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CO Legal Marijuana Affecting Surrounding States: Since Colorado began selling legalized marijuana last January, several nearby states have experienced an uptick in pot trafficking across their state lines.  CBS News reports that nearly half of the marijuana purchases in Colorado have been made by out-of-state buyers. At least 40 states have reported confiscating marijuana purchased legally in Colorado. Last year, 288 people were caught smuggling marijuana across Colorado state lines.  Experts believe is just 10% of the actual number of traffickers. 

CA Legislature to Vote on Firearm Control Bill: A bill set hearing in a California Senate committee would take firearms away from those who have shown signs that they may harm themselves or others.  Don Thompson of the Associated Press reports that AB1014 would allow family members, licensed therapists and health care providers to petition a judge to remove firearms from someone deemed to be potentially dangerous.  The law, which if passed would be the first of its kind in the nation, was prompted after this year's deadly attack near UC Santa Barbara that left six dead including the gunman who had shown signs of depression and anger towards himself and others. 

Convicted Killer up for Parole for the 27th Time: A family in Texas is preparing to attend the 27th parole hearing for the man convicted of murdering their daughter more than 45 years ago.  Tommy Witherspoon of the Waco Tribune reports that 71-year-old Carlos Dan Stultz was originally sentenced to death for the crime in 1969, but that sentence was later commuted to life in prison after the U.S. Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional in 1972.  Stultz is currently serving two life sentences for two murders as well a 50-year sentence for burglary.

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