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Oregon on Wednesday became the fourth US state to allow the recreational use of marijuana, amid a growing legalization trend in the western United States. The changes in the northwestern state's law come after voters in November approved a ballot measure making it legal to smoke, grow and own pot, though the drug remains illegal under federal law. From now on, people in Oregon aged 21 and up can legally use marijuana for recreational purposes and grow up to four plants.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — With a handful of Alabama counties still refusing to grant gay marriages even as they issued licenses for straight weddings, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that all must abide by court decisions allowing same-sex unions.