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Docs Behind '1st Fatal Marijuana Overdose' Report Say Chill

They 'are absolutely not saying that marijuana killed' an 11-month-old child

(Newser) - The Colorado doctors behind those reports of the first documented fatal marijuana overdose would like everyone to please chill out. Dr. Thomas Nappe tells the Washington Post they "are absolutely not saying that marijuana killed" an 11-month-old child two years ago. Nappe says he's disappointed news reports have... More »

Doctors Claim 1st Documented Fatal Marijuana Overdose

In an 11-month-old child who died in 2015

(Newser) - (The doctors involved in this study have since denied calling this case a definitive marijuana overdose; update here . Original report follows.) In news that could change what we thought we knew about marijuana, as well as alter the progress of marijuana legalization, two doctors in Colorado say they've... More »

Burned by California Wildfires: Local Marijuana Industry

At least 31 pot farms have been destroyed, with many more damaged—and no crop insurance

(Newser) - The same fires that have destroyed Northern California's wineries have also taken a toll on the region's marijuana farms, which were about to begin an important harvest less than three months before the nation's largest recreational pot market opens for business in January. At least 31 marijuana... More »

Melissa Etheridge, Todd Rundgren Busted at Border

Summer arrests just now being reported

(Newser) - Melissa Etheridge and Todd Rundgren were both recently busted by US Customs and Border Patrol for alleged drug possession at the US-Canada border, TMZ reports. The summer arrests (Etheridge was detained while returning to the US on Aug. 17; Rundgren was arrested Sept. 9) are just now being reported. Both... More »

In Nation's Capital, Legal Weed Isn't Sold but Gifted

Welcome to the 'District of Cannabis'

(Newser) - It's hard to justify $45 for a black T-shirt, but the customer at a store in a Washington DC neighborhood does so without question. The clerk grabs a clear plastic box containing about one gram of marijuana and drops it into the bag, reciting a practiced line: "Thank... More »

Want to Buy Pot in Hawaii? Your Cash Is No Good

State wants to reduce robberies by making all sales cashless

(Newser) - Hawaii says it aims to be the first state to have marijuana sales handled without cash, saying it wants to avoid robberies and other crimes targeting dispensaries. All of Hawaii's eight licensed dispensaries have agreed to go cashless by Oct. 1, the governor's office said. The dispensaries will... More »

Netflix Develops Weed Strains for Its Shows

12 different varieties to coincide with launch of 'Disjointed' series

(Newser) - Netflix debuted Disjointed —a series starring Kathy Bates as a pot activist who runs a Southern California marijuana dispensary—on Friday, and along with the show's launch came some extra enhancers: new marijuana strains inspired by 10 of its shows. Variety and the Los Angeles Times report on... More »

After Kid's School Backpack Reeks of Pot, Parents Arrested

11-year-old tells police his dad used his backpack to transport marijuana

(Newser) - A student's backpack that smelled like marijuana led police in Florida to his house, where they found a small grow house run by his parents, per the AP . Now, 41-year-old Rolando Naranjo and Betsy Espinoza (said to be 32 or 33) are in jail, charged with multiple drug and... More »

Mom Found Son Dead in Room. She's Blaming Pot

But the medical examiner isn't convinced

(Newser) - Kristina Ziobro went into her son Michael's room to say goodnight to him and found him unconscious on the floor. Now, the New Jersey mom is blaming her 22-year-old son's death on the medical marijuana that was found in his closet. She tells Today she believes the pot... More »

Cannabis Company Buys Entire Town

They're planning a pot paradise in the desert

(Newser) - Now that one of the nation's largest cannabis companies has bought the entire California desert town of Nipton, a question remains: Will the new owners rename the place Potsylvania? The name Weed already belongs to an old mill town in northern California. American Green Inc. announced Thursday it is... More »

Possession of Small Amount of Pot No Longer Criminal in NH

It's now a civil violation to possess less than three-quarters of an ounce of pot

(Newser) - New Hampshire has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana, joining more than 20 states including all of New England in easing criminal penalties on pot, the AP reports. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu on Tuesday signed the bill that reduces the penalty for possession of up to three-quarters of... More »

Nevada Adopts Emergency Pot Rules

State aims to fix pot bottleneck

(Newser) - Nevada moved Thursday to reduce supply problems at recreational marijuana stores that have faced overwhelming demand for newly legal pot and the possibility of their shelves going empty. Regulators approved emergency rules that would speed up licensing for pot distributors, a sticking point that launched a legal battle and threatened... More »

After 7 Days of Legal Pot Sales, Nevada Declares Emergency

Yes, really, a statement of emergency, via the Department of Taxation

(Newser) - Nevada on July 1 became the fifth state to sell recreational marijuana to the public, and one week later, it declared an emergency. But the chaos is on the licensing side of things. The new law allows those 21 and up to buy up to an ounce of pot from... More »

Vegas' New Tourist Draw: Legal Pot Is for Sale

Nevada becomes fifth state with pot dispensaries

(Newser) - Nevada became the fifth state in the US with stores selling marijuana for recreational purposes, opening a market early Saturday that is eventually expected to outpace any other in the nation thanks to the millions of tourists who flock to Las Vegas. People began purchasing marijuana shortly after midnight, just... More »

Researchers Say New Study Links Legal Pot to Car Crashes

Study by insurance research group looked at Colorado, Washington, Oregon

(Newser) - A recent insurance study links increased car crash claims to legalized recreational marijuana, the AP reports. The Highway Loss Data Institute, a leading insurance research group, said in study results released Thursday that collision claims in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon went up 2.7% in the years since legal recreational... More »

Pot Company Gives New Meaning to Take-and-Bake Pizza

Massachusetts dispensary sells personal pizzas infused with THC

(Newser) - A Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensary has created a culinary delight for patients who don't want to smoke their pot or eat it in the form of sweets, the AP reports. Quincy-based Ermont Inc. has been selling cannabis-infused pizza for about three weeks to rave reviews. The 6-inch cheese pizzas... More »

NY Considering Pot for Women Suffering 'in Silence'

Medical marijuana for painful period cramps may be coming to Empire State

(Newser) - Ladies in New York may soon be able to turn to pot to turn down the pain from their periods. The state is considering adding menstrual cramps to a list of conditions that could warrant a prescription for medical marijuana, reports Newsweek . A bill that seeks to have dysmenorrhea , the... More »

Investors Snap Up $42M Stake in Marijuana Magazine

Heady times for High Times

(Newser) - In another sign of marijuana's shift toward corporate respectability, a controlling interest in a magazine founded by an outlaw hippie pot smuggler in 1974 has been bought by a group of cannabis investors. The consortium that bought High Times includes Damian Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, and... More »

Marijuana Extract a 'Game-Changing Medication'

Epilepsy patients who took CBD experienced fewer seizures: study

(Newser) - Backing up what some parents have been claiming for years, researchers are now hailing a compound in marijuana as a "game-changing medication" for epilepsy. Based on testimonials from parents, Orrin Devinsky of NYU's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center set out to find proof that epilepsy could be treated with cannabidiol... More »

Volunteers Can Get Paid to Smoke Pot—for Science

Washington State University scientists are building a better breathalyzer

(Newser) - Washington State University researchers are offering to pay volunteers willing to help make America's roads safer—and to get really high in the process. As part of a project to develop a more effective breathalyzer test to detect stoned drivers, volunteers (21 and up and residents of Pullman, Washington)... More »

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