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THC-Laced Candies Send Students to Hospital

A middle school student now faces multiple felonies

(Newser) - A Florida 12-year-old is facing seven felony charges for allegedly bringing a package of THC-laced gummy candies to school and sharing them with his classmates during a morning gym class at Mulberry Middle School in Polk County, ABC reports. Several students became ill with symptoms that included stomach pain, nausea,... More »

Florida Candidate Dumped by Wells Fargo Over Marijuana

Nikki Fried is a Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner with ties to cannabis

(Newser) - A political candidate in Florida has been dropped as a customer by Wells Fargo for her ties to and support of medical marijuana. Per the Tampa Bay Business Journal , Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried was forced to move her campaign funds to another institution because of this stance.... More »

Man Beats Pot Charges With Unusual Strategy: Admit Guilt

Javonnie McCoy puts himself at mercy of jury, and they side with him over the law

(Newser) - It's illegal to grow marijuana in Georgia, meaning things didn't look good for Javonnie McCoy when police busted him with nearly a pound of home-grown pot in his residence. Things surely looked worse for him when he got in front of a jury in Dublin, Georgia, and flat-out... More »

One State Now Lets School Nurses Give Medical Pot

New law in Colorado allows non-smokable marijuana for qualifying children

(Newser) - In a move High Times says puts Colorado "ahead of the curve" once more on the cannabis front, Gov. John Hickenlooper has OKed a law that lets school nurses administer medical marijuana to students. The Denver Post reports House Bill 1286 allows a school nurse to give non-smokable medical... More »

Parents Sue School to Let 11-Year-Old Use Medical Pot

Illinois state law bans use of drug on school grounds

(Newser) - Most parents would celebrate a school that specifically bars students from using marijuana on its premises. Not an Illinois couple. JS and MS, as they’re identified in court documents, are suing the state after a Schaumburg school district barred their 11-year-old daughter from using a medical cannabis patch and... More »

Veterans Pushing States to Approve Pot as PTSD Treatment

28 states include PTSD in their medical marijuana programs

(Newser) - Against the backdrop of the nation's largest Veterans Day parade, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this month he'd sign legislation making New York the latest in a fast-rising tide of states to OK therapeutic pot as a PTSD treatment, though it's illegal under federal law and doesn'... More »

Scores of Men Try to Land Gynecologist Appointment

It all started when an article mentioned Dr. Liang Bartkowiak's new certification

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania gynecologist saw a huge uptick in calls for appointments. Only one problem: It was primarily men on the line. The flurry of calls began after Dr. Liang Bartkowiak was named in an Altoona Mirror article as the first doctor in Altoona eligible to certify medical marijuana users. And... More »

'Big Milestone' for Medical Marijuana in Hawaii

State allows first lab to begin testing it, 17 years after its use was approved

(Newser) - Hawaii approved its first laboratory to begin testing samples of medical marijuana 17 years after use of the drug was legalized in the state, the AP reports. On Monday, the state Department of Health certified Honolulu-based lab Steep Hill Hawaii. That brings Hawaii closer to the long-awaited date when dispensaries... More »

Pot Company Gives New Meaning to Take-and-Bake Pizza

Massachusetts dispensary sells personal pizzas infused with THC

(Newser) - A Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensary has created a culinary delight for patients who don't want to smoke their pot or eat it in the form of sweets, the AP reports. Quincy-based Ermont Inc. has been selling cannabis-infused pizza for about three weeks to rave reviews. The 6-inch cheese pizzas... More »

NY Considering Pot for Women Suffering 'in Silence'

Medical marijuana for painful period cramps may be coming to Empire State

(Newser) - Ladies in New York may soon be able to turn to pot to turn down the pain from their periods. The state is considering adding menstrual cramps to a list of conditions that could warrant a prescription for medical marijuana, reports Newsweek . A bill that seeks to have dysmenorrhea , the... More »

Recreational Pot Now Legal Along Entire West Coast

And also in Massachusetts

(Newser) - Election night turned out to be a big night for marijuana advocates. Californians voted to legalize recreational use of the drug, giving the movement its biggest victory yet. The win means recreational pot is now legal along the entire West Coast, notes the AP . Massachusetts also approved recreational pot, the... More »

7 Other Things Americans Are Voting On Today

Pot, hunting, executions

(Newser) - If ballot measures are a reliable indicator of what a country cares about, America has been thinking a lot about pot: Various degrees of marijuana legalization are on the ballot in no fewer than nine states, in an election that features 162 ballot measures, 72 of which were citizen initiatives.... More »

The 5 States That Will Vote on OKing Pot

4 others will vote on medical marijuana

(Newser) - With polls showing most Americans in favor of legalizing marijuana, voters in nine states will decide next month whether to eliminate or ease restrictions on pot, NBC News reports. The recreational use of pot is on the ballot in five states, while legal medical marijuana is on the ballot in... More »

Pet Pot: Medical Marijuana Finds a Market With Furkids

Sick pets are said to be benefiting from it

(Newser) - As medical marijuana becomes more accepted within American society, some people are starting to experiment with using the drug to medicate their sick pets—and they're seeing surprising results, reports the New York Times in a look at the trend. Although the FDA says there's no proof marijuana... More »

National Guard Raids Grandma's Garden—for a Single Pot Plant

Margaret Holcomb, 81, says it eases her arthritis

(Newser) - Margaret Holcomb is an 81-year-old grandmother in Amherst, Mass., who says she has been growing one marijuana plant in her raspberry patch for years because it soothes her arthritis and glaucoma and also helps her sleep at night. So when a military-style helicopter descended on her garden (which is fenced... More »

Sources: Pot Will Remain a Schedule I Drug

DEA to make an announcement Thursday

(Newser) - Marijuana is a Schedule I drug and it's going to stay that way, sources tell NPR and the Washington Post in advance of the Drug Enforcement Administration's announcement Thursday on the subject. Some five years ago, two Democratic governors petitioned the agency to rebrand the drug as one... More »

Publix Heiress Gives $800K to Fight Medical Pot

Carol Jenkins Barnett helped defeat Florida measure in 2014

(Newser) - One of Florida's richest women is donating big time to keep medical marijuana out of the state. The trust of Carol Jenkins Barnett, daughter of the founder of the Publix supermarket chain, has donated $800,000 to the Drug Free Florida group, which is fighting a legalization measure on... More »

Dad Ends Hunger Strike Amid Fight to Get Kids Back

Raymond Schwab lost custody of 5 kids amid abuse allegations

(Newser) - Raymond Schwab, a Gulf War veteran and father of six, has ended his 17-day hunger strike on the steps of the Kansas Statehouse now that an LA-based attorney is filing a lawsuit on his behalf. Schwab, who says he uses medical marijuana to manage chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder,... More »

Whoopi Starts Cramp-Relieving Medical Marijuana Line

It's definitely a niche

(Newser) - Whoopi Goldberg has started an interesting new business: It's a medical marijuana line meant to help with period cramps. "If you don’t want to get high high, this is a product specifically just to get rid of discomfort," Goldberg tells Vanity Fair . "Smoking a joint... More »

FDA Could Soon Approve 1st Drug Extracted From Marijuana

It would treat a severe form of epilepsy in children

(Newser) - The FDA could soon approve a marijuana-derived drug to treat a severe form of epilepsy in children, the New York Times reports. It would be the first-ever drug extracted from marijuana to be approved for use in the US. Epidiolex utilizes the active ingredient cannabidiol to treat Dravet's syndrome,... More »

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