Apr 24, 2019

Most Americans want to legalize marijuana, but hate the smell

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A new survey indicates that more than 80% of Americans are reportedly in favor of legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, but more than half of those surveyed dislike marijuana's odor in public settings.

By the numbers: Per the study results from PSB Research, Civilized, Burson Cohn & Wolfe and Buzzfeed News, nearly one-quarter of Americans claim to "hate" the stench, with public consumption on the rise in the 10 states that have legalized the drug.

  • 23% of Americans surveyed described the trace of marijuana in public as a "major problem," while 28% said it was a minor problem.
  • 23% of Americans said: "I hate when I smell cannabis in public."
  • 41% said they neither notice, nor care.
  • 21% said it was not a problem.
  • Among current cannabis consumers in the U.S., one-third said having to smell the substance in public is an issue, and 10% called it a major problem.

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This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.

Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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Scoop: Census Bureau is paying Chinese state media to reach Americans

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The 2020 Census Paid Media Campaign, which sends U.S. taxpayer dollars to community media outlets to run ads about the upcoming census, is including a Chinese state-run broadcaster as one of its media vendors.

Why it matters: After China's yearslong campaign to co-opt independent Chinese-language media in the U.S., Washington is now paying Beijing-linked media outlets in order to reach Chinese Americans.

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