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Pilot Busted With 230 Pounds of Pot After 3-Airport Sting: Cops

It wasn't easy for Texas authorities to get Wayne Brunet to come down from the sky

(Newser) - If you fly your small plane solo from Medford, Ore., to South Texas with only one stop to gas up during the 2,000-mile flight, you're either going for some sort of endurance record or you're trying to get to your destination as quickly as possible for …... More »

FBI Honored Program, Didn't Realize Pot Sales Funded It

Agency was apparently unaware of group's funding

(Newser) - The Denver FBI honored a youth dropout prevention group Thursday, apparently without realizing it's partially funded with taxes from the marijuana industry. The US Justice Department, the FBI's parent agency, considers the voter-approved marijuana industry operating in Colorado and other states illegal, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has... More »

Cops Find Hundreds of Pounds of Pot in Dispatcher's Cellar

Teneal Poole says it belonged to her boyfriend

(Newser) - A police dispatcher in Cincinnati was recently caught with "approximately a couple hundred pounds of marijuana" in her basement, police say. Teneal Poole, 36, faces two felony drug charges, but she told authorities the pot, which was found by the DEA per Fox 19 , actually belonged to her live-in... More »

Spicer Suggests Crackdown on Recreational Pot Is Coming

We may soon see 'greater enforcement,' he says

(Newser) - Marijuana is still illegal under federal law, and the White House has signaled that the eight states that have legalized recreational use will soon be reminded of that fact. At a press briefing Thursday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters he believes we will soon see "greater... More »

Cops Raid Nuclear Bunker, Find a Giant Pot Farm

20-room complex was built decades ago in England

(Newser) - The 20-room nuclear bunker was originally intended to protect government officials in case of bombs. Instead, six men were allegedly using it to fill bongs, reports the BBC . During a Wednesday raid on the 1980s bunker known as RGHQ Chilmark in Wiltshire, England, police uncovered a massive marijuana operation with... More »

Customs Discovered Limes Weren't Actually Limes

It was $790K worth of pot

(Newser) - If Harry Nilsson had put these limes in the coconut, someone would've ended up with more than a bellyache. US Customs and Border Protection officials in Pharr, Texas, near the border with Mexico, intercepted a truck Jan. 30 that appeared to be holding more than 34,000 Key limes,... More »

Inside a Former Chocolate Factory: a 'Unicorn' and a Whole Lot of Pot

Canopy Growth dominates Canada's medical marijuana market

(Newser) - The 472,000-square-foot factory in a small town in Ontario once spewed out Hershey's chocolate. Now it's home to the world's largest legal marijuana producer, which supplies pot to 40,000 users across Canada and exports to Germany and Brazil. Canopy Growth—found under the ticker "... More »

At This Burger King, 'Extra Crispy' Was a Code

It signaled a drug deal at NH location: police

(Newser) - For drug buyers, this alleged scheme was a pretty sweet deal, allowing them to satisfy their cravings for marijuana and munchies in a single step. Two Burger King employees in New Hampshire could now pay the price. Manager Garrett Norris, 20, and employee Meagan Dearborn, 19, face charges after allegedly... More »

Cops Don't Have to Take Care of Seized Legal Weed Anymore

According to a Colorado Supreme Court ruling Monday

(Newser) - If police in Colorado seize your legal weed while investigating a crime, they don't ever have to give it back—even if you're acquitted, the state's Supreme Court ruled this week. The ruling reverses a 2013 decision in a lower court, the AP reports. In 2011, Robert... More »

'Hollyweed' Prankster Gives Himself Up

Surrenders to police on trespassing charge

(Newser) - The alleged Hollyweed prankster has been apprehended. Zachary Cole Fernandez, 30, turned himself in to Los Angeles Police Department detectives Monday on suspicion of trespassing in the wee hours of New Year's Day in order to alter the iconic Hollywood sign to read "Hollyweed," reports the Los ... More »

There Will Be Free Pot at Trump's Inauguration

4.2K joints up for grabs from DC Cannabis Coalition

(Newser) - Free marijuana will be handed out in Washington, DC, on Inauguration Day—but not in an attempt to mellow out the Rockettes . The DC Cannabis Coalition will give out 4,200 free joints on Jan. 20 to spread the message that "it's time to legalize cannabis at the... More »

Cops: This Christmas Tree Would Get You High

It's a marijuana Christmas celebration

(Newser) - Police in Cheltenham, England, made quite the seasonal drug bust. When officers raided a home, they discovered a marijuana-themed Christmas tree, reports the Telegraph . Police tweeted an image captioned "Not your traditional Xmas Tree!" as two officers hold up long pot trimmings. It's not clear whether the... More »

With Pot Now Legal in Colorado, Teens Back Away

Still, Rocky Mountain teens light up more than in any other state

(Newser) - Proving many critics of marijuana legalization wrong, the kids haven't exactly been flocking to smoke dope in Colorado since the drug was legalized two years ago, new federal statistics show. The percentage of 12- to 17-year-olds using pot dipped in the state from 20.81% in 2013-2014 to 18.... More »

The History of Why the Feds Spell Pot 'Marihuana'

Plant formerly known as cannabis got a new name thanks to Spanish-American War

(Newser) - The Washington Post wades through the weeds to get the linguistic scoop on weed—specifically, why an "archaic" spelling of marijuana is still in use. A Federal Register post last week announcing that CBD hemp oil is now considered a Schedule 1 drug offered a new code for "... More »

Now a Schedule 1 Drug: CBD Hemp Oil

New DEA regulation may affect those who use it to treat seizures, other medical issues

(Newser) - A cannabidiol hemp oil that Leafly says is used by "hundreds of thousands of patients" in the US for a variety of medical purposes, including to help relieve seizures, has been designated a Schedule 1 drug by the DEA, 7NEWS reports. Schedule 1 drugs (which are illegal and include... More »

Hopeful Pot Thieves Should've Had Botanist in Their Crew

Police say they mistook a hop farm for a pot farm

(Newser) - Botanists they aren't. Modern Farmer reports three people were arrested last month in Canada after allegedly breaking onto a hops farm they thought was a pot farm. A farmer on Prince Edward Island called police Nov. 26 after seeing two men and a woman on his property. Authorities arrested... More »

Hunter S. Thompson's Weed Coming to a Dispensary Soon

His widow is creating strains from his preserved stash

(Newser) - For years, marijuana growers have approached Anita Thompson, the widow of Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, to put her late husband's name on their weed. "I always ended up saying no because it's the same story every time: somebody wants to slap Hunter's name on their... More »

This Gives Whole New Meaning to 'Coffee Pot'

Keurig-compatible, marijuana-containing coffee pods coming soon

(Newser) - Get ready for a whole lot of "wake and bake" jokes. Eater reports cannabis coffee pods will soon be available for purchase in six states. The pods from BrewBudz are Keurig-compatible and come in regular and decaf, as well as hot chocolate and a variety of teas. "It'... More »

SUV Filled With Christmas Gifts Didn't Really Have Gifts: Cops

Try $330K worth of pot, THC pills, and hash wax oil, Ohio police say

(Newser) - What happens in California should stay in California—especially if what happened was someone meticulously wrapping $330,000 worth of THC pills, hash wax oil, and marijuana (about 71 pounds) like Christmas presents, UPI reports. Instead, per an Ohio State Highway Patrol press release , 31-year-old Daniel Yates apparently decided to... More »

Pot Use No Longer a Deal-Breaker for Police Recruits

'I want people who have lived a life just like everybody else'

(Newser) - Police departments are relaxing age-old standards for accepting recruits, from lowering educational requirements to forgiving some prior drug use, to try to attract more people to their ranks, reports the AP . The changes are designed to deal with decreased interest in a job that offers low pay, rigorous physical demands,... More »

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