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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Canada goes to pot. We take you into the weed(s)

The news everyone's talking about today. That's all. Canada has begun legal marijuana sales and the world is watching closely. Plus: The teaching crisis in the U.S. and lottery mania. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 
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Matthew Macdougall smokes a joint during a "Wake and Bake" legalized marijuana event in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland. (Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press via AP) ORG XMIT: CKL102
Canada goes to pot. We take you into the weed(s)
The news everyone's talking about today. That's all. Canada has begun legal marijuana sales and the world is watching closely. Plus: The teaching crisis in the U.S. and lottery mania.

Today we bring you an important read on America's teachers, a look at your (astronomical) odds of winning at Powerball and a Meghan Markle Halloween costume that made us cringe.

But first, if you're reading this at dinnertime, we bring you a PSA: It's National Pasta Day. So now that we've given you license to load up on those carbs, read on...

O Canada

Want pot? Canadians are capitalizing on the budding industry like, whoa. Canada is now the highest-profile country to not only decriminalize cannabis possession and use, but to tax, regulate and monitor its growth, distribution and sale. Why this is such a big deal, not just for Grateful Dead fans: The launch of legal marijuana sales may set the stage for a global cannabis revolution, unleashing a wave of high-quality medical research that could bolster pot's reputation as a healthier alternative to alcohol and tobacco.

Other things to know:

Across Ontario, marijuana sales will be limited to mail-order only, meaning buyers won't have access to weed in stores. (Which also means no quick trips across the border from Detroit or Buffalo).
Smokeable marijuana will be the primary thing available. Cannabis concentrates and vape juice will remain illegal for now. Edibles will be available in about a year.
YOU CAN'T BRING IT WITH YOU. Nope, nope, nope. Do not try and bring it back over the border with you, even if you are bringing it from Canada to a border state where it's legal. Why? U.S. federal agents will not be pleased, as under federal law, marijuana remains a no-no.

This is how bad America's teaching crisis is

Low pay. Turnover. Second and third jobs. Walkouts. American public school teachers are a profession in crisis. To find out how that looks and feels in the classroom, 15 teams of USA TODAY Network journalists spent a day with teachers around the nation. What we found was a struggle between teachers' love of teaching and despair over their finances. Teachers felt loved by their students, but disrespected by their society. That disrespect took many forms: parents who were too involved or uninvolved; pay scales that required 12- or 14-hour work days to make ends meet; mandates that hampered teachers' ability to teach the way they want; and school budgets that forced teachers to pay for even the most basic materials. The system is broken. Here's what teachers across the U.S. have to say.

Lottery fans, your life could change big time this week

That is if you can beat the astronomical odds and win either the Powerball prize Wednesday night — now up to $345 million — or snag the Mega Millions jackpot, now at $900 million, the second-largest in U.S. history, in two days. It only requires you to pick six lousy numbers. How hard can that be? Actually, about 302,575,350 to 1. Those were the odds on Tuesday night, which helps explain why no one grabbed the Mega Millions jackpot. If you've got your heart set on Powerball, you certainly have a better chance, with odds of 292,201,388 to 1.

But if you are banking on winning both, let's get realistic: The odds for pocketing the two jackpots are 1 in 88 quadrillion

More headlines for you to be reading

Saudi Arabia crisis: President Trump said he would not rupture America's long-standing alliance with Saudi Arabia over the disappearance and possible murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.  

Hurricane devastation: Three more deaths raise Hurricane Michael's toll to 29 as residents slowly trickle back to the devastated areas.

Budget cuts: Trump is asking his Cabinet to cut department budgets by 5 percent. 

Roseanne responds: Viewers learned how the character Roseanne Connor died in the premiere of the spin-off series The Connors and Roseanne Barr was not shy in her response to the show's decision. 

Cringeworthy: You can be a come-hither Duchess Meghan for Halloween thanks to online shop Yandy, the same people who gave us (and then thought better of) the Sexy Handmaid costume. 

The Short List is a compilation of stories from across the USA TODAY Network. Today, it was brought to you by editors Cara Richardson, Mary Bowerman and David Carrig. 

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