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Marijuana enthusiast Michael Eymer founded Colorado Cannabis Tours in January 2014, the year it became legal to sell recreational weed in the state. Eymer, the 35-year-old single dad, raked in $1.8 million in sales last year. He’s up 66 percent this year so far.
According to an exclusive new Yahoo News/Marist Poll, more than eight in 10 U.S. adults support legalizing pot for medicinal purposes. But when it comes to recreational marijuana, the country is much more divided.
Postpartum depression (PPD) affects one in nine new mothers. Hours after the birth, cradling her new baby girl in her arms, Behar believed she had dodged the bullet. What followed was what Behar describes as despair: uncontrollable fits of crying, thoughts of hurting herself, and eventually the upsetting realization that she was experiencing postpartum depression.
Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have now legalized medical marijuana. And eight states — including Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska — plus D.C. have passed laws legalizing recreational marijuana.
An exclusive new Yahoo News/Marist Poll shows that as the legal landscape evolves — and as social attitudes evolve along with it — more and more Americans are overcoming old taboos and accepting marijuana into their family lives. Getting high has lost its stigma in the majority of homes where adults use marijuana, according to the survey of 1,122 Americans 18 or older. Sixty percent of parents who use marijuana at least once or twice a year say their children are aware that they use it, and a majority (54 percent) of them have spoken directly to their kids about their use.
Corrina Fields, a second-grader, sent former President Barack Obama a letter last year outlining all the things she wanted to do with her dad if he got out of prison. On his last day in the White House, the president granted Corrina her wish, including her father, Paul, among the 310 drug offenders who received clemency as he prepared to leave office. In his two terms, Obama pardoned or commuted the sentences of nearly 2,000 people, mainly nonviolent drug offenders, who he believed were serving sentences that were overly harsh.
Sally Schindel sits in front of a painting of her son Andrew Zorn, who took his own life after saying he became addicted to marijuana. Sally Schindel couldn’t remember the last time she’d stood in the rain so long. Police had prohibited Schindel from going into the house where her son, Andy, lived, so she waited for hours in the driveway, alongside officers and a court-ordered psychiatrist, pleading with them to allow her to go inside and ensure that her 31-year-old son was OK.
Rep. Carlos Curbelo is a two-term Republican from a South Florida district that was once the epicenter in the country’s war on drugs. Dubbed the Small Business Tax Equity Act, Curbelo’s bill would let legal pot dealers take advantage of the same tax deductions and credits as any other business, a move that industry experts say would slash the effective tax rates for weed dispensaries in half.
Lawyer: United passenger David Dao has concussion, broken nose; says dragging more horrific than fleeing Vietnam
An attorney for the man forcibly dragged from a United flight earlier this week said passenger Dr. David Dao suffered serious injuries and that both the airline and city of Chicago are responsible. Dao’s attorney, Thomas Demetrio, said at a press conference Thursday morning that Dao suffered a significant concussion and a broken nose, lost two front teeth and would need reconstructive surgery after three aviation officers dragged him off a Louisville-bound flight at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.
Jeffrey Lord, the conservative political commentator, shocked a fellow CNN panelist on Thursday morning by comparing the commander in chief to America’s late civil rights icon on the issue of health care. “I want to say something here that I know will probably drive Symone crazy,” Lord said during a discussion with liberal commentator Symone Sanders. Sanders, the former national press secretary for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, was aghast.