Chris Favela, who has multiple sclerosis, is the first recipient of medical marijuana at a dispensary in Addison, Illinois on November 9. Image: Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune

Only a fraction of the 60 planned medical marijuana dispensaries opened in the state this week.

Illinois state regulators have authorized only about 3,300 patients — a far cry from the 100,000-plus originally projected.

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Map of Florida highlighting Broward County. Image: David Benbennick via Wikimedia Commons

Pot smokers busted by cops in Broward County with a joint or a baggy of marijuana could walk away with a civil fine and a clean criminal record.

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DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. Image via DEA.gov

Last week, the acting chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration called medical marijuana "a joke" during a Q&A with reporters. Now, medical marijuana patients are calling for his head, with an online petition demanding his resignation attracting over 10,000 signatures on change.org.

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto addresses the 2015 Sustainable Development Summit at United Nations headquarters. AP Photo: Seth Wenig.

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Monday he opposes any eventual legalization of marijuana, five days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of four people who wanted to grow pot for personal use.

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CHICAGO (WLS) -- Since recreational use of the marijuana became legal in several states, authorities report a major jump in the number of pot-filled packages being sent through the mail.

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Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal Council president Tony Reider, right, and council treasurer Ryan Kills A Hundred. Image: Barry Amundson, Forum News Service

FLANDREAU, S. D. – A recreational and medicinal marijuana resort planned for the Flandreau Santee Sioux Indian Reservation in southeast South Dakota has been put on hold.

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Hundreds of veterans attended the first-ever Grow for Vets free cannabis giveaway on Memorial Day, 2014, in Denver Colorado. Image: Grow for Vets U.S.A.

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On Wednesday November 11, Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the U.S., American military veterans from the Weed For Warriors Project will end their national awareness tour by emptying bags of empty pill bottles at the gates of the White House. 

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Cannabis leaf. Image: Psychonaught via Wikimedia Commons

There may be more than a dozen states looking to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016, but these three may have the best chance to do so.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton responds to a question from Roland Martin, host of TV One's News One Now, during a town hall meeting at Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C. Image: Richard Burkhart/AP Images for TV One via NPR.org

Hillary Clinton eased her position on marijuana restrictions during a town hall in South Carolina on Saturday, saying she supported a reclassification of the drug to make it easier to conduct research for medicinal purposes.

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The faithful at Deb Button’s Stoner Jesus Bible Study. Photo: Chris Buck, New York Magazine

“Should we smoke before we pray?” Cynthia Joye asked, tapping the Bible resting on her lap. Joye had just arrived at her friend’s home in Centennial, Colorado, a suburb south of Denver, for the fifth or sixth meeting — it was hard to keep track — of Stoner Jesus Bible Study.

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Illinois state flag. Image: Tony Webster via Wikimedia Commons

CHICAGO -- More than 3,000 patients with Illinois-issued ID cards will be able to buy medical marijuana legally for the first time Monday, according to the state official overseeing the pilot program.

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A man smokes marijuana during a rally in front of the Supreme Court of Justice in Mexico City on November 4, 2015. AFP Photo: Alfredo Estrella

Mexico City (AFP) - The Mexican government's resistance to legalizing marijuana has taken a hit following a landmark Supreme Court ruling that could pave the way to lifting the nation's ban on pot.

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A year ago this month, D.C. residents overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative legalizing the possession of marijuana in the District and allowing residents to grow it at home.

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Colorado State-Pueblo, along with Pueblo Community College, are the two institutions that students may attend using the new marijuana scholarships. Image via csupueblo.edu

DENVER — A Colorado county that boasts the world's largest outdoor marijuana farm and has been actively courting the new pot industry has approved the world's first marijuana-funded college scholarship.

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DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg on Wednesday rejected the notion that smoking marijuana is "medicine," calling the premise a "joke."

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