Ever since July 2, a happy cloud of pot smoke has hovered over Oregon. On that date, the state's governor signed a marijuana legalization measure into law, making Oregon the fourth state in the U.S. to reject the failed tactics of pot prohibition.
Flickr via Torben Hansen Hey Oregon, can you pass that?
It was a particularly heady moment for Travis Maurer. But not necessarily because of the legal weed.
A Missouri native, Maurer had been living in Columbia in 2009 when police officers burst into his home. Acting on a tip, investigators discovered 300 pot plants and assorted growing equipment. During the raid, his wife, Leah, miscarried what would have been the couple's third child. Maurer was charged with felony-level drug crimes.More »