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JASON STURGILL

Good Morning, Portland.

It's 4/20, ya stoners!

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TODAY IN WEED NEWS:

High & Mighty: Ol' Chuck Schumer, the Senate's top democrat, has officially become the first member of Congress to endorse federal legalization of marijuana. In an interview with VICE, the Senate minority leader said he will submit a bill that will decriminalize marijuana.

Green Light: An FDA advisory committee has unanimously recommended the use of a plant-derived cannabidiol medicine for epilepsy patients—making it the first marijuana-based drug approved for prescription use in the US.

ICYMI: This week's Mercury is all about weeeeeeed. A potpurri of dope articles about what to do when you're TOO HIGH, DIY cannabis extractions, and chronic uses for chronic pain.

TODAY IN NON-WEED NEWS:

Walkouts Continue: April 20 is also the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. To commemorate this tragedy, students organizers from Parkland, Florida have traveled to the Colorado campus to hold a rally calling for tighter gun control laws. They've also helped organize students across the country to participate in yet another national school walkout—and Portland high schools are joining in.

Election drama: An update on the lawsuit against Multnomah County Comissioner Loretta Smith on her city council run.

This Charming Man: The US Department of Justice released redacted versions of the memos former FBI Director James Comey took after interacting with President Donald Trump. Highlights: Trump is very interested in Russian prostitutes and wants to jail reporters to teach others a lesson. Great news.

You've Got Mail: Lance Armstrong agreed on a $5 million settlement with the feds over a lawsuit that could cost him $100 million in damages. The charges specifically come from the U.S. Postal Service, which had sponsored Armstrong's team. The federal agency argued that Armstrong defrauded taxpayers by accepting millions from the USPS while secretly using steroids during his races.

Today in That Guy, Huh: Rudy Giuliani is one of the few lawyers who has agreed to join President Donald Trump's legal team. Related:


Crazy Idea: Illinois lawmakers are pushing a measure that would financially reward schools that replace armed security guards and campus officers with unarmed behavioral health specialists and social workers.

So Long, Castro Cuba: It's the first time in nearly 60 years that a Castro is not the president of Cuba. Miguel Díaz-Canel has been sworn in as Cuba's newest leader, replacing Raúl Castro. He previously served as Cuba's vice president—and remains a staunch opponent to capitalism.

Money Moves: Arizona teachers—the lowest-paid teachers in the country—have voted to walk off the job to protest low wages, large class sizes, and generally shitty support (read: crumbling classrooms, sub-par supplies). It'll be the first statewide teacher walkout in Arizona history.

Your Weekend Longread: The kidnapping of a 11-year-old girl on Navajo territory has revealed serious problems at the axis of tribal sovereignty and police funding.