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Nov. 13 – Arizona passed Proposition 203, making Arizona the 15th state to approve a medical marijuana law. According to the final tally, the proposition passed with a mere 4,341 vote lead, compared to a 7,200 vote lag that was reported on Election Day. The measure will allow people with chronic or debilitating diseases to use marijuana. The law requires that patients receive a doctor recommendation as well as register with the Arizona Department of Health Services. It also allows for no more than 124 marijuana dispensaries in the state.
Nov. 19 – The Senate approved multi-billion dollar settlements on two different racial discrimination cases that have gone on against the federal government for more than a decade. One case dealt with Native Americans who sued the government for mismanagement of trust accounts and the other case dealt with black farmers who were unjustly refused loans by the U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA). The Native Americans involved in the lawsuit won a $3.4 billion fund while the black farmers will receive a $1.5 billion settlement. President Obama stated that his administration will continue to make progress on discrimination cases, such as claims made by women and Hispanic farmers against the USDA.
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