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Chief: Phoenix Cops Forced Driver to Eat Pot

He says rookies made driver eat his stash

(Newser) - Three Phoenix police officers have resigned after a man alleged they forced him to eat marijuana found in his vehicle to avoid going to jail, Chief Joseph Yahner said Thursday. A fourth officer, Jeff Farrior, was demoted from lieutenant to sergeant for being aware of last week's incident and... More »

Teen Faces Year in Jail Over 0.035 Ounces of Pot

In Oregon, where recreational marijuana is legal

(Newser) - Oregon is one of four states (and DC) where recreational marijuana is legal, but because of dueling state and federal laws, a 19-year-old Native American could face a $1,000 fine and a year in prison over a gram of pot—or 0.035 ounces, enough for roughly three... More »

Dad Torches Pot Plants, Son Calls Cops on Him

Young man was 'indignant and enraged' over his 'prized cannabis'

(Newser) - A young man from Australia got into it with his dad Tuesday night and ended up placing a phone call that has police shaking their heads, the Guardian reports. When cops showed up at the Humpty Doo home in the Northern Territory, the "indignant and enraged" son threw his... More »

Man Collapses, Dies Next to $12M Worth of Pot

Marijuana mystery in Georgia

(Newser) - When police received a report Monday that a man was slumped over next to a white van and tractor-trailer in Norcross, Ga., they were likely more focused on the man than on the van. And it turned out the man, 31-year-old Johnny Taylor of Bridgeport, Conn., was dead, apparently of... More »

Smoking Pot Might Be Bad for Your Gums— But That's About It

New research finds only one physical health risk of long-term marijuana use

(Newser) - A new study finds you can toke for up to 20 years without suffering any worse physical health effects than a couple of loose or lost teeth, Live Science reports. That's right: According to researchers studying long-term marijuana use, the only drawback, as far as physical health is concerned,... 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 »

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 »

Here's What Potent Pot Does to Your Brain

Study finds damage in white matter used to send signals

(Newser) - A new study raises concerns for those who indulge in potent forms of marijuana. Researchers out of King’s College London and Rome's Sapienza University studied brain scans of 56 patients who had reported an episode of psychosis and 43 healthy volunteers. They found that those who regularly smoked... More »

Fla. Man Picks Absolute Worst Time to Hit Deputy's Car

While allegedly drunk, at a pot bust

(Newser) - Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and in the wrong state of mind. Deputies and aviation unit members from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office had just made a head-turning find in a mangrove patch near Tampa, Fla., Sunday night when a second head-turning thing... More »

Snoop Dogg Launches Epic Weed Website

It's a sort of cannabis encyclopedia

(Newser) - Marijuana enthusiast Snoop Dogg launched a website yesterday, and of course it's all about weed. Merry Jane , which the rapper announced at TechCrunch Disrupt, is what TechCrunch describes as an "information hub" for all things pot; Snoop says it will be a sort of cannabis encyclopedia giving users... More »

Today's Tax-Free Pot Day in Colorado

Tokers can thank quirky state tax law for their good fortune

(Newser) - They knew this day was coming , and now it's here. It's tax-free cannabis day in Colorado, where due to a quirk in the state's tax law, buyers of recreational marijuana will be relieved of most taxes on their purchase, the AP reports. The one-day "holiday" means... More »

Scientists Make Pot Chemical Out of ... Yeast?

Genetically altered yeast could 'change the lives of millions': company CEO

(Newser) - Synthesized versions of tetrahydrocannabinol—that's THC, the active ingredient in marijuana— already exist in pill form and are used to treat nausea, vomiting, and appetite loss that often follows cancer treatments or appears in patients with AIDS. But a new process out of Germany could offer a less expensive,... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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