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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 »

Minn. Cops Have Field Day With Accidentally Donated Weed

Check your pockets, folks

(Newser) - A suburban Minneapolis police department has good news for the person who donated dozens of plastic baggies of marijuana along with their kid's old clothes: It's safe and sound and ready to be picked up at the station, reports the AP . The Maplewood Police Department posted a photo... More »

Woman Regrets Buying Weed Grinder to Grind Her Rosemary

The confused Amazon shopper left a one-star review

(Newser) - It's important we not lose focus on the victims of marijuana legalization: home chefs. Metro reports a woman looking for a kitchen accessory to grind rosemary accidentally bought a device to grind marijuana instead. And she was none too pleased in her one-star review, saying "the rosemary just... More »

Judge: 18 Years for 18 Grams of Pot Is Ridiculous

But Louisiana Supreme Court's chief justice issued the dissenting opinion

(Newser) - Is an 18-year prison sentence too harsh for having 18 grams of marijuana? The Louisiana Supreme Court's chief justice thinks so, and she says it's outrageous that her colleagues upheld the punishment. In her dissenting opinion Wednesday, Chief Justice Bernette Johnson said it's ridiculous that a lengthy... More »

Chili Pepper, Pot May Fix Your Ailing Stomach

They both have a chemical that plays a role in easing inflammation

(Newser) - Have an upset stomach? A new study suggests that chili peppers and perhaps a pot brownie might help. It may sound bizarre, but researchers at the University of Connecticut found that a chemical in chili peppers played a role in the calming the gut, at least in mice. What's... More »

Man Denied Transplant Due to Pot Use Dies at 20

Utah hospital kicked him off transplant list

(Newser) - Riley Hancey, the Utah man who was turned away for a lung transplant by University of Utah Hospital after he was found to have traces of pot in his system, received new lungs in a different state months later, but it wasn't enough to give his story a happy... More »

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