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DEA needs to get real on marijuana

Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is classified as a schedule 1 drug, which means it has no medicinal value and is highly addictive. But the Drug Enforcement Administration is, once again, considering moving it to a less restrictive category that better reflects its danger and the undeniable facts on the ground — that nearly half the states allow the use of cannabis for medical purposes, and several allow it to be used recreationally. The DEA told lawmakers that it intends to make a decision by July.

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Hidden cost of Postal Service’s stamp price cut

We usually do not complain when a commonly used consumer item gets cheaper, but first-class postage presents a bit of a special case. The sudden 2-cent drop in price, from 49 cents to 47 cents, on April 10 makes a mockery of the "Forever" label on the stamps many people bought at the higher price, thinking their indefinite validity would hedge against future price hikes.

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Sanders must be clearer about Wall Street agenda

More than anything else, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, has based his campaign on attacking Wall Street — the millionaires and billionaires who, by his telling, wrecked the U.S. economy, dominate the political system and must be brought to heel. Given his commitment to the message, you might expect he would have some familiarity with the policy details and implications.

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Global obesity is man-made crisis

A new study led by British scientists, undertaken with the World Health Organization and 700 researchers worldwide, has some grim news: About 640 million adults are obese, up from 105 million in 1975. At this rate, about 20 percent of the adult population will be obese by 2025. While China is coming on strong, the United States maintains its status as home to the highest number of severely obese men and women in the world.

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Trump’s plan to fund border wall is silly

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s plan to force Mexico to pay for a 1,000-mile border wall by threatening to seize $24 billion in remittances sent annually from the U.S. to Mexico is charitably described as cockamamie. Readers will be unsurprised to learn that his proposal — outlined in a two-page memo sent to the Washington Post — builds off some dubious claims.

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Parent mentors helpful

Sometimes small things state government does can have a huge impact on the lives of individuals. That’s particularly true when action is taken that can make life better for children with developmental disabilities and their families.

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John Schneider, Pete Carroll say draft was deep in offensive linemen and running backs, which happened to align with the team's needs.
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