Welcome to Tuesday, Philly. Today we're keeping an eye on whether Congress will protect medical marijuana users and immigrants. But before you dive in, check the weather: yesterday's wintry mix has become this morning's icy mess. Be careful out there.
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It's not déjà vu: Revel casino in Atlantic City once again has a new owner, and he already has plans to reopen in a matter of months with a new name and nearly 1,400 rooms.
Las Vegas property veteran Bruce Deifik has acquired the failed casino which has been vacant since 2014. The sale comes after rumors just a few months ago that Deifik was in line to buy the property.
This isn't the only change coming New Jersey's way. From gaining a new area code to losing a section of I-95, the state's in for a rollicking 2018, writes columnist Kevin Riordan.
Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he'd rescind Obama-era instructions for federal prosecutors to take a hands-off approach in states that legalized marijuana.
Fears of a crackdown followed, and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle voiced their anger at the announcement. Though some lawmakers are prepared to enforce federal law, others are now hoping to block future prosecutions.
Until next steps are clear, however, the guidelines could stymie investment in the medical marijuana business currently growing in New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.
The Trump administration announced yesterday that it is ending special protections for Salvadoran immigrants. That means by September 2019, nearly 200,000 immigrants must adjust their legal status, leave the country, or risk being deported to a country they fear is not prepared for them.
Similarly, temporary protected status for Haitian immigrants who came to the U.S. following a 2010 earthquake expires January 22, affecting 46,000 Haitians in the country.
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