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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 »

As Canada Shifts to Legal Marijuana, Where's the Pot?

Country rolls out legal recreational use in a year, but supply may fall short of demand

(Newser) - Canada is set to become the first major economy to legalize the recreational use of marijuana , but first it must first solve a small problem: the country doesn't have enough pot. Bloomberg reports that legal marijuana supplies don't quite meet the demand expected once the law, which PM... More »

Canada Is Legalizing Pot, but It Won't Be a Free-for-All

Says main aim of legalization is to put criminals out of business

(Newser) - Canada rolled out its big marijuana announcement a week before 4/20: The federal government has brought in legislation to make recreational marijuana legal across the country, ending a 94-year ban on the drug that the government described as an "abject failure," the Globe and Mail reports. But the... More »

Trudeau About to Keep a Big Campaign Promise

Canada reportedly to legalize pot by July 2018

(Newser) - Since he started campaigning for his job, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has promised that marijuana legalization was high on his to-do list. Now his Liberal government is apparently about to make good on that vow: Per the CBC , pot will be legalized throughout the entire country by July 1, 2018,... 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 »

'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 »

Denver Loosens Its Pot Laws Even More

'Social marijuana' ballot measure passes

(Newser) - As five more states voted to legalize recreational marijuana last week, Denver took it a step further: A ballot measure to allow social marijuana use has narrowly passed, according to vote count updates released Tuesday, the Denver Post reports. The measure will allow marijuana use in "consumption areas" at... More »

7 Other Things Americans Are Voting On Today

Pot, hunting, executions

(Newser) - If ballot measures are a reliable indicator of what a country cares about, America has been thinking a lot about pot: Various degrees of marijuana legalization are on the ballot in no fewer than nine states, in an election that features 162 ballot measures, 72 of which were citizen initiatives.... More »

'This Is Your Brain on Drugs' Guy Is for Legalizing Pot

'Are you kidding? It's healthier than alcohol'

(Newser) - John Roselius just voted to legalize recreational marijuana in California. If you're not sure why that's significant, this might help: Roselius is often called "Egg Guy" because of his star role in a certain 1987 anti-drug ad in which he famously uttered, "This is your brain.... More »

National Guard Raids Grandma's Garden—for a Single Pot Plant

Margaret Holcomb, 81, says it eases her arthritis

(Newser) - Margaret Holcomb is an 81-year-old grandmother in Amherst, Mass., who says she has been growing one marijuana plant in her raspberry patch for years because it soothes her arthritis and glaucoma and also helps her sleep at night. So when a military-style helicopter descended on her garden (which is fenced... More »

Stealthily Driving the Heroin Epidemic: Legal Marijuana

Don Winslow makes the case in 'Esquire'

(Newser) - Much has been written about America's heroin problem, but a new piece in Esquire offers what might be the most provocative explanation yet: "Okay, I'm going to say it," writes Don Winslow. "The heroin epidemic was caused by the legalization of marijuana." When states... More »

Here's What a (Legal) Pot Habit Typically Costs

At least in Washington state

(Newser) - Once pot becomes legal in a state, how much do pot smokers spend each year on their habit? That's one of a few questions the "cannabis intelligence firm" Headset answers with its review of some 40,000 purchases made in Washington state between September 2014 and July 2016,... More »

This Could Be First Wrongful-Death Lawsuit Against Recreational Pot

Man allegedly killed his wife after eating a marijuana edible

(Newser) - A Colorado family is suing the maker and seller of a marijuana edible for wrongful death after a man ate the candy before allegedly killing his wife. The Denver Post reports it's likely the first-ever such lawsuit against the recreational marijuana industry. Authorities say Richard Kirk ate a Karma... More »

Canada: We're Legalizing Pot

Government will introduce bill this time next year

(Newser) - The Canadian government says the timing was just a coincidence, but they certainly made this year's 4/20 a day to remember for the country's pot smokers: Health Minister Jane Philpott announced in a speech to the United Nations that the government will introduce a recreational pot legalization bill... More »

Study: Legal Weed Takes Colo. Tourism to New Highs

Nearly half of tourists surveyed came to Colorado at least in part because of pot

(Newser) - Legal marijuana is taking tourism in Colorado to new highs, if a new study is to be believed. The Denver Post reports a study commissioned by the Colorado Tourism Office found nearly 49% of Colorado visitors between April and September came at least in part because of pot. "I... More »

DEA Chief in Hot Water After Calling Medical Pot a 'Joke'

7 lawmakers and 100K signatures call for his removal

(Newser) - Medical marijuana supporters aren't joking; they want new DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg replaced now, Extract reports. Rosenberg has been in hot water with cannabis fans since calling medical marijuana a "joke" earlier this month. He also hedged on whether pot is safer than heroin. On Friday, Marijuana Majority... More »

Mexico Legalizes Marijuana ... for 4 People

Landmark ruling opens the door for nationwide change

(Newser) - A landmark Supreme Court ruling in Mexico has legalized recreational marijuana for four people, a decision that could open the door to legal pot for another 122 million Mexicans. The court's 4-1 decision found that banning marijuana violated the constitutional right "to the free development of personality" of... More »

Bernie Sanders Introduces Senate Bill to Legalize Pot

It's the first such bill ever introduced in the senate

(Newser) - The first Senate bill to legalize recreational marijuana across the US was introduced Wednesday, courtesy of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the Hill reports. The senator's Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act would let states legalize recreational pot without government interference while still allowing individual states to ban it. According... More »

Ohio Says No to 'Marijuana Monopoly'

'I can't believe I voted no when it was finally on the ballot'

(Newser) - Ohio voters have resoundingly rejected a measure that would have turned Nick Lachey into a marijuana tycoon . Issue 3 on the state's ballot on Tuesday would have legalized both medical and recreational marijuana for Ohioans over 21, but it also would have given a small number of businessmen, including... More »

5 Key Election Contests to Watch Tuesday Night

Kentucky's governorship, pot in Ohio, and other major issues at the polls

(Newser) - Everyone's watercooler buzz has been focused on Election 2016 lately, but there's business to be taken care of at the polls Tuesday. Some notable races and ballot items to keep an eye on:
  • The GOP hopes to address the elephant in the room in Kentucky: that there has
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