during the High Times US Cannabis Cup at the Exdo Center in Denver on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Seth A. McConnell, The Denver Post
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By TIME Video
May 8, 2014

Here are the stories TIME is watching this Thursday, May 8:

  • Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine are going ahead with an autonomy vote despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s calls to postpone it.
  • Colorado’s legislature passed a bill that would give legal marijuana sellers expanded access to banking services.
  • American fast food workers plan massive strikes next week, calling for a pay raise to $15 an hour.
  • Nintendo says it does not plan to add same-sex relationships in its simulator game “Tomodachi Life.”

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