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If you’re white, that joint probably won’t lead to jail time

<i>Stacey Patton is a senior enterprise reporter at the Chronicle of Higher Education. David J. Leonard is an associate professor and chairman of the department of critical culture, gender and race studies at Washington State University.</i><p>Has the new year started out on a high or a drugged-out low? The …

It Is Immoral to Cage Humans for Smoking Marijuana

That's why Colorado and Washington have the most moral drug laws in America right now.<p>Under the law in 48 states, here's what can happen when an adult is thought to possess marijuana: Men with guns can go to his home, kick down his door, force him to lay face down on the floor, restrain him with …

Herb-Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Sage

A simple herb-roasted chicken with lemon and sage, courtesy of Eric and Bruce Bromberg's Blue Ribbon Cookbook. See the book review and interview with the Bromberg brothers.<p><i>We hit upon our favorite recipe a few summers back, when we helped out a buddy with his annual Labor Day pig roast in</i> …

One Company Is Working Hard To Make Sure Your Student Loans Stay With You Until You Die

Sometimes, terrible things happen in life. When something like cancer strikes, despite your best intentions and hardest efforts, medical bills and …

13 Money Mistakes To Stop Making By Year's End

One of the hardest parts about staying on top of your money is that life gets in the way — work, family, errands, chores, and what’s that other thing? Oh, right — having fun.<p>For that reason, as we head into the final stretch of the year, you may remember a few financial tasks you had meant to do …

365 Ways To Get Rich

<b>From the Forbes 2014 Investment Guide, wealth building tips to last you through the year. (For more detailed advice, click on the link in each tip.)</b><p>#1<br>Sir John Templeton: “Invest at the point of maximum pessimism.”<p>#2<br>Don’t mistake a low P/E ratio for a value stock.<p>#3 <br>Benjamin Graham: “Patience is the …

Nine Formulas For Wealth Building

If you want to retire in style, you’d better know the numbers. We have some formulas that will provide them.<p>The objective here is to steer you to wiser investments and give you some insights about what will happen to your assets and liabilities over time. The formulas are not complicated. They all …

The 2014 Investment Guide

The stock market gods were beneficent in 2013, but economic instability and pitifully low yields mean building wealth in 2014 will be challenging. In this special 2014 Investment Guide we’ve distilled sophisticated investing advice to its actionable essence. We’ve got nine formulas for answering …

FBI study: Marijuana arrests stay near record high

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>Most of the 749,824 arrests in 2011 were for no more than possession<p>Natasha Lennard<p>September 16, 2013 5:41pm (UTC)<p>CUNY sociology professor and marijuana policy researcher Harry Levine told me for an interview in the New Inquiry that marijuana possession arrests were a "national …

6 shocking revelations about how private prisons make money

Private prison companies are striking deals that guarantee high prison occupancy rates<p>Imagine living in a country where prisons are private corporations that profit from keeping their beds stocked at, or near, capacity and the governing officials scramble to meet contractual “lockup quotas.” …

Investors see legal marijuana as growth industry

It looks like any other business conference — lots of suits, name badges, a long line to the buffet — except that the 700 people who each paid $599 to be in this conference hall south of Seattle are in an industry unlike any other: marijuana.<p>The people at this meeting aren’t Cheech and Chong. …

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The black/white marijuana arrest gap, in nine charts

As you're probably aware, black Americans are arrested for marijuana possession far more frequently than whites. You may also know that there's not much evidence that black people consume marijuana with greater regularity than whites do.<p>But the extent of the disparity between the rate of arrest and …

'Tis The Season To Buy These 13 Retail Stocks

Forget the night before Christmas — try nightmare before Christmas. Retailers have feared a bleak 2013 holiday shopping season since the weak back-to-school spending appetite three months ago; these fears have only been exacerbated by the government shutdown’s dampening effect on consumer sentiment …

5 Powerful Ways To Change Your Wealth Programming And Create A New Vibration About Money

Working with thousands of professional women in the past ten years around building more success, wealth, and reward, I’ve seen firsthand that it is our subconscious beliefs that often work against us – setting up hidden obstacles in the way of achieving what we consciously “think” we want, and …

12 Smart Money Moves To Make Before The End Of 2013

Many people, rushing to make holiday plans, would like to take a vacation from thinking about money. Not so fast. In the process you could whiz by some crucial financial deadlines on Dec. 31. Miss them and you might get hit with substantial penalties or lose the opportunity to take advantage of …

The Best Beautifiers For EVERY Budget

Is it just us, or does anyone else get ticked off by those articles that tell you what beauty products to splurge on and what to cheap out on? Maybe …

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7 Tips For Fighting And Paying A Big Hospital Bill

Every day, it seems, there’s a new, terrible tale of someone being hit with a whopping hospital bill.<p>The New York Times recently wrote about John Fugazzie, 57, a laid-off New Jersey supermarket executive without health insurance who received a $171,569.44 bill for his six-night hospital stay after …

Taking Out Student Loans? Do It Right With These 8 Tips

If you or your child is applying to college, then your main worry right now is most likely getting into the top choice school.<p>But considering that the average student loan borrower graduates with more than $26,000 in debt, you probably want to reserve worry for something else: the price tag.<p>The …

5 Ways To Fund Your Small Business

Every small business owner knows that financing can be simultaneously one of the most important and most difficult challenges a company faces. There’s startup capital, there’s funds to tide you through the lean years, there’s money needed to expand your scope. We’ll break down your options for …

Understanding The Impact Of Legalized Recreational Marijuana On State Tax Revenue

Writing in today’s sissified, politically correct environment ain’t easy. In the old days, you could just tell it like it was, and if people got mad, so be it. But now, make a comment about one certain group of individuals, and it’s immediately, “Boo-Hoo, I’m being repressed.” Constantly crying …

5 Things You Need To Do With Your Student Loans Right Now

Congrats, Class of 2013! Not only have you graduated, you have survived four months in the real world (assuming you graduated in May). The transition can be overwhelming, between looking for a job, possibly starting a job, moving into a non-campus dwelling and realizing that dealing with the cable …

How Far Back Can IRS Claim Tax Evasion Or Fraud? Timing Is Everything

Anyone who is hiding income or assets from the taxman should consider how long they need to be looking over their shoulder. Even if you aren’t actively hiding anything and did your best with your taxes, you might be worried. After all, taxes are horribly complex. The line between creative or …

IRS To Employees: Let's Get Back To Work!

With the shutdown officially over, the Internal Revenue Service had this to say to employees: get back to work!<p>As per the IRS web site:<p>IRS employees are expected to report to work no later than four hours after the start of their tour of duty that begins at 6 a.m. or later local time on Oct. …

Despite Legal Marijuana Rules In 20 States Feds Won't Play Ball

Washington State has set rules for retail production and sale of marijuana. The State Liquor Control Board sealed the deal in less than an hour, unanimously approving regulations covering production, processing and retailing. Land is allocated, 40 metric tons of production is allowed annually, and …

The 5 Most Important Money Lessons To Teach Your Kids

Given how important financial skills are to navigating life, it’s surprising that our schools don’t teach children about money.<p>As a parent, however, you can teach your child important financial lessons — and you should.<p>“Look at the mortgage crisis and how many families lost their homes — 3.9 …