U.S. House to vote on bill to remove marijuana off controlled substance list

first_imgThe U.S. House of Representatives is planning to vote on a bill that could potentially decriminalize marijuana.According to Politico, Majority Whip Jim Clyburn’s office sent out an email on Friday saying the vote could happen as early as September.The vote will be on the MORE Act, which would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.The bill would also expunge the records and creates funding for grants to help people who have been negatively impacted by federal marijuana offenses.If the bill does pass, it could likely stall in the Senate where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has voiced his opposition on the matter.last_img

Read more

LA Clippers playing well down regular-season stretch

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error That includes getting Blake Griffin re-acclimated to the team after he missed 45 consecutive games with two injuries and a four-game suspension. Griffin has played four games since returning April 3 against Washington. He is coming off his best showing during that time, having scored 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in Sunday’s 98-91 victory over Dallas. Griffin also had seven assists.Paul said regaining his rhythm with Griffin should not be an arduous task.“Well fortunately, this is not Blake and my first year playing together,” Paul said. “While we needed to get a little bit of the timing back, we know each other. We know our timing, what sets we like. It just sort of comes naturally. You figure it out.”Luc Mbah a Moute, who starts alongside Griffin at forward, believes the Clippers are primed for the postseason.“I think we are ready,” he said. “We have had Blake for a few games now. When the team gets in the rhythm with him, it is good for us.” The Clippers went 14-1 in their final 15 games of the regular season in 2014-15. But they lost a seven-game series to the Houston Rockets in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs after blowing Game 6 at Staples Center, so that momentum didn’t hold up as long as they would have liked.Still, the last thing the Clippers want is to enter the postseason on a down note. With two games left before the playoffs start this weekend, the Clippers had won five consecutive games and nine of 10 heading into of Tuesday’s contest against the Memphis Grizzlies.Point guard Chris Paul likes that a lot.“It is always nice to win, so you know what that is like, so you can have a nice rhythm going into playoffs,” he said. “For us,we definitely want to keep winning and we want to make sure we are playing right by getting everyone incorporated.”center_img Rest time at PhoenixThe Clippers have rested players here and there down the stretch of this regular season. They rested starters Paul, DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick on March 31 at Oklahoma City. They rested those three as well as Griffin on Friday in Utah.Coach Doc Rivers might have rested some or all of them Tuesday, but the game meant something to the playoff picture, so he only rested sixth man Jamal Crawford.However, Rivers said Griffin almost certainly will be rested in Wednesday night’s regular-season finale at Phoenix; that game means nothing.“I don’t know if he’ll play (today),” Rivers said. “I doubt it, anyway.”As for any other players who might sit out Wednesday, Rivers said that was still to be determined.“We’ll figure it out after the game,” he said. “As a group, we’ll talk about it. But there will be several guys missing, for sure. Maybe even some coaches.”Redick close to 200 3sShooting guard J.J. Redick has 197 3-pointers this season, three away from tying the franchise record of 200 he set in 2014-15.last_img read more

Read more