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Back in December 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice said that it would refrain from enforcing federal marijuana prohibitions on reservations. Then, earlier this month, officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Indian Affairs, state, and local law enforcement raided two large-scale marijuana growing facilities on a northern California reservation.

While the U.S. Attorney's Office has yet to file charges in the case, it has left many wondering about the legal status of marijuana on Native American reservations.

Thousands of people are spending weeks, months, even years in Rikers in New York City for non-violent crimes, just because they couldn't pay their bail.

According to the New York Criminal Justice Agency, only 12 percent of defendants in New York City can pay bail. As part of a growing movement calling for bail reform after Kalief Browder's suicide, New York City recently announced that its judges will start offering bail alternatives to certain offenders.

Before states passed laws decriminalizing the possession of marijuana, thousands of people were arrested, convicted, and sentenced to jail for possession.

For many who were convicted for marijuana possessions, their crime is no longer a crime under new state laws, which allow adults to possess a small amount of marijuana. However, those already convicted are still in prison serving sentences for outdated law.

Is there any legal recourse for those who were convicted before marijuana possession became legal?

President Obama commuted prison sentences for 46 drug offenders on Monday, noting that their long sentences (lifelong in 14 cases) didn't fit their crimes. The commutations reflect a trend at federal, state, and local levels of relaxing harsh minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses.

These commutations also reflect Mr. Obama's view of America, which he called "a nation of second chances." As The New York Times pointed out, this brings the President's commutation total to 89, the most by any president since Lyndon Johnson, and more than the last four presidents combined. So what are the differences between commutations and pardons, and what are the limits to the presidential pardon?

Are you in Oregon right now? Do you notice that pungent scent in the air? It's probably the scent of legal recreational marijuana.

Last year, Oregonians voted to make recreational use of marijuana legal. Today, Oregon residents can legally light up recreationally for the first time!

Oregon's Measure 91 went into effect today. Here is what you need to know:

After the 9/11 attacks in 2001, Congress passed the USA Patriot Act giving the government wide power to conduct surveillance in search of terrorist suspects.

However, some of those powers ended Sunday night after the bill lapsed without an extension.

Here's what you need to know:

Minnesota's Court of Appeals recently ruled the state's criminal defamation law unconstitutional.

In 2013, Minnesota resident Timothy Robert Turner posed as his former girlfriend and her daughter, and posted false ads on Craigslist. The women then started receiving pornographic videos and photos from strange men on their cell phones. Turner was arrested, charged with criminal defamation, and admitted to posting the ads. A judge convicted Turner, and sentenced him to 30 days in jail.

Turner appealed the conviction, arguing that the law he was convicted under was unconstitutional.

Just in time for 4/20, Georgia became the 24th state to legalize cannabis for medicinal use. But don't go investing in Funyuns stock just yet -- Georgia's law is fairly restrictive when it comes to what a medical marijuana patient can possess, and it doesn't address how they're supposed to get it at all.

Peach State residents with one of eight specified disorders may possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil containing no more than five percent THC. However, no cultivation of said oil is permitted in Georgia, so patients will have to leave the state, acquire it elsewhere, and return with it, presumably passing through one or more of Georgia's neighboring states, all of which currently prohibit any marijuana possession.

With the myriad complications of Georgia's new law, and the national pot holiday coming up next week, we thought it might help to (cough) clear the air (cough) about some other notions regarding medical marijuana.

What is the price tag on a life unlived because you were wrongfully convicted for a crime you didn't commit?

For Juan Rivera, who sued after spending 18 years in prison for a rape and murder he didn't do, that price was $20 million. This is the largest settlement ever in U.S. history to compensate a person for a wrongful conviction. In 2012, a jury awarded a Chicago man even more, $25 million, for his wrongful conviction.

If you've been wrongfully convicted, here is what you need to know about getting compensation for your lost time:

The Utah Senate has voted to allow a firing squad to carry out executions if the drugs necessary for lethal injections are not available.

The bill, which now heads to Gov. Gary Herbert's desk, would make Utah the only state to permit a firing squad to perform an execution.