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Bill to launch N.J. legal weed industry is back on track, could pass by Monday

New Jersey could be less than a week away from passing a bill that will launch the legal weed industry after lawmakers agreed to impose an additional tax on growers that could one day boost marijuana tax revenue to $450 million, NJ Advance Media has learned

Sen. Nicholas Scutari, D-Union, said his bill (S21) will be amended to include a tax on marijuana growers. It would start as just a fraction of a penny but increase over time as the price of marijuana falls.

Scutari also said other changes to the bill will offer greater protections to workers who want to use marijuana while off the clock.

The new details were first reported on’s exclusive text-messaging service included with a subscription.

The bill is now on a fast track.

Lawmakers have rescheduled both Senate and Assembly committee hearings on the bill for Thursday, and could have votes in the

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  • November 17, 2020

How States Are Laying The Groundwork To Abolish Legal Abortion

With Amy Coney Barrett’s ascension to the Supreme Court, the future of Roe v. Wade — the landmark decision establishing the constitutional right to an abortion — appears less certain than ever. 

If Roe falls, the legality of abortion will revert to the states, some of which are eager to abolish the procedure outright. In some areas of the country, anti-abortion activists and lawmakers have spent years carefully laying the groundwork to make abortion illegal in the event that Roe is overturned.

In nine states, unenforced abortion bans that were passed before 1973, when Roe legalized the procedure nationwide, are still on the books. If Roe disappears, they could potentially be reenacted.

Ten states have also passed laws to immediately ban all or most abortions the moment Roe is reversed. These so-called “trigger laws” exist in Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee and Utah.


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  • October 30, 2020

Legal, online sports betting coming Nov. 1

Tennessee residents, are you ready to to have even more interest in sporting events? Sports fans and sports bettors, get ready for legal, online Tennessee sports betting come Sunday, November 1, 2020.

BetMGM announced they plan to launch their sports betting app in Tennessee Sunday.

“We’ve been eagerly working with regulators in Tennessee to make this momentous launch a possibility and look forward to introducing the state’s passionate fan bases to the excitement of betting on sports with BetMGM,” said BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt. “Our relationship with MGM Resorts enables BetMGM users in the Volunteer State to earn rewards, from hotel suites to dinners at award-winning restaurants, all while engaging in the excitement of our cutting-edge sports betting experience.”

Tennessee, where BetMGM has a partnership with the Tennessee Titans, marks the seventh state where BetMGM’s sports betting app is available, joining Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey and West

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  • October 29, 2020

Pelosi, experts calls new CDC guidelines ‘scary and dangerous’; Pennsylvania governor calls for legal weed

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has changed its COVID-19 testing guidelines and now says people without symptoms “do not necessarily need a test” – even if they’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

The move comes a week after the CDC updated travel guidelines that no longer mandate a 14-day quarantine for anyone who’s traveled outside of their state or the country. The revisions to CDC guidelines have been met with concern by medical experts, who caution that less testing may lead to more cases and hinder contact tracing efforts. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also condemned the revised CDC guidelines on testing, saying Wednesday it “reinforces the lack of attention and understanding that we have to have in order to crush this virus.”

Meanwhile, efforts to learn more about how the virus spreads remain unwavering. Researchers in Massachusetts are tracking the number of cases linked to “superspreader” events — such

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  • August 26, 2020

Trump wants to deliver GOP nomination speech at White House. Is that legal?

President Trump is now mulling the White House as a locale for his Republican National Convention acceptance speech. He has already canceled plans to host festivities in Jacksonville, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Well we are thinking about it. It would be easiest from the standpoint of security,” he told “Fox and Friends” Wednesday. “We are thinking about doing it from the White House because there’s no movement. It’s easy, and I think it’s a beautiful setting and we are thinking about that. It’s certainly one of the alternatives. It’s the easiest alternative.” The president later added that while some speeches will be virtual, others will be live at different locations in Washington, D.C. “I’m going to do mine on Thursday night and that will be live.”

But his suggestion has raised legal and ethical questions about hosting campaign activity on the federal government grounds.

The Hatch Act forbids the

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