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Unexpected Odor at Tampa Police HQ: 'At Times It's Really Bad'

A ventilation problem is apparently the cause

(Newser) - Recreational marijuana laws are quickly becoming more and more lax in states around the US, but Florida is not one of them. So why does the headquarters of the Tampa Police Department frequently reek of weed? The Tampa Bay Times wanted this question answered, so it went to the source.... More »

Man Beats Pot Charges With Unusual Strategy: Admit Guilt

Javonnie McCoy puts himself at mercy of jury, and they side with him over the law

(Newser) - It's illegal to grow marijuana in Georgia, meaning things didn't look good for Javonnie McCoy when police busted him with nearly a pound of home-grown pot in his residence. Things surely looked worse for him when he got in front of a jury in Dublin, Georgia, and flat-out... More »

City Officials Shocked to Find What's Growing in City Pots

It's 'somebody's sense of humor,' says police chief

(Newser) - A Wyoming city has discovered its potted plants have literally gone to pot, the AP reports. Officials in Powell believe pranksters planted marijuana seeds in city-owned flower pots this spring, leading unsuspecting city workers to water and care for them. The Powell Tribune reports city Parks and Recreation staff noticed... More »

A Big First: FDA OKs Cannabis-Based Drug

Cannabidiol is from weed, but it doesn't get users high

(Newser) - US health regulators on Monday approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law, despite growing legalization for recreational and medical use. The Food and Drug Administration approved the medication, called Epidiolex, to treat two... More »

Canada Sets Date for Marijuana Legalization

Recreational pot will be on sale Oct. 17

(Newser) - Recreational marijuana is still illegal in Canada—but only for another 17 weeks. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that marijuana legalization, passed by the country's Senate on Tuesday, will be in effect as of Oct. 17 this year, giving provinces time to set up retail outlets and prepare for... More »

Canada's Pot Move Makes It the 2nd Country of Its Kind

Only 2 nations on Earth have legal recreational pot nationwide

(Newser) - Canadian lawmakers have taken the final step toward legalizing recreational marijuana—and it will become official as soon as Queen Elizabeth II's representative signs off on it. A bill ending the country's 95-year prohibition on cannabis passed Canada's Senate by a vote of 52 to 29, CTV... More »

One State Now Lets School Nurses Give Medical Pot

New law in Colorado allows non-smokable marijuana for qualifying children

(Newser) - In a move High Times says puts Colorado "ahead of the curve" once more on the cannabis front, Gov. John Hickenlooper has OKed a law that lets school nurses administer medical marijuana to students. The Denver Post reports House Bill 1286 allows a school nurse to give non-smokable medical... More »

Passenger's Marijuana Break Blamed for Diverted Flight

Southwest flight from San Francisco cut short

(Newser) - A flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles made an unexpected landing in San Jose instead, apparently because a passenger was smoking pot in the bathroom, reports CBS Los Angeles . The offending passenger was turned over to authorities upon landing, and the other 32 people on board had to be... More »

Who Ate the Evidence? Cops Face Charges Over Edible Pot

Toronto officers allegedly ate pot edibles from raid on dispensary

(Newser) - Things have gone from bad to worse for two Toronto police officers accused of eating up evidence —marijuana edibles—while on duty in January. Officers Vittorio Dominelli, 36, and Jamie Young, 35, have been arrested for attempting to “obstruct, pervert or defeat the course of justice, by destroying... More »

Woman Goes to Store to Buy Lotto Tickets, Gets Pot Instead

When she returned to her car she found a fragrant sandwich bag marked 'Sour Kush'

(Newser) - Police say a man who delivered a bag of marijuana to the wrong car in a northern Ohio store parking lot faces drug trafficking charges, reports the AP . The Sandusky Register reports 18-year-old Anthony Damante, of Milan, was arrested Tuesday in Norwalk and charged with marijuana trafficking, a fifth-degree felony.... More »

Manhattan DA to Largely Stop Prosecuting Pot Possession

The move is a response to reports of racial disparity in marijuana enforcement

(Newser) - Faced with fresh evidence of the racial disparity in marijuana enforcement across New York City, Manhattan's district attorney said Tuesday he will largely stop prosecuting people for possessing or smoking marijuana, the AP reports. The move by District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. came the same day that Mayor Bill... More »

Oregon Pot Growers Pivot to New Product

Hemp is Oregon's 'new gold rush'

(Newser) - A glut of legal marijuana has driven Oregon pot prices to rock-bottom levels, prompting some nervous growers to start pivoting to another type of cannabis to make ends meet—one that doesn't come with a high. Applications for state licenses to grow hemp—marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin—have increased... More »

Schumer's 4/20 Plans Involve Marijuana

He plans to introduce a bill that would decriminalize the drug at the federal level

(Newser) - Chuck Schumer will introduce a bill Friday —which is, appropriately, 4/20—to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, the Senate minority leader tells VICE News in an interview set to air in full on HBO Thursday night. "I’ve seen too many people’s lives ruined because they... More »

Oregon Is Too Good at Growing Pot

There's too much of it to go around, and small operations are suffering

(Newser) - There's never been a better time to buy weed in Oregon, or a worse time to be a small grower or dispensary owner. Across the state, marijuana dispensaries have slashed weed prices in half to $700 per pound, or about $4 or $5 per gram, simply to get the... More »

Cops Claim Mice Ate Half a Ton of Marijuana

Investigators smelled a rat

(Newser) - "The mice ate the marijuana" was an excuse no more believable than "the dog ate my homework" for authorities in Argentina, where eight police officers have been fired over the disappearance of around 1,200 pounds of pot. The officers in Pinar, roughly 40 miles west of Buenos... More »

Boehner Does a 180, Joins Cannabis Board

His thinking on the drug has 'evolved'

(Newser) - As a lawmaker, John Boehner was against marijuana legalization—way against it. In fact, in 2011, he said he was "unalterably opposed" to legalization out of a concern that it would "result in increased abuse of all varieties of drugs." He had reiterated that opposition as recently... More »

Toddler Helps Herself to Weed Treat, Mom Arrested

The Arizona girl ate THC-laced mac and cheese

(Newser) - An Arizona mother has been arrested after authorities allege her nearly 2-year-old daughter ate mac and cheese that was prepared with THC butter. According to police, 25-year-old Alaina Limpert was taken into custody Wednesday after someone in her home alerted authorities that the girl had eaten the marijuana-laced food. Per... More »

Sonic in Mississippi Takes a Stand Against Pot Smokers

With a laminated sign and everything

(Newser) - The "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service" sign apparently needs an update. The Sun Herald reports on a sign that's been getting some attention since it was taped up in the drive-thru window of a Sonic in Gulfport, Miss., about two weeks ago. "ATTENTION," the laminated... More »

Woman Allegedly at Helm of Pot 'Fortress' Sues City

She says San Bernardino's ordinance violates the Constitution

(Newser) - A Los Angeles mom accused of running a multimillion-dollar marijuana grow operation in San Bernardino is now suing the city to overturn its pot regulation ordinance, the AP reports. Stephanie Smith, a 43-year-old real estate developer and mother of five, owns three buildings in San Bernardino that were raided by... More »

Vegas Airport Lets Flyers Dump Marijuana Before Taking Off

Nevada legalized marijuana, but airports fall under federal jurisdiction

(Newser) - The Las Vegas airport has installed boxes where folks leaving Sin City can dispose of their stash of marijuana before flying, no questions asked. Per SFGate , the city's main hub for air travel, McCarran International Airport, installed the "amnesty boxes" following a vote by the Clark County Commission... More »

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