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You Can Fail a Drug Test Thanks to Contact High

Without ventilation, secondhand exposure to weed can get you kind of high

(Newser) - It may take a whole lot of weed and a total lack of ventilation, but scientists say it's true: You can get contact highs from marijuana, with high-enough levels in your bloodstream to fail drug tests. So report Johns Hopkins researchers in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence . They... More »

Smoked Pot as a Teen? You Could Have Been Taller

Non-users grow 4 inches taller than marijuana-addicted boys: study

(Newser) - Ever wished you were a bit taller? How about 4 inches taller? If you smoked marijuana as a prepubescent boy, that wish may not have come true. Researchers at a university in Pakistan studied levels of hormones linked to growth and puberty in the blood of 217 boys addicted to... More »

The World We Live In: Marijuana K-Cups Now Exist

Keurig-style coffee pods gaining popularity

(Newser) - It was inevitable: With marijuana-infused everything showing up on the market, Yahoo Finance reports that Keurig-style coffee pods are gaining popularity in states were pot is legal. At Uncle Ike's Pot Shop in Seattle, for example, the single-serving pods with 10mg of THC are hot sellers. In fact, the... More »

Cops Laugh About Stoner's To-Do List on Twitter

No. 7: 'Go to bus stop'

(Newser) - Police officers are people, too. And like us, they share their hilarious finds on Twitter. Take this example: Police in Murdoch, Western Australia, were executing a search warrant on a house in Perth, relating to a burglary investigation, when they uncovered a rather amusing to-do list, News.com.au reports.... More »

Italian Army's New Task: Reduce the Cost of Weed

First crop is coming along nicely

(Newser) - While the Italian military's record as a fighting force may not be completely without blemish, it's turning out to be pretty good at growing weed. Medical marijuana is legal in Italy, but since it can be far too expensive to buy at pharmacies, the military was tasked with... More »

Cops: Mom Gave Teen Pot Brownie, He Jumped

Colorado woman charged after Austin Essig leaped out 3rd-story window

(Newser) - It wasn't a pretty sight outside a Colorado apartment complex on April 14 after 19-year-old Austin Essig jumped out of a third-story window. "I had to hold him down," a resident tells CBS Denver . "He was all covered in glass and blood and everything." Essig... More »

County With 5.2M People Will Dismiss Minor Pot Cases

Cook County to steer drug offenders away from jail

(Newser) - An Illinois county with more people than most states is going to stop prosecuting minor pot cases as part of a major overhaul of how it deals with low-level drug offenses. Officials in Cook County—which includes Chicago, and is America's second most populous with around 5.2 million... More »

Why Is It Called 4/20 Anyway?

You can thank a bunch of California stoners in the 1970s

(Newser) - Happy 4/20, hippies! In honor of marijuana's biggest day of the year, potheads nationwide will light up $4.20 joints, throw 4/20 concerts, hold 4/20 bake-offs, ring in 4:20pm—and some will even do it legally, now that the Man has horned in on the action—all in... More »

Vermont Lawmakers: Make Pot Legal or We Ban Booze

Pair introduces bill to reinstate Prohibition in the state

(Newser) - Two Vermont lawmakers fed up with delays to legalize marijuana in the state introduced a headline-grabbing measure this week designed to move things along: one that would outlaw alcohol. Legislators Chris Pearson and Jean O'Sullivan admit they have no interest in reinstating Prohibition, but they want to make a... More »

Veteran Pot-Smoking Mom: Life Is Good

Catherine Hiller wants to normalize cannabis use

(Newser) - For anyone claiming pot is a gateway drug that will lead to a gradual downward spiral, Catherine Hiller has one word for you: nope. At least not for Hiller, a 68-year-old mother of three who recently penned the book Just Say Yes: A Marijuana Memoir , in which she describes her... More »

Pot-Smoking Students Fail More Courses

Especially math courses, study says

(Newser) - Hanging out in marijuana cafes and smoking the night away is not exactly good for your grades, especially in math, according to a new study . Researchers drew this conclusion after comparing more than 54,000 grades of undergraduates in the Dutch city of Maastricht, where some were banned from the... More »

Drug That Could Top Medical Marijuana Exists

It's a cholesterol drug called fenofibrate, aka Tricor

(Newser) - Pain, insomnia, nausea, and some psychological conditions are among the health issues medical marijuana is used to treat—but the drug can come with frustrating side effects like dizziness, dry mouth, and telltale red eyes. Plus, not everybody wants to get high, a doctor notes. Another drug that's been... More »

Suggested Dues for First Church of Cannabis: $4.20

Founder Bill Levin's response to Indiana law puts pot front and center

(Newser) - The first commandment of Indiana's newest religious establishment is pretty straightforward: "Don't be an asshole ." The First Church of Cannabis—given the thumbs-up as a religious corporation by Indiana's secretary of state after the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed into law last week—also... More »

Here's What Is Actually in Your Pot

A little fungi with your high?

(Newser) - If a meeting of the American Chemical Society wouldn't typically catch your attention, this week's Denver gathering may prove an exception. That's after Andy LaFrate presented his pot-themed paper, which had three standout (but not particularly worrisome) findings: retail pot is way more potent, potentially less medically... More »

Dad Eats Kid's Pot Brownies, Thinks He's Having Stroke

Yes, 'brownies,' as in the plural sense.

(Newser) - Maybe not the healthiest: eating brownies for breakfast. Definitely not the healthiest: eating pot brownies for breakfast. A 58-year-old Michigan man thought he was just doing the former Wednesday morning. But after eating several, he started feeling strange, and began to suspect he was having a stroke. When firefighters and... More »

Coming Soon: 'Willie Nelson's Reserve' Weed

To be sold in Nelson-branded pot shops

(Newser) - Looking for a weed recommendation? Who better to go to than Willie Nelson? Soon, you'll be able to buy "Willie's Reserve" marijuana, as the 81-year-old rolls out his own brand of pot and bongs, which will be sold at Nelson-branded stores in states where marijuana is legal.... More »

Family Blames Edible Pot for 22-Year-Old's Suicide

He became jittery after overindulging in Colorado

(Newser) - A 22-year-old man shot himself to death while on a ski vacation in Colorado, and his family is certain it knows why: "It was 100% the drugs," the mother of Luke Goodman tells CBS Denver . "It was completely because of the drugs—he had consumed so much... More »

University of Mississippi Gets $68M to Grow Pot for the Feds

School has had the honor since 1968

(Newser) - The University of Mississippi this week retained a quiet claim to fame: It will continue to be the feds' sole pot grower, a distinction it has held since 1968. Since then, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (part of the NIH) has grown marijuana in concert with the school and... More »

Man Arrested for Blowing Pot Smoke Into Baby's Mouth

Not the first time Oregon man did it: pal

(Newser) - "That was stupid of me" is what Christopher Robert Kling allegedly said to Beaverton, Ore., police as he allegedly wept during his arrest for allegedly committing what is not allegedly (but actually) an awful crime: blowing pot smoke into his own 1-year-old baby's mouth, KATU reports. The 22-year-old... More »

Boy, 11, Suspended for Year Over a Leaf

Parents sue school as boy grapples with psychological issues

(Newser) - The details of the story are hazy, but what's certain is this: An 11-year-old was suspended from school in Virginia after school officials in late September found what they believed was a marijuana leaf in his backpack, along with a lighter. (A suit filed in the case alleges the... More »

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