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    D.C. Votes to Free the Weed

    A customer purchases a marijuana strain called "Beast Mode OG", named after NFL player Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks, at the Queen Anne Cannabis Club in Seattle, Washington January 28, 2014. For Nate Johnson, the excitement surrounding the upcoming Super Bowl is two-fold. Not only are his hometown Seattle Seahawks taking on the Denver Broncos - football teams representing two major U.S. cities where recreational pot use is legal - but his medical weed dispensary is seeing green. Demand for "Beast Mode" - a strain named in honor of the Seahawks' hard-hitting running back, Marshawn Lynch - has been high at his Queen Anne Cannabis Club in Seattle, Johnson said, while pot-laced blue-and-green cupcakes are also selling fast.  REUTERS/Jason Redmond   (UNITED STATES - Tags: DRUGS SOCIETY BUSINESS SPORT FOOTBALL) - RTX17Z7S

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    Place your bets on which legislator is hotboxing the Capitol Building first. On Tuesday, the D.C. Council voted 10-1 to decriminalize marijuana. The law is one of the nation's most lenient, and reduces the potential one-year jail sentence for possession of less than one ounce of weed to just a $25 fine. The lawmakers maintained a ban on smoking in public, but D.C. police will not be allowed to arrest someone for the smell of marijuana; they will have to see smoke.

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