(Boston, MA) — The Department of Public Health has made progress cutting down the list of potential medical marijuana growers in Massachusetts. On Monday, 22 prospective pot entrepreneurs were dropped from the list after failing to pass an initial screening. 158 applicants remain to face the more comprehensive Phase 2 evaluation. Ultimately 35 medical marijuana dispensaries will be licensed across the state.
Lawmakers are returning to Capitol Hill for a two- to three-week sprint to wrap up work on the budget, highway funding and taxes.
Two senior U.S. senators called for Washington to nearly triple military force levels in Iraq to 10,000 and send an equal number of troops to Syria as part of a multinational ground force to counter Islamic State in both countries.
More than 150 world leaders arrived at United Nations climate change talks in Paris armed with promises and accompanied by high expectations as they look to hold back the Earth's rising temperatures.
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