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Hey, What's That Plant Growing Near Vermont's Statehouse?

Somebody popped in nearly 3 dozen cannabis plants

(Newser) - Almost three dozen cannabis plants were found growing in the flower beds in front of the Vermont Statehouse, per the AP . Police say a visitor alerted them to the 34 plants this week among the cultivated flowers that line the walkway in front of the building in Montpelier. Capitol Police... More »

In Wild Video, Coast Guard Member Leaps Onto Drug Sub

'This is as satisfying as it gets'

(Newser) - Stunning video shows just how far the US Coast Guard will go to stop suspected drug smugglers. The minute-long video released Thursday shows a member of the US Coast Guard Cutter Munro jumping onto a semi-submersible vessel carrying 17,000 pounds of cocaine worth $232 million in the East Pacific... More »

Feds Growing Largest Marijuana Crop in 5 Years

Ole Miss is growing more potent strains

(Newser) - The US government is growing the largest crop of research marijuana in five years, responding to interest in varieties with high levels of THC and CBD. The government is the only source of pot for nearly all research in the US, while it still considers it illegal and dangerous. Scientists... More »

In 11th State to Legalize Pot, a Bonus for 770K

It's not only OK to smoke marijuana recreationally in Illinois—pot convictions will also be expunged

(Newser) - On Tuesday, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana for those 21 and over, and the bill makes another big move within its 610 pages. CNN reports that, thanks to HB 1438, about 770,000 state residents with convictions involving pot will be able to have their records... More »

'It's the Earliest Strong Evidence of People Getting High' on Pot

Signs of ritual marijuana smoking found in western China

(Newser) - Archaeologists have unearthed the earliest direct evidence of people smoking marijuana from a 2,500-year-old graveyard in western China. In a complex of lofty tombs in the Pamir Mountains—a region near the borders of modern China, Pakistan, and Tajikistan—excavators found 10 wooden bowls and several stones containing burnt... More »

Skeptics Abound After Coroner Says Pot OD Killed Woman

Experts doubtful as Louisiana coroner makes his case

(Newser) - "No one has ever overdosed on marijuana," is a common defense of the drug slowly becoming legal across the US. But one coroner says it's no longer accurate. Christy Montegut of Louisiana's St. John the Baptist Parish believes he's recorded the first death caused solely... More »

Pot Smokers at NYC Concert Ignite Wrath of Who's Daltrey

Roger Daltrey's message to attendees at Madison Square Garden on Monday: 'F--- you!'

(Newser) - The kids were not all right at The Who's Monday night concert in New York City. At least not according to singer Roger Daltrey, who ripped into fans at Madison Square Garden who decided to toke up while the band was performing, Page Six reports. In what some treated... More »

Company Takes a Tough Pot Stand on 4/20

Ben & Jerry's wants weed convictions expunged

(Newser) - On marijuana's unofficial holiday, Ben and Jerry's took a tough political stand. "It's hard to celebrate 4/20 when so many people of color are still being arrested for pot," the ice cream chain tweeted on Saturday, per KRIS-TV . "We have to do better."... More »

Carl's Jr. Reveals Its 4/20 Offering

CBD-infused burger will sell in Denver for $4.20

(Newser) - Cannabidiol or CBD, the nonpsychoactive component of cannabis, is turning up in everything from jelly beans to soda . Now, Carl's Jr. is jumping on the trend, becoming the first major fast-food chain to release a CBD-infused burger. Despite its name, the "Rocky Mountain High: CheeseBurger Delight"—made... More »

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 »

Poll: More and More, Everybody Wants to Get (Legally) Stoned

Growing majority across all age groups now favor legal marijuana

(Newser) - A growing majority of Americans say marijuana should be legal, underscoring a national shift as more states embrace cannabis for medical or recreational use. Support for legal marijuana hit 61% in 2018, up from 57% two years ago, according to the General Social Survey, a widely respected trend survey that... More »

Most Democratic Hopefuls Agree on One Thing

That one thing is marijuana legalization

(Newser) - A growing list of Democratic presidential contenders want the US government to legalize marijuana, reflecting a nationwide shift as more Americans look favorably on cannabis, the AP reports. Making marijuana legal at the federal level is the "smart thing to do," says California Sen. Kamala Harris, a former... More »

Musk's US Security Clearance Could Go Up in Pot Smoke

It's being reviewed over marijuana use

(Newser) - SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is on the verge of scoring a massive success with his Dragon crew capsule —but his pot-smoking could complicate his relationship with the government. Sources tell Bloomberg that the Pentagon is reviewing Musk's security clearance because he was filmed smoking a joint during an... More »

Martha Stewart's New Domain: Cannabis

First products with Canopy Growth will be designed to treat anxiety in pets

(Newser) - Martha Stewart's next line will be a little different: hemp-based products for pets. Canopy Growth, a Canadian pot company, announced the partnership Thursday, NBC reports. The lifestyle guru will also help develop products for humans, the company said, based on CBD—the non-psychoactive chemical in marijuana. But Canopy wants... 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 »

Doctors Raise Warning About Marijuana Lollipops

70-year-old man unfamiliar with THC doses has a heart attack

(Newser) - Doctors see a cautionary tale about marijuana edibles in the case of a 70-year-old man in Canada. He ate an entire pot lollipop in the hope that it would ease his arthritis, reports Live Science . Instead, it brought on hallucinations so fearful that the man ended up having a non-fatal... 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 »

Study on Sperm Count, Marijuana Ends With a Twist

Research out of Harvard links marijuana with higher sperm concentrations

(Newser) - A smattering of studies have indicated that marijuana is no good for sperm. Now, research out of Harvard turns that narrative on its head, finding that men who have partaken have higher sperm counts than men who never have. To get there, lead author Feiby Nassan and her team studied... More »

Red State OKs Pot and Boom, the Industry Is on Fire

Oklahoma, conservative? More like the 'wild west'

(Newser) - The rollout of statewide medical and recreational marijuana programs typically is a grindingly slow process that can take years. Not so in Oklahoma, which moved with lightning speed once voters approved medical cannabis in June, the AP reports. The ballot question received 57% support and established one of the nation'... More »

Looks Like New York Will Be Next to Legalize Pot

Governor wants law on the books for recreational marijuana early next year

(Newser) - “Let’s legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana once and for all." The speaker of those words on Monday was none other than New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who as recently as last year opposed the legalization of something he viewed as a "gateway drug,"... More »

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