February 28, 2024 - 6:39pm

→ Americans want a ceasefire

Is there anything more 2024 than a video of Joe Biden tucking into an ice cream while discussing a ceasefire in the Middle East? After telling reporters that he hoped a deal would be in place by Monday, a new poll has found that a growing majority of Americans would also be in favour.

New research from Data for Progress found that 67% of voters support a permanent ceasefire and a de-escalation of violence in Gaza. Interestingly, both a majority of Democrats (77%) and Republicans (56%) support a deal, marking a big shift in public opinion since the 7th October. Just don’t call it an isolationist streak: a majority of voters still wanted to provide US military aid to both Israel and Ukraine.

→ Snoop Dogg and Trump finally make amends

Snoop Dogg has made another big announcement. And no, he’s not giving up smoke. This week, the rapper declared that he has “nothing but love and respect” for former President Donald Trump. This comes after a years-long feud which saw Snoop shooting a clown portraying Donald Trump in a 2017 music video and telling Rolling Stone in 2016 that he’d “never seen a motherfucker like him.”

Mr Dogg is the latest in a long line of rappers to have come out in support for the presumptive GOP nominee. Over the last few years, Trump’s braggadocious style has attracted the attention of several big Hip-Hop names, including Ice Cube, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Kanye West and Lil Pump. Could these nods of approval help Trump with the black vote in November? He’s projected to win a larger proportion of black voters in November than any Republican in 50 years.

→ Yes, weed is actually bad for you

On the subject of Snoop Dogg, it turns out that one of his favourite pastimes isn’t so great for you. According to a new report in the Journal of the American Heart Association, daily marijuana use is tied to a 25% higher risk of heart attack and 42% higher risk of stroke, while weekly use carries a 3% and 5% increase, respectively.

The study found that the trend applied even to marijuana users who didn’t use tobacco products, though it didn’t delve into other overlapping lifestyle factors, such as eating takeout dinners in bed every night.

Marijuana use is growing across the US alongside decriminalisation and legalisation. Even as evidence mounts about its attendant dangers, public concern is declining. The belief among adults that weekly cannabis use posed a great risk fell nearly in half from 2002 to 2019, according to the study. Kids, Nancy Reagan was right: just say no.