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Ancient Israelites Got High at Church

Cannabis residue turns up on altar going back 2,700 years

(Newser) - Scientists studying residue on an ancient Israeli altar found something they didn't expect: cannabis. And it appears those present knew exactly what they were doing. They figured out a way to keep it burning at a low temperature to get worshipers high, reports Haaretz . The sample was found on... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Feds Find 4 Tons of Pot in Shipment of Jalapeños

California's black market is still thriving

(Newser) - An attempt to smuggle marijuana mixed in with jalapeño peppers didn't fool a K-9 unit at the Otay Mesa cargo facility in San Diego, authorities say. The pooches found pallets of pot and peppers Thursday in a tractor-trailer driven by a 37-year-old Mexican citizen, Customs and Border Protection... More »

Mike Tyson Is Riding a $40K-a-Month High

Ex-boxer is evidently smoking a lot of pot in his retirement

(Newser) - Mike Tyson is getting high on his own supply. The retired boxer selling cannabis grown on his California ranch admitted to smoking $40,000 worth of the drug per month on a recent episode of the "Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson" podcast, per USA Today . "What do we smoke... More »

Researchers Examine Pot Use in Pregnancy, Get Pushback

Controversial study examines whether marijuana can help with morning sickness

(Newser) - There's no proof that cannabis can relieve morning sickness, and mainstream medicine advises against use in pregnancy due to studies suggesting it might cause premature birth, low birthweight, and infant brain deficits. But the National Institute on Drug Abuse is pressing for more solid evidence. With nearly $200,000... 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 »

One Ice-Cream Maker Wants to Relax You in a Big Way

Ben & Jerry's wants to sell CBD-infused ice cream

(Newser) - Want to ingest sugar while feeling very relaxed? Ben & Jerry's has you covered, if the FDA approves. The famous Vermont ice-cream maker said Thursday it wants to sell ice cream infused with a hemp-derived compound called CBD, CBS News reports. "You probably know that we're fans... 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 »

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 »

A Pot Etiquette Guide, From a Somewhat Surprising Source

Primer from Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, could be very helpful to a newbie

(Newser) - New to pot smoking? Concerned you'll embarrass yourself? Who better to turn to for advice than a trusted co-president of the Emily Post Institute —Post's own great-great-grandaughter, in fact. Yes, Lizzie Post has published a book on the subject of cannabis etiquette, appropriately titled Higher Etiquette , nearly... 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 »

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