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Today's Pot Is Much Stronger Than 1995's

THC levels have jumped from 4% in 1995 to 12% in 2014

(Newser) - Smoking marijuana just isn't the same today as it was 20 years ago—and not only because it's now legal in some states. A study in Biological Psychiatry finds marijuana potency is on the rise. Researchers analyzed some 38,600 samples of illegal marijuana—including plant material, hashish,... More »

What Daily Pot Use Does to Your Memory

Study finds slight verbal memory loss per five years of use

(Newser) - Marijuana may have no effect on a teen's IQ , but a new study suggests cognitive problems will appear in time with daily use. Researchers out of Switzerland's University of Lausanne studied the marijuana habits of 3,400 participants beginning as young adults via data compiled over 25 years.... More »

Study: Pot Doesn't Make Teens Stupid

Study of twins refutes conventional wisdom

(Newser) - Smoking dope doesn't actually make you a dope. That's the takeaway from a new study on hundreds of pairs of twins—one of whom smoked pot as an adolescent and continued for over 10 years while the other abstained. Though a 2012 study linked marijuana use with a... More »

Feds Find Pot Disguised as ... Carrots

It's not the first time this has happened

(Newser) - Just how everyone likes their carrots: fake, stuffed with marijuana. Um, maybe not. Authorities say they seized 2,493 pounds of pot hidden inside a shipment of carrots at the Texas-Mexico border on Sunday, reports CNN . While some carrots turned out to be the real deal, nearly 3,000 carrot-shaped... More »

Drug Task Force Agent Arrested in $2M Drug Bust

He was on vacation at the time

(Newser) - A drug task force agent from California was arrested Dec. 29 in Pennsylvania while allegedly transporting nearly 250 pounds of marijuana, ABC 27 reports. According to the Patriot-News , authorities say a traffic stop in York County turned up $2 million worth of pot, $11,000 in cash, and sheriff's... More »

Pesticides Lead to Biggest Marijuana Recall Yet in Colorado

Nearly 100K packages of edibles present threat to public health

(Newser) - It was a dark day in Denver for edibles and the people who love them. More than 99,500 packages of Mountain High Suckers—marijuana-infused candy—were recalled on Wednesday, the Cannabist reports. It was Denver's largest recall of marijuana or marijuana products yet and the 15th such recall... More »

Why It's Unwise to Grow 734 Pot Plants Near Drug Dogs

It turns out they smell these things

(Newser) - Vienna police say they have discovered a plantation with more than 700 marijuana plants at a warehouse close to a police dog center. Police say one of their dogs caught a whiff of the plants in the Austrian capital's Floridsdorf district on Friday morning. Officers then saw a man... More »

Mom Says Hospital Won't Let Her See Baby Because She Smoked Pot

'They have violated my rights as a mother'

(Newser) - A mother in Chile claims a local hospital is keeping her away from her newborn daughter simply because she smoked marijuana a few days before giving birth, the AP reports. "They have violated my rights as a mother," the BBC quotes Sindy Ortiz. "I use this drug... More »

Here's What Potent Pot Does to Your Brain

Study finds damage in white matter used to send signals

(Newser) - A new study raises concerns for those who indulge in potent forms of marijuana. Researchers out of King’s College London and Rome's Sapienza University studied brain scans of 56 patients who had reported an episode of psychosis and 43 healthy volunteers. They found that those who regularly smoked... More »

DEA Chief in Hot Water After Calling Medical Pot a 'Joke'

7 lawmakers and 100K signatures call for his removal

(Newser) - Medical marijuana supporters aren't joking; they want new DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg replaced now, Extract reports. Rosenberg has been in hot water with cannabis fans since calling medical marijuana a "joke" earlier this month. He also hedged on whether pot is safer than heroin. On Friday, Marijuana Majority... More »

Colorado Orders Destruction of Tainted Pot

Oregon isn't far behind

(Newser) - It's a new front for states dealing with legal marijuana: potentially dangerous pesticides used to grow the stuff. Colorado's governor on Nov. 12 ordered state and local agencies to destroy any marijuana or marijuana products tainted by unapproved pesticides, the Denver Post reports. And Oregon won't be... More »

New Pot Tax Will Fund College Scholarships

Voters approved this one by 60% to 40% margin

(Newser) - Pot lovers in one Colorado county will soon be getting high for higher education. With a 60% majority, voters in Pueblo County voted on Tuesday to phase in a tax on marijuana growers that will support college scholarships and other endeavors, WTKR reports. The tax will begin in 2017, hit... More »

Mexico Legalizes Marijuana ... for 4 People

Landmark ruling opens the door for nationwide change

(Newser) - A landmark Supreme Court ruling in Mexico has legalized recreational marijuana for four people, a decision that could open the door to legal pot for another 122 million Mexicans. The court's 4-1 decision found that banning marijuana violated the constitutional right "to the free development of personality" of... More »

Bernie Sanders Introduces Senate Bill to Legalize Pot

It's the first such bill ever introduced in the senate

(Newser) - The first Senate bill to legalize recreational marijuana across the US was introduced Wednesday, courtesy of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the Hill reports. The senator's Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act would let states legalize recreational pot without government interference while still allowing individual states to ban it. According... More »

Ohio Says No to 'Marijuana Monopoly'

'I can't believe I voted no when it was finally on the ballot'

(Newser) - Ohio voters have resoundingly rejected a measure that would have turned Nick Lachey into a marijuana tycoon . Issue 3 on the state's ballot on Tuesday would have legalized both medical and recreational marijuana for Ohioans over 21, but it also would have given a small number of businessmen, including... More »

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 »

Bernie Sanders Pushes Major Shift in Pot Law

He'll take it off the feds' list of banned substances

(Newser) - If Bernie Sanders becomes president, the federal government will stop trying to get between people and the marijuana that their state says is legal. At a town hall event in Virginia on Wednesday, Sanders told an approving audience of college students that he would remove marijuana from a list of... More »

Marijuana Having Big Impact on Denver Real Estate

'It's a new and disruptive industry'

(Newser) - Legal marijuana is having a dramatic effect on real estate in Denver, leading to the reinvigoration of the city's industrial areas while potentially making the rest of the city unaffordable for longtime residents. Commercial real estate firm CBRE tells the Denver Post marijuana "kick-started the recovery of the... More »

Study: Marijuana Use and Abuse Has Doubled

Nearly 10% of Americans reported using pot in 2013, says study

(Newser) - The number of people using marijuana has more than doubled since 2001, according to a report published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry, which found the number of people reporting addiction or abuse of pot nearly doubled as well. The study—based on National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions interviews... 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 »

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