Dazed and confused in Canada.
The Conservative government is launching a $1.3 billion dollar medical marijuana program, effectively becoming the world’s biggest pot dealer. Under the new plan, small-scale, homegrown medical marijuana is out and large-scale, big business medical marijuana is in – you know, to keep everything standardized, legal, and… profitable. There are currently 37,400 legitimate medical marijuana users in Canada but that number is projected to increase to as many as 450,000 people by 2024. Since the profit potential for medical marijuana is pretty big, over a hundred firms have already applied for producer and distributor status. Pot for everyone! (with a letter from their doctor….) Globe and Mail
That was quick. After chatting with Barack Obama over the phone, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is now looking into resuming direct flights between his country and the U.S – a first since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. While Iran’s immediate goal is to get this nuclear program deal under control, they also appear keen to expand communication with the west. That must have been one hell of a phone call. Associated Press
The epically awful Princess Diana movie made it to theatres but the Hillary Clinton documentary will never see the light of day. The film’s director, Charles Ferfuson, announced that the Clinton doc is cancelled because he wasn’t able to obtain access to anyone with personal knowledge of the potential 2016 presidential candidate. Which loosely translates into: The Clintons threatened to destroy anyone who talked to him. According to Ferguson, when he approached people for interviews he found that “nobody, and I mean nobody, was interested in helping me make this film. Not Democrats, not Republicans — and certainly nobody who works with the Clintons, wants access to the Clintons, or dreams of a position in a Hillary Clinton administration.” Maybe try a Ted Cruz miniseries next? America loves a good train wreck! The Atlantic Wire
The popes are about to get holier! In breaking news from the Vatican, Pope Francis has announced that Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be declared saints in April 2014. The double sainting will be the first in history – and is thought to be a way to unify Catholics. The two popes were as different as popes could be (so not that different); John Paul II is seen as a conservative, while John XXIII is seen as a hero for progressive Catholics. And how does a pope go about getting a sainthood? By performing at least two disease-curing miracles of course! Pope Benedict better get moving. BBC News
Have you ever “failed to overcome your natural passion when walking home” from a party and decide to have sex on train tracks? Well, don’t do it again because a train might run you over. That’s what happened to a drunk thrill-seeking Ukrainian couple in the city of Zaporozhye on Saturday morning. According to the Ukraniaian Interior Ministry, the couple ‘wanted to experience an extreme sensation near the railroad tracks.’ Mission accomplished. The woman was killed instantly; her boyfriend survived but lost both of his legs. The Daily Mail