A Responsible Ohio Sticker. AP Photo: John Minchillo

Ohio voters will decide on Tuesday whether to become the first U.S. Midwestern state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, although a rival ballot measure could kill the law before it takes effect.

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The television commercials, direct-mail ads, endorsements and debates are over: It’s time to decide whether marijuana will be legal in Ohio.

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Deutsche Welle ~

Germany's government has plans to set up a pharmaceutical agency to regulate the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes, according to a media report. Such a step could make the drug more accessible to ill people.

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Willie Nelson at Coachella, 2007, Photo: Paul Familetti via Wikimedia Commons
 
He’s been a vocal advocate of marijuana legalization for more than half a century, but the musician/songwriter/activist has watched the last few years unfold with a combination of joy and dread.

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Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson at the Headquarters of US Marine Corps, 2005. Image: Craig Sjodin via Wikimedia Commons

Jessica Contrera ~ Washington Post ~

If Ohio votes yes on marijuana legalization on Tuesday, the Cincinnati native and long-ago leading man of “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica” will automatically become one of the top weed kingpins in the Buckeye State.

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Graciela Elizalde, an 8-year-old who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy that causes intense seizures, receives hydrotherapy treatment at a swimming complex in Monterrey, Mexico. Elizalde began taking a marijuana extract recently. AP Photo/Esteban Felix.
 
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) -- As Mexico's top court prepares to consider arguments that could open the door to the recreational use of marijuana, some families are hoping such a step could help make medicinal marijuana more accessible.

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Marijuana grow closet in a Washington, D.C. condo. Image via dc.urbanturf.com

Mark Segraves and Maddi Pariser ~ NBCWashington.com ~

A townhouse in the Park View neighborhood of D.C. has a wet bar, wine fridge and a high-tech grow closet for marijuana.

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Young man smoking. Image: Rafael Castillo via Wikimedia Commons
Lisa Chedekel ~ BU Today ~
 
The less restrictive cannabis landscape has not led to an increase in marijuana use by adolescents, according to a new study coauthored by BU School of Public Health researchers.

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Football helmet with Gridiron Cannabis Coalition logo. Image: KPHO/KTVK
Tiffany Mraz ~ KPHO.com ~
 
PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) - Some former NFL players think marijuana is the answer to chronic pain, head injuries and saving lives. 

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Canada cannabis flag. Image: Oren neu dag via Wikimedia Commons
Alexandra Posadzki ~ The Canadian Press via GlobalNews.ca ~
 
Friendlier laws on medical marijuana use in Canada are already drawing American investment north of the border, and the trend is likely to further ignite if the federal Liberals make good on their promise to allow recreational use of the drug.

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