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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 »

Teen Driver Who Killed Bicyclist Was Very High

John Marshall was 7 times over the legal limit in 2 states that let people smoke it

(Newser) - A car crash in Hinesburg, Vt., in April left the teen driver of the car, as well as the 47-year-old bicyclist he hit, dead. Now, a police report indicates that 17-year-old Joseph Marshall had marijuana in his system, and apparently a lot of it, reports the Burlington Free Press . The... More »

How Driving While Stoned, Drunk Differs

The National Institute on Drug Abuse weighs in

(Newser) - When it comes to smoking marijuana and driving, many variables affect impairment—the potency of the drug, the tolerance of the toker, when the drug was taken, how the drug was taken—making guidelines difficult to implement. But with some states decriminalizing the possession of weed, the feds are investigating... More »

Medical Marijuana May Not Be as Medical as You Think

Researchers: Low-quality studies aren't enough to prove benefits

(Newser) - Just because medical marijuana is approved to treat conditions like anxiety, sleep disorders, and Tourette's syndrome doesn't mean it actually provides any benefit. That's the takeaway from a new JAMA assessment of 79 studies involving nearly 6,500 people that found little evidence the drug helps patients,... More »

Here's How Legalizing Pot Affected 1M Teens

Study found they didn't smoke more of it, and in some cases smoked less

(Newser) - A big boost for medical marijuana advocates: A massive study involving data on a million teenagers in 48 states has found no evidence that legalizing pot for medical use does anything to increase teen usage, the Guardian reports. The study, published in the Lancet Psychiatry journal, looked at some 1,... More »

Tommy Chong: I Have Cancer

Comedian says he's in treatment, using cannabis more than ever

(Newser) - One half of Cheech and Chong is turning to his favorite drug as he undergoes treatment for cancer. Comedian Tommy Chong tells Us Weekly he was recently diagnosed with rectal cancer and "I'm using cannabis like crazy now, more so than ever before." Chong battled prostate cancer... More »

Colo. Court: Dish Can Fire Worker for Pot Use at Home

Even though marijuana is legal in that state, and even if it's medicinal

(Newser) - A Colorado quadriplegic who lost his Dish Network job for using marijuana outside of work for medical reasons lost his case in the state's highest court today. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled 6-0 that businesses can fire employees who violate their drug policies, even if that drug use is... More »

America Now Has a Marijuana Resort

CannaCamp includes everything except the weed

(Newser) - While $420 seems like a more appropriate price, starting at $395 per person per night, marijuana smokers can treat themselves to a cannabis-filled Colorado vacation. Dubbed " CannaCamp ," the 170-acre resort in Durango does not hand out pot nor sell it on site, but Time reports that its concierge... More »

Attorney: Video Shows Cops Eating Edible Pot in Raid

Santa Ana department is investigating

(Newser) - The attorney of a woman who was busted in a raid on a pot shop says he's got video showing the officers sampling the edible goodies and joking about the flavors, reports KTLA . He's planning to file a lawsuit, and the Santa Ana Police Department is investigating. In... More »

Prosecutors: Man Shot Pal by Mistake While Smoking Pot

Chicago 23-year-old forgot gun he was holding had one bullet in the chamber, they say

(Newser) - A night hanging out with friends ended in tragedy for two Chicago 23-year-olds in February, and now one of the men is facing involuntary manslaughter charges, the Chicago Tribune reports. Prosecutors say Antonio Lampley, Derrius Drakes, and other pals were hanging out in a car near Lampley's Roseland home... More »

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