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Study: Vaping Pot Makes for a More Intense High

Compared to smoking it

(Newser) - Hey … you want to get high? If so, you may want to consider vaping your weed, rather than smoking it. According to a study published in JAMA Network Open , the former results in “significantly greater drug effects, cognitive and psychomotor impairment, and higher blood THC concentrations” than the... More »

Legal Pot Could Be Next Move for Marlboro Maker

Altria is in talks with a Canadian company

(Newser) - The maker of Marlboro cigarettes is joining some of the biggest names in beer in exploring the budding cannabis marketplace. Altria Group Inc., which owns Philip Morris USA, is the latest big company to show interest in marijuana. Canadian medical marijuana company Cronos Group Inc. has confirmed talks with Altria... More »

Duterte Makes Unlikely Joke About Drug Use

The drug war waged by the leader of the Philippines has killed thousands

(Newser) - President Rodrigo Duterte has waged a controversially bloody war on drug dealers in the Philippines, but that didn't stop the leader from cracking wise Monday about his own use of illicit substances. Per Reuters , Duterte said in a speech that he used marijuana to stay awake at the... More »

Musk Puffed on a Joint. Now, Consequences

NASA to conduct safety review of SpaceX, Boeing: 'WaPo'

(Newser) - NASA will embark next year on a months-long investigation into SpaceX and Boeing to "ensure the companies are meeting NASA's requirements for workplace safety, including the adherence to a drug-free environment." Those final words are key. Though a safety review of companies enlisted to carry NASA astronauts... More »

2 New Crises Emerge in Canada's Pot Plan

Officials fret over kids and edibles as the nation's legal weed supply runs out

(Newser) - Canada seems to enjoy getting high, but officials there have a new worry: children and edible pot. Edibles aren't legal in Canada yet—that won't happen until at least 2019—but more young people are being hospitalized for marijuana poisoning as officials grasp the appeal of cannabis-infused gummy... More »

3 Weeks In, Canada Has a Legal Pot Problem

There isn't enough of it

(Newser) - A marijuana retailer in Newfoundland is summing up the sentiment three weeks after recreational cannabis became legal across Canada. "We need more weed!" Trevor Tobin tells the New York Times , adding suppliers don't have enough plants or packaging equipment to meet soaring demand. It's a problem... More »

Michigan Says Yes, ND Says No to Recreational Pot

Florida measure will restore voting rights to felons

(Newser) - Michigan is going to have the first legal recreational marijuana in the Midwest. The Detroit Free Press projects a comfortable victory for the ballot proposal to make the state the 10th to legalize recreational pot. A similar measure in North Dakota, however, appears destined for defeat, though Legalize ND campaigners... More »

Canadian Mayor: US Is Turning Away Pot-Smokers at Border

Saskatchewan mayor describes a 'couple of cases,' fears there will be more

(Newser) - And it's happening. Less than two weeks after the legalization of recreational marijuana across Canada brought news that US border officials would bar pot-smoking Canucks from heading south, the first Canadians have been turned away, reports the CBC . "It is a fairly serious concern," says Mayor Roy... More »

Girl, 9, Wisely Exploits Canada's New Pot Law

'Girl guide' Elina Childs sets up near marijuana shop and sells out of her cookies in 45 minutes

(Newser) - Canada is still getting the hang of this legal marijuana thing , and one 9-year-old girl seems to be ahead of the curve. Elina Childs, who belongs to the Canadian version of the Girl Scouts, called Girl Guides, set up her wagon outside an Edmonton pot store and unloaded all 30... More »

'An Hour Into Legality,' an Illegal Toke in Canada

They received $515 ticket for using cannabis in vehicle

(Newser) - The first Canadian to buy legal cannabis for recreational use plans to have his purchase framed. It's not clear whether the first person to be ticketed for consuming cannabis in a vehicle under the new law will do the same. Police in Winnipeg, Manitoba, tweeted a picture of the... More »

Canadian Pot Industry Eyes Rest of the World

'We're not known as wild and crazy'

(Newser) - Cam Battley is a top executive at one of Canada's biggest marijuana companies, but he isn't sticking around to savor the country's historic pot legalization . He's off to Germany on Friday and Australia next week—a sign of what a leader Canada has become in the... More »

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 »

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