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High point of the week: House votes to end medical pot crackdowns

The somewhat surprising 219-189 vote came as the House debated a bill funding the Justice Department's budget. The measure now heads to the Democratic Senate.

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Could medical marijuana turn Florida blue in 2014?

 This past Monday, the Florida Supreme Court approved a ballot measure to make medical marijuana legal in the state.

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Video: “Pot” tops “church” on Family Feud

Public opinion has shifted considerably on legalizing pot in the last two decades.

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Illinois mom battles banks profiting from drug trade

HSBC enabled drug cartels to wash their billions of tear- and blood-soaked dollars through its global operations, and they aren't the only bank involved.

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Efforts to relax marijuana laws gain support

Once consigned to the political fringe, marijuana policy is appearing on legislative agendas around the country thanks to an energized base of supporters.

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Thousands to be released early in crack cocaine sentences

Nearly 2,000 federal prisoners will be eligible for early release as result of a bill that changes the sentencing for crack cocaine to be closer to the penalties for powdered cocaine.

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NAACP calls for end to "war on drugs"

The NAACP put forth a resolution publically calling an end to the failed 40-year drug war, started in 1971 at the behest of President Nixon.

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Furious reaction to U.S. gun exporting scheme

Public opinion on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border is reacting angrily to a program called Operation Fast and Furious, through which the ATF deliberately allowed thousands of automatic weapons to be smuggled into Mexico

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Chicago top cop links gun policy to racism

Chicago's top cop says current gun policies facilitate illegal gun trafficking, and equal "government-sponsored racism."

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Chips ahoy: Big pharma to put computers in pills

According to some recent news stories we all may be swallowing computer chips in the near future.

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