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The Tennessee House of Representatives has voted on a bill that would block efforts by Tennessee cities to decriminalize the use of marijuana.

The Justice Department may step up enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have voted to legalize its recreational use, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

"I do believe think you'll see greater enforcement of it," Spicer said, during his daily press briefing. He added that the Department of Justice will be looking into the issue further.

For decades the same test has been used to convict drunk drivers.

Police ask a driver to stand on one leg, walk a straight line and recite the alphabet. If the driver fails, the officer will testify in court to help make a case for driving under the influence.

But defense lawyers argue, science has yet to prove that flunking the standard field sobriety test actually means that a person is high, the way it's been proven to measure drunkenness.

So, as attorney Rebecca Jacobstein argued to the Massachusetts high court, the tests shouldn't be allowed in evidence.

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Republican lawmakers in Tennessee are introducing legislation that would allow the use of marijuana for a variety of medical conditions. 

Updated at 10:45 ET Wednesday

While votes are still being counted, some high-profile ballot initiatives already have returned clear results — including a slew of states opting in favor of medical or recreational marijuana, and several more raising the minimum wage.

You can see our full list of key ballot measures here, or check out a sample of the highlights:

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Paducah Police say a shots-fired call led to the arrest of a man on a repeat charge of trafficking in marijuana.  

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Medical marijuana sales reached more than $3.8 million last month at licensed dispensaries throughout Illinois.

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McCracken County Sheriff's Department has made five arrests connected to prostitution and illegal drug activity. According to a news release, detectives located individuals who had posted online 'escort' ads on backpage.com. Acting undercover, agents found several women who agreed to meet in the Paducah area to provide sexual acts for money. 

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On Wednesday, Kentucky legislators listened to a presentation about the benefits of medical cannabis from Don Stacy, a cancer doctor and medical liaison for pro-legalization group Alliance for Innovative Medicine.

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A judge has dismissed drug charges against a western Kentucky couple after ruling that evidence collected by state police was inadmissible. 

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