Thursday, June 19, 2014

First Drip (6/19/14): A bill legalizing hemp oil passes House committee, gas prices up because of Iraq, more

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Could it be true? Is there movement on the legalize medical marijuana in North Carolina front? Well, a small step, at least. Yesterday, a House committee passed a bill that would legalize the manufacturing of hemp oil, extracted from a marijuana plant and used to treat epilepsy in children. The bill will go to the House floor this afternoon.

What started as a bill regulating after-market car headlights has snow-balled into a mix of proposed measures including a repeal of the law that allows residents to submit protest petitions against rezonings, a limit on what kinds of police mugshots the media can use, and more.

According to a report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolinians will pay on average $82 a month for health insurance through Obamacare. "Tax breaks cut health plan costs by 74 percent, on average. Half of North Carolinians will pay less than $50 per month for coverage after the tax credits. An estimated 16 percent will pay more than $150."

Are you noticing gas prices going up? Blame the violence in Iraq. "The good news is that gasoline is not likely to spike above $4 as it did 6 years ago. Or even cross $3.90, as in 2011 and 2012."

For the second time, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has revoked the trademark registration on the Washington Redskins' name. The cancellation doesn't force the team to abandon the name yet; owner Dan Snyder has repeatedly said they'll keep the name, despite the fact that it's offensive. "We've seen this story before," said Redskins attorney Bob Raskopf. "And just like last time, today's ruling will have no effect at all on the team's ownership of and right to use the Redskins name and logo. We are confident we will prevail once again."

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