The Daily Populous

Thursday August 31st, 2023 morning edition

image for Slightly higher times: Biden administration moves to loosen weed restrictions

The health agency wants the drug moved from Schedule I to Schedule III under the CSA, potentially the biggest change in federal drug policy in decades.

DEA has the final authority to schedule or reschedule a drug under the Controlled Substances Act,” a spokesperson for the agency said in a statement.

“The administration process is an independent process led by HHS, led by the Department of Justice, and guided by evidence,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.

Cannabis is currently a Schedule I substance on the CSA, which means it is deemed to have a high likelihood of abuse and no medical uses.

Schedule III drugs are categorized as having “moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence.”

The HHS recommendation is the result of a nearly yearlong federal review of all available marijuana research.

"It is regrettable that the Department of Health and Human Services move now appears to be a nod to those monied interests.". »

Mitch McConnell freezes, struggles to speak in second incident this summer

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McConnell, 81, initially seemed to struggle to hear when asked at an event in Covington, Kentucky, about his views on running for reelection.

But the senator then froze at the lectern and did not speak for about 30 seconds.

He did not appear to immediately respond when a member of his staff approached him to ask if he had heard the question. »

White House says Putin and Kim Jong Un traded letters as Russia looks for munitions from North Korea

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Wednesday said that it has new intelligence that shows Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have swapped letters as Russia looks to North Korea for munitions for the war in Ukraine.

Shortly before the White House unveiled the new information about North Korea and Russia’s weapon talks, North Korea launched a ballistic missile toward its eastern waters, according to South Korea’s military.

At the United Nations on Wednesday, the United States, the United Kingdom, South Korea and Japan urged North Korea to halt arms negotiations with Russia. »

Meta says it has disrupted a massive disinformation campaign linked to Chinese law enforcement

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Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta on Tuesday said it had disrupted a disinformation campaign linked to Chinese law enforcement that the social media company described as the "largest known cross-platform covert influence operation in the world.".

Meta began looking for signs of a Chinese influence operation on its own platforms after reports in 2022 highlighted how a disinformation campaign linked to the Chinese government targeted a human rights nongovernmental organization.

Meta researchers were able to link this latest disinformation network to a prior influence campaign in 2019, code named Spamouflage. »

PlayStation Plus Monthly Games for September: Saints Row, Black Desert – Traveler Edition, Generation Zero

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The Monthly Games lineup of Saints Row, Black Desert – Traveler Edition and Generation Zero will be available to PlayStation Plus members on Tuesday, September 5 until Monday, October 2.

PlayStation Plus members who have already purchased any edition of Black Desert cannot redeem the full Traveler Edition bundle from PlayStation Plus.

However, PlayStation Plus members who have already purchased any edition of Black Desert other than the Traveler Edition may redeem the standalone Traveler Item Pack from PlayStation Plus, instead. »