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Denver Airport: No More Pot-Themed Souvenirs

'There's more to our state,' airport spokesman says

(Newser) - People flying out of the main airport in the Mile High City will no longer be allowed to buy souvenirs to remind them of how they got legally high there. Marijuana is still banned in Denver International Airport and authorities have decided to ban marijuana-themed keepsakes as well, reports USA ... More »

All Coloradans May Get Pot-Tax Refund

$30M could be returned under state constitution

(Newser) - Colorado's marijuana experiment was designed to raise revenue for the state and its schools, but a state law may put some of the tax money directly into residents' pockets, causing quite a headache for lawmakers. The state constitution limits how much tax money the state can take in before... More »

Washington's Problem: Too Much Legal Pot

Growers are having a hard time offloading their marijuana

(Newser) - Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof. Six months later, the equation has flipped, bringing serious growing pains to the new industry after a big harvest of... More »

Marijuana Now in Sex Aids, Too

Foria spray for women claims to boost sensation

(Newser) - A company is hawking what it claims is a personal lubricant that improves sex for women. Oh, and it's made from marijuana. It apparently works like this: You spritz the pot-based spray Foria on your genitals 30 minutes before sex, then have awesome sex. Or, more specifically, women experience... More »

Chefs High on Cooking With Cannabis

Culinary creators' main obstacles: harnessing drug's taste, effects

(Newser) - If someone made kale trendy, someone can make marijuana recipes that taste good. So says former Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl to the New York Times about a growing culinary niche: cooking with cannabis. Adventurous chefs are excited to create novel dining experiences, as are culinary scientists toiling to make pot... More »

How 'Grandfather of Pot' Almost Tried THC, but Didn't

Raphael Mechoulam discusses early research, future of weed

(Newser) - Raphael Mechoulam is known in Israel as the "Grandfather of Marijuana." The 84-year-old scientist—the first to isolate THC, from 5 kilos of hashish he bought from a guy in Tel Aviv—even acknowledges, "I get fan mail sometimes." But though he's spent decades researching... More »

2 Sue Their Neighbor Over Pot: All 3 Are US States

Nebraska and Oklahoma aren't happy with Colorado

(Newser) - Nebraska and Oklahoma have had enough of their punk neighbor Colorado smoking weed. The attorneys general for both states asked the Supreme Court today to declare Colorado's rule legalizing marijuana null and void, reports the Denver Post and the Omaha World-Herald . Both say they've seen a spike in... More »

Feds: Tribes Can Grow, Sell Pot

Policy applies to reservations all across US

(Newser) - Could tribal marijuana be as big a moneymaker as tribal casinos? The federal government has cleared the way for Native American tribes across the country to grow and sell marijuana on their land, reports the AP . The Justice Department says growing and selling will be allowed on reservations—even in... More »

Pot Farmer Can't Give His $14K Away

School, charity turn down cash raised at huge marijuana auction

(Newser) - Randy Williams raised a boatload of money last month in Washington state's first recreational pot auction—$600,000, to be exact. But when he tried to spread the wealth locally, offering $14,000 to the Prosser School District and the Boys and Girls Club, his donation was refused, the... More »

Congress May Block DC's Marijuana Law

Rider in spending bill would cut off funds for enforcement

(Newser) - Voters in DC have made clear that they want marijuana to be legal in the district, but some members of Congress hope to overrule them. An amendment now on the table amid budget negotiations would block legalization in DC by prohibiting federal and local funds from enforcing it, reports Roll ... More »

Feds: Postal Workers Swiped Pot Packages

8 charged with stealing, selling mailed drugs

(Newser) - Sharp-eyed workers at a Long Island mail processing center identified hundreds of packages containing marijuana and set up a drug distribution network of their own, according to federal prosecutors. Eight men arrested yesterday are accused of stealing 263 packages of the drug and sending them to be delivered to destinations... More »

Driving While Stoned? Breath Test Coming Soon

Washington state looks for tool to handle spike in high drivers

(Newser) - With the rise of legal marijuana comes an increase in the number of stoned drivers, and researchers at Washington State University are working to give police officers a tool in determining who's high and who's not high: A simple breath test, reports the Tacoma News-Tribune . It's no... More »

Woman Locked Out of Home, Unwisely Asks Cops' Help

Police say they found pot, bongs inside

(Newser) - This is why Mom always says to wear clean underwear and to put your bongs and drugs away before leaving the house. Police in Iowa City, Iowa, responded to a call early Friday about someone making a commotion outside of an apartment complex, the Gazette reports. They say they found... More »

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 »

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