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Burned by California Wildfires: Local Marijuana Industry

At least 31 pot farms have been destroyed, with many more damaged—and no crop insurance

(Newser) - The same fires that have destroyed Northern California's wineries have also taken a toll on the region's marijuana farms, which were about to begin an important harvest less than three months before the nation's largest recreational pot market opens for business in January. At least 31 marijuana... More »

Netflix Develops Weed Strains for Its Shows

12 different varieties to coincide with launch of 'Disjointed' series

(Newser) - Netflix debuted Disjointed —a series starring Kathy Bates as a pot activist who runs a Southern California marijuana dispensary—on Friday, and along with the show's launch came some extra enhancers: new marijuana strains inspired by 10 of its shows. Variety and the Los Angeles Times report on... More »

After 7 Days of Legal Pot Sales, Nevada Declares Emergency

Yes, really, a statement of emergency, via the Department of Taxation

(Newser) - Nevada on July 1 became the fifth state to sell recreational marijuana to the public, and one week later, it declared an emergency. But the chaos is on the licensing side of things. The new law allows those 21 and up to buy up to an ounce of pot from... More »

Man Denied Transplant Due to Pot Use Dies at 20

Utah hospital kicked him off transplant list

(Newser) - Riley Hancey, the Utah man who was turned away for a lung transplant by University of Utah Hospital after he was found to have traces of pot in his system, received new lungs in a different state months later, but it wasn't enough to give his story a happy... More »

As Weed Hits Mainstream, Businesses Brace for 4/20

'We're just expecting to get slammed'

(Newser) - April 20 isn't just a holiday for stoners: In a world where recreational marijuana is legal in eight states, it's basically the entire Christmas shopping season rolled into a single day for pot businesses. "We're just expecting to get slammed," the owner of a smoking... More »

Canada Is Legalizing Pot, but It Won't Be a Free-for-All

Says main aim of legalization is to put criminals out of business

(Newser) - Canada rolled out its big marijuana announcement a week before 4/20: The federal government has brought in legislation to make recreational marijuana legal across the country, ending a 94-year ban on the drug that the government described as an "abject failure," the Globe and Mail reports. But the... More »

Trudeau About to Keep a Big Campaign Promise

Canada reportedly to legalize pot by July 2018

(Newser) - Since he started campaigning for his job, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has promised that marijuana legalization was high on his to-do list. Now his Liberal government is apparently about to make good on that vow: Per the CBC , pot will be legalized throughout the entire country by July 1, 2018,... More »

Pilot Busted With 230 Pounds of Pot After 3-Airport Sting: Cops

It wasn't easy for Texas authorities to get Wayne Brunet to come down from the sky

(Newser) - If you fly your small plane solo from Medford, Ore., to South Texas with only one stop to gas up during the 2,000-mile flight, you're either going for some sort of endurance record or you're trying to get to your destination as quickly as possible for …... More »

Spicer Suggests Crackdown on Recreational Pot Is Coming

We may soon see 'greater enforcement,' he says

(Newser) - Marijuana is still illegal under federal law, and the White House has signaled that the eight states that have legalized recreational use will soon be reminded of that fact. At a press briefing Thursday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters he believes we will soon see "greater... More »

Customs Discovered Limes Weren't Actually Limes

It was $790K worth of pot

(Newser) - If Harry Nilsson had put these limes in the coconut, someone would've ended up with more than a bellyache. US Customs and Border Protection officials in Pharr, Texas, near the border with Mexico, intercepted a truck Jan. 30 that appeared to be holding more than 34,000 Key limes,... More »

Now a Schedule 1 Drug: CBD Hemp Oil

New DEA regulation may affect those who use it to treat seizures, other medical issues

(Newser) - A cannabidiol hemp oil that Leafly says is used by "hundreds of thousands of patients" in the US for a variety of medical purposes, including to help relieve seizures, has been designated a Schedule 1 drug by the DEA, 7NEWS reports. Schedule 1 drugs (which are illegal and include... More »

SUV Filled With Christmas Gifts Didn't Really Have Gifts: Cops

Try $330K worth of pot, THC pills, and hash wax oil, Ohio police say

(Newser) - What happens in California should stay in California—especially if what happened was someone meticulously wrapping $330,000 worth of THC pills, hash wax oil, and marijuana (about 71 pounds) like Christmas presents, UPI reports. Instead, per an Ohio State Highway Patrol press release , 31-year-old Daniel Yates apparently decided to... More »

Why Election Day Is a Big Deal for Pot Legalization Efforts

Green light for recreational pot in Maine, Mass. could mean major changes nationwide

(Newser) - Having proven they can win in the West, advocates for recreational marijuana hope the Nov. 8 election brings their first significant electoral victories in the densely populated Northeast, where voters in Massachusetts and Maine will consider making pot legal for all adults. Supporters believe "yes" votes in New England... More »

Pot Might Help You See in the Dark

Cannabinoid shown to improve night vision in tadpoles

(Newser) - A new study suggests that marijuana may have a strange benefit: improving night vision. Based on a pharmacologist's observation in the 1990s that Jamaican fishermen who smoked or consumed cannabis had "an uncanny ability to see in the dark," researchers at McGill University dug in. They applied... More »

Ill-Advised Craigslist Deal: Pound of Pot for Snowmobile

Unfortunately for Oregon guy, Craigslist seller of snowmobile was state trooper

(Newser) - Recreational marijuana is legal in the state of Oregon, but what's not is trading a bunch of it for a recreational vehicle—and it's extra likely to come to light if a cop is the one selling said vehicle. But Jason Owen allegedly tried to do just that... More »

Pot Arrests in US Outnumber Violent Crime Arrests

There's a drug arrest every 25 seconds

(Newser) - Law enforcement agencies made more arrests for marijuana possession last year than for all violent crimes combined, despite decriminalization and outright legalization in some states, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch and the ACLU. The report is harshly critical of drug policies that have 137,000 Americans... 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 »

Chief: Phoenix Cops Forced Driver to Eat Pot

He says rookies made driver eat his stash

(Newser) - Three Phoenix police officers have resigned after a man alleged they forced him to eat marijuana found in his vehicle to avoid going to jail, Chief Joseph Yahner said Thursday. A fourth officer, Jeff Farrior, was demoted from lieutenant to sergeant for being aware of last week's incident and... More »

Nashville Pot Smokers May Now Catch a Break From Cops

Decriminalization move, at police discretion, may cause clash with state government

(Newser) - Nashville's city council has decided that it's time to go a little easier on citizens who would rather smoke a joint than have a shot of Tennessee whiskey. The council voted 35-3 this week to give cops the option of decriminalizing marijuana by handing out $50 fines or... More »

Cops: Mom Smoked Joint to Celebrate 1st Day of School

Vancouver Island woman was obviously happy that summer is over

(Newser) - This is one way to send your kids off to school. When cops on Canada's Vancouver Island pulled over a car speeding in a school zone on Tuesday morning, a telltale scent wafted from the window, reports CTV . “It was pretty evident that the people in that car,... More »

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