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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 »

Suspiciously Playful Bunny Is Pot Grower's Undoing

Pinpon unwittingly led authorities straight to the marijuana plants

(Newser) - One girl's pet bunny in Huaura, Peru, apparently had a hard time playing it cool when he stumbled onto a secret marijuana stash in a neighboring home; he seemed suspiciously frisky every time he returned from his recurring escape. So she took it upon herself to follow her little... More »

Campaign: Clinton Will Loosen Pot Restrictions

She would make marijuana a Schedule 2 drug

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton—who says she has never smoked marijuana, even in a non-inhaling way—will go a step further than the Obama administration and reschedule the drug if she becomes president, her campaign says. In a statement issued after the DEA's decision to keep marijuana a Schedule I drug... More »

Sources: Pot Will Remain a Schedule I Drug

DEA to make an announcement Thursday

(Newser) - Marijuana is a Schedule I drug and it's going to stay that way, sources tell NPR and the Washington Post in advance of the Drug Enforcement Administration's announcement Thursday on the subject. Some five years ago, two Democratic governors petitioned the agency to rebrand the drug as one... More »

Candy That Likely Included Pot Sickens 13 Kids

The youngest victim was just 6

(Newser) - A special unit of the San Francisco Police Department is investigating how 19 people including a 6-year-old child could have eaten gummy candies at a birthday party that most likely were marijuana edibles, the AP reports. The 19 were hospitalized Sunday, but all of them were released by Monday. Officer... More »

Here's What a (Legal) Pot Habit Typically Costs

At least in Washington state

(Newser) - Once pot becomes legal in a state, how much do pot smokers spend each year on their habit? That's one of a few questions the "cannabis intelligence firm" Headset answers with its review of some 40,000 purchases made in Washington state between September 2014 and July 2016,... More »

Secondhand Pot Smoke May Be as Bad as Tobacco

Both hurt our bodies' ability to transport blood

(Newser) - Everyone knows secondhand tobacco smoke is bad for you, but a new study claims secondhand marijuana smoke might actually be worse—at least where your heart is concerned, Medical Daily reports. In the study—published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association —researchers exposed rats to both... More »

Coming to the Oregon State Fair: Marijuana Competition

No samples, though

(Newser) - A new crop will be featured at the Oregon State Fair this year: marijuana, the AP reports. The Oregonian reports that the fair awards prizes for the curviest vegetable or the most misshapen fruit. This year, marijuana plants will also be on display—and will be judged by a panel... More »

Teen Faces Year in Jail Over 0.035 Ounces of Pot

In Oregon, where recreational marijuana is legal

(Newser) - Oregon is one of four states (and DC) where recreational marijuana is legal, but because of dueling state and federal laws, a 19-year-old Native American could face a $1,000 fine and a year in prison over a gram of pot—or 0.035 ounces, enough for roughly three... More »

Colorado Town's Water Supply Contains THC

Former mayor 'might have to go drink some water'

(Newser) - The 750 or so residents of Hugo, Colorado, are being warned not to drink, cook with, or bathe in the town's water for the next two days, the Denver Post reports. That's because officials have detected evidence of THC in the water supply. It's unclear how the... More »

Scientists Determine How Much Pot Is in a Joint

It's less than past estimates

(Newser) - "Of course I know how to roll a joint," said Martha Stewart in 2013. But if she did it properly, how much pot would she use? A new study attempts to answer that question. Reporting in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence , the researchers point out that the... More »

New Gym Will Allow Pot-Smoking Workouts

Former NFL star plans to open gym in SF this year

(Newser) - A former pro football star and an advocate for athlete marijuana use have teamed up to open a gym in San Francisco that they say will be one of the first in the world to allow members to smoke pot while working out, the AP reports. Former running back Ricky... More »

Dad Torches Pot Plants, Son Calls Cops on Him

Young man was 'indignant and enraged' over his 'prized cannabis'

(Newser) - A young man from Australia got into it with his dad Tuesday night and ended up placing a phone call that has police shaking their heads, the Guardian reports. When cops showed up at the Humpty Doo home in the Northern Territory, the "indignant and enraged" son threw his... More »

He Sold $80 of Pot, Turned Informant, Ended Up Dead

Now Andrew Sadek's family is suing

(Newser) - Six weeks after Andrew Sadek was last seen leaving his North Dakota State College of Science dorm in May 2014, his body turned up in the Red River. He'd been shot in the head. The 20-year-old was attending college on an electrician's scholarship and was just weeks shy... More »

Cops Find $24M Stashed in Suspect's Wall

Raid on store owner's home breaks Miami-Dade record

(Newser) - Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez runs a successful gardening store in Miami-Dade, but not quite successful enough to explain the $24 million cops found stashed in his wall. The 44-year-old was charged with offenses including money laundering and marijuana trafficking after police found the cash stuffed in 5-gallon Home Depot buckets in a... More »

Marijuana Could Be Effective Treatment for Alzheimer's

Study shows THC reduces inflammation and prevents plaque buildup in the brain

(Newser) - Marijuana might one day be an effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease, suggests a study published this month in Aging and Mechanisms of Disease. Popular Science reports that researchers at the Salk Institute testing the effects of THC on lab-grown neurons found the cannabis compound hampered the plaque buildup that... More »

California to Vote on Legalizing Pot

Issue will appear on November ballot

(Newser) - California voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana after initiative proponents turned in more than enough signatures to place the question on the November ballot, reports the AP . A successful vote in California would mean one in every six Americans lives in a state with legal marijuana sales, including... More »

Man Collapses, Dies Next to $12M Worth of Pot

Marijuana mystery in Georgia

(Newser) - When police received a report Monday that a man was slumped over next to a white van and tractor-trailer in Norcross, Ga., they were likely more focused on the man than on the van. And it turned out the man, 31-year-old Johnny Taylor of Bridgeport, Conn., was dead, apparently of... More »

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