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In Brief: Cutting weed rules and unemployment benefits

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Hashing it out Score another win for common sense! The Nevada Athletic Commission raised its cannabis testing threshold by 300 percent—from 50 ng/mL to 150 ng/mL, effective immediately. The decision comes months after the World Anti-Doping Agency raised the threshold by the same amount to reduce the chances of athletes testing positive for out-of-competition use. Obviously fighters can’t be under the influence during a fight, but it’s good to see a progressive stance taken on what up to now has been a silly issue.

Pay cut Nevada blew it, and the state’s unemployed are paying the price. Sequestration cuts have been looming for months, but our state decided to wait until the last minute—the end of the budget year, September 30—to carry them out, necessitating a whopping 59 percent cut in unemployment benefits this month. That means the average weekly benefit of $309 is now about $127. Imagine having your paycheck cut in half for a month, and you have some idea of the hardship this is causing.

Dr. John If you can’t beat ’em … open a luxury animal hospital in Summerlin. That’s exactly what disgraced congressman John Ensign is doing, two years after resigning his post because of an ethics probe into his affair with a former campaign staffer (amid other unpleasantries, including allegedly trying to set her husband up as a lobbyist). It makes perfect sense—Ensign was a veterinarian before going into politics. We’re animal lovers here, so we sincerely wish him the best of luck in the venture—as long as he promises to never go into politics again.

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