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Black farmer sues to block Florida from issuing set-aside medical marijuana license

Black farmer sues to block Florida from issuing set-aside medical marijuana license

An African American farmer out of Panama City is suing the state to block the issuance of a medical marijuana license set aside for minorities on the grounds that a new law cut him out of the deal. Columbus Smith, 80, says he can’t bid on the Florida Department of Health’s cultivation license reserved for members of the Florida chapter of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association because the private association won’t allow new members to join. He says the association stopped acce…
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Trump pardon pains those who feel like Joe Arpaio’s victims

Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is taking a victory lap now that President Donald Trump has pardoned his recent conviction, giving political speeches, raising money and boasting he’s been vindicated following a politically motivated prosecution. To people like Joe Atencio, the pardon for a misdemeanor contempt-of-court conviction ended the only real accountability for a lawman accused of a range of misconduct over his 24 years as metro Phoenix’s sheriff. Atencio’s son was killed in a 2011 alt…
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Trump weighing options as travel ban nears expiration date

President Donald Trump is weighing the next iteration of his controversial travel ban, which could include new, more tailored restrictions on travelers from additional countries. The Department of Homeland Security has recommended the president impose the new, targeted restrictions on foreign nationals from countries it says refuse to share sufficient information with the U.S. or haven’t taken necessary security precautions. The restrictions could vary by country, officials said. Trump’s ban on…
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Colorado: Some low-level radioactive waste handled illegally

Some types of low-level radioactive waste have been illegally buried in landfills that are not approved to handle them because of a contradiction in state laws, Colorado health officials said Friday. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said the Legislature needs to change the laws so the agency has the authority to regulate the waste. The problem was first reported by The Denver Post ( The agency said it did not know how much of the waste is involved …
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