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Interior Secretary Zinke: Florida Offshore Oil Drilling Is ‘Off The Table’

Enlarge this image The Trump administration will cancel plans to allow oil drilling off the coasts of Florida at the request of Gov. Rick Scott, seen in Doral, Fla., last year. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption toggle caption Lynne Sladky/AP A week after announcing a dramatic expansion of offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the Trump administration will grant an exception for the state of Florida. After what the Associated Press reported as a brief meeting between Zinke and Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott…

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Business 

How Sessions’ Announcement Threw Cannabis Industry Into the Weeds

This story is being co-published with Capital & Main On January 1, customers lined up outside California dispensaries to legally buy recreational marijuana in the state for the first time. Three days later, Attorney General Jeff Sessions threw a curveball to the nascent industry which the California Legislative Analyst’s Office predicted would pull in $1 billion in taxes in its first year. But by rescinding a 2013 policy known as the Cole Memo, which recommended that U.S. attorneys not prosecute legitimate cannabis users and businesses in states where weed is…

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