In a historic vote, the House passed an amendment to the 2015 appropriations bill that prevents the Justice Department from cracking down on businesses and patients in states where medical marijuana is legal.
Legislation allowing the production of low-THC marijuana oil has been approved for limited use in Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin.
More than 140,00 Nevadans signed a petition to "regulate marijuana like alcohol," which was plenty to get the measure on the 2016 ballot. The Silver State hopes to join Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska with their legalization measure.
Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul stuck his foot in his mouth again during a conversation about pot, which he said, along with other drugs, "aren't good for you."
Former Uruguay president Tabaré Vázquez is back. He won the run-off election on Nov. 30 by a 52% margin, succeeding Jose Mujica. The country's program to grow and sell marijuana will move ahead as planned.