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On the heels of Chicago's lawsuit last week, and San Francisco's lawsuit over the weekend, the State of California has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding President Donald Trump's executive order threatening to without federal grants from "sanctuary jurisdictions."

The lawsuit claims the threat represents and unconstitutional takeover of state and local law enforcement, and also violates the Constitution's Spending Clause, and is seeking an injunction against the Department of Justice, barring it from enforcing the executive order. You can read the lawsuit in full, below:

Way back in 2011, Benchmark Capital was one of Uber's early and prominent investors. And according to court filings, Benchmark currently holds approximately 13 percent of Uber's stock, equating to 20 percent of Uber's voting power. Unfortunately for Uber and its deposed CEO Travis Kalanick, that court filing is a fraud lawsuit, filed by Benchmark in Delaware state court yesterday.

The lawsuit involves that voting power, centering on Kalanick's alleged misrepresentations in stacking Uber's board of directors in order to solidify his position, possibly with an eye on a return to the company. You can see the full lawsuit below.

Via his favored mode of communication and proclamation, President Donald Trump last month tweeted that "the United States Government will not accept or allow ... Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military." While there was some disagreement whether the tweets could be interpreted or implemented as official military policy, the announcement angered many in both the LGBTQ and military community.

It also angered LGBTQ individuals already in the military. Today five transgender members of the U.S. military sued Trump, claiming the tweets violate the due process and equal protection rights of transgender service members, and asking for an injunction against the ban. You can read the full lawsuit below.

True to his campaign promises, President Donald Trump signed an executive order in January threatening to without federal grants from "sanctuary jurisdictions." Such cities and states, which limit cooperation with the federal government in immigration matters, would be ineligible for certain federal funds unless they agreed to abide by immigration orders and enforcement. But by April a federal judge in California had enjoined the feds from enforcing the order, and upheld that injunction last month, even after Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo intended to clarify the order.

Now, the City of Chicago is suing Sessions over the sanctuary cities order, calling it "unauthorized and unconstitutional," and claiming that enforcing the order would "fly in the face of longstanding City policy that promotes cooperation between local law enforcement and immigrant communities, ensures access to essential city services for all residents, and makes all Chicagoans safer." You can see the full lawsuit below.

For years we've been noting state after state decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana, from cannabinoids for medical use only to recreational use, all with one big caveat: marijuana remains an illegal Schedule I narcotic under the federal Controlled Substances Act. This had a huge impact on state legalization efforts, from cultivation and transportation across state lines to canna-businesses getting bank accounts.

But that might all be changing. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker today introduced the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017, which would remove weed from the schedule of controlled substances and do a whole lot more. What else is in the bill? See for yourself below.