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He Was Crushed by a Bulldozer Over 10 Pot Plants

Lawsuit now targets Pennsylvania authorities over 2018 death of Gregory Longenecker

(Newser) - The family of a Pennsylvania man killed after he fled a clearing where he was growing 10 pot plants fault state authorities for chasing him with equipment similar to "a military tank." Though his friend was arrested at the game preserve in Berks County on July 9, 2018,... More »

Poll: More and More, Everybody Wants to Get (Legally) Stoned

Growing majority across all age groups now favor legal marijuana

(Newser) - A growing majority of Americans say marijuana should be legal, underscoring a national shift as more states embrace cannabis for medical or recreational use. Support for legal marijuana hit 61% in 2018, up from 57% two years ago, according to the General Social Survey, a widely respected trend survey that... More »

Most Democratic Hopefuls Agree on One Thing

That one thing is marijuana legalization

(Newser) - A growing list of Democratic presidential contenders want the US government to legalize marijuana, reflecting a nationwide shift as more Americans look favorably on cannabis, the AP reports. Making marijuana legal at the federal level is the "smart thing to do," says California Sen. Kamala Harris, a former... More »

Musk's US Security Clearance Could Go Up in Pot Smoke

It's being reviewed over marijuana use

(Newser) - SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is on the verge of scoring a massive success with his Dragon crew capsule —but his pot-smoking could complicate his relationship with the government. Sources tell Bloomberg that the Pentagon is reviewing Musk's security clearance because he was filmed smoking a joint during an... More »

Martha Stewart's New Domain: Cannabis

First products with Canopy Growth will be designed to treat anxiety in pets

(Newser) - Martha Stewart's next line will be a little different: hemp-based products for pets. Canopy Growth, a Canadian pot company, announced the partnership Thursday, NBC reports. The lifestyle guru will also help develop products for humans, the company said, based on CBD—the non-psychoactive chemical in marijuana. But Canopy wants... More »

Harris' Dad: Ancestors 'Must Be Turning in Their Grave'

He accuses her of perpetuating Jamaican stereotype

(Newser) - "Half my family's from Jamaica, are you kidding me?" Kamala Harris joked in an interview earlier this month while admitting she'd previously smoked pot and "inhaled." The 2020 Democratic candidate is now getting a tongue-lashing from an angry Jamaican: her own father. "Myself and... More »

Doctors Raise Warning About Marijuana Lollipops

70-year-old man unfamiliar with THC doses has a heart attack

(Newser) - Doctors see a cautionary tale about marijuana edibles in the case of a 70-year-old man in Canada. He ate an entire pot lollipop in the hope that it would ease his arthritis, reports Live Science . Instead, it brought on hallucinations so fearful that the man ended up having a non-fatal... More »

Houston Seeks 'Forever Home' for Tiger Found by Pot Smoker

Big cat was found in 'rinky-dink' cage in abandoned home

(Newser) - All's well that ends well, though the outcome at an abandoned Texas home could've been a lot different. Per KTRK , authorities say someone busted into the Houston abode earlier this month so they could smoke some pot and found something rather unexpected: a large tiger in an unlocked... More »

Study on Sperm Count, Marijuana Ends With a Twist

Research out of Harvard links marijuana with higher sperm concentrations

(Newser) - A smattering of studies have indicated that marijuana is no good for sperm. Now, research out of Harvard turns that narrative on its head, finding that men who have partaken have higher sperm counts than men who never have. To get there, lead author Feiby Nassan and her team studied... More »

Red State OKs Pot and Boom, the Industry Is on Fire

Oklahoma, conservative? More like the 'wild west'

(Newser) - The rollout of statewide medical and recreational marijuana programs typically is a grindingly slow process that can take years. Not so in Oklahoma, which moved with lightning speed once voters approved medical cannabis in June, the AP reports. The ballot question received 57% support and established one of the nation'... More »

Looks Like New York Will Be Next to Legalize Pot

Governor wants law on the books for recreational marijuana early next year

(Newser) - “Let’s legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana once and for all." The speaker of those words on Monday was none other than New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who as recently as last year opposed the legalization of something he viewed as a "gateway drug,"... More »

Maine Shuts Down Facebook Page on Dangers of Pot

But was it just a response to satire?

(Newser) - The state of Maine has shut down a Facebook page detailing the potential dangers of marijuana use in response to a satirical page launched by pro-pot critics, the AP reports. State Center for Disease Control spokeswoman Emily Spencer tells Maine Public that Maine (where recreational pot use is legal )... More »

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 »

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