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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... More »

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... More »

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,... More »

Stressed at Home? Deliveries of This Product Are Surging

Apparently you hold it after inhaling

(Newser) - One company rushed to expand its delivery fleet. Another has seen sales triple. The global coronavirus pandemic has left millions of people locked out of bars, restaurants, and theaters, but it's been an unexpected boost for some US pot shops, the AP reports. Marijuana users in the nation’s... More »

Woman Arrested After Paying Bail With Smelly Cash

It had a 'strong odor of marijuana,' police say

(Newser) - A Louisiana woman was arrested on drug charges after police determined the $5,000 cash she used to post an inmate's bail had a "strong odor of marijuana." Authorities began investigating Stormy Lynn Parfait, 33, on Friday, shortly after she showed up at the Ashland jail to... More »

First Marijuana Shop in Major East Coast City Opens

Boston's Pure Oasis expects big crowds

(Newser) - The first recreational marijuana shop in a major East Coast city opens Monday in Boston, where owners are bracing for large crowds. Pure Oasis owners Kobie Evans and Kevin Hart say they're preparing for up to 1,000 customers a day to visit the store—which is also the... More »

Family Says Doorbell Cam Caught Killers of Teen Girl

Madison Harris was 16 years old

(Newser) - A doorbell cam caught video of the suspects coming and going—but that won't bring back Madison Harris. Police say the 16-year-old was shot at her grandmother's home in Biloxi, Miss., after a group of teenagers broke in to steal marijuana. Media reports differ slightly, but the Biloxi ... More »

LA County Wipes Out 60 Years of Pot Convictions

Judge approves erasure of 66K convictions

(Newser) - Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey says she has helped correct the "inequity of the past" by wiping out 66,000 marijuana convictions. A motion signed by LA County Superior Court Judge Sam Ohta this week erases 62,000 felony convictions from as far back as 1961, when... More »

Should Bengals, Browns Fans Qualify for Medical Pot?

Ohio board will actually consider the question

(Newser) - Live in the state of Ohio? Suffer from lupus, insomnia, or being a Cincinnati Bengals or Cleveland Browns fan? You could soon qualify for a medical marijuana prescription, even for the latter "condition"—if the State Medical Board of Ohio approves its inclusion on the "eligible" list,... More »

First Day of Legal Pot Sales in This State Was a Big One

Nearly $3.2 million of cannabis was sold in Illinois on Wednesday

(Newser) - It was freezing in many parts of Illinois on New Year's Day, but that didn't stop droves of people from standing in line for the state's first day of legal marijuana sales. And the day brought in a hefty haul: NBC Chicago reports that, per the state'... More »

Man Arrested for Handing Out Weed 'Because It Was Xmas'

Richard Spurrier, 67, was collared in Florida

(Newser) - High time for Christmas? That's what a Florida man apparently thought when he was arrested Saturday for passing out marijuana, WTSP reports. Richard Spurrier said he was giving away weed in St. Petersburg "because it was Christmas," per his arrest report. Police say they found a 45-gram... More »

Rise in Teen Marijuana Vaping Is Eye-Popping

Percentage of 12th graders who tried it over the past year nearly doubles

(Newser) - The good news is that teen alcohol, cigarette, and hard-drug usage is down. But the flip side of the coin is that marijuana and nicotine vaping are sharply up. The National Institute on Drug Abuse's annual Monitoring the Future survey gathers the responses of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders,... More »

NYC Mayor Slams 'Infuriating' Claim on Murdered Student

Bill de Blasio says NYPD union chief shouldn't be 'shaming' Tessa Majors with marijuana claim

(Newser) - A 13-year-old suspect is in custody related to the murder of Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors , with police still seeking other suspects, but her killing has become what the New York Daily News calls a "political football," drawing in New York City's mayor, the head of the... More »

A Major Pot Connoisseur Has Given Up Pot

Willie Nelson says he's been having breathing problems

(Newser) - Willie Nelson has a brand of pot named after him , but he says he no longer smokes marijuana—or anything else. The 86-year-old singer tells KSAT that he has been experiencing breathing-related health problems lately so he has started taking better care of himself. "I have abused my lungs... More »

Neil Young Answered Honestly. Now, a Delayed Citizenship

Canadian singer admitted to using marijuana

(Newser) - Neil Young answered a question on his US citizenship application honestly, and it's costing him. The singer admitted that, yes, he has used marijuana, and as a result the application process has been delayed, the Guardian reports. Young, who's Canadian but is well known as, per the newspaper,... More »

Ex-Inmate Had Marijuana Up His Nose for 18 Years

He thought he had ingested pot wrapped in balloon

(Newser) - A prison inmate in Australia shoved a balloon containing marijuana up his nose, was unable to retrieve it, and then failed to make a connection between the lost pot and the sinus issues he suffered for the next 18 years, doctors say. In a case reported in the British Medical ... More »

Russia Put Her in Prison —and Wants a Swap

Naama Issachar got over 7 years for having a few grams of pot

(Newser) - A little marijuana, and Naama Issachar became a political pawn. The Israeli-Amercan was flying through Moscow in April when authorities arrested her for allegedly carrying 9.5 grams of pot in her bags, the New York Times reports. Expecting a slap on the wrist, the 26-year-old from New Jersey was... More »

Cops Allegedly Confiscated His Pot. So He Called the Cops on Them

He was quite irate (and wrong) during his conversation with an Ohio police sergeant

(Newser) - A man confused about Ohio drug laws called a police department demanding that officers return the small amount of marijuana they "stole" from him, per the AP . WXIX reports the man told a Sharonville police dispatcher in an expletive-laced call Tuesday that it's legal to possess 100 grams... More »

Surgeon General Warns Marijuana Is Risky, Legal or Not

New advisory warns teenagers and pregnant women

(Newser) - Marijuana is increasingly legal in the US, but the surgeon general says that sends a misleading message. "While the perceived harm of marijuana is decreasing, the scary truth is that the actual potential for harm is increasing," Dr. Jerome Adams said Thursday, NPR reports, in announcing a new... More »

Canadian Caught With CBD Oil Faces Lifetime Ban From US

She tried to bring medicinal oil from Canada to a state with legal marijuana

(Newser) - A young Canadian woman thought that since marijuana is legal throughout Canada and in Washington state, it would be OK to bring the non-psychoactive CBD oil she uses for medical purposes from one to the other. She was very wrong. The woman, who uses the cannabis-derived product to treat the... More »

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