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Every week we highlight a few stories produced by PIN partner newsrooms informed by sources in the Public Insight Network.

The highs and lows of recreational pot — listeners weigh in

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The sale of recreational marijuana becomes legal in the state of California on Jan. 1, 2018, and that means anybody 21 or older will be able to buy marijuana products from a licensed retailer. We asked listeners: “What does this mean for you?” Not surp…

Free speech vs. hate speech on college campuses

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As hate crimes increase, Southern California is experiencing rising tensions and more protests at colleges and universities. Conversations about what’s acceptable speech on campus have been heightened by elevated tensions around the Trump administration. What are the experiences of students of color and immigrant students on campus? How have they changed in the current climate? We asked community members to share their experiences.

FDA approves first digital pill that can track if you’ve taken it

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That’s a lot of moving parts, but the problem it aims to address is a real (and expensive) one: nonadherence, which is the term for patients not following through with prescribed treatment. Nonadherence is a problem for people with many kinds of health issues, such as hypertension and high cholesterol.

Robert Matsuda would welcome a tracking pill. He said his brother has schizophrenia. Matsuda remembers his brother getting violent with him once when he stopped taking his medicine.

“What happened, is like, his body chemistry changed,” Matsuda said. “And that’s when his behavior took a downturn.”

Who loses out if the medical deduction disappears?

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While the GOP tax plan has come under fire on several fronts, one proposal getting less attention would do away with the medical expense deduction. People like PIN news source Dale Berman of Burbank say it’s helped them a lot.