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This week for BuzzFeed News, Amanda Chicago Lewis discovers the pitfalls of medical marijuana. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

Posted on September 25, 2015, at 4:56 p.m. ET

1. The Dark Side of Medical Marijuana's Miracle Elixir — BuzzFeed News

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Certain compounds in cannabis have serious medical potential for everyone from cancer patients to children suffering from seizures. But patients and parents have no way to distinguish the snake oil salesmen from the trustworthy companies. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

2. Jazz Jennings Is Finding Her Voice — BuzzFeed News

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Amanda Shapiro profiles Jazz Jennings who, at 6 years old, became one of the first openly transgender children ever to appear on television. Eight years later, she boasts a children’s book, YouTube fame, and a TLC reality show — but can she balance being the most famous transgender kid in America with just being a kid? Read it at BuzzFeed News.

3. Meet the Tech Entrepreneurs Trying to Take Back the Porn Industry — BuzzFeed News

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Porn has long been a driving force in tech and internet innovation, but the industry now finds itself in unprecedented danger thanks to piracy and free “tube” sites. Charlie Warzel meets some of the pioneers and entrepreneurs who are trying to fight back. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

4. The AvengerThe New Yorker

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Patrick Radden Keefe chronicles Ken Dornstein's quest to solve the mystery of the Lockerbie bombing, the 1988 terrorist attack that killed his brother. "Having a personal connection to a tragedy is a special qualification—and a kind of mandate—but emotional investment can also be blinding." Read it at The New Yorker.

5. The Lonely Quest for Justice for Mexico's Missing Students — BuzzFeed News

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A year ago, 43 students disappeared in Mexico after they were attacked by the police in the middle of the night, and their relatives are still looking for answers. Karla Zabludovsky tells the story of a year of grief for the Abraján family. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

6. When the Womb Is a Crime SceneProPublica

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Nina Martin investigates the consequences of Alabama's "chemical endangerment of a child" statute, the nation's toughest criminal law for prenatal drug use. Though intended to target meth producers who put their children at risk, the law is now applied to any woman who uses a controlled substance while pregnant — even if it's legal and their children aren't harmed. Read it at ProPublica.

7. How One British Teenager Used the Digital Black Market to Plan a School Shooting — BuzzFeed News


Today, Liam Lyburd — a 19-year-old from Newcastle, England — was sentenced to life in prison for buying a gun, gas canisters, and pipe bomb materials from the Dark Web in order to shoot students at his former high school. Patrick Smith and Chris Stokel-Walker follow Lyburd's trail to find out whether, in the future, someone could succeed where he failed. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

8. The Dark, Scammy History of JustFab and Fabletics — BuzzFeed News

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A decade ago, Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler were running sketchy online marketing schemes for miracle weight-loss drugs. Now, they're the founders of a billion dollar startup called JustFab, with celebrity backers like Kimora Lee Simmons and Kate Hudson. But, Sapna Maheshwari asks, have they really changed their ways? Read it at BuzzFeed News.

9. How a Muslim Student Became the Controversial Leader of a Pro-Israel Group — BuzzFeed News

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Katie J.M. Baker visits University of Maryland senior Amna Farooqi, who recently became president of J Street U. Just how did a Pakistani-American Muslim who grew up in a “Pro-Palestine” household come to lead the campus wing of a Pro-Israel lobbying group? Read it at BuzzFeed News.