Category: Legal

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Alabama Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill

Alabama Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill

An Alabama Senate committee approved a bill to legalize medical marijuana on Wednesday, the second major victory for cannabis reform supporters in the state within the span of a week. The legislation would allow patients 19 and older who are suffering from one of 33 conditions to qualify for medical marijuana and obtain it at...

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Reduce Marijuana Penalties In Alabama?

Reduce Marijuana Penalties In Alabama?

A bill to lessen the penalties for marijuana possession in Alabama took its first step toward passing the Legislature today. Besides reducing the penalties, the legislation would allow offenders to have marijuana convictions expunged after five years if they steer clear of another arrest. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill by Sen. Bobby Singleton,...

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Facial Recognition Machine: ‘Unbelievable’ and Legal

Facial Recognition Machine: ‘Unbelievable’ and Legal

Most people pass through some type of public space in their daily routine — sidewalks, roads, train stations. Thousands walk through Bryant Park every day. But we generally think that a detailed log of our location, and a list of the people we’re with, is private. Facial recognition, applied to the web of cameras that...

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Four things to do if you want to make money in music

Four things to do if you want to make money in music

Musicians have more ways to self-monetize than ever before, but all too often, it feels like that money is just out of reach. Putting out music yourself is not as hard as it used to be, but making money from that music takes a bit more work and know-how. It’s a minefield most artists still...

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Plastic Bag Ban In New York

Plastic Bag Ban In New York

You’ve got about a year to stock up. New York state’s plastic bag ban won’t be taking effect until March 1, 2020. A deal on the ban came together Thursday afternoon, but the details dribbled out later. Baggies for “bulk items” such as produce will still be allowed. So will trash bags, newspaper bags, food...

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Congressional Committee Approves Marijuana Banking Bill

Congressional Committee Approves Marijuana Banking Bill

A congressional committee voted on Thursday to approve legislation aimed at increasing marijuana businesses’ access to banks. Following multiple days of lengthy debate and consideration of several amendments, the House Financial Services Committee voted 45 to 15 to advance the legislation to the full body. Floor action has not yet been scheduled, but cannabis reform advocates are hopeful that...

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Don’t Use a Debit Card at the Gas Pump

Don’t Use a Debit Card at the Gas Pump

Don’t get skimmed. Card skimming, in which an illegal reader is attached to a payment terminal, is a pervasive financial scam, particularly at the gas pump. According to the National Association for Convenience Stores, a single compromised pump at a gas station can compromise 30 to 100 cards every day in the U.S. “These card...

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Oscars swag bags include cannabis chocolates

Oscars swag bags include cannabis chocolates

Every year the top Oscar nominees receive swag bags that have included gifts from luxury holidays to sweat-absorbing patches, worth upwards of $100,000. This year, they can calm their nerves ahead of the awards on Sunday with a range of cannabis-infused products that will be included in the goody bags. Chocolates infused with 10mg tetrahydrocannabinol...

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