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Marijuana Became Fully Legal in Canada at Midnight

'Prohibition has ended right now. We just made history'

(Newser) - A dream came true at midnight for Newfoundland man Ian Power: He became the first person to legally buy marijuana in Canada for recreational use. Power was the first in line at a new store in the country's easternmost province—and earliest time zone—when recreational marijuana officially became... More »

Pot's THC Levels: Relatively the Same, No Matter the Strain

Scientists: Levels of tetrahydrocannabinol and CBD don't vary much among different pot strains

(Newser) - For those who spend time at the dispensary agonizing over whether to go with the Acapulco Gold, Granddaddy Purple, or Chemdawg, know this: Their THC levels are likely pretty much the same, no matter which strain you pick, researchers out of UBC Okanagan say. "It is estimated that there... More »

Thieves' Scheme to Steal Pot a Hilarious Flop

They got oregano instead from Colorado Springs shop

(Newser) - The heist went exactly as planned: Overnight thieves drove a stolen van right through the front doors of a marijuana shop in Colorado Springs, grabbed as much pot as they could carry, abandoned the van, and fled in a getaway vehicle, reports the Colorado Springs Gazette . The only hitch? All... More »

Seattle Court Tosses Old Marijuana Convictions

Misdemeanor possession convictions from before Wash. legalized pot to be vacated

(Newser) - It started with a motion filed in April by Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes to scrub the "red mark" that appears on many people's records for misdemeanor pot possession. Now, a seven-judge panel has ruled in favor of Holmes' motion, signing an order earlier this month that effectively... More »

Eatery Probed Over Its Way of Calming Lobsters

Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound apparently used marijuana

(Newser) - State health inspectors are investigating a Maine lobster restaurant that tried to mellow out lobsters with marijuana, the AP reports. The Portland Press Herald reports Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor remains open but has stopped allowing customers to request meat from lobsters sedated with marijuana. Owner Charlotte... More »

Kristen Bell's Sober Hubby Says She Should Have 'Ecstasy Party'

She says she smokes weed around Dax Shepard, and he's OK with it

(Newser) - Dax Shepard has been sober for 14 years, but his wife, Kristen Bell, still vapes weed around him, she explained in a recent appearance on the WTF With Marc Maron podcast. (Maron, E! notes, is also sober.) "I smoke around my husband and it doesn't seem to... More »

Coca-Cola's Next Frontier Might Involve Marijuana

Company reportedly in talks with Canadian firm over cannabis-infused drinks

(Newser) - Coca-Cola's next big line of products might revolve around a more adult beverage. Bloomberg reports that Coke is in partnership talks with a Canadian company called Aurora Cannabis, the possible outcome being health drinks infused with cannabis and marketed as remedies for ailments such as cramping and inflammation. Neither... More »

During Traffic Stop, 3-Year-Old Hands Cops Something 'Startling'

A bag of pot, according to state police

(Newser) - New York state troopers who stopped a car Thursday afternoon after noticing a child allegedly not in a proper child safety restraint got a lot more than they were likely expecting. The 3-year-old child reached under the front seat and handed troopers a bag that was allegedly full of pot... More »

Pot Products in California Keep Failing Safety Tests

Nearly 20% fail, but some say tests have unrealistic standards

(Newser) - About 18% of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards and technical glitches than protecting consumer safety. The testing has been... More »

After 3rd Cancer Diagnosis, Grease Star Turns to 'Modern' Meds

Olivia Newton-John uses cannabis oil to help relieve pain after tumor found at base of her spine

(Newser) - In a secret she kept "from almost everyone," Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with cancer in her shoulder five years ago—more than 20 years after she was first diagnosed with breast cancer, CNN notes. Now, just weeks shy of her 70th birthday, the Australian singer and actress reveals... More »

Unexpected Odor at Tampa Police HQ: 'At Times It's Really Bad'

A ventilation problem is apparently the cause

(Newser) - Recreational marijuana laws are quickly becoming more and more lax in states around the US, but Florida is not one of them. So why does the headquarters of the Tampa Police Department frequently reek of weed? The Tampa Bay Times wanted this question answered, so it went to the source.... 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 »

City Officials Shocked to Find What's Growing in City Pots

It's 'somebody's sense of humor,' says police chief

(Newser) - A Wyoming city has discovered its potted plants have literally gone to pot, the AP reports. Officials in Powell believe pranksters planted marijuana seeds in city-owned flower pots this spring, leading unsuspecting city workers to water and care for them. The Powell Tribune reports city Parks and Recreation staff noticed... More »

A Big First: FDA OKs Cannabis-Based Drug

Cannabidiol is from weed, but it doesn't get users high

(Newser) - US health regulators on Monday approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law, despite growing legalization for recreational and medical use. The Food and Drug Administration approved the medication, called Epidiolex, to treat two... More »

Canada Sets Date for Marijuana Legalization

Recreational pot will be on sale Oct. 17

(Newser) - Recreational marijuana is still illegal in Canada—but only for another 17 weeks. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that marijuana legalization, passed by the country's Senate on Tuesday, will be in effect as of Oct. 17 this year, giving provinces time to set up retail outlets and prepare for... More »

Canada's Pot Move Makes It the 2nd Country of Its Kind

Only 2 nations on Earth have legal recreational pot nationwide

(Newser) - Canadian lawmakers have taken the final step toward legalizing recreational marijuana—and it will become official as soon as Queen Elizabeth II's representative signs off on it. A bill ending the country's 95-year prohibition on cannabis passed Canada's Senate by a vote of 52 to 29, CTV... 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 »

Passenger's Marijuana Break Blamed for Diverted Flight

Southwest flight from San Francisco cut short

(Newser) - A flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles made an unexpected landing in San Jose instead, apparently because a passenger was smoking pot in the bathroom, reports CBS Los Angeles . The offending passenger was turned over to authorities upon landing, and the other 32 people on board had to be... More »

Who Ate the Evidence? Cops Face Charges Over Edible Pot

Toronto officers allegedly ate pot edibles from raid on dispensary

(Newser) - Things have gone from bad to worse for two Toronto police officers accused of eating up evidence —marijuana edibles—while on duty in January. Officers Vittorio Dominelli, 36, and Jamie Young, 35, have been arrested for attempting to “obstruct, pervert or defeat the course of justice, by destroying... More »

Woman Goes to Store to Buy Lotto Tickets, Gets Pot Instead

When she returned to her car she found a fragrant sandwich bag marked 'Sour Kush'

(Newser) - Police say a man who delivered a bag of marijuana to the wrong car in a northern Ohio store parking lot faces drug trafficking charges, reports the AP . The Sandusky Register reports 18-year-old Anthony Damante, of Milan, was arrested Tuesday in Norwalk and charged with marijuana trafficking, a fifth-degree felony.... More »

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