Cowen_&_Co._estimated in 2019 that the U.S. marijuana sales could reach $80 billion by 2030 if the federal government legalized the plant. In Canada, legal recreational cannabis sales in 2019 could reach $4.34 billion, according to Deloitte. Big alcohol companies, after long fretting about how legal cannabis would affect sales, and other drink-makers are joining forces with the industry. Those companies hope people will drink to get high rather than drunk. Cannabis executives say the plant could eventually replace things like sleep aids and pain meds. Floods Indonesia 

Indonesia flood, landslide death toll hits 70

JAKARTA (AFP) – Floods and landslides that battered Indonesia’s Sulawesi island have killed at least 70 people, the authorities said on Tuesday (Jan 29), as aerial footage underscored the scale of the disaster with whole villages wiped off the map. Lashed by heavy rain, rivers swelled and burst their banks, inundating dozens of communities across 12 districts as well as parts of the provincial capital Makassar. The bodies of 70 victims have been found, while six are still missing, Mr Syamsibar, head of South Sulawesi’s disaster mitigation agency, who like many Indonesians…

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‘131 missing, 26 dead’ in Attapeu province, Laos

Aerial view shows the flooded area after a dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos on Wednesday in this image obtained from social media. (MIME PHOUMSAVANH/via REUTERS) ATTAPEU, Laos: The Lao prime minister said Wednesday 131 people are still missing two days after a dam collapse swamped several villages in the country’s south, killing at least 26 people. In a rare televised press conference by the leader of the secretive communist country, Thongloun Sisoulith gave the most specific figure so far for the number unaccounted for. Earlier official reports spoke of hundreds…

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