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Gold, frankincense, and myrrh are nothing compared to some dank Purple Kush or sticky Strawberry Cough. So while the Biblical Magi may have been kind to baby Jesus, the volunteers for Cannabis Can were the real heroes when they gave free joints to Denver's homeless for Christmas.

We're not sure whether those joints contained some sweet, sweet Sour Diesel or fuzzy Super Silver Haze, but we're pretty sure the presents were appreciated. "Merry Christmas and a puff puff, New Year's," one woman told volunteers while accepting a joint.

Just as the Ivy League only exists to churn out investment bank employees and yacht consumers, and the Southeastern Conference is really just a de facto minor league for the NFL, Washington D.C.'s budding marijuana industry is getting into the education business. Less than a year after legalizing recreational marijuana, the District's first smoking school has opened its doors.

The D.C. School of Mary Jane will guide greenhorns to the sticky green in the ways of legal weed, from the drug's history to its health benefits.

To some, Gollum was "a small slimy creature," bent by obsession and greed. To others, he was a tortured soul whose tragic corruption ultimately leads to victory. While most are free to disagree about one of J. J. R. Tolkien's more notorious characters, not so for Bilgin Ciftci, who faces two years in a Turkish prison for comparing the country's president to the twisted fictional being.

If Gollum is a bad guy, Ciftci could be guilty of "insulting a public official;" if he's a good guy, Ciftci could beat the charge. So who decides?

When 19-year-old Sarah Furay was arrested after police found 31.5 grams of cocaine, 126 grams of marijuana, 29 ecstasy tablets, 60 doses of a drug similar to LSD, and methamphetamine in her apartment, she took a smiling mug shot and was dubbed the "World's Most Adorable Drug Kingpin." When it was discovered that she was the daughter of a DEA agent, the story looked even more like a farce.

But after spending just one day in jail and posting what appears to be a minimal bond amount, many are questioning whether she's receiving preferential treatment and may walk on the drug charges altogether.