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Your Pup on Pot? Maybe Soon in Nevada

Senator intros bill to allow owners to get medical marijuana for sick pets

(Newser) - Pets might soon be able to use pot under a bill introduced yesterday in the Nevada Legislature. Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the measure that would allow animal owners to get marijuana for their pet if a veterinarian certifies the animal has an illness that might be alleviated by... More »

DEA Agent Warns Utah of Pot-Crazed Rabbits

He argues against legalization of medical pot

(Newser) - People who advocate legalizing medical marijuana in Utah clearly haven't given much thought to the risk of pot-crazed rabbits running wild, a DEA agent testified last week. Special Agent Matt Fairbanks told a state Senate hearing about how in the course of his marijuana eradication work, he had encountered... More »

This Girl Could Change Idaho's Marijuana Oil Rules

Alexis Carey's family pushing legislature to legalize potential treatment

(Newser) - Ten-year-old Alexis Carey of Boise, Idaho, has a rare but intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome. The genetic disease causes severe and multiple seizures, which often leave parents guessing if the terror of watching their child seize up will pass or turn fatal. Her family learned that oil extracted from... More »

A Little Pot Now Not Such a Big Crime in Jamaica

Possession of 2 oz. or less, cultivation of 5 or fewer plants is now 'petty offense'

(Newser) - Alaska yesterday became the third state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, and now a country where you would have thought that was the case already is moving closer to that goal itself. Jamaica's parliament last night approved a law decriminalizing small amounts of pot, the AP reports. People... More »

For Kids, Medical Pot a Last Resort Only: Docs Group

New AAP policy worries about pot's effects on developing brains

(Newser) - With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new policy published today in Pediatrics. Some... More »

Dad Arrested for Giving Cannabis Oil to Dying Girl, 2

Adam Koessler says oil returned 'quality of life' to daughter Rumer

(Newser) - A 2-year-old girl was recently given a 50/50 chance of surviving stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer, and dad Adam Koessler wants to do everything in his power to boost those chances. The Australian man started putting cannabis oil in Rumer's food and noticed "extremely beneficial" and even "miraculous"... More »

On-Air Shocker: Reporter Quits in Vulgar Fashion

KTVA's Charlo Greene says she'll work for marijuana legalization, utters F-bomb

(Newser) - Reporter Charlo Greene feels passionately about marijuana legalization in the state of Alaska. So passionate, in fact, that she outed herself as the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club in last night's 10pm news broadcast on Anchorage's KTVA, then made another shocking declaration. "[I'll] be dedicating... More »

Princeton, Worker Square Off Over His Medical Pot

Navy vet, activist Don DeZarn on paid leave while 2 sides duke it out

(Newser) - Don DeZarn is a Navy veteran who suffers PTSD, a candidate for New Jersey state office, a member of the Legalize Marijuana Party, and a user of medical marijuana. He's also the senior operations manager of campus dining at Princeton University, which is taking exception to that last part... More »

Medical Marijuana May Cut Painkiller ODs

States with new laws see drop in opioid deaths

(Newser) - The solution to America's addiction to painkillers may be … more drugs? A new study found a drop in painkiller overdose deaths in 13 states that allowed medical marijuana, CNN reports. That's because a patient prescribed marijuana will either stop taking opioids or take less of them, researchers... More »

Breastfeeding Mom Refuses to Stop Smoking Pot

She says doctors made her sign a waiver acknowledging the risks

(Newser) - Breastfeeding rates are higher in Oregon than any other state in the US, with the Portland area leading the pack at more than 90%, reports the USDA . But it was in Portland that a woman recently had to sign a waiver before being allowed to breastfeed her newborn—because she... More »

Berkeley to Dispensaries: Give Free Pot to the Poor

City council votes for 2% giveaway

(Newser) - It might sound like a slogan from the student radicals the city was famous for in the '60s, but Berkeley, Calif., really is giving free pot to the poor. The city council voted unanimously on Tuesday to order medical marijuana dispensaries to give at least 2% of their pot... More »

Genius Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Pot Clinic

Danielle Lei sold out in 45 minutes outside SF Green Cross

(Newser) - A business-savvy Girl Scout in San Francisco had to call for back-up cookies just 45 minutes after setting up shop in an inspired location: outside a medical marijuana clinic. In two hours on Monday, 13-year-old Danielle Lei sold 117 boxes of cookies to customers who may have been expecting to... More »

Loosen Up Pot Restrictions—So We Can Study It

Much more data needed on medical effects of marijuana: Devinsky, Friedman

(Newser) - A story making the rounds on social media goes like this: A young girl's epileptic seizures went from hundreds a week down to just a few a month after her parents began treating her with marijuana. Her case prompted families of children with similar disorders to move to Colorado... More »

Next Big Step for Pot Business: Banks?

Holder says feds are working on new regulations

(Newser) - The Obama administration will soon take the radical step of allowing legal pot businesses to actually put their money in banks—sort of. At an event yesterday, Eric Holder said he was working with the Treasury Department on new regulations and would unveil them "very soon," Politico reports.... More »

New York Looks to Lighten Up Pot Laws

Cuomo will OK limited medical marijuana; 21st state to allow it

(Newser) - Not to be outdone by the kids out in Colorado , New York state is getting around to revisiting its draconian marijuana laws. As the New York Times reports, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to take executive action this week that would legalize medical marijuana. It being New York, the move... More »

Jamaica Launches First Medical Ganja Firm

Island eyes role as hub for medical pot tourism

(Newser) - A Jamaican scientist hopes the birthplace of Bob Marley can also spawn a thriving medical marijuana industry. Medicinal chemistry expert Henry Lowe has launched a venture called MediCanja, which aims to create and export health products derived from Jamaica's famous marijuana, which is illegal but widely consumed on the... More »

Cops Bust Pot Garden ... Using Google Earth

Guy was authorized to grow 30 plants; he had 94

(Newser) - Police say the view from space helped them bust a medical marijuana garden with too many plants in the state of Oregon. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports authorities received a tip that 50-year-old Curtis W. Croft was bragging about all the pot he was growing on his property outside... More »

Dalai Lama: Medical Pot OK, But Not for 'Crazy Mind'

Lest recreational potheads get any ideas

(Newser) - The Dalai Lama still endorses meditation as the way to reach enlightenment, but has endorsed a particular herbal medication as a way to cure what ails you. Asked about his stance on marijuana while in Mexico, the Tibetan spiritual leader said smoking pot for medical reasons was OK. "But... More »

Chris Christie OKs More Medical Marijuana for Kids

But wants lawmakers to tweak the bill a little

(Newser) - Kids in New Jersey are a signature away from gaining easier access to medical marijuana, CNN reports. Gov. Chris Christie today agreed to sign a medical-marijuana bill if lawmakers would make two changes:
  • Make edible marijuana forms available to qualified children, not to everyone
  • Require a psychiatrist and pediatrician to
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Sanjay Gupta: I Was Wrong About Weed

Celebrity doctor apologizes for perpetuating anti-marijuana propaganda

(Newser) - For years, Sanjay Gupta has been among the voices calling medical marijuana illegitimate, even writing a 2009 Time article entitled "Why I Would Vote No on Pot." "Well, I am here to apologize," the celebrity doctor writes today at CNN . Gupta has spent a lot of... More »

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