From The Reporter's Notebook
Salon’s staff has voted to unionize and is now leaning on the AFL-CIO for assistance, according to TPM’s Brendan James. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sent Salon CEO Cindy Jeffers a letter urging her to voluntarily recognize the Writers Guild of America, East.
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From a TPM Prime member: "Under current law, banks cannot allow stores selling marijuana to process credit cards nor allow those merchants to deposit their money in a bank. This has the effect of suppressing sales and forcing marijuana stores to keep large amounts of cash on hand. The merchants are also prevented from opening checking accounts which makes paying bills difficult. Getting the banking part of this right is the first step in rationalizing marijuana sales so those merchants are put on the same footing as every other store owner. That's why it's two senators from CO. I'm betting you'll see senators from the other states it's now legal to sell marijuana, or about to become legal, quickly signing on to this."
Related: Indoor marijuana cultivation is responsible for producing equivalent carbon emissions to three million American cars.
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What We're Reading
"There’s no law-breaking discrimination if nobody is allowed to get married at all." (The Guardian)
How close is "close?" Iran and the West inch towards a nuclear agreement. (NPR)
Adult coloring books are enjoying a surge of popularity. (The New Yorker)