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A few weeks ago, the Department of Defense settled its legal battle with the designer of 3D-printed firearms, allowing the company to re-release its CAD files to the public. That announcement sent state lawmakers scrambling in an effort to keep 3D-printed guns off the market. Eight states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against the federal government (11 more states have since joined that lawsuit), and last week a federal judge blocked the publication of those blueprints.

According to Defense Distributed, the company who originally created a published the 3D plans, the blueprints had already been downloaded more than 400,000 times before they were removed for the first time in 2013, and while the company had re-uploaded the files to its site prior to the judge's ruling, it has since blocked access to comply with the court order.

So, what does all this mean for you, the person who wants to 3D print a gun?

Florida's 'stand your ground' law has been controversial since its inception, perhaps never more so than in the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin. And in the fourteen years since the law was first enacted, legislators, law enforcement, and courts seem no closer to providing clarity on when and how it should be applied.

Take this weekend's case of Michael Drejka and Markeis McGlockton in Clearwater. Surveillance footage showed Drejka confronting McGlockton's girlfriend after she parked in a handicapped space. When McGlockton exited the store, he pushed Drejka away from the car and to the ground. Drejka pulled out a gun and shot McGlockton in the chest, and the latter died after fleeing back into the store. Police on Saturday announced they would not arrest Drejka, on the basis of the state's "stand your ground" protections.

Body camera footage has been a valuable asset in holding police officers accountable, for both unjustified shootings and planting evidence. (Some would also argue that when cops aren't punished for misconduct caught on camera the footage only serves to demonstrate to the public what the police can get away with.)

Whatever role body cam footage plays, it can't accomplish much if people don't see it. And people don't see it if police departments don't release it. So, what are the rules around the public release of police body camera footage, and when do departments need to release it?

Police stop-and-frisk policies have been controversial from their inception during the 1990s. Opponents have complained that allowing officers to detain and search based only on "reasonable suspicion" leads to hundreds of thousands of baseless stops, mostly of black and Latino citizens, and, ultimately, is ineffective in fighting or deterring crime. In fact, the City of Milwaukee just agreed to pay $3.4 million to settle claims its police department's stop-and-frisk practices targeted black and Latino people through racial profiling.

While many cities claim to have scaled back their stop-and-frisk policies in recent years (former Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn denied the use of the practice), the settlement may cause departments nationwide to reassess their policies and practices when it comes to stopping, detaining, and searching citizens.

When some states dip their toe into the legal pot pool, as Georgia did in 2015, they do so with trepidation. Back when the Peach State legalized medical marijuana, residents had to demonstrate one of eight permitted ailments to qualify for a few ounces of cannabis oil which could not even be cultivated within state lines. It was hard to imagine how anyone who even needed it would be able to obtain medicinal weed.

Not so with Oklahoma. Sooner State voters dove right into the deep end, approving a medical marijuana measure so expansive every one and their mother will have a prescription before too long. Here are some of the details.

This week the Food and Drug Administration announced that it has approved the first ever marijuana-based pharmaceutical drug.

And while the newly approved drug may not be as alluring as legalized marijuana to the public, it represents a big step forward for the medical marijuana industry. For the maker of the approved drug however, the approval comes with a caveat, the drug cannot actually be marketed because of the current federal drug laws and the prohibition on marijuana.

It's summer. It's hot. And kids are running around with ice cream, snow cones, and slushies. But why should they have all the fun?

"Basically, it's single malt beverages that are available in single serve cans, that are just opened and poured right into the slushie machine," Jeff Martin, manager of Breski's Beverages told Pennsylvania's Fox43 News. "Takes about a half hour or so, and you have a slushie."

"You can buy them now, and take them home and put them in the freezer, and then later when the kids go to bed, you can have a slushie," added Lisa Adams.

Sounds great. But are they legal?

Manhattan DA Passes on Minor Marijuana Charges

With all the changes happening at the state and local levels regarding weed, it's hard to know exactly what's legal and what's not. Can you smoke at home without a medical marijuana card? Can you grow your own weed? Can you have it on you in public? The answers to these questions depend on where you live, but if you're an herbal aficionado and you live in Manhattan, you don't have to worry as much about being charged for minor marijuana offenses anymore.

In 2017, Florida lawmakers shifted the burden of proof in so-called "stand your ground" shootings. Previously it had been up to defendants to prove immunity from prosecution under the state's "stand your ground" statute, but a new bill shifted that burden from defense lawyers to prosecutors, requiring them to prove a shooter is not protected by the statute.

What wasn't clear from the statute, however, was whether this shift applied to cases that had already been filed, but had yet to go trial before it became law. And defendants, defense attorneys, and prosecutors are still waiting on a definitive answer, as two Florida appeals courts issued opposite rulings on the matter.

Though you might get stolen marijuana back. We all know it's a pretty bad idea to call the cops to report stolen cocaine and other illegal drugs.

What you might not know is that prescription drugs can be just as tightly regulated as illegal narcotics. If you're just learning this now, then you might be wondering: Is it a good idea to report lost or stolen prescription drugs? And more importantly, are you required to by law?

Here's a look.