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first_imgForward Jones displays his new Club jersey after officially signing a three-year professional development contractImage: JLSFC-Liberia.Following four months of negotiations, Junior Lone Star FC-Liberia (JLSFC-Liberia) has announced the signing of forward Willie Jones from Samira FC. According to a release from JLSFC-Liberia, the 19-year-old over the weekend signed a three-year professional contract with the team.The deal means the forward will remain at the club until 2021. The transfer was approved by the Central Monrovia Sub-Committee and the Liberia Football Association.“I am so excited to have joined Junior Lone Star FC-Liberia. I had some wonderful years at Samira FC, and I just want to thank the Board, coaches, and the teammates during my time there. The chance to play for Junior Lone Star FC-Liberia, and work with coach Solomon Freeman was something I could not turn down, because it has always been my dream to play for the club in the USA. I can’t wait to start my journey with the Stars here, and show our fans around the world why this club fought tooth and nail to sign me,” the release quotes forward Jones.He also lauded several individuals, including  Konah Mitchell, Notel Jolo, Kara Smith, Milton Suah, Arnold Kennedy, Ansu Dolley, M’bemba Kawah, Mohammed Sheriff and others who have been instrumental in his football career. “I can’t wait to make you all proud,” he added.Commenting on the signing of the forward, head coach Solomon Freeman said forward Jones will be a great asset to the team as they enter the new LFA third division league season. “Jones is one of the best young strikers in Liberia, and I strongly believe that he will be a great asset to our young and talented squad,” he said. Jones is expected to feature for the club in their opening match against Brewerville United today at the A.T.S.The club founder Bobby Ali said, “we have been following Jones for the past three years due to his exploits with Grand Bassa County in the County Meet as well as in the third division league with his former club, and he’s someone the coach wants to build the team. We are happy he’s now a JLSFC-Liberia player, and we hope his drive and ambition will make the team stronger.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgDrugAbuse.comWhen U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions green-lighted federal prosecutions of marijuana lawbreakers, the vast majority of U.S. states that allow some form of medical marijuana were unexpectedly placed at risk of a crackdown and are warily watching developments.Forty six states — including Sessions’ home state of Alabama — have legalized some form of medical marijuana in recent years, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Eight of those states also allow recreational marijuana.Among the guidance that Sessions rescinded was the so-called Ogden Memorandum of 2009 that instructed federal prosecutors not to pursue cases against medical marijuana patients and distributors who complied with state laws.“Previous nationwide guidance specific to marijuana enforcement is unnecessary and is rescinded, effective immediately,” Sessions told the U.S. attorneys based in all 50 states in a letter Thursday.Georgia state Rep. Allen Peake, a Republican who sponsored a bill in his state’s legislature that legalized possession of medical marijuana in 2015, denounced the move.“I’m very disappointed in Jeff Session’s actions,” Peake said Friday in a telephone interview. “He will be hurting the grandfather with Alzheimer’s, the soccer mom with breast cancer, the college student with Crohn’s disease, the young child with seizures — these are the people that will be impacted by this action by the attorney general.”The only legal protection now for medical marijuana growers, processors, sellers and users is a temporary measure sponsored by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) prohibiting the U.S. Department of Justice from using government funds to target them.Rohrabacher, in a conference call with reporters and four other members of Congress, said Sessions’ move should galvanize national support for marijuana legalization.“This is a wakeup call for American people who believe in freedom,” Rohrabacher said. “It will mobilize people throughout the country.”Many politicians, including Republicans, have cast Session’s move as an infringement on states’ rights.Only Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas do not allow any access to marijuana, said Karmen Hanson, a cannabis policy analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures.Many of the states that allow some form of medical marijuana did so in 2013 and 2014. About half of the initiatives have been passed by voters in ballot measures, and the rest by state legislatures, Hanson said.Georgia’s General Assembly passed that state’s medical marijuana law in 2015. Called Haleigh’s Hope Act, it was named for a girl who was suffering from hundreds of seizures a day.“This means the world to us,” Haleigh’s mother, Janea Cox, told reporters when Georgia’s governor signed the bill.Peake said Sessions’ move will have a chilling effect on a bill he introduced that would allow the growing, processing and distribution of cannabis oil in Georgia.“This is as bipartisan an issue as you can get,” he said. “Cancer doesn’t ask if you’re a Republican or a Democrat. There are people of all races and creeds who benefit from medical cannabis, so that’s why it’s so crucial that Congress get together and take action.”The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment that restricts U.S. attorneys from taking legal action against people who use medical marijuana or produce it was maintained in a last short-term funding bill passed by Congress. But that funding bill expires on Jan. 19.Blumenauer “is working to make sure it’s maintained again in whatever next funding bill Congress passes,” said his spokeswoman, Nicole L’Esperance.Rohrabacher said a better, more permanent solution is a bill he submitted last year that amends the Controlled Substances Act so it doesn’t apply to people who produce, possess or delivers marijuana in compliance with state laws governing recreational and medical marijuana.If it passes, Rohrabacher said he and Blumenauer would not be forced to repeatedly seek passage of their amendment annually.New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker has also introduced a bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level. Sharelast_img read more

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