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Ohio Pot Vote Could Make Nick Lachey Very Rich

But critics of legalization amendment say it would create a growers' monopoly

(Newser) - Ohio pot advocate Don Wirtshafter has been an enthusiastic smoker for nearly 50 years. But as his state heads to the polls Tuesday to vote on Issue 3, a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use, he says he won't vote for it, the New ... More »

Fla. Man Picks Absolute Worst Time to Hit Deputy's Car

While allegedly drunk, at a pot bust

(Newser) - Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and in the wrong state of mind. Deputies and aviation unit members from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office had just made a head-turning find in a mangrove patch near Tampa, Fla., Sunday night when a second head-turning thing... More »

Snoop Dogg Launches Epic Weed Website

It's a sort of cannabis encyclopedia

(Newser) - Marijuana enthusiast Snoop Dogg launched a website yesterday, and of course it's all about weed. Merry Jane , which the rapper announced at TechCrunch Disrupt, is what TechCrunch describes as an "information hub" for all things pot; Snoop says it will be a sort of cannabis encyclopedia giving users... More »

Today's Tax-Free Pot Day in Colorado

Tokers can thank quirky state tax law for their good fortune

(Newser) - They knew this day was coming , and now it's here. It's tax-free cannabis day in Colorado, where due to a quirk in the state's tax law, buyers of recreational marijuana will be relieved of most taxes on their purchase, the AP reports. The one-day "holiday" means... More »

Colorado's Pot to Be Much Cheaper for One Day

Quirky state law is cutting out most taxes on marijuana on Sept. 16

(Newser) - Think of it as a back-to-school sales tax break, but for stoners. Colorado's unusual tax law is forcing the state to suspend taxes on recreational marijuana for one day—Sept. 16—during which a 10% sales tax and 15% excise tax won't be collected. The sales-tax break would... More »

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 »

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