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It's Legal In 23 States Now. Watch Modern-Day Prohibition States Fall Like Dominoes.

2014 saw three more states adding marijuana legalization of some kind. We're getting there, folks.

57% of Americans live in states that allow marijuana use of some kind.

In all, 23 states now have some form of marijuana legalization on the books. It's a bit like marriage equality in that the wheels of justice are spinning faster and faster as we head toward marijuana being considered less dangerous than a fifth of whiskey. No, really. And I'm including 2013 here just because I can and because one of those states is in the Heartland, which is usually the last place to adopt social change-y type stuff.


2013:

  • Illinois: 2.5 ounces within a 15-day period (But really … how would they know?)
  • New Hampshire: 2 ounces during a 10-day period

2014:

  • Maryland: 30-day supply, amount to be determined
  • Minnesota: 30-day supply on non-smokable marijuana (so, oils and edibles)
  • New York: 30-day supply, non-smokable
  • Alaska was already a medical marijuana state, and 2014 it passed a bill legalizing it fully, as did Oregon, after Colorado and Washington did the same in 2012. Once states across the country watch the tax revenue come in there, they'll get in line — guaranteed.
  • Florida would have joined the medical marijuana states but required 60% approval and couldn't quite get there. 58% were in favor, but that meant it failed. Because Florida.

Here's a very satisfying map of legalization of some kind — medical, full, etc. — since 1996. That's when California started this wonderful, beautiful domino effect.


And just for fun and your listening pleasure, here's Bob Marley's "Stir It Up." You're welcome.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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