Medical Pot, Older Americans Healthier, More Likely to Work

Researchers at John Hopkins University and Temple University have discovered a correlation between older Americans’ workforce participation and states that have passed medical marijuana laws. Older Americans also show better overall health in those states, according to an Oct. 4, 2016, post on The Washington Post’s Wonkblog.

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FBI Statistics Show Marijuana Arrests Dropped in 2015

In 2015, U.S. arrests for simple possession of marijuana dropped to their lowest level in 19 years, according to the Washington Post’s Wonkblog. New data from the FBI showed a 7 percent slip between 2014 and 2015, when 574,641 were arrested for simple possession. The 2015 figure sits at the end of a 25 percent slide from 2007.


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