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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 »

Lawyer Appears in Court, Drops Bag of Weed

'We need to talk to you,' says marshal

(Newser) - Tuesday was just another day appearing in court for Connecticut lawyer Vincent Fazzone—until the 2-oz. bag of weed dropped out of his pocket and fell on the floor, police say. Then it got awkward. "When he got up with his client it fell out of his back pocket,... More »

If Kids Must Experiment, Pot Is Better Than Booze: Doc

Pediatrician weighs in on alcohol vs. marijuana debate

(Newser) - You'd probably prefer your kids use neither pot nor booze. But if they're going to experiment with one or the other as they get older, pediatrician Aaron E. Carroll weighs in today in the New York Times and says you should vote for pot. Sure, marijuana is illegal,... More »

Study Has Bad News for Teen Potheads

It finds a link between daily use in teens, reduced-term memory in adulthood

(Newser) - Marijuana may be 114 times less deadly than alcohol , but that doesn't mean it's without its negative consequences, per a study published today in the journal Hippocampus . Northwestern University researchers found that former teen potheads—more technically, those who lit up daily for roughly three years—had a... More »

Amy Pascal Move Foiled by Rogen's Constant Pot Use?

He calls story 'completely untrue,' is offended by term 'stench'

(Newser) - If you are Amy Pascal, and the name "Seth Rogen" comes up in the same galaxy, you'll want to duck because nothing good ever comes of this . Rogen once told an interviewer that he had "a terrible case of I-wanna-smoke-weed-all-day," and sources tell the Hollywood Reporter ... More »

Colo. Pot Law Makes Us Violate Constitution: Sheriffs' Suit

Officials say legalization forces them into 'crisis of conscience'

(Newser) - While Colorado citizens are taking advantage of their state's marijuana legalization , sheriffs there and in neighboring states are suffering a "crisis of conscience" in upholding that law, according to a suit filed against Colorado today in Denver. Per USA Today , the lead plaintiff, Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith,... More »

Cops: Cherry Factory Hid NYC's Biggest Pot Farm

Police probing possible mob links

(Newser) - A maraschino cherry factory makes a pretty good place to hide a marijuana grow-op, according to police probing the suicide of Arthur Mondella . Investigators say the operation at Dell’s Maraschino Cherries Company is the biggest they've found in New York City, and both the smell of cherries and... More »

Pot Becomes Legal in DC Despite Threat to Jail Mayor

Muriel Bowser unfazed by GOP warning

(Newser) - Recreational marijuana became legal in Washington DC at a minute after midnight, but some House GOP leaders were already fuming. In a stern letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz warned that city officials who allowed voter-approved legalization to go ahead would be doing so in... More »

Cherry Tycoon Kills Himself When Cops Find Other Business

Cops say grow-op found under Brooklyn plant

(Newser) - Arthur Mondella, owner of Dell’s Maraschino Cherries, was allegedly selling a lot more than cherries, and he killed himself when his secret drug business was uncovered, police say. According to the New York Daily News , investigators looking into reports of pollution from the Brooklyn cherry plant smelled marijuana; after... More »

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