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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 »

More Tourists Hitting Colorado ERs for Pot Incidents

Study looks at possible effect of legalization

(Newser) - Colorado's tourists aren't just buying weed now that it's legal—they're ending up in emergency rooms at rates far higher than residents, according to a new study. Doctors reviewed marijuana-related emergency-room admissions at a hospital near Denver International Airport during 2014, when the sale of recreational... More »

Studies Suggest Pot Is 'Gateway Drug' ... to Booze

Pot users are 5 times more likely to develop alcohol use disorder: study

(Newser) - Lighting up a joint now could make you more likely to crack a bottle later—and have issues putting it down, or so suggests a pair of new studies. In the first, published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence , researchers say they've found that marijuana users seem to have an... More »

Today's Pot Is Much Stronger Than 1995's

THC levels have jumped from 4% in 1995 to 12% in 2014

(Newser) - Smoking marijuana just isn't the same today as it was 20 years ago—and not only because it's now legal in some states. A study in Biological Psychiatry finds marijuana potency is on the rise. Researchers analyzed some 38,600 samples of illegal marijuana—including plant material, hashish,... More »

What Daily Pot Use Does to Your Memory

Study finds slight verbal memory loss per five years of use

(Newser) - Marijuana may have no effect on a teen's IQ , but a new study suggests cognitive problems will appear in time with daily use. Researchers out of Switzerland's University of Lausanne studied the marijuana habits of 3,400 participants beginning as young adults via data compiled over 25 years.... More »

Study: Pot Doesn't Make Teens Stupid

Study of twins refutes conventional wisdom

(Newser) - Smoking dope doesn't actually make you a dope. That's the takeaway from a new study on hundreds of pairs of twins—one of whom smoked pot as an adolescent and continued for over 10 years while the other abstained. Though a 2012 study linked marijuana use with a... More »

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