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Police in Birmingham, Michigan, suspect that an 18-year-old student may have given a marijuana-laced cookie to a teacher.

The teacher became ill after eating the cookie and was taken to a local hospital, according to the Birmingham Eccentric. Authorities said a sample of teacher's blood would be tested for marijuana but did not disclose why pot was suspected in the case.

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According to the Eccentric, the teacher was released from the hospital and "is currently home recuperating." Our recommendation: a pint of Ben & Jerry's and some Netflix.

NBC's 'Buds' brings marijuana culture to television

The rest of America hasn't caught up to Colorado when it comes to understanding marijuana culture, according to Joanne Ostrow, a television critic for the Denver Post.

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"The act of inhaling is still defined as illicit activity, the subject of weed a tittering punchline, the cultivation of pot plants a less-than-respectable line of work, especially on network TV," she wrote on Sunday.

She sees a possible savior for the outmoded portrayal of pot on television: NBC's new comedy "Buds," which will be set in a Denver marijuana dispensary. Cable TV has done its share of weed shows ("Weeds," for example), but this would be the first cannabis-themed series on regular old television.

Of course, there's another important question here: who still watches television?

Rally for man serving 13 years over marijuana charge

As marijuana becomes more mainstream in the U.S., we'll have to deal with an uncomfortable question: what happens to all the people who have been locked up for pot crimes?

Hundreds of New Orleans residents rallied on Saturday for the release of a man serving a 13-year sentence for carrying 2.8 grams of marijuana (the equivalent of a few joints).

Police stopped Bernard Noble in 2010 for biking the wrong way on a one-way street and found weed. Since his offense followed three prior drug convictions, Noble, who is now 49, was eventually given a sentence of 13 years and four months.

Rally organizers hope Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) will grant Noble clemency, The Times-Picayune reported.

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Ted Hesson was formerly the immigration editor at Fusion, covering the issue from Washington, D.C. He also writes about drug laws and (occasionally) baseball. On the side: guitars, urban biking, and fiction.