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Marijuana Makes New Inroads in the South

Virginia becomes first Southern state to legalize recreational use

(Newser) - Virginia became the first Southern state to legalize marijuana Wednesday, as lawmakers voted to approve Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed changes to a bill that will allow adults to possess and cultivate small amounts of the drug starting in July. Northam sent the bill back to lawmakers substantially changed from...

New York Becomes 3rd State to Legalize Pot in This Fashion

Lawmakers approved the change

(Newser) - New York has become the latest state to legalize recreational marijuana—and the third where the change was approved by lawmakers, not voters. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a legalization bill Wednesday morning, calling it a "historic day," CNBC reports. The legislation was passed Tuesday evening by votes of...

New York's Deal Sets Up $4.2B Recreational Pot Market

Plan includes a social equity component to help people hurt by past practices

(Newser) - New York lawmakers have reached an agreement with Gov. Andrew Cuomo that would make recreational marijuana legal in the state. Officials said the change should help eliminate a longtime inequity—Black and Hispanic people are arrested on minor marijuana charges much more often than white people are—while setting up...

White House Punishes Staffers Over Past Pot Use

Daily Beast reports that dozens were fired, suspended, or made to work remotely

(Newser) - President Biden is no fan of dopers, according to a report from the Daily Beast . The outlet reports "dozens of young White House staffers" have been fired, suspended, asked to resign, or placed in a remote work program because of past marijuana use, even in states where the drug...

Seth Rogen's Favorite Pastime Is Now His Business

Actor launches new cannabis brand, Houseplant, website immediately crashes

(Newser) - Apparently the internet was excited about Seth Rogen's new venture, because the website for Houseplant crashed immediately after the actor launched the cannabis brand Monday. "If you know anything about me at all, I'm going to assume it's that I really love weed," Rogen said...

Online Investors Switch Focus to Marijuana Stocks

Twitter surges 13% after reporting strong earnings despite 'unusual circumstances'

(Newser) - Major US stock indexes ended another up-and-down day of trading more or less where they started out, although a small gain nudged the Dow Jones Industrial Average to another record high. The S&P 500 fell 1.35 points, or less than 0.1%, to 3,909.88. The Dow...

'Cultural Embarrassment:' Jamaica Running Low on Weed

Rain, drought, pandemic, legalization, fewer farmers all mean less ganja on the island

(Newser) - Jamaica is running low on ganja. Heavy rains followed by an extended drought, an increase in local consumption, and a drop in the number of marijuana farmers have caused a shortage in the island's famed but largely illegal market that experts say is the worst they've seen. "...

Black Couple Separated From Infant Son After Traffic Stop

NC cops say marijuana was found; the couple disputes that

(Newser) - A Black man says a deputy told him he would never again see his son during a traffic stop in North Carolina earlier this month. And he says he hasn't had custody of his 9-month-old in the three weeks since. Raymond Cheley Sykes, 34, and Kaila Boulware, 27, of...

America's Longest-Serving Nonviolent Pot Prisoner Freed

Richard DeLisi was behind bars for 31 years

(Newser) - After more than 30 years in prison for a nonviolent cannabis offense. Richard DeLisi will be spending Christmas with his family. The 71-year-old Florida inmate, believed to be the country's longest-serving inmate for a nonviolent pot crime, was released this week from Florida's South Bay Correctional Facility, CNN...

Giuliani Claims 'Big Win for Honest Elections'
Judge: You Can Analyze
Those Voting Machines
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Judge: You Can Analyze Those Voting Machines

Rudy Giuliani calls it a 'big win,' but that might not be true

(Newser) - A judge ruled Friday that forensic photos can be taken of Dominion vote tabulation machines in one Michigan county, a move hailed by Rudy Giuliani—although it's unrelated to the presidential election, the Detroit News reports. The judge said a voter had complained about three ballots allegedly being ignored...

On Marijuana, a 'Huge, Historic Victory'

UN committee takes cannabis for medical use off of list of most dangerous drugs

(Newser) - Drug policy advocates are celebrating a win this week after a United Nations commission voted to remove marijuana for medical use from a list of the world's most dangerous drugs. In a 27-25 vote, with only Ukraine abstaining, the 53 member states of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs...

Rhode Island Voters to Decide on State's Name

Ballot measures also cover flag, minimum wage

(Newser) - More than 120 ballot measures could transform state policy this election. In two of those cases, the topic is abortion. In Colorado, Proposition 115 seeks to block abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy unless to save the life of the mother. That's the sole exception that would be provided,...

One State May Be First to Decriminalize Hard Drugs

Oregon votes on measure, while 4 other states may legalize marijuana

(Newser) - The march toward legal marijuana has a chance to move forward in four more states on Tuesday, while Oregon ponders a groundbreaking move on harder drugs. Details:
  • Hard drugs: Oregon may become the first state to decriminalize hard drugs, reports the AP . Under the ballot measure, people caught with small
...

Willie Nelson Inhaled at the White House —and He Wasn't Alone

The country legend apparently lit one up with James Earl 'Chip' Carter III

(Newser) - Wonder what Willie Nelson would do on the White House roof? Nah, you probably know already. "When Willie Nelson wrote his autobiography, he confessed that he smoked pot in the White House one night when he was spending the night with me," Jimmy Carter says in a new...

7 Shot Dead at Marijuana Grow House

No arrests made after California slayings

(Newser) - A possible robbery attempt turned into mass murder at a California grow house on Labor Day. Police say seven people were shot dead early Monday at the apparently illegal operation in Aguanga, Riverside County, NBC Los Angeles reports. Police say that after deputies responded to a reported assault with a...

'Green Drone' Drops Hundreds of Bags of Pot on City

Police in Israel say baggies held 'dangerous drug'

(Newser) - "Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the green drone, handing out free cannabis from the sky," a pro-legalization group in Israel said on the secure messaging app Telegram Thursday. Shortly afterward, pot started falling from the sky in Tel Aviv. Dozens of passers-by...

He Got Life for Selling $30 of Weed. Now, This

Derek Harris, a military veteran, is about to go free

(Newser) - A Louisiana man serving life for selling less than a gram of weed is about to see the light of day, CNN reports. Prosecutors have agreed to free Derek Harris, a military veteran who was arrested in 2008 for selling an officer less than $30 of marijuana. In a Louisiana...

Study Recommends Minimum Legal Age for Cannabis Use
Here's the 'Optimal' Minimum
Legal Age for Pot Use
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Here's the 'Optimal' Minimum Legal Age for Pot Use

It should be no lower than 19, Canadian researchers say

(Newser) - Every US state that has legalized marijuana has made the minimum age 21, in line with the drinking age. New research out of Canada suggests it may be OK to go a little lower. In a study published in the journal BMC Public Health , researchers say they determined "19...

Colorado Grants Major Cannabis Industry Wish

Online sales of recreational pot legalized during pandemic

(Newser) - Colorado has made online sales of recreational marijuana legal during the coronavirus pandemic, fulfilling one of the pot industry's biggest wishes and fueling its argument for more concessions that could be made permanent when the crisis eases. It's one of several signs emerging from the virus outbreak of...

It's Not a Good Time to Smoke Anything: Experts

Lungs need clean air during a pandemic

(Newser) - Anytime is a good time to stop smoking or vaping, but health experts say this moment would be especially beneficial. "Quitting during this pandemic could not only save your life, but by preventing the need for your treatment in a hospital, you might also save someone else’s life,...

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