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What Marijuana May Do to Sperm

Nothing good...

(Newser) - Smoking pot could damage your semen quality, or so suggests a new study out of Denmark. Some 1,215 Danish men ages 18 to 28 were asked about their drug use over the past three months and provided a semen sample. The researchers found a correlation between men who smoked... More »

Idaho Ditches Mile Marker '420' So Stoners Won't Steal It

Instead, drivers will pass marker 419.9

(Newser) - If you're looking for milepost 420, you won't find it in on a stretch of highway near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. State transportation officials say the mile marker on US Highway 95 has been replaced with one for 419.9—to curb thieves eager to own a number... More »

Texas Commune Sues After SWAT Raid Gone Very Wrong

You know the old lyric: You say tomato, police say illegal marijuana grow-op

(Newser) - A commune in Arlington, Texas, is suing the city two years after a no-knock SWAT raid resulted in handcuffed residents, an eight-hour search, and absolutely nothing illegal, specifically the guns and marijuana police believed were there, the Houston Chronicle reports. The lawsuit , filed by Garden of Eden residents last month,... More »

Another State Zeroes In on Legalizing Marijuana

Constitutional amendment will appear on November ballot

(Newser) - Ohio could become the fifth state in the country to legalize recreational marijuana after it was announced today that backers collected enough valid signatures to qualify for the Nov. 3 general election, Time reports. ResponsibleOhio , the organization behind the proposed constitutional amendment, collected 320,267 signatures, nearly 15,000 more... More »

Woman: Cops Did Forced Cavity Search in Parking Lot

Charnesia Corley says she didn't give consent for vaginal search

(Newser) - A 21-year-old Texas woman with no criminal record has accused Harris County cops of pulling her over for allegedly running a stop sign, claiming they smelled pot, then conducting a body cavity search on her in a gas station parking lot, the Guardian reports. "I feel like they sexually... More »

Stoned Driver Takes Selfie With Cop Who Arrested Him

Introducing the newly coined 'arrest selfie'

(Newser) - You're probably familiar with the selfie and even the groufie , but what about the "arrest selfie"? Jezebel reports Gilbert Phelps, 20, has surely started a new trend after snapping a photo with an Iowa cop who pulled him over for speeding. Officer Ben Hektoen says Phelps admitted... More »

Study: Teen Pot Smokers Turn Out A-OK

Results of 22-year study are 'a little surprising,' say researchers

(Newser) - Previous studies have found teen marijuana use could result in cancer, asthma, respiratory problems, and psychotic symptoms like delusions and hallucinations over time. That's why researchers say the results of a new long-term study following teen pot smokers into their 30s are "a little surprising." Researchers who... More »

One of Missouri's Rarest Inmates Has Shot at Freedom

Jeff Mizanskey has been in prison for two decades over non-violent pot offenses

(Newser) - As of this year, Jeff Mizanskey, 62, was two decades into a life sentence "without the possibility of parole" for nonviolent marijuana offenses—something so rare there was no one like him in Missouri and only a handful across the US. Then, after a highly publicized campaign led by... More »

New DEA Chief: Pot 'Probably Not' as Dangerous as Heroin

But 'I'm no expert,' Chuck Rosenberg adds

(Newser) - Marijuana advocates celebrated when DEA head Michele Leonhart stepped down , with a rep for the Marijuana Policy Project telling Bloomberg , that Leonhart held up an era of "Reefer Madness" at the DEA and "maintained an opinion about marijuana akin to the opinion people had back in the '... More »

Snoop Dogg, Sweden Split Forever Over Weed Bust

Swedish cops bust rapper, who vows never to return

(Newser) - It was a match bound for heartbreak: Sweden, where it is illegal to be high, and Snoop Dogg, who apparently appears in Swedish dictionaries next to the definition of "illegal," have parted ways permanently with the artist at times known as Snoop Lion saying he won't perform... More »

Inside the Story of Colorado's First 'Legal Pot' Death

The teen had no other drug in his system when he jumped to his death

(Newser) - There's a saying in the health care world: dose matters. It certainly did in the case of 19-year-old Levy Thamba, a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who was studying at Wyoming's Northwest College. While in Denver with friends on spring break in March of 2014,... More »

Police Raid Pot Farm, Find Bowe Bergdahl

US soldier charged with desertion not charged in California incident

(Newser) - What a California drug task force probably expected to find when it raided a Mendocino County pot farm: pot. What it probably didn't expect to find: Bowe Bergdahl . The US soldier, charged with desertion after he went missing in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years,... More »

Study: 'Poorly Understood' Hemp Is Not Marijuana

But it took more than 12 years to find the gene that distinguishes them

(Newser) - Note to legislators: Hemp is not weed. So say scientists at the University of Minnesota who, reporting last week in the journal New Phytologist , have discovered a single gene that distinguishes the hemp plant from its psychoactive cannabinoid cousin marijuana. They say it took 12 years to single out the... More »

Nation's First Marijuana TV Ad to Air in Denver

It will run before Jimmy Kimmel's show

(Newser) - People in Denver settling in to watch Jimmy Kimmel's show Monday night will see a little bit of television history—the nation's first TV ad for a marijuana company. As Cannabist reports, it will be a short spot for a company called Neos that sells vape pens with... More »

Coming Soon: Breathalyzer for Pot

Canadian company plans to be first on the market

(Newser) - The race toward the legalization of marijuana has set off another inevitable race: one to be first on the market with a handheld breathalyzer for pot. Reuters reports that Canadian company Cannabix will be the likely winner, given that it has a prototype device now being tested that can detect... More »

Marijuana Helps Heal Broken Bones

New treatment helped bones grow back stronger, researchers say

(Newser) - There's a new and very promising use for marijuana, or at least a compound found in it. Researchers discovered that cannabidiol (CBD) worked wonders for rats with broken limbs. When rats with mid-femoral fractures were given CBD, the healing process was "markedly enhanced" within just eight weeks, according... More »

Pot Smokers Hit a Surprising Change at 21

Study: Lowering drinking age may limit marijuana use

(Newser) - Worried your kid can't kick his pot-smoking habit? Wait until he hits 21. According to a new study, people drastically boost their alcohol consumption at that age—big surprise there—and cut their pot use at the same time. University of Illinois researchers analyzed five years of data from... More »

Study: Here's What Happens When You Mix Pot, Booze

Drinking and smoking doubles one's chances of arrests, work problems

(Newser) - Is it a worse idea to use marijuana and alcohol together than alone? A study published in May and picked up by Scientific American has answered that question for what scientists say is the first time. Researchers write in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research that no study has previously "... More »

Oregonians Can Start Tending Up to 4 Pot Plants

Recreational use is now legal, with some restrictions

(Newser) - As CNN puts it, "they are partying in Portland." That's because recreational pot became legal today in Oregon, the fourth state behind Colorado, Washington state, and Alaska, as well as the District of Columbia, to take this step, the AP reports. Medical marijuana is already legal in... More »

Biggest Florida County to Treat Pot Users Differently

Miami-Dade county is first in state to loosen rules

(Newser) - People caught with small amounts of marijuana can now receive civil citations instead of jail time in Florida's largest county, the first in the state to treat marijuana possession as a non-criminal act. The Miami-Dade County Commission has approved a proposal to let police issue $100 civil citations or... More »

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