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Morning six-pack: What we're reading Wednesday

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Happy Wednesday. Do not fret: just 71 days until spring.

Pot is hot. If you're willing to venture into the penny-stock world of companies that are getting high off the legalization in Colorado, then the buzz is on you. (CNNMoney)

Hot indeed: Yet another poll has found a plurality of Americans in favor of legal weed. (Forbes)

So who won in the JPMorgan Chase-Bernie Madoff settlement with federal prosecutors? As if you didn't know. (Los Angeles Times)

We're smelling a rat in this Velveeta story. (Because rats are supposed to like cheese, right? You see what I did there?). Anyway, it's almost Super Bowl time and Kraft says it's running low on cheese product, though maybe it's just a marketing gimmick. (USA Today)

Worth considering: Stock market exposure among big mutual funds is unusually low. (Minyanville)

And, finally ... Alan Mulally's decision to stay at Ford instead of heading over to work his magic at Microsoft is a bigger deal than it appears. CNBC's Philip LeBeau explains.

—By CNBC's Jeff Cox. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxCNBCcom.

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