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News Briefs: Illinois approves medical marijuana cards

Illinois approves first medical marijuana applications

CHICAGO — The state of Illinois has sent out its first approval letters to individuals who applied to legally use medical marijuana. About a dozen letters have been sent to patients, and the state is continuing to review the thousands they have received. In order to receive a medical marijuana card, patients must have a qualifying condition with a note from their doctor and must complete a background check. Illinois officials announced that 350 people have applied to legally grow or sell marijuana. The state plans to grant 21 permits for cultivation centers and 60 permits for dispensaries by the end of the year.  (Source: The Register-Mail)

Secret Service director resigns

WASHINGTON — The director of the Secret Service, Julia Pierson, resigned Wednesday morning. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced her resignation and stated that he has appointed Joseph Clancy, a former agent in charge of the Presidential Protective Division, to be the interim director. Support for Pierson had dwindled after she avoided answering questions about an incident in which a man jumped over the fence of the White House and ran inside on Sept. 19. Along with this incident, an armed man was recently allowed to ride in an elevator with President Obama when he was visiting Atlanta. As a result, government officials questioned Pierson’s abilities to lead the Secret Service. (Source: The New York Times)

Hong Kong residents protest Beijing government

HONG KONG — Residents of Hong Kong protested Wednesday to demand democratic reform and challenge the Beijing government. Wednesday was National Day in China, a holiday that celebrates China’s communist republic. Hong Kong officials participated in National Day celebrations, which were booed and objected to by the protestors. Because of the protests, an event to honor Hong Kong war heroes was canceled. Large crowds formed near government headquarters for the demonstrations. Protesters said that their next step might be to occupy government buildings if officials do not respond to their demands. (Source: The Washington Post)

TKS Staff

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