Supporters of recreational marijuana use are still celebrating their legislative victory in Massachusetts. But whether they ultimately will be successful at the federal level still is unclear. While Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been sending signals that indicate that a federal crackdown on the use of marijuana may be imminent in states that have legalized such use, actions by Congress and President Trump have been sending other messages and continue to block Sessions from following through on his threats.
The recent wildfires in Northern California have destroyed nearly 6000 structures and have burned over 200,000 acres of land --- an area the size of New York City. The fires also have killed at least 40 people.