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Mic Wakeup: Federal courts, Vermont and ‘Black Panther’ all had an awesome week

Like other states, Vermont’s marijuana laws will allow people over the age of 21 to purchase and consume adult-use cannabis. People will also be able to grow a small number of plants in their homes. “This is a big step forward for Vermont,” Matt ...

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Mic Wakeup: Federal courts, Vermont and ‘Black Panther’ all had an awesome week2 min readPublished Jan11, 2018by Stacey LeascasharetweetemailMarvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Marvel Entertainment/YouTubeMarvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Marvel Entertainment/YouTubePublished Jan11, 2018by Stacey LeascaIt’s Thursday, Jan11Here are three stories you need to read.A federal judge ruled DACA can’t be suspendedLate Tuesday evening, U.SDistrict Judge William Alsup in San Francisco ruled that the DACA program cannot be suspendedIn his ruling, Alsup explained that the government must continue to process renewal applications while the outcome of the program’s future is decidedIt is certainly a win for people already in the United States, however Alsup added that the government does not have to accept first-time DACA applicantsWhile the ruling is only temporary, it does point to a larger trend with the power of federal judgesTake, for example, the role several judges played in President Donald Trump’s travel ban, or the several rulings that declared Trump’s rollback of Obama-era energy and environmental policies as illegal.Read up on all the Trump-related cases that judges have ruled on since he took office in 2017Vermont just ruled to legalize marijuanaIn a historic first, the state of Vermont legalized the use and sale of recreational marijuana via its state legislature, rather than through a ballot initiativeWhile that’s remarkable it becomes even more so when you consider it came just days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded guidance set forth by former President Barack Obama that allowed states to legalize marijuana without interference from the Department of Justice.Like other states, Vermont’s marijuana laws will allow people over the age of 21 to purchase and consume adult-use cannabisPeople will also be able to grow a small number of plants in their homes“This is a big step forward for Vermont,” Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, a group that advocates for legalization, told the Los Angeles Times“Vermonters should be proud that their state is becoming the first to do this legislatively, rather than by ballot initiative.”Black Panther is already a hit and it hasn’t even hit theaters yetBlack Panther isn’t hitting theaters until Feb16, but it’s already smashing recordsOn Wednesday, Fandango’s managing editor Erik Davis confirmed that Black Panther had sold more pre-sale tickets in its first 24 hours than any Marvel movie.To celebrate that historic moment, and just because people can’t wait to see the film, Marvel released a new trailer for us to all collectively lose our minds overEnjoy it belowSource: YouTubeRecommended VideoPeople don't know the true legacy of DrKingNews4h agoStay UpdatedGet the story to fuel your conversation today.SubscribeIn Other NewsAfter Trump’s racist outbursts, Republicans will distance themselves, but won’t ditch him7h agoWhile you weren’t looking: 5 stories from the Trump administration that aren’t about “shitholes”7h agoCareer advice: Why 2018 is your year to get a raise — or a new job9h agoTamir Rice’s mom asks Cleveland police arbitrator not to rehire the officer who fatally shot her son10h agoDaniel Radcliffe weighs in on Johnny Depp casting controversy: “I can see why people are frustrated”10h agoRelated CoverageVermont becomes first state to legalize recreational marijuana via state legislatureJan10, 2018This is the best free thing to do in every state in AmericaAug23, 2017Even where marijuana is decriminalized, police continue to target minorities for arrestsJuly 18, 2017While America was watching the Trump-Russia drama, Democrats flipped two deep-red state districtsJuly 12, 2017Legal weed in Nevada makes bank on first day of salesJuly 2, 2017CompanyAboutTipsJobsPoliciesEditorial StandardsStyle GuideMastheadArchiveTopicsContactStay UpdatedGet the story to fuel your conversation today.SubscribeConnect with micConnect with mic© 2018 Mic Network IncAll rights reserved. var _qevents=_qevents||[];!function(){var e=document.createElement("script");e.src=("https:"==document.location.protocol?"https://secure":"http://edge")+"",e.async=!0,e.type="text/javascript";var t=document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];t.parentNode.insertBefore(e,t)}() !function(){var e=document.createElement("link");e.setAttribute("rel","stylesheet"),e.setAttribute("href",""),e.setAttribute("type","text/css"),document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0].appendChild(e)}()

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