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The Food and Drug Administration regulates the approval and safety of everything from food (obviously) to dietary supplements, cosmetics, medications, and even blood transfusions. As you can imagine, marijuana-based products can fall under quite a few of those headings: cannabidiol extract to treat seizures; pot brownies, gummies, sodas, and other food products for medical marijuana patients; and, of course, the weed itself for recreational users.

The FDA is clear in saying that it "has not approved marijuana as a safe and effective drug for any indication," but that didn't stop the agency from posting a handy FAQ on its relationship with the drug. Considering the movement among states to legalize it, the FAQ can be a fascinating and illuminating read -- here are some of the *ahem* highlights:

In many cases, calling the cops is discretionary -- there may be times when you should call the police, and times when you shouldn't. But there are some instances when you are legally required to contact law enforcement, and serious consequences for failing to do so.

So when do you need to call the police? Here are a few scenarios.

As we documented earlier this week, some people seem to be a little overeager to call the cops. And while there are times when you don't need to call the police, there are obviously some times when you should. If your physical safety is threatened, if another person's is at risk, or if you're a victim or witness to a property crime, you should contact law enforcement.

But how do you know when a crime has occurred? Here are a few specific examples of when to call the cops.

Much has been made lately about some specious calls to the police, the most famous involving a white woman reporting a black family for using a charcoal grill in a "non-charcoal" zone of a public park in Oakland. (Other infamous incidents involved white people calling the cops to report people of color for sitting in Starbucks, touring a college campus, and sleeping in a campus dorm common room.)

These incidents are not all racially motivated (a Bay Area man alerted transit police to a fellow passenger eating a burrito), but Oakland Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney highlighted the problem with non-serious calls to the cops: "In a city that needs significant policing services, we can't have those precious expensive resources squandered in a frivolous way," McElhaney told HuffPost, adding, "Police are not private security for any white person that's offended by the presence of black folks in our public spaces."

So how do you know when you shouldn't call the cops? Here are a few instances where options other than 911 would be preferred.

Most of us don't enjoy going to the doctor. Between the cost, the wait times, and the related fear about our physical or mental wellbeing, many of us only seek medical treatment when we absolutely need to.

But what if you refuse treatment even then? Can the government compel you to get medical care? The answer will depend on your age and the type of care.

Couple Loses Custody Over Child's Use of Marijuana for Seizures

Parenthood is not for the faint of heart. For many of us, even when we try to do what's best for our kids, we never quite feel like we're doing enough. This is especially true for parents of children with special needs or medical conditions.

One Georgia couple felt they were doing the right thing for their special needs son when they let him smoke marijuana to deal with his frequent seizures. But they live in a state where marijuana use is still illegal for the most part. So, despite the drastic improvements in the boy's condition, the state arrested his parents and took custody of the child. Now the couple is hoping to regain custody of their son while fighting marijuana-related criminal charges.

We want to believe that our elderly loved ones will be safe and well taken care of should they need around-the-clock access to medical professionals that a nursing home can provide. Sadly, stories of nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse are all too common. So how do we address and hopefully prevent these tragedies?

One idea has been video monitoring and surveillance in nursing homes. But the cameras don't come without controversy, from employee and privacy advocates. So, are video cameras allowed in nursing home facilities generally or residents' rooms specifically?

Yesterday President Donald Trump signed the Right to Try Act into law, ostensibly providing terminally ill patients who have exhausted all approved treatment options access to unapproved, experimental drugs without first seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

Proponents of such laws, like patients, their families, and patient advocate groups, argue that terminally ill people shouldn't be forced to seek life-saving remedies in other countries. Critics contend the laws do not actually require physicians to prescribe experimental therapies, insurance companies to pay for them, or drug manufacturers to provide them, and there is no safety data on how the drugs would affect sick patients. Here are three things you need to know about the new Right to Try Act.

Is It Illegal to Give a Friend a Tattoo?

Whether you have an original design in mind, or you're thinking of the ever-popular butterfly, infinity symbol, or Chinese character, your tattoo options are pretty plentiful. Your tattoo artists, on the other hand, are more limited. But you should find one anyway. Thanks to state and local law, it's probably illegal to test your ink skills on a friend, no matter how badly he wants that cheap, DIY tattoo of a rising Phoenix. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you're thinking of getting a tattoo (besides that old permanence factor).

Judge Invalidates California Life-Ending Drug Law

Whether it's euthanasia, abortion, or the death penalty, life-and-death issues are highly controversial and hotly debated. Talking heads rankle over the issues and politicians use them as rallying devices. In an ongoing debate out of California, an end-of-life law seems to be meeting its own end as a judge has ruled it was unconstitutionally approved by lawmakers.