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New DEA Chief: Pot 'Probably Not' as Dangerous as Heroin

But 'I'm no expert,' Chuck Rosenberg adds

(Newser) - Marijuana advocates celebrated when DEA head Michele Leonhart stepped down , with a rep for the Marijuana Policy Project telling Bloomberg , that Leonhart held up an era of "Reefer Madness" at the DEA and "maintained an opinion about marijuana akin to the opinion people had back in the '... More »

Pot Smokers Hit a Surprising Change at 21

Study: Lowering drinking age may limit marijuana use

(Newser) - Worried your kid can't kick his pot-smoking habit? Wait until he hits 21. According to a new study, people drastically boost their alcohol consumption at that age—big surprise there—and cut their pot use at the same time. University of Illinois researchers analyzed five years of data from... More »

Oregonians Can Start Tending Up to 4 Pot Plants

Recreational use is now legal, with some restrictions

(Newser) - As CNN puts it, "they are partying in Portland." That's because recreational pot became legal today in Oregon, the fourth state behind Colorado, Washington state, and Alaska, as well as the District of Columbia, to take this step, the AP reports. Medical marijuana is already legal in... More »

Teen Driver Who Killed Bicyclist Was Very High

John Marshall was 7 times over the legal limit in 2 states that let people smoke it

(Newser) - A car crash in Hinesburg, Vt., in April left the teen driver of the car, as well as the 47-year-old bicyclist he hit, dead. Now, a police report indicates that 17-year-old Joseph Marshall had marijuana in his system, and apparently a lot of it, reports the Burlington Free Press . The... More »

Colo. Court: Dish Can Fire Worker for Pot Use at Home

Even though marijuana is legal in that state, and even if it's medicinal

(Newser) - A Colorado quadriplegic who lost his Dish Network job for using marijuana outside of work for medical reasons lost his case in the state's highest court today. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled 6-0 that businesses can fire employees who violate their drug policies, even if that drug use is... More »

Prosecutors: Man Shot Pal by Mistake While Smoking Pot

Chicago 23-year-old forgot gun he was holding had one bullet in the chamber, they say

(Newser) - A night hanging out with friends ended in tragedy for two Chicago 23-year-olds in February, and now one of the men is facing involuntary manslaughter charges, the Chicago Tribune reports. Prosecutors say Antonio Lampley, Derrius Drakes, and other pals were hanging out in a car near Lampley's Roseland home... More »

Veteran Pot-Smoking Mom: Life Is Good

Catherine Hiller wants to normalize cannabis use

(Newser) - For anyone claiming pot is a gateway drug that will lead to a gradual downward spiral, Catherine Hiller has one word for you: nope. At least not for Hiller, a 68-year-old mother of three who recently penned the book Just Say Yes: A Marijuana Memoir , in which she describes her... More »

Suggested Dues for First Church of Cannabis: $4.20

Founder Bill Levin's response to Indiana law puts pot front and center

(Newser) - The first commandment of Indiana's newest religious establishment is pretty straightforward: "Don't be an asshole ." The First Church of Cannabis—given the thumbs-up as a religious corporation by Indiana's secretary of state after the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed into law last week—also... More »

Coming Soon: 'Willie Nelson's Reserve' Weed

To be sold in Nelson-branded pot shops

(Newser) - Looking for a weed recommendation? Who better to go to than Willie Nelson? Soon, you'll be able to buy "Willie's Reserve" marijuana, as the 81-year-old rolls out his own brand of pot and bongs, which will be sold at Nelson-branded stores in states where marijuana is legal.... More »

University of Mississippi Gets $68M to Grow Pot for the Feds

School has had the honor since 1968

(Newser) - The University of Mississippi this week retained a quiet claim to fame: It will continue to be the feds' sole pot grower, a distinction it has held since 1968. Since then, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (part of the NIH) has grown marijuana in concert with the school and... More »

Man Arrested for Blowing Pot Smoke Into Baby's Mouth

Not the first time Oregon man did it: pal

(Newser) - "That was stupid of me" is what Christopher Robert Kling allegedly said to Beaverton, Ore., police as he allegedly wept during his arrest for allegedly committing what is not allegedly (but actually) an awful crime: blowing pot smoke into his own 1-year-old baby's mouth, KATU reports. The 22-year-old... More »

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 »

If Kids Must Experiment, Pot Is Better Than Booze: Doc

Pediatrician weighs in on alcohol vs. marijuana debate

(Newser) - You'd probably prefer your kids use neither pot nor booze. But if they're going to experiment with one or the other as they get older, pediatrician Aaron E. Carroll weighs in today in the New York Times and says you should vote for pot. Sure, marijuana is illegal,... 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 »

Potent 'Skunk' Pot Ups Psychosis Risk

Milder hashish poses no increased risk, researchers say

(Newser) - Despite efforts to reclassify marijuana down to a Schedule II (read: less dangerous) drug, there are some people who still insist on its dangers—and new research may back those theories up. Scientists at King's College London have discovered that smoking potent, or "skunklike," cannabis was tied... More »

Chefs High on Cooking With Cannabis

Culinary creators' main obstacles: harnessing drug's taste, effects

(Newser) - If someone made kale trendy, someone can make marijuana recipes that taste good. So says former Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl to the New York Times about a growing culinary niche: cooking with cannabis. Adventurous chefs are excited to create novel dining experiences, as are culinary scientists toiling to make pot... More »

Pot Farmer Can't Give His $14K Away

School, charity turn down cash raised at huge marijuana auction

(Newser) - Randy Williams raised a boatload of money last month in Washington state's first recreational pot auction—$600,000, to be exact. But when he tried to spread the wealth locally, offering $14,000 to the Prosser School District and the Boys and Girls Club, his donation was refused, the... More »

Almost 10% of Americans Have Gone to Work High

And about 80% aren't smoking legal weed

(Newser) - If you're paranoid that your co-workers are coming to work after toking up, you might be smoking yourself —or you might actually be onto something. Almost 10% of American workers have gone to work high, with slightly more than 80% of those users claiming they got their hands... More »

Legalized Pot Becomes Food-Safety Headache

Colorado, Washington state try to forge smart regulations

(Newser) - In Colorado, regulators sat down with marijuana makers and critics today to tackle a complex issue: pot and food safety, the AP reports. Their goal: make pot-infused products clearly labeled for the general public. They agreed that it's easy for some products, like candies and pot cookies, but what... More »

One Cop Wrote 80% of Seattle's Pot Tickets

Internal investigation by city police reveals one officer's anti-marijuana mission

(Newser) - Pot makes some people paranoid , but Seattle residents weren't imagining that one particular cop was handing out more than his fair share of marijuana citations. A notice posted by the chief of police on the police department's website yesterday said an officer was reassigned after an internal review... More »

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