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By Erica C. Barnett December 10, 2012


1. We're movin' on up: Seattle ranked 33rd among the nation's 102 largest cities in terms of "economic vitality" this year, a measure that takes into account factors like job growth, unemployment, earnings, and retail activity, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports. At the top of the list: Austin, Oklahoma City, and Houston. 

2. According to a new Gallup Poll, Politico reports, a large majority of Americans say they don't want the federal government to crack down on recreational pot users in the two states, Washington and Colorado, where marijuana possession is now legal under state (but not federal) law. Sixty-four percent of respondents said they didn't want the feds to swoop in on pot smokers in those states, compared to just 34 percent who did.

Somewhat oddly, a slim plurality of respondents—50 percent—said they opposed legalizing marijuana more broadly, with just 48 percent saying it should be legal. 

3. Maybe they could take the waaaaaaaaahmbulance instead? The AP reports that medical-marijuana patients are still mad about I-502, which legalized the recreational use of pot in Washington state, because they fear getting pulled over, subjected to blood tests, and penalized for having excessive levels of THC in their systems.

The law subjects pot smokers to existing DUI laws, but police have consistently said they won't be subjecting people to random checks, and will only pull people over whose driving appears to be impaired.


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