Jun 1, 2019

Illinois House sends marijuana bill to governor

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Illinois' state House passed legislation legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and is sending it to the desk of Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who, while campaigning, said he would legalize the drug, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Why it matters: Illinois will be the first state to legalize marijuana through legislation rather than voter initiative if the governor signs the bill, per the Tribune. The legislation also includes a directive for Pritzker to pardon people with convictions for low-level cannabis-related offenses.

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In photos: Protests over George Floyd's death grip Minneapolis

The Third Police Precinct burns in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Demonstrators demanding justice burned a Minneapolis police station and took control of the streets around it last night, heaving wood onto the flames, kicking down poles with surveillance cameras and torching surrounding stores.

What's happening: The crowd was protesting the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man whose life was snuffed out Tuesday by a white Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on his neck for about eight minutes.

Minneapolis mayor to Trump: “Weakness is pointing your finger” during a crisis

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey fired back at President Trump on Friday, after the president accused the mayor of weak leadership amid violence sparked by the killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.

Driving the news: Trump made his accusations in a pair of tweets early Friday, saying he would bring the national guard into Minneapolis if Frey couldn't “bring the City under control.” 

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