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.