Monday News: The wrong direction


NC REGULATORS GOING AFTER HEMP-BASED CBD PRODUCTS: State regulators are launching a crackdown on hemp products that are not allowed under federal law. They're going after certain items that contain CBD - a compound derived from the marijuana plant, but without the psycho-active chemical that produces a high. The Hemp Boutique in Cary sells CBD in a variety of forms, including dark chocolate, honey sticks, coffee, cheesecake-flavored bars and gummy worms. Alyssa Schuster said she visits the store five times a week because the CBD helps her sleep. But after seeking guidance from the feds, state regulators say the Food and Drug Administration considers CBD a drug and bans it from being added to food. Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Joe Reardon says CBD packaged in food could end up in the wrong mouths.

MITCH GILLESPIE OWES THE STATE $70,000 OVER SICK LEAVE FIASCO: Records released to The News & Observer show that a former top aide to House Speaker Tim Moore left his job but continued to be paid for several months by using sick leave, a practice not provided for under state personnel policies. As a result, the records show Mitch Gillespie received roughly $70,000 in sick leave, which he now says was based on a misunderstanding. The sick leave allowed him to push back his retirement date to the beginning of this year, instead of April 2018 when he stopped working. Gillespie wouldn’t say whether he would repay any or all of the money. The State Treasurer’s office, which manages the pension system, is looking into his pay leading up to his retirement and it is in settlement talks with Gillespie. He also said Moore played no role in the sick leave payout. Frank Lester, a spokesman for State Treasurer Dale Folwell, who released the pay information in response to a public records request from the N&O, said sick leave requires the approval of Moore or his chief of staff.

SOME CARRBORO CITIZENS NOT SATISFIED WITH TRUTH PLAQUE ABOUT JULIAN CARR: The 161-word statement to be embossed in brass letters on the plaque will focus on Carrboro — then and now — with just two sentences about Carr's history as "an active and influential participant in Jim Crow era efforts to create a system of racial segregation." "Although the town continues to bear his name, the values and actions of Carr do not represent Carrboro today," it will state. The plaque's "wording is very tame," Slade said, when compared to the conversation about Silent Sam. "When we're talking about who Julian Carr was, we shouldn't be shy about saying that he was a white supremacist and racist," Slade said. "That would touch upon the sentiment and feeling that a lot in our community have, to come before the board and request that we go as far as considering the changing of our (town's) name."

AFTER 2ND SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATION, JUSTIN FAIRFAX MAY BE HEADED TO IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS: The resolution directs a House committee to determine whether allegations of sexual assault against Mr. Fairfax by two women, Meredith Watson and Vanessa C. Tyson, “constitute conduct sufficient to provide grounds for impeachment.” In an email accompanying the draft, the lawmaker, Delegate Patrick A. Hope, emphasized that the resolution “is not impeachment. It is a process to investigate whether the Courts Committee would recommend impeachment.” Mr. Hope had said on Friday evening that he would introduce articles of impeachment on Monday if Mr. Fairfax, a fellow Democrat, had not resigned by then. But early Monday, Mr. Hope said on Twitter that discussions with his colleagues had “led to additional conversations that need to take place before anything is filed.”

IMMIGRATION ONCE AGAIN AT THE CORE OF POTENTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: Budget negotiators will meet Monday to revive talks over border security issues that are central to legislation to prevent key parts of the government from shutting down on Saturday, but an air of pessimism remains after talks broke down over the weekend. They collapsed over Democratic demands to limit the number of migrants authorities can detain, and the two sides remained separated over how much to spend on President Donald Trump's promised border wall. A Friday midnight deadline is looming to prevent a second partial government shutdown. Rising to the fore on Sunday was a related dispute over curbing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, the federal agency that Republicans see as an emblem of tough immigration policies and Democrats accuse of often going too far. Democrats despise the proposed wall and, in return for border security funds, want to curb what they see as unnecessarily harsh enforcement by ICE.