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  • Will dampening states' rights snuff out marijuana use?

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, January 05, 2018 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- It remains unclear whether U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' reversal of rules that had enabled states to legalize marijuana will fan or extinguish cannabis flames spreading across the U.S.

    R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said the tension between state and federal law has the potential to make 2018 "a hinge year" regarding not only legalized marijuana, but society's moral perception of marijuana use. Read More

  • Obama-era transgender bathroom order rescinded

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, February 23, 2017 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration has reversed an Obama-era directive that advised schools to open bathrooms and locker rooms to students based on their perceived sexual identity or risk losing federal funding.

    The new ruling leaves bathroom use policies to the discretion of state governments and local school districts, but the issue is already set to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court is scheduled on March 28 to hear a case from the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia challenging a lower court ruling allowing transgender teen Gavin Grimm to use the boys' bathroom at school. Grimm, a biological female, identifies as male. Read More