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RV Full of Odd Lollipops Burns on Interstate Bridge

Traffic snarled for hours on NJ-Delaware bridge as pot-laced candy went up in flames

(Newser) - Police say a pot advocacy company's RV carrying marijuana-laced candy burst into flames on a bridge that connects New Jersey and Delaware, causing lane closures and tying up traffic for hours, the AP reports. Weed World Candies tells NBC Philadelphia that more than $50,000 in merchandise was destroyed... More »

'This Is Your Brain on Drugs' Guy Is for Legalizing Pot

'Are you kidding? It's healthier than alcohol'

(Newser) - John Roselius just voted to legalize recreational marijuana in California. If you're not sure why that's significant, this might help: Roselius is often called "Egg Guy" because of his star role in a certain 1987 anti-drug ad in which he famously uttered, "This is your brain.... More »

Ill-Advised Craigslist Deal: Pound of Pot for Snowmobile

Unfortunately for Oregon guy, Craigslist seller of snowmobile was state trooper

(Newser) - Recreational marijuana is legal in the state of Oregon, but what's not is trading a bunch of it for a recreational vehicle—and it's extra likely to come to light if a cop is the one selling said vehicle. But Jason Owen allegedly tried to do just that... More »

The 5 States That Will Vote on OKing Pot

4 others will vote on medical marijuana

(Newser) - With polls showing most Americans in favor of legalizing marijuana, voters in nine states will decide next month whether to eliminate or ease restrictions on pot, NBC News reports. The recreational use of pot is on the ballot in five states, while legal medical marijuana is on the ballot in... More »

Pot Arrests in US Outnumber Violent Crime Arrests

There's a drug arrest every 25 seconds

(Newser) - Law enforcement agencies made more arrests for marijuana possession last year than for all violent crimes combined, despite decriminalization and outright legalization in some states, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch and the ACLU. The report is harshly critical of drug policies that have 137,000 Americans... More »

Pet Pot: Medical Marijuana Finds a Market With Furkids

Sick pets are said to be benefiting from it

(Newser) - As medical marijuana becomes more accepted within American society, some people are starting to experiment with using the drug to medicate their sick pets—and they're seeing surprising results, reports the New York Times in a look at the trend. Although the FDA says there's no proof marijuana... More »

Smoke Pot When You're Young and Your IQ May Suffer

'It makes them feel better momentarily,' but issues like depression don't improve

(Newser) - Over the years, Dr. Elizabeth Osuch, a researcher in Canada studying mood and anxiety disorders and the impact of marijuana, has seen "many youth" smoke pot "heavily." And despite previous research suggesting those who start at a young age are at a higher risk of psychiatric issues... More »

Bob Marley's Son Is Growing Pot in a Prison

Calif. operation will supply medical dispensaries

(Newser) - In another state, Damian Marley's pot farm in a former prison might get him sent to, well, prison. But in California, it's totally irie, man. The youngest son of everyone's favorite stoner, Bob Marley, says he's partnering with Ocean Grown Extracts to turn the former Claremont... More »

In Ancient Grave, 13 Well-Kept Pot Plants

Man was buried with them about 2.5K years ago

(Newser) - You probably wouldn't want to smoke the stuff, but archaeologists have discovered the most well-preserved cannabis plants one could hope for in an ancient Chinese burial. The first discovery of its kind comes from the grave of a man aged about 35—possibly a shaman, reports Discover —buried... More »

National Guard Raids Grandma's Garden—for a Single Pot Plant

Margaret Holcomb, 81, says it eases her arthritis

(Newser) - Margaret Holcomb is an 81-year-old grandmother in Amherst, Mass., who says she has been growing one marijuana plant in her raspberry patch for years because it soothes her arthritis and glaucoma and also helps her sleep at night. So when a military-style helicopter descended on her garden (which is fenced... More »

She Quit on Air for Legal Pot. Now She Faces 54 Years in Jail

Charlo Greene was ahead of her time, and it could cost her some hefty jail time

(Newser) - Charlo Greene made headlines in 2014 when the then 26-year-old memorably quit her TV reporting gig on air while announcing her intention to push for the legalization of marijuana in Alaska: She said, "F--- it, I quit," before walking out of view. But as the Guardian reports, her... More »

Chief: Phoenix Cops Forced Driver to Eat Pot

He says rookies made driver eat his stash

(Newser) - Three Phoenix police officers have resigned after a man alleged they forced him to eat marijuana found in his vehicle to avoid going to jail, Chief Joseph Yahner said Thursday. A fourth officer, Jeff Farrior, was demoted from lieutenant to sergeant for being aware of last week's incident and... More »

Nashville Pot Smokers May Now Catch a Break From Cops

Decriminalization move, at police discretion, may cause clash with state government

(Newser) - Nashville's city council has decided that it's time to go a little easier on citizens who would rather smoke a joint than have a shot of Tennessee whiskey. The council voted 35-3 this week to give cops the option of decriminalizing marijuana by handing out $50 fines or... More »

Cops: Women Forced 4 Men to Work at Pot Farm for 6 Months

Men fled after they heard they were going to be killed after the harvest

(Newser) - Two women have been arrested on charges of holding four men captive at an illegal marijuana plantation in Northern California and forcing them to work there for six months, the AP reports. Calaveras County Sheriff's Capt. Jim Macedo says the men fled the secluded, rural camp in July after... More »

Want Lower BMI? Pot Might Help

Daily marijuana use linked to lower body mass for both women and men

(Newser) - People who smoke weed on a daily basis tend to have slightly lower body mass indexes than people who don't, and while researchers say they're not suggesting that people take up regular marijuana smoking, they're keen to understand the mechanism at play. Specifically, they followed more than... More »

Cops: Mom Smoked Joint to Celebrate 1st Day of School

Vancouver Island woman was obviously happy that summer is over

(Newser) - This is one way to send your kids off to school. When cops on Canada's Vancouver Island pulled over a car speeding in a school zone on Tuesday morning, a telltale scent wafted from the window, reports CTV . “It was pretty evident that the people in that car,... More »

The Way We Smoke Pot Has Drastically Changed

The number of Americans who smoke daily has more than doubled

(Newser) - America is a much mellower nation than it was in 2002, or so suggests a new study on marijuana usage published in the Lancet . One of the most unexpected findings according to study author Dr. Wilson Compton is how many American adults take a puff daily or almost daily: Between... More »

Scientists Create Stoner Rats

THC reduces their 'willingness to exert cognitive effort,' even for a larger reward

(Newser) - Scientists, apparently bored with pert, productive rats, added a little marijuana to the equation and found that, as many a teenager can tell you, laziness ensued. So report researchers at the University of British Columbia in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience after concluding that male lab rats given TCH... More »

Court Backs Worker Fired for Smoking Pot

State officials in Connecticut over-reacted, says decision

(Newser) - A Connecticut state worker fired after he was caught smoking marijuana on the job was punished too harshly and should get his job back, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. Gregory Linhoff was fired from his maintenance job at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington in 2012 after... More »

Tripping Nebraska Dad Insults Family Cat

He accidentally ate his kids' pot brownies

(Newser) - A middle-aged Nebraska dad who found himself accidentally tripping on pot brownies this week was apparently finally feeling free enough to tell his cat how he really feels. The Omaha World-Herald reports the unnamed 53-year-old man's adult children left their marijuana brownies in the back of his car. He... More »

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