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Marijuana Laws In D.C. Set To Change

Some D.C. lawmakers are pushing for marijuana legalization in the District.
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Some D.C. lawmakers are pushing for marijuana legalization in the District.

The D.C. Council is set to approve a bill that would make possession of less than 1 ounce of pot a civil offense, punishable by a fine as low as $25. Mayor Vincent Gray says he supports the bill and could sign it as early as January.

D.C. leaders have long been cautious about legalizing the drug in part because Congress has the final say on city laws. Congress held up medical marijuana in D.C. for a decade. But with 17 states having some form of decriminalization, many believe Congress won't intervene.

Some activists want the city to go further by legalizing marijuana. They're considering a ballot initiative if the council doesn't take that step.

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Musicians 'Let It All Out' At MTV's Video Music Awards

Complex magazine writer Alex Gale talks about the more than 30-year history and previews what to expect for Sunday night's Video Music Awards on MTV.
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Japan's Centuries-Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles

In the remote mountains of the Japanese island of Shikoku, an old woman makes soba noodles by hand from locally grown buckwheat. It's ancient technique that is adapting to modern times.
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D.C. Department Shakeup Raises Questions About Pay-To-Play Politics

Turnover at a major D.C. government department is raising questions about local businesses, political contributions and influence in city politics.

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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

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