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Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Pot legislation coming Spring 2017
Can you smell it? It’s coming. No, really. It’s almost here. The federal government announced today that legislation to legalize marijuana will be ready by next spring, just in time for 4/20 2017. Federal health minister Jane Philpott made the announcement at a special session of the UN General Assembly in New York today.
+1: Big Marijuana is coming — and even legalization supporters are worried.
2. No juice for you
What’s the deal with your fancy juice cleanse? “The practice of cleansing has become as ubiquitous as the use of hand sanitizer. Celebrities do it. Spas offer it. Fancy food stores sell pricey bottles of juice to accomplish it, and a $700 juicer will soon facilitate the process for those who are not satisfied with the current D.I.Y. options. But what is it that everybody is trying to remove from their bodies? Is there any science behind it?”
Turns out the answer is a hard “no.”
3. When rape is live streamed
“Sexual assault, domestic abuse, and attempted murder are among the crimes recently captured on live video services.” What does it mean for the companies that host this kind of content?
4. Did I torture people in Iraq?
“Ferdinand and I spent our last night together talking about sleep deprivation. It was the first time I remember using the word ‘torture’ in a conversation in Iraq. We both knew the Palestinian chair was torture, but I don’t remember saying it. But sleep deprivation can be described no other way.” For Lithub, Eric Dier writes a staggering first-person account of his time as an interrogator for the US military.
5. Hide your stash
There’s $248 billion of gold stashed away beneath the streets of London. A strange geological quirk has forced the city’s historic finance industry to create a sprawling series of vaults deep beneath the British capital.