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Cops Find $24M Stashed in Suspect's Wall

Raid on store owner's home breaks Miami-Dade record

(Newser) - Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez runs a successful gardening store in Miami-Dade, but not quite successful enough to explain the $24 million cops found stashed in his wall. The 44-year-old was charged with offenses including money laundering and marijuana trafficking after police found the cash stuffed in 5-gallon Home Depot buckets in a... More »

Marijuana Could Be Effective Treatment for Alzheimer's

Study shows THC reduces inflammation and prevents plaque buildup in the brain

(Newser) - Marijuana might one day be an effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease, suggests a study published this month in Aging and Mechanisms of Disease. Popular Science reports that researchers at the Salk Institute testing the effects of THC on lab-grown neurons found the cannabis compound hampered the plaque buildup that... More »

California to Vote on Legalizing Pot

Issue will appear on November ballot

(Newser) - California voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana after initiative proponents turned in more than enough signatures to place the question on the November ballot, reports the AP . A successful vote in California would mean one in every six Americans lives in a state with legal marijuana sales, including... More »

Man Collapses, Dies Next to $12M Worth of Pot

Marijuana mystery in Georgia

(Newser) - When police received a report Monday that a man was slumped over next to a white van and tractor-trailer in Norcross, Ga., they were likely more focused on the man than on the van. And it turned out the man, 31-year-old Johnny Taylor of Bridgeport, Conn., was dead, apparently of... More »

Smoking Pot Might Be Bad for Your Gums— But That's About It

New research finds only one physical health risk of long-term marijuana use

(Newser) - A new study finds you can toke for up to 20 years without suffering any worse physical health effects than a couple of loose or lost teeth, Live Science reports. That's right: According to researchers studying long-term marijuana use, the only drawback, as far as physical health is concerned,... More »

Stoned Man Calls Cops on Dog That 'Shot' Him in Butt

The tale of the phantom gunshot

(Newser) - We suppose many different kinds of injuries inflicted upon one's fleshy backside can feel like a gunshot—especially if that someone is stoned out of his mind and possibly suffering from pot-induced paranoia. That's apparently what happened to a man Thursday in Groesbeck, Texas, who called the cops... More »

Pot Lover's Twitter Exchange With Cops Goes Viral

'There needs to be more weed in Florida'

(Newser) - "Who's in Sarasota, Fla., and has weed?" That was the question posed via Twitter earlier this month by a high school senior from South Dakota who was visiting Florida, The Frisky reports. (OK, more correctly, she wrote , "WHOS IN SARASOTA FLORIDA AND HAS WEED.") While... More »

New Territory in Pot: a Potent 'Wax' Form

Authorities say it's risky to ingest and to make

(Newser) - A new and especially potent form of marijuana is the rise, one that authorities say is both dangerous to consume and to make. The extract is typically known as wax thanks to its gooey nature, though it also goes by the street names of shatter, budder, honey, and many others,... More »

Border Agents Find 1.4K Pounds of Pot Inside Coconuts

Marijuana seized, valued at $285K

(Newser) - Customs officers discovered more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana hidden inside fresh coconuts at the United States-Mexico border in Texas, the AP reports. A news release from the US Customs and Border Protection said officers in Pharr encountered a large semitrailer Monday hauling a commercial shipment of coconuts from... More »

This Could Be First Wrongful-Death Lawsuit Against Recreational Pot

Man allegedly killed his wife after eating a marijuana edible

(Newser) - A Colorado family is suing the maker and seller of a marijuana edible for wrongful death after a man ate the candy before allegedly killing his wife. The Denver Post reports it's likely the first-ever such lawsuit against the recreational marijuana industry. Authorities say Richard Kirk ate a Karma... More »

Cops Pull Over Minivan, Find 317 Pounds of Weed

Philadelphia man could face life in prison if convicted

(Newser) - " National weed day " may not have been so blissful for those relying on a shipment of pot traveling through Rhode Island on Monday. State police say they pulled over a white minivan in Warwick around noon and smelled marijuana, reports NJ.com . They soon discovered why: Authorities say... More »

Canada: We're Legalizing Pot

Government will introduce bill this time next year

(Newser) - The Canadian government says the timing was just a coincidence, but they certainly made this year's 4/20 a day to remember for the country's pot smokers: Health Minister Jane Philpott announced in a speech to the United Nations that the government will introduce a recreational pot legalization bill... More »

Happy 4/20: Snapchat Takes Flak Over Bob Marley Filter

And other marijuana-related headlines

(Newser) - It is 4/20, as pot smokers everywhere—or the people who sell to them—are surely aware. Some related stories:
  • Snapchat marked the day with a special Bob Marley filter for your selfies. The problem is that a loud chorus on social media is complaining that it amounts to "
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Jamaica Wants to Legalize Pot, Ditch the Queen

That's some 2016-2017 agenda—and there's more

(Newser) - Jamaican lawmakers have apparently had a lot on their minds lately, as per the government's just-released 2016-2017 legislative agenda, with proposals including amending the country's constitution to dump Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state and make Jamaica a republic, scheduling fixed election dates, ensuring term limits... More »

Marijuana Reporter Gig Comes With a Catch

You have to pass a drug test

(Newser) - The Denver Post is looking for a journalist to cover the marijuana scene, including legalization battles, in the US and Canada for its website the Cannabist —or as Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham puts it , "DREAM JOB SIREN." But don't get too excited, stoner scribes. "... More »

Dad Ends Hunger Strike Amid Fight to Get Kids Back

Raymond Schwab lost custody of 5 kids amid abuse allegations

(Newser) - Raymond Schwab, a Gulf War veteran and father of six, has ended his 17-day hunger strike on the steps of the Kansas Statehouse now that an LA-based attorney is filing a lawsuit on his behalf. Schwab, who says he uses medical marijuana to manage chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder,... More »

Sit, Fido. Now Go Fetch a 1lb Bag of Pot

Dog's owner initially thought the bag was filled with garbage

(Newser) - Jezebel files this story under "Good Dogs," but that probably depends on your affinity for weed. A dog in Jones County, Miss., went out for a stroll Saturday, and when it came back home, it brought its owner a present. Not a bone or a ball, per... More »

Man Disrupts Egg Hunt, Leads Cops to Pot Operation

Police seized 45 pounds of marijuana they believe was being distributed nationally

(Newser) - A man ran into the middle of an Easter egg hunt Saturday afternoon screaming that his roommates were trying to kill him, inadvertently leading sheriff's deputies in Salmon Creek, Wash., to sniff out what they say is a major, unlicensed pot operation they believe crosses state lines to deliver... More »

Being Tired May Make You Snack Like a Pot Smoker

When sleep-deprived, brain may release more of chemical that keeps you snacking

(Newser) - If you've wondered why you nosh like crazy after a night of tossing and turning, scientists think they've figured it out: Your brain may compensate for the lack of sleep by releasing chemicals similar to those that pot smokers breathe in, resulting in the tired person's version... More »

Boy's Story of Growing 'Medicine' Leads to Pot Bust

The 8-year-old said the medicine can 'cure anything at all'

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy telling stories about helping a "farmer" grow "special medicine that can cure anything at all" inadvertently brought down a large marijuana grow-op last week in Vermont, the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reports. Police say the second-grader described what sounded like marijuana plants and said the farmer... More »

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