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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 »

Maine Legalizes Pot for Recreational Use

Opponents may demand a recount

(Newser) - Maine residents have voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use in their state, the AP reports. The final results of the referendum were tabulated on Thursday. The count took nearly two days because of how close the race was, within a fraction of a percentage point, and the AP made... More »

Recreational Pot Now Legal Along Entire West Coast

And also in Massachusetts

(Newser) - Election night turned out to be a big night for marijuana advocates. Californians voted to legalize recreational use of the drug, giving the movement its biggest victory yet. The win means recreational pot is now legal along the entire West Coast, notes the AP . Massachusetts also approved recreational pot, the... 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 »

Why Election Day Is a Big Deal for Pot Legalization Efforts

Green light for recreational pot in Maine, Mass. could mean major changes nationwide

(Newser) - Having proven they can win in the West, advocates for recreational marijuana hope the Nov. 8 election brings their first significant electoral victories in the densely populated Northeast, where voters in Massachusetts and Maine will consider making pot legal for all adults. Supporters believe "yes" votes in New England... 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 »

Is One State About to Legalize Pot for Kids?

Maine AG Janet Mills says there's a loophole in state's referendum

(Newser) - Supporters of a referendum to legalize marijuana for recreational use have touted the proposal as applying only to adults 21 and older, but it could actually legalize marijuana for everyone—even children, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills warned. The AP reports the interpretation by the state's top prosecutor, a... 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 »

New Gym Will Allow Pot-Smoking Workouts

Former NFL star plans to open gym in SF this year

(Newser) - A former pro football star and an advocate for athlete marijuana use have teamed up to open a gym in San Francisco that they say will be one of the first in the world to allow members to smoke pot while working out, the AP reports. Former running back Ricky... More »

California to Vote on Legalizing Pot

Issue will appear on November ballot

(Newser) - California voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana after initiative proponents turned in more than enough signatures to place the question on the November ballot, reports the AP . A successful vote in California would mean one in every six Americans lives in a state with legal marijuana sales, including... 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 »

High Court Gives Good News to Pot Legalization Activists

Supreme Court won't consider lawsuit against Colorado from 2 other states

(Newser) - Marijuana is a political debate, not a legal one—for now. The US Supreme Court announced Monday that it won't consider a lawsuit filed by two other states challenging Colorado's pot law. But lawyers say that Nebraska and Oklahoma officials could pursue other legal challenges down the road,... More »

More Tourists Hitting Colorado ERs for Pot Incidents

Study looks at possible effect of legalization

(Newser) - Colorado's tourists aren't just buying weed now that it's legal—they're ending up in emergency rooms at rates far higher than residents, according to a new study. Doctors reviewed marijuana-related emergency-room admissions at a hospital near Denver International Airport during 2014, when the sale of recreational... 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 »

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