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Recreational marijuana has been legal in Colorado since 2014, but researchers hoping to study the effects of the drug on humans are restricted by federal law to government-grown marijuana, which is significantly weaker and less diverse than commercial weed.

A group of researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder created a loophole by buying a van — the CannaVan — and are traveling around the state to study the physical and mental effects of government-grown marijuana versus commercial marijuana products for sale at local dispensaries, according to WIRED.

How it works: Scientists assign participants particular commercial marijuana products with already-known chemical makeup and potency, which the subjects go out and purchase for themselves. The researchers go to the participants' homes and first perform tests while they are sober. They then measure the effects of the drug after it is smoked, eaten, vaped, etc. But the researchers never see the commercial product itself.

Precision: While the studies are not as precise as a normal lab study, they are as good as it gets given the legal restrictions on researchers.

Go deeper: WIRED's full piece and Sessions hints at federal crackdown on marijuana

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Beijing draws Chinese companies even closer

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Chinese Communist Party Secretary Xi Jinping announced last week that the party must strengthen its leadership over private companies, and that entrepreneurs must meet the party's needs. 

Why it matters: Xi's new announcement will increase fears that Chinese businesses may serve as a Trojan horse for the CCP.

Scoop: Trump to meet with Supreme Court candidate Barbara Lagoa on Friday

Lagoa and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

President Trump plans to meet with shortlisted Supreme Court candidate Barbara Lagoa during a campaign visit to Florida on Friday, according to two sources familiar with his plans.

What we're hearing: Sources who know both Trump and Lagoa say they still expect the president to pick Judge Amy Coney Barrett, but they view the Lagoa meeting as a wild card because they say she has a charismatic personality that would appeal to Trump.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 11:45 a.m. ET: 31,374,796 — Total deaths: 965,742— Total recoveries: 21,531,728Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 6,860,484 — Total deaths: 200,005 — Total recoveries: 2,615,9474 — Total tests: 95,841,281Map.
  3. Health: The U.S. reaches 200,000 coronavirus deaths. The CDC's crumbling reputation — America turns against coronavirus vaccine.
  4. Politics: Elected officials are failing us on much-needed stimulus.
  5. Business: Two-thirds of business leaders think pandemic will lead to permanent changes — Wall Street fears stimulus is doomed.
  6. Sports: NFL fines maskless coaches.

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