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San Francisco dismissing thousands of old marijuana convictions

Green Pearl Organics dispensary owner Nicole Salisbury inspects drying marijuana.
Green Pearl Organics dispensary owner Nicole Salisbury inspects drying marijuana. Photo: Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images

San Francisco will be "expunging or reducing misdemeanor and felony" marijuana convictions for the past several years, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, which could cost the state millions of dollars.

Why it matters: Recreational marijuana was legalized in 2016, and District Attorney George Gascón will be reviewing and erasing convictions "en masse" to avoid costly and time-consuming trials. He said the district attorney's office will "dismiss and seal more than 3,000 misdemeanor marijuana convictions ... dating back to 1975."

Go deeper: A bipartisan group of lawmakers told Trump to leave marijuana laws to the states.

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Trump: Transgender people "disqualified" from the military

SecDef Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford. Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool / Getty Images

President Trump late Friday issued an order disqualifying most transgender people from serving in the military.

"[T]ransgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria -- individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery -- are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances."

Why it matters: Anything short of an inclusive policy for transgender troops will be viewed as a continuation of the ban Trump announced on Twitter in August.

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Both Bush and Obama also requested line item veto power

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President Trump tweeted on Friday evening that to avoid having "this omnibus situation from ever happening again," he wants Congress to re-instate "a line-item veto."

Why it matters: This would allow him to veto specific parts of a bill without getting rid of the entire thing. Trump was deeply unhappy with the $1.3 trillion spending bill approved by Congress early Friday morning, but signed it anyway on Friday afternoon.