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Marijuana enthusiasts should still think twice before lighting up in the streets of Brooklyn.

The borough's district attorney announced this week that he'll no longer prosecute most low-level marijuana possession cases. But not all law enforcement officials in New York City are on board. Police Commissioner William Bratton responded to Thompson's decision with a shrug.

"It will not have any impact on our officers and the discretion they have as they go about their business," says Bratton.

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Seattle officially kicks off its experiment in retail recreational pot. Germany kicks goal after merciless goal in a total rout of Brazil in the World Cup semifinals.

And public officials have a message for the person who dropped off three human skulls at the Bellevue Goodwill this week: You're not in any trouble, but would you please call 206.731.3232. The King County Medical Examiner's Office would like to speak with you.

Luke Burbank steps in for Bill Radke to talk over these stories and more with Eli Sanders, Joni Balter and Knute Berger.

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Now that Washington's first retail marijuana stores have opened to the public, officials face a major effort to educate consumers about how to use pot responsibly. Bill Radke talks with marijuana researcher Roger Roffman about some of the misconceptions and risks associated with cannabis use.

Roffman points out high-risk scenarios before picking up a pot habit in any form:

Cannabis City has sold out of its indicas, sativas and hybrids.

No more marijuana for sale until July 21, according to a sign hung on the door of Seattle's first recreational pot store.

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It was a false countdown to high noon, when Cannabis City, a store in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood, was supposed to start selling marijuana.

Marcie Sillman talks to Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about Canadian pot tourists making their way to Bellingham, Washington. Also they discuss the release of the "Prince Of Pot" from prison and the one-year anniversary of the train crash in Lac-Megnatic, Quebec, that killed 47 people.

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This article was supposed to be called, “How Not To Look Like A Poser When You Buy Weed.”

But when I called budtenders in Colorado for advice, they said that when it comes to legal pot, most everyone is a newbie. The only rule I heard was, “Don’t cuss at the budtender,” which seems less a rule than a tenet of basic human decency.

Washington state's first recreational pot shops open for business Tuesday. Voters there legalized the sale of marijuana for non-medical use back in 2012. The Northwest News Network's Austin Jenkins reports on the lengthy process from that vote to the day's store openings.

Legal marijuana stores opened Tuesday morning in Washington state. One of the earliest locations to open was in the rural Eastern Washington farming community of Prosser.

Washington’s recreational marijuana market is open for business. From Seattle to Bellingham to Prosser, marijuana stores opened for business Tuesday to excited customers who lined up, dressed up and celebrated the end of pot prohibition.

Marcie Sillman talks with Alison Holcomb, drug policy director for the ACLU of Washington, about marijuana legalization in Washington state.

Recreational marijuana goes on sale Tuesday in Washington state, but police across the border in Idaho and Oregon say that doesn't mean the pot will stay there.

The first legal marijuana stores in Washington are scheduled to open Tuesday. The Liquor Control Board issued the first 24 retail licenses early Monday.

Legal marijuana sales are set to begin in Washington state as early as Tuesday after authorities began issuing retail licenses to stores.

The state's Liquor Control Board issued Monday the first 24 marijuana retailer licenses, the board said in a statement. The stores can now stock up on marijuana products and begin sales on Tuesday after the mandated 24-hour "quarantine" period.

Here's more from the panel:

State Sends Smoke Signals With Pot PSAs

Jul 7, 2014

Marcie Sillman talks with University of Washington professor emeritus Roger Roffman about state efforts to put marijuana revenue towards marijuana education.

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