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Chronic Pot Smokers Have Different Brains

It remains unclear if marijuana causes the difference

(Newser) - A new study out of the University of Texas' Center for BrainHealth and the Mind Research Network is showing brain differences in regular pot users—differences that have already been reported in lab mice. The study, published in PNAS , found that 48 "chronic" users who smoked at least four... More »

Marijuana Now Legal in 3 More Places

Minimum wage increases pass in 3 states

(Newser) - Marijuana legalization advocates are on a roll: Ballot measures loosening pot laws have passed in Alaska , Oregon, and Washington, DC. The DC law—which could still be blocked by Congress—will allow residents and visitors to grow and possess marijuana but not sell it, reports the Washington Post , while the... More »

Ballot Issues: Voters May Loosen Pot Rules

Issues on abortion, minimum wage also on ballots across US

(Newser) - The legalization of marijuana could take three more steps forward tonight. The first related vote is in Washington, DC, where a measure on the ballot would allow people to grow and possess pot but not sell it. Later results will come in from Oregon and Alaska, whose residents will decide... More »

What Not to Text Your Probation Officer

'You have some weed?'

(Newser) - A guy in Albany, Ga., texted his probation officer by mistake asking, "You have any weed?" The probation officer then showed up at the errant texter's house with drug agents who found a bag of cocaine, reports WALB . And that's why Alvin Cross is not only going... More »

Ore. First Lady Planned Pot-Growing Operation in '90s

Cylvia Hayes says marijuana operation 'never materialized'

(Newser) - The good news for Oregon's first lady as her colorful past continues to trickle out? She did not take the proceeds from her illegal green-card marriage and buy a pot farm in secluded Washington state near the Canadian border. The bad news? A retired real estate broker tells the... More »

90-Year-Old in Sweden Busted Growing Marijuana

She tells cops they were 'just nice plants'

(Newser) - This excuse might not work unless you're 90: A woman in Sweden of that age who had her home raided by police explained away her multiple marijuana plants by saying, "I thought they were just nice plants," reports the Local . Another news site out of the EU... More »

Smoking Pot Linked Once More to Heart Problems

New study builds the case against marijuana's cardiovascular risks

(Newser) - Where there's smoke, there's usually fire—and when it comes to marijuana smoke, scientists are once again fanning the embers of a long-suspected theory that the drug is linked to cardiovascular issues. According to a case study published last month in the Journal of Emergency Medicine, a 21-year-old... More »

Neighbor: Charlo Greene Smoked Pot Incessantly

So much second-hand that his kid got sick

(Newser) - Charlo Greene made no secret of her affection for pot when she quit her job in a blaze of profanity in order to campaign for legalization, but a neighbor tells TMZ that Greene was so industrious in her toking that his 4-year-old daughter, and we quote, "became violently sick... More »

Driver Killed by Tony Stewart May Have Been High: Cops

Sheriff says levels were enough to 'impair judgment'

(Newser) - A grand jury in upstate New York today decided that NASCAR's Tony Stewart will not face charges in the death of fellow driver Kevin Ward in August, reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle . Maybe the more surprising part of today's news, however, is that the local DA revealed... More »

TSA Busts Woman Pretending to Fly With Cat Litter

The box, and many more containers, actually hid pot

(Newser) - What to pack for that dream trip to Barbados? The TSA says one Canadian woman was short on bikinis and long on a multitude of no-nos that included two handguns, 350 rounds of ammunition, and "58 bricks of marijuana totaling 33 pounds, all artfully concealed in the boxes, tubs,... More »

Almost 10% of Americans Have Gone to Work High

And about 80% aren't smoking legal weed

(Newser) - If you're paranoid that your co-workers are coming to work after toking up, you might be smoking yourself —or you might actually be onto something. Almost 10% of American workers have gone to work high, with slightly more than 80% of those users claiming they got their hands... More »

Guy Busted With DARE Lion Stuffed With Pot, LSD, Coke

Lions and drugs and more drugs, oh my!

(Newser) - The DARE lion "Darin" is in some trouble. To be more exact, the upstate New York man who cops charged with stuffing him full of pot, cocaine, and LSD is in some trouble. Police say Gregory Bolognese, 22, was caught Monday at a Greyhound bus station in Plattsburgh with... More »

Students Eat Pot Cookies, End Up in Hospital

2 high school kids hospitalized, 3 others sickened by marijuana-laced treats

(Newser) - A 17-year-old high school student in Richmond, Calif., has been arrested for selling pot-laced cookies during lunch period yesterday—a not-so-sweet treat that ended up sending two of her classmates to the hospital and making three others queasy, reports Reuters . One of the victims at De Anza High School passed... More »

Princeton, Worker Square Off Over His Medical Pot

Navy vet, activist Don DeZarn on paid leave while 2 sides duke it out

(Newser) - Don DeZarn is a Navy veteran who suffers PTSD, a candidate for New Jersey state office, a member of the Legalize Marijuana Party, and a user of medical marijuana. He's also the senior operations manager of campus dining at Princeton University, which is taking exception to that last part... More »

Does Marijuana Boost Deaths on the Road?

There's a lot of confusion about how dangerous high drivers are

(Newser) - When it comes to the dangers of driving while high on marijuana, the data isn't entirely clear—and that's becoming more of a worry as states legalize pot, the AP reports. "Anytime a driver has their ability impaired, it is a problem," notes a boss at... More »

Couples Who Smoke Pot Together Stay ... Chill

Researchers say it's especially true when both spouses partake

(Newser) - It isn't called a peace pipe for nothing. New research backs up what most people would have probably guessed—that married couples who smoke pot tend to be less violent than those who don't, and that this is especially true when both partners toke up. In a study... More »

Cops: Man, 85, Tried to Sneak Pot to Jailed Grandson

Grandpa faces 7 years in prison himself

(Newser) - You've got your high-tech methods of smuggling drugs into prison: via drones . You've got your imaginative methods: via a tossed football . And now you've allegedly got this: via grandpa. Police in Ohio arrested an 85-year-old man and charged him with trying to smuggle pot into the Warren... More »

Guess Why Paul Stoner Got Arrested

Yes, you're correct

(Newser) - The jokes are only going to get worse for the Stoner clan of Virginia. Police arrested 42-year-old Paul Stoner on, yes, marijuana charges, reports NBC 29 . Investigators say they seized $10,500 worth of pot plants from his home in Orange County, along with "loose marijuana, drug paraphernalia, prescription... More »

Breastfeeding Mom Refuses to Stop Smoking Pot

She says doctors made her sign a waiver acknowledging the risks

(Newser) - Breastfeeding rates are higher in Oregon than any other state in the US, with the Portland area leading the pack at more than 90%, reports the USDA . But it was in Portland that a woman recently had to sign a waiver before being allowed to breastfeed her newborn—because she... More »

Marijuana Implicated in 2 Fatal Heart Failures

Pair of young men in Germany both suffered arrhythmias

(Newser) - Marijuana has a reputation for being a safe drug, but some researchers say there is mounting evidence that the drug is associated with adverse heart complications. In two new case studies, two young men in Germany—ages 23 and 28—with no drugs other than THC in their systems and... More »

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