This week at Pacific Standard, we brought you stories on whether or not women will be able to afford a new postpartum depression treatment, how climate change could change the economic equation when it comes to nuclear power plants, and what one Indiana farm is doing to try to save industrial agriculture.
But it's been a busy news week, from flooding in the Midwest and a chemical fire in Texas to the expansion of the Trump administration's Remain in Mexico plan. Here are a few more stories we've been watching this week.
Marijuana Is the Fastest-Growing U.S. Job Sector, Says a New Report
"Call it America's hidden job boom," write the authors of a new report on legal cannabis jobs in the United States. According to the report, released by the cannabis website Leafly with management consultant Whitney Economics, the U.S. added more than 64,000 legal cannabis jobs last year—enough, the researchers note, "to fill Chicago's Soldier Field, with 3,000 more tailgating outside."
That represents an overall increase of 44 percent in such jobs, which now total more than 211,000. The report notes, by comparison, that the American coal industry currently employs about 52,000 people, and breweries employ 69,000.
The Texas Senate Approved Legislation to Prepare for the Next Hurricane
This week, about one year and eight months after Hurricane Harvey wrought havoc on the Houston area, the Texas state Senate approved three bills that are meant to better protect the state from future disasters, the Houston Chronicle reports. The legislation would result in the creation of a disaster recovery plan for local officials and a "Texas Infrastructure Resiliency Fund" to pay for Harvey-related projects, among other measures.
Some Pets Displaced by the Camp Fire Are Still at a Local Shelter
The Chico Animal Shelter still has about 10 cats and five dogs from the Camp Fire that decimated Paradise, California, four months ago, KRCR News reports. "A lot of the strays were reunited but at this point we have kind of exhausted all those options and so now those animals are available for adoption," Tracy Mohr, the animal services manager at the shelter, told KRCR.
Recovery efforts in and around Paradise continue, with the Federal Emergency Management Agency allotting another $1 million for recovery costs this week.