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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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Ohio Pot Vote Could Make Nick Lachey Very Rich

But critics of legalization amendment say it would create a growers' monopoly

(Newser) - Ohio pot advocate Don Wirtshafter has been an enthusiastic smoker for nearly 50 years. But as his state heads to the polls Tuesday to vote on Issue 3, a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use, he says he won't vote for it, the New ... More »

Study: Marijuana Use and Abuse Has Doubled

Nearly 10% of Americans reported using pot in 2013, says study

(Newser) - The number of people using marijuana has more than doubled since 2001, according to a report published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry, which found the number of people reporting addiction or abuse of pot nearly doubled as well. The study—based on National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions interviews... More »

Pot Is Now Legal, Tax-Free in Oregon

Dispensaries opened doors at midnight

(Newser) - Oregon marijuana shops began selling marijuana Thursday for the first time to recreational users, marking a big day for the budding pot industry. Some of the more than 250 dispensaries that already offer medical marijuana in Oregon opened their doors soon after midnight—just moments after it became legal to... More »

Court: Ohio Must Rewrite 'Misleading' Pot Ballot

State Supreme Court takes issue with 4 paragraphs, allows 'monopoly' wording

(Newser) - Ohio's Supreme Court has sided with pot supporters—at least in part—ruling that language on a ballot outlining a proposal to legalize marijuana is misleading and needs to be rewritten. The measure to be decided Nov. 3, known as Issue 3, would legalize marijuana use and sales for... More »

How Legalized Weed Is Affecting the Booze Biz

The Guardian analyzes the impact in Colorado

(Newser) - So alcohol and marijuana aren't exactly at odds after all. Eighteen months since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana sales, alcohol sales there continue to grow—despite initial fears that weed would drive away booze buyers, the Guardian reports. "We’ve just seen phenomenal growth" at Mr B’s Wine... More »

Another State Zeroes In on Legalizing Marijuana

Constitutional amendment will appear on November ballot

(Newser) - Ohio could become the fifth state in the country to legalize recreational marijuana after it was announced today that backers collected enough valid signatures to qualify for the Nov. 3 general election, Time reports. ResponsibleOhio , the organization behind the proposed constitutional amendment, collected 320,267 signatures, nearly 15,000 more... More »

Inside the Story of Colorado's First 'Legal Pot' Death

The teen had no other drug in his system when he jumped to his death

(Newser) - There's a saying in the health care world: dose matters. It certainly did in the case of 19-year-old Levy Thamba, a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who was studying at Wyoming's Northwest College. While in Denver with friends on spring break in March of 2014,... 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 »

Here's How Legalizing Pot Affected 1M Teens

Study found they didn't smoke more of it, and in some cases smoked less

(Newser) - A big boost for medical marijuana advocates: A massive study involving data on a million teenagers in 48 states has found no evidence that legalizing pot for medical use does anything to increase teen usage, the Guardian reports. The study, published in the Lancet Psychiatry journal, looked at some 1,... More »

Merry Christmas: Pot Coming to North Pole

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas—for potheads, proponents of medical pot

(Newser) - Christmas 2016 could be a merrier one in North Pole, where residents in the town whose light poles resemble candy canes will be able to put marijuana on their Christmas list. That's North Pole, Alaska, where the city council rejected a measure Monday that would have banned marijuana dispensaries.... More »

Roseanne Barr Is Going Blind

She has macular degeneration, glaucoma

(Newser) - Roseanne Barr is going blind, she reveals in a new Daily Beast interview. The comedian was explaining why she's such an advocate for marijuana legalization: "It's a good medicine, you know," she says. "I have macular degeneration and glaucoma, so it's good for me... More »

Vermont Lawmakers: Make Pot Legal or We Ban Booze

Pair introduces bill to reinstate Prohibition in the state

(Newser) - Two Vermont lawmakers fed up with delays to legalize marijuana in the state introduced a headline-grabbing measure this week designed to move things along: one that would outlaw alcohol. Legislators Chris Pearson and Jean O'Sullivan admit they have no interest in reinstating Prohibition, but they want to make a... More »

Veteran Pot-Smoking Mom: Life Is Good

Catherine Hiller wants to normalize cannabis use

(Newser) - For anyone claiming pot is a gateway drug that will lead to a gradual downward spiral, Catherine Hiller has one word for you: nope. At least not for Hiller, a 68-year-old mother of three who recently penned the book Just Say Yes: A Marijuana Memoir , in which she describes her... More »

Obama: Pot Shouldn't Be Young People's Top Priority

VICE co-founder Shane Smith interviews president on marijuana, foreign policy

(Newser) - President Barack Obama sat down with VICE co-founder Shane Smith, and the two jawed about issues of the day based on questions sent in after a VICE online query—Smith says "the Internet blew up" after VICE posted its request. Highlights from the interview (which Politico notes was posted... More »

Pot Becomes Legal in DC Despite Threat to Jail Mayor

Muriel Bowser unfazed by GOP warning

(Newser) - Recreational marijuana became legal in Washington DC at a minute after midnight, but some House GOP leaders were already fuming. In a stern letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz warned that city officials who allowed voter-approved legalization to go ahead would be doing so in... More »

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