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Chili Pepper, Pot May Fix Your Ailing Stomach

They both have a chemical that plays a role in easing inflammation

(Newser) - Have an upset stomach? A new study suggests that chili peppers and perhaps a pot brownie might help. It may sound bizarre, but researchers at the University of Connecticut found that a chemical in chili peppers played a role in the calming the gut, at least in mice. What's... More »

Man Denied Transplant Due to Pot Use Dies at 20

Utah hospital kicked him off transplant list

(Newser) - Riley Hancey, the Utah man who was turned away for a lung transplant by University of Utah Hospital after he was found to have traces of pot in his system, received new lungs in a different state months later, but it wasn't enough to give his story a happy... More »

As Weed Hits Mainstream, Businesses Brace for 4/20

'We're just expecting to get slammed'

(Newser) - April 20 isn't just a holiday for stoners: In a world where recreational marijuana is legal in eight states, it's basically the entire Christmas shopping season rolled into a single day for pot businesses. "We're just expecting to get slammed," the owner of a smoking... More »

Canada Is Legalizing Pot, but It Won't Be a Free-for-All

Says main aim of legalization is to put criminals out of business

(Newser) - Canada rolled out its big marijuana announcement a week before 4/20: The federal government has brought in legislation to make recreational marijuana legal across the country, ending a 94-year ban on the drug that the government described as an "abject failure," the Globe and Mail reports. But the... More »

Family Says Hospital Denied Teen Lung Transplant Over Pot

The 19-year-old nearly died from what started off as the flu

(Newser) - When a teen in Utah was denied a lung transplant necessary to save his life because he had smoked pot a few days prior to coming down with the flu, his family cried foul, reports KSL . Riley Hancey, who is 19 and an avid runner, biker, and skier, says he... More »

Man Who Blamed Pot for Wife's Murder Gets 30 Years

Colo. man said he was hallucinating when he shot wife

(Newser) - Richard Kirk will not be going on trial for the murder of his wife—and neither will the "Karma Kandy Orange Ginger" marijuana edible he blames the killing on. The 50-year-old Denver man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in... More »

Jerry Jones Has a Smart Idea About Pot and NFL

Analysis: Cowboys owner wants the league to let players use it, and that could save lives

(Newser) - When NFL owners got together last month, the Cowboys' Jerry Jones floated a provocative idea, reports NBC Sports . He suggested the league lift its prohibition on marijuana and let players indulge. If the league is smart, it will listen, writes Christopher Ingraham in the Washington Post . Jones may be worried... More »

For Congo's Pygmies, Pot Can Be a Life-or-Death Crop

'Because of selling this marijuana, our children can get some food'

(Newser) - In the impoverished Democratic Republic of the Congo, members of the indigenous people commonly referred to as Pygmies have turned to a surprising line of work: dealing pot. As National Geographic reports in an in-depth feature, the marijuana they cultivate illegally in the forest represents one of the few ways... More »

Trudeau About to Keep a Big Campaign Promise

Canada reportedly to legalize pot by July 2018

(Newser) - Since he started campaigning for his job, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has promised that marijuana legalization was high on his to-do list. Now his Liberal government is apparently about to make good on that vow: Per the CBC , pot will be legalized throughout the entire country by July 1, 2018,... More »

Pilot Busted With 230 Pounds of Pot After 3-Airport Sting: Cops

It wasn't easy for Texas authorities to get Wayne Brunet to come down from the sky

(Newser) - If you fly your small plane solo from Medford, Ore., to South Texas with only one stop to gas up during the 2,000-mile flight, you're either going for some sort of endurance record or you're trying to get to your destination as quickly as possible for …... More »

FBI Honored Program, Didn't Realize Pot Sales Funded It

Agency was apparently unaware of group's funding

(Newser) - The Denver FBI honored a youth dropout prevention group Thursday, apparently without realizing it's partially funded with taxes from the marijuana industry. The US Justice Department, the FBI's parent agency, considers the voter-approved marijuana industry operating in Colorado and other states illegal, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has... More »

Cops Find Hundreds of Pounds of Pot in Dispatcher's Cellar

Teneal Poole says it belonged to her boyfriend

(Newser) - A police dispatcher in Cincinnati was recently caught with "approximately a couple hundred pounds of marijuana" in her basement, police say. Teneal Poole, 36, faces two felony drug charges, but she told authorities the pot, which was found by the DEA per Fox 19 , actually belonged to her live-in... More »

Spicer Suggests Crackdown on Recreational Pot Is Coming

We may soon see 'greater enforcement,' he says

(Newser) - Marijuana is still illegal under federal law, and the White House has signaled that the eight states that have legalized recreational use will soon be reminded of that fact. At a press briefing Thursday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters he believes we will soon see "greater... More »

Cops Raid Nuclear Bunker, Find a Giant Pot Farm

20-room complex was built decades ago in England

(Newser) - The 20-room nuclear bunker was originally intended to protect government officials in case of bombs. Instead, six men were allegedly using it to fill bongs, reports the BBC . During a Wednesday raid on the 1980s bunker known as RGHQ Chilmark in Wiltshire, England, police uncovered a massive marijuana operation with... More »

Customs Discovered Limes Weren't Actually Limes

It was $790K worth of pot

(Newser) - If Harry Nilsson had put these limes in the coconut, someone would've ended up with more than a bellyache. US Customs and Border Protection officials in Pharr, Texas, near the border with Mexico, intercepted a truck Jan. 30 that appeared to be holding more than 34,000 Key limes,... More »

Inside a Former Chocolate Factory: a 'Unicorn' and a Whole Lot of Pot

Canopy Growth dominates Canada's medical marijuana market

(Newser) - The 472,000-square-foot factory in a small town in Ontario once spewed out Hershey's chocolate. Now it's home to the world's largest legal marijuana producer, which supplies pot to 40,000 users across Canada and exports to Germany and Brazil. Canopy Growth—found under the ticker "... More »

At This Burger King, 'Extra Crispy' Was a Code

It signaled a drug deal at NH location: police

(Newser) - For drug buyers, this alleged scheme was a pretty sweet deal, allowing them to satisfy their cravings for marijuana and munchies in a single step. Two Burger King employees in New Hampshire could now pay the price. Manager Garrett Norris, 20, and employee Meagan Dearborn, 19, face charges after allegedly... More »

Cops Don't Have to Take Care of Seized Legal Weed Anymore

According to a Colorado Supreme Court ruling Monday

(Newser) - If police in Colorado seize your legal weed while investigating a crime, they don't ever have to give it back—even if you're acquitted, the state's Supreme Court ruled this week. The ruling reverses a 2013 decision in a lower court, the AP reports. In 2011, Robert... More »

'Hollyweed' Prankster Gives Himself Up

Surrenders to police on trespassing charge

(Newser) - The alleged Hollyweed prankster has been apprehended. Zachary Cole Fernandez, 30, turned himself in to Los Angeles Police Department detectives Monday on suspicion of trespassing in the wee hours of New Year's Day in order to alter the iconic Hollywood sign to read "Hollyweed," reports the Los ... More »

There Will Be Free Pot at Trump's Inauguration

4.2K joints up for grabs from DC Cannabis Coalition

(Newser) - Free marijuana will be handed out in Washington, DC, on Inauguration Day—but not in an attempt to mellow out the Rockettes . The DC Cannabis Coalition will give out 4,200 free joints on Jan. 20 to spread the message that "it's time to legalize cannabis at the... More »

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