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He Was Crushed by a Bulldozer Over 10 Pot Plants

Lawsuit now targets Pennsylvania authorities over 2018 death of Gregory Longenecker

(Newser) - The family of a Pennsylvania man killed after he fled a clearing where he was growing 10 pot plants fault state authorities for chasing him with equipment similar to "a military tank." Though his friend was arrested at the game preserve in Berks County on July 9, 2018,... More »

A Pot Etiquette Guide, From a Somewhat Surprising Source

Primer from Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, could be very helpful to a newbie

(Newser) - New to pot smoking? Concerned you'll embarrass yourself? Who better to turn to for advice than a trusted co-president of the Emily Post Institute —Post's own great-great-grandaughter, in fact. Yes, Lizzie Post has published a book on the subject of cannabis etiquette, appropriately titled Higher Etiquette , nearly... More »

Harris' Dad: Ancestors 'Must Be Turning in Their Grave'

He accuses her of perpetuating Jamaican stereotype

(Newser) - "Half my family's from Jamaica, are you kidding me?" Kamala Harris joked in an interview earlier this month while admitting she'd previously smoked pot and "inhaled." The 2020 Democratic candidate is now getting a tongue-lashing from an angry Jamaican: her own father. "Myself and... More »

Houston Seeks 'Forever Home' for Tiger Found by Pot Smoker

Big cat was found in 'rinky-dink' cage in abandoned home

(Newser) - All's well that ends well, though the outcome at an abandoned Texas home could've been a lot different. Per KTRK , authorities say someone busted into the Houston abode earlier this month so they could smoke some pot and found something rather unexpected: a large tiger in an unlocked... More »

3 Weeks In, Canada Has a Legal Pot Problem

There isn't enough of it

(Newser) - A marijuana retailer in Newfoundland is summing up the sentiment three weeks after recreational cannabis became legal across Canada. "We need more weed!" Trevor Tobin tells the New York Times , adding suppliers don't have enough plants or packaging equipment to meet soaring demand. It's a problem... More »

Canadian Mayor: US Is Turning Away Pot-Smokers at Border

Saskatchewan mayor describes a 'couple of cases,' fears there will be more

(Newser) - And it's happening. Less than two weeks after the legalization of recreational marijuana across Canada brought news that US border officials would bar pot-smoking Canucks from heading south, the first Canadians have been turned away, reports the CBC . "It is a fairly serious concern," says Mayor Roy... More »

Canadian Pot Industry Eyes Rest of the World

'We're not known as wild and crazy'

(Newser) - Cam Battley is a top executive at one of Canada's biggest marijuana companies, but he isn't sticking around to savor the country's historic pot legalization . He's off to Germany on Friday and Australia next week—a sign of what a leader Canada has become in the... More »

Marijuana Became Fully Legal in Canada at Midnight

'Prohibition has ended right now. We just made history'

(Newser) - A dream came true at midnight for Newfoundland man Ian Power: He became the first person to legally buy marijuana in Canada for recreational use. Power was the first in line at a new store in the country's easternmost province—and earliest time zone—when recreational marijuana officially became... More »

Pot's THC Levels: Relatively the Same, No Matter the Strain

Scientists: Levels of tetrahydrocannabinol and CBD don't vary much among different pot strains

(Newser) - For those who spend time at the dispensary agonizing over whether to go with the Acapulco Gold, Granddaddy Purple, or Chemdawg, know this: Their THC levels are likely pretty much the same, no matter which strain you pick, researchers out of UBC Okanagan say. "It is estimated that there... More »

Military School Fires Dean for Vaping CBD Oil to Fight Cancer

Henry Cobbs says he will fight back

(Newser) - Henry Cobbs, 77, is a 22-year military veteran who served in Vietnam and retired as an Air Force captain; he has two master's degrees and a doctorate; he's worked extensively in education and and had served as the dean of academics for the Air Force Special Operations School... More »

Seattle Court Tosses Old Marijuana Convictions

Misdemeanor possession convictions from before Wash. legalized pot to be vacated

(Newser) - It started with a motion filed in April by Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes to scrub the "red mark" that appears on many people's records for misdemeanor pot possession. Now, a seven-judge panel has ruled in favor of Holmes' motion, signing an order earlier this month that effectively... More »

After 3rd Cancer Diagnosis, Grease Star Turns to 'Modern' Meds

Olivia Newton-John uses cannabis oil to help relieve pain after tumor found at base of her spine

(Newser) - In a secret she kept "from almost everyone," Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with cancer in her shoulder five years ago—more than 20 years after she was first diagnosed with breast cancer, CNN notes. Now, just weeks shy of her 70th birthday, the Australian singer and actress reveals... More »

Canada Sets Date for Marijuana Legalization

Recreational pot will be on sale Oct. 17

(Newser) - Recreational marijuana is still illegal in Canada—but only for another 17 weeks. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that marijuana legalization, passed by the country's Senate on Tuesday, will be in effect as of Oct. 17 this year, giving provinces time to set up retail outlets and prepare for... More »

Canada's Pot Move Makes It the 2nd Country of Its Kind

Only 2 nations on Earth have legal recreational pot nationwide

(Newser) - Canadian lawmakers have taken the final step toward legalizing recreational marijuana—and it will become official as soon as Queen Elizabeth II's representative signs off on it. A bill ending the country's 95-year prohibition on cannabis passed Canada's Senate by a vote of 52 to 29, CTV... More »

Boehner Does a 180, Joins Cannabis Board

His thinking on the drug has 'evolved'

(Newser) - As a lawmaker, John Boehner was against marijuana legalization—way against it. In fact, in 2011, he said he was "unalterably opposed" to legalization out of a concern that it would "result in increased abuse of all varieties of drugs." He had reiterated that opposition as recently... More »

Pot Now Legal in California, but It's Not That Simple

'Broad confusion' over licensing, city mandates on recreational marijuana sales

(Newser) - While the world welcomed 2018, residents in California had an extra reason to celebrate the new year's arrival. At 12:01am, marijuana received broad legalization in the Golden State, two decades after California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, the AP reports. So-called recreational pot is now... More »

In the '60s, He Raved About Pot. This Week He Was Busted for It

Cops say 70-year-old activist Irvin Dana Beal was toting 22 pounds of it

(Newser) - A marijuana activist whose advocacy dates to the '60s counterculture has been arrested in California toting 22 pounds of illegal pot, prosecutors say. Irvin Dana Beal, 70, of New York, was arrested Saturday in Northern California after prosecutors said his rental car was spotted weaving across the road and... 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 »

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 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 »

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