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Vegas Airport Lets Flyers Dump Marijuana Before Taking Off

Nevada legalized marijuana, but airports fall under federal jurisdiction

(Newser) - The Las Vegas airport has installed boxes where folks leaving Sin City can dispose of their stash of marijuana before flying, no questions asked. Per SFGate , the city's main hub for air travel, McCarran International Airport, installed the "amnesty boxes" following a vote by the Clark County Commission... More »

Vacationers' Mystery Ailment Is Really a Brownie Problem

Pot brownies, that is

(Newser) - It's a rare but not unheard of tragedy: succumbing to carbon monoxide poisoning in a vacation rental. Canadian police feared that situation was on the brink of repeating itself in Northern Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, early Saturday. They were called to a cottage by 10 vacationers, some of whom had... More »

Federal Suit on Marijuana Features 12-Year-Old

Alexis Bortell, ex-NFLer among plaintiffs arguing for looser restrictions on the drug

(Newser) - Though there's no indication it'll be any more successful than the many complaints it follows, a federal lawsuit is challenging the Trump administration's policy of banning marijuana at the federal level—and is led by a 12-year-old girl. The case brought against the Justice Department by five... More »

Girl Scout Takes Huge Advantage of California's Legal Weed

She sold 312 boxes of cookies in just 6 hours

(Newser) - An enterprising young Girl Scout showed a natural instinct for capitalism when she set up outside a California marijuana dispensary last Friday and sold over 300 boxes of cookies in just six hours, KGTV reports. But she may have also broken the rules. The unidentified scout started getting attention after... More »

Pot Entrepreneurs Exploit Legal Loophole on Gifts

Deliver a cheap T-shirt, add a 'gift' of marijuana for customers

(Newser) - The single bottle of juice delivered to your door will set you back at least $55. But the bag of marijuana that comes with it? On the house. Retail marijuana stores are months away from opening in Massachusetts, but some companies have been quietly operating for more than a year,... More »

City Will Dismiss or Reduce up to 8K Marijuana Convictions

'To undo the damage that this country's disastrous, failed drug war has had'

(Newser) - California's Proposition 64—in addition to legalizing recreational marijuana—allows people convicted of marijuana-related crimes in the past to petition for their convictions to be reduced, dismissed, or expunged, the Los Angeles Times reports. But over the past year in San Francisco, only 23 people did so. "So... More »

Cops Call for Help After Allegedly Eating Pot, Hallucinating

A source says one officer ended up in a tree

(Newser) - It sounds like a potentially perilous situation: an officer calling for assistance while on duty. Except in the case of two Toronto officers on Sunday, the problem wasn't gunfire or an uncooperative arrestee—it was pot the cops had allegedly consumed. CBC News reports the officers, whose names haven'... More »

9 Weirdest Words for Pot, Courtesy of Canadian Gov't

BuzzFeed unearths the government's handy guide to marijuana slang

(Newser) - Justin Trudeau has vowed to legalize marijuana across Canada by this July. CNN reported in December that there's one legislative obstacle left, and it explains that if the bill is indeed made law, the time to market should be much more rapid than in the US, as the country... More »

Parents Sue School to Let 11-Year-Old Use Medical Pot

Illinois state law bans use of drug on school grounds

(Newser) - Most parents would celebrate a school that specifically bars students from using marijuana on its premises. Not an Illinois couple. JS and MS, as they’re identified in court documents, are suing the state after a Schaumburg school district barred their 11-year-old daughter from using a medical cannabis patch and... More »

Elderly 'Christmas Pot' Couple Arrested Again

Deputies found $18K, drug residue in vehicle

(Newser) - California couple Patrick and Barbara Jiron are clearly having a very active retirement—and they're also keeping prosecutors in Nebraska busy. The couple, who made headlines last month when they claimed 60 pounds of marijuana found in their car was for Christmas presents , were arrested again Tuesday on suspicion... More »

Vermont Legislature Is First to Pass Legal Pot Bill

Other states did so via ballot measure

(Newser) - There may soon be another reason to call Vermont the Green Mountain State: The state is poised to become the first in the US to legalize marijuana through its legislature instead of a ballot initiative. The Democratic-controlled state Senate passed a legal marijuana bill Wednesday, a week after it was... More »

Marijuana-Related Stocks Just Had Their Buzz Killed

Investors scared off by Sessions announcement

(Newser) - Marijuana-related stocks plummeted, cannabis boosters worried about the industry's future, and defiant growers and sellers vowed to keep operating after Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled a tougher approach Thursday to federal pot enforcement. The plunging stock prices reversed a weekslong rally driven by optimism for legal recreational sales that... More »

Confusion Abounds After Sessions' Big Marijuana Move

Announced he'll rescind policy that had let legalized marijuana flourish

(Newser) - The AP on Thursday morning reported Attorney General Jeff Sessions was going to go after legalized marijuana, and so it came to pass. Sessions says he is rescinding a policy instituted under President Obama that had allowed legalized marijuana to flourish in six states, with more considering the move . While... More »

Mass Arrests at a Party Bring Controversy in Georgia

Cops nab more than 60, many of whom complain of bogus pot charges

(Newser) - Cops showed up at a party in Georgia about 2:30am Sunday to investigate a complaint of shots fired, and when all was said and done, more than 60 people were arrested, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Now, controversy has ensued over whether the officers in Cartersville overreacted. Many of those... More »

Pot Now Legal in California, but It's Not That Simple

'Broad confusion' over licensing, city mandates on recreational marijuana sales

(Newser) - While the world welcomed 2018, residents in California had an extra reason to celebrate the new year's arrival. At 12:01am, marijuana received broad legalization in the Golden State, two decades after California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, the AP reports. So-called recreational pot is now... More »

7 States That Could Make Big Moves on Pot in 2018

Including the first state in the Midwest to legalize it

(Newser) - Although pot saw a watershed year in 2016, with a handful of marijuana legalization initiatives that got the green light from voters, 2017 was pretty dry, with no official movement on that front anywhere in the nation. Per Forbes , 2018 is set to see a cannabis comeback, with at least... More »

Elderly Couple Claims All This Pot Was for Christmas Gifts

Patrick and Barbara Jiron were stopped in Nebraska Tuesday

(Newser) - Nebraska police stumbled upon a Christmas surprise during a routine traffic stop in Nebraska Tuesday. Per the York News-Times , an elderly couple claims the 60 pounds of high-grade marijuana stashed in the topper of their Toyota Tacoma pickup was meant for holiday presents. Patrick Jiron, 80, and Barbara Jiron, 70,... More »

In the '60s, He Raved About Pot. This Week He Was Busted for It

Cops say 70-year-old activist Irvin Dana Beal was toting 22 pounds of it

(Newser) - A marijuana activist whose advocacy dates to the '60s counterculture has been arrested in California toting 22 pounds of illegal pot, prosecutors say. Irvin Dana Beal, 70, of New York, was arrested Saturday in Northern California after prosecutors said his rental car was spotted weaving across the road and... More »

Cops: Couple Said $336K in Pot Was for Christmas Gifts

California pair arrested in Nebraska

(Newser) - Mr. and Mrs. Claus, is that you? An elderly California couple arrested in Nebraska with 60 pounds of marijuana told police Tuesday they were planning to give out the drugs as Christmas presents, reports KMBC . York authorities say they pulled over a Toyota Tacoma after the driver failed to signal... More »

Pot Fans Roll 100-Foot Joint in Massachusetts

The monster joint was unveiled at a pot convention in Worcester

(Newser) - Massachusetts marijuana aficionados have rolled a 100-foot-long joint, the AP reports. The effort was led by Boston-based cannabis club and advocacy group Beantown Greentown during an exhibition of pro-marijuana vendors and supporters at the DCU Center in Worcester on Saturday. They perfected a secret rolling technique using 1,000 grams... More »

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