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Q&A: Marijuana, birth control, Titanic

Buying pot in Colorado

If I were to travel to Colorado, could I buy the legalized marijuana they're selling there?

Adults (21 years old and older) who are not residents of Colorado can buy up to one-quarter ounce of legalized marijuana at a time. State residents with a Colorado ID can buy up to 1 ounce of marijuana. Marijuana has been sold at specially licensed stores in Colorado since New Year's Day.

So, what does it cost?

What is the average cost of an ounce of pot in Colorado? What are the size increments that you can buy? Is there a tax on it?

An ounce of legalized marijuana (including taxes) costs between $300 and $400 an ounce in Colorado. The price of medical marijuana, which isn't taxed, is about $200, Taylor West, the deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The cost of recreational marijuana doubled shortly after stores began selling it Jan. 1. There is a special state sales tax of 25 percent on recreational marijuana, in addition to the standard 2.9 percent state sales tax.

"Prices are definitely still in the more volatile early stages, with supply occasionally running a bit tight, and still a fairly small number of licensed adult-use stores," West said. "As more supply becomes available and as more stores get adult-use licenses over the next few months, it's likely that prices will drop some.

"A common purchase increment is an eighth (of an ounce), which is the equivalent of somewhere around 7-15 joints," West wrote. "You might think of it like buying a bottle of liquor — it's an amount that a moderate consumer would consume over an extended period of days."

A reminder: It's illegal to transport marijuana out of Colorado.

A justice's injunction

How did one Supreme Court justice (Sonia Sotomayor) issue an injunction for mandated birth control coverage?

Sotomayor was the justice who was assigned to hear emergency applications from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. She granted a temporary injunction to the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Denver nonprofit run by nuns, on Dec. 31, blocking part of the Affordable Health Care Act's contraceptive mandate. The Little Sisters and other plaintiffs received an injunction on Jan. 24 that will temporarily shield them from the mandate, the National Catholic Register reported.

A ticket on the Titanic

What was the cost of first-class passage on the Titanic?

A first-class ticket on the RMS Titanic cost $4,350, which is the equivalent of about $103,000 in today's economy, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index inflation calculator. The Titanic struck an iceberg and sank on April 14, 1912, killing more than 1,500 people.

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