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Medical marijuana heads south

A little less than half of U.S. states have passed legislation permitting the use of medical marijuana. California's law is nearly a decade old, and Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Maine followed suit shortly.

Stats Can report finds marijuana use down among Canada's teens

Statistics Canada released a report today showing that fewer teenagers from 15 to 17 are using marijuana. The drop-off from 2002 to 2012 was dramatic and it comes at a time when marijuana is proving to be a dangerous drug for the developing brain.

The gap between medical marijuana and street pot

As more and more states legalize medical marijuana, the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is concerned that the marijuana used in research is becoming further removed from the type common on the streets.

Booze or Marijuana — What's best for the kids? A doctor replies

Booze or pot? What would you prefer your kids to take? Neither, you might say. But, faced with the reality that drugs and alcohol are a part of many kid's lives, what should you choose, if you had to? A doctor gives his opinion.

Op-Ed: People are just exploding for pot these days

As more states move to legalize marijuana, the availability of this herb has allowed some enterprising people to develop new ways to get even higher. The newest trend is the extraction of THC from pot to create a concentrate known as marijuana wax.

New Uruguay govt in 'no rush' to sell pot at pharmacies

Montevideo - The government of newly sworn-in Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez is in no hurry to implement his predecessor's controversial world-first law allowing marijuana sales at pharmacies, an official said Wednesday.

Louisiana man gets life in prison for selling $20 worth of pot

Angola - A hungry and homeless man who was entrapped into selling $20 worth of marijuana to an undercover narcotics officer in Louisiana has been sentenced to life in prison, with hard labor, and no parole.

Gary Johnson fakes a heart attack at CPAC

During a panel discussion at CPAC, 2012 presidential candidate Gary Johnson faked a heart attack to counter an argument about marijuana creating a higher risk for heart attacks.

Breaking Bad-ness: NY cherry factory hid drug op

New York - It could almost be a scene out of hit television program "Breaking Bad.

Marijuana legalization takes effect in Alaska

Los Angeles - Alaska became the third American state to allow the recreational use of marijuana, following in the steps of Colorado and Washington state -- and soon to be joined by Oregon.

Snow-free roof leads to marijuana bust

Haarlem - In the Netherlands, some cannabis growers were arrested after neighbors noticed that their roof had no snow on it, which was due to the lamps heating their marijuana plants.

Woman finds bricks of marijuana hidden in used van

A woman in New Mexico bought a 1990 Chevrolet van back in 2001 and has been driving herself and her grandkids around in it since. Unknown to her the entire time there were five bricks of marijuana hidden in a side-door of the vehicle.

Bill to decriminalize marijuana introduced in Delaware

Democrat Helene Keeley of the Delaware House of Representatives introduced a bill into the House on Thursday to decriminalize marijuana. If the bill is passed pot possession in the state would result in civil fines, not a criminal record.

Police found 1,000 marijuana plants in the back of this store

Gilroy - A furniture store owner in California was arrested after police found 1,000 pot plants and around 50 pounds of processed marijuana in the back of his fake store.

Woman finds 13 pounds of pot stashed away in her van

Alamogordo - A New Mexico woman was shocked when she found an old stash of marijuana in the van her family has owned for more than 13 years.

Pot report: 18 U.S. states to have legalized marijuana by 2020

A new report predicts that by 2020 a total of 18 states in America will have legalized recreational marijuana. Currently possession of pot is legal in just four U.S. states - pending in others - while medical marijuana is legal in 23 states.

No pardon for Missouri prisoner serving life sentence for pot

Sedalia - Every day for over 20 years, Jeff Mizanskey, a nonviolent offender, has been staring at the same prison walls, a victim of Missouri's stringent three strikes' law that has since been repealed. Last month, Governor Jay Nixon declined to pardon Mizanskey.

Assembly rejects proposal to ban commercial marijuana

Anchorage - An Anchorage, Alaska ordinance that would have counteracted a recently passed statewide voter initiative failed Tuesday following hours of public comment.

U.S.Mother charged for giving her children marijuana for ailments

A woman in Cadillac, Michigan has been charged with three counts of child abuse for giving her 10- and 12-year-old children marijuana. She says that she was giving her two boys pot to treat medical conditions.

Native Americans can now grow, sell pot on reservations in U.S.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Thursday that Native American tribes will now be able to grow and to sell marijuana on their lands. Even if the state the tribe is in has not legalized marijuana tribes will not be held to that state's laws.

Maryland teen gives pot brownie to teacher, may face jail time

Annapolis - A 17-year-old Annapolis, Maryland Broadneck High School student is facing possible jail time after giving his teacher a pot-laced brownie. The teacher who ate a portion of the baked treat became ill soon afterwards and needed medical attention.

U.S. postal employees accused of stealing mailed packages of pot

Long Island City - Postal employees in Long Island, New York have been arrested and charged with stealing packages of marijuana that had been shipped in the mail, and redirecting the parcels for local sale.

Marijuana helps to reduce glioma cancer

London - Researchers have successfully shrunk one of the most aggressive adult brain cancers by combining cannabinoids with radiotherapy.

Long-term marijuana use may affect brain region

A new study suggests that long-term marijuana smokers have less gray matter in their orbitofrontal cortex compared with non-smokers. However, the study further notes that other brain circuits compensate by increasing connectivity.

Toddler taken from parents over pot use killed by foster mother

Cameron - A 2-year-old Texas girl whose parents were stripped of custody largely due to her father's marijuana use was murdered by her foster mother, who was sentenced last Tuesday to life behind bars.

Pot cloud in classroom puts Colorado high school on lock-down

Commerce City - There was a little bit of “reefer madness” going on at Adams High School in Commerce City, Colorado this week. The school was put on lock-down Friday after one student’s weed pipe filled the classroom with smoke, school officials said.

Seniors hold the key to Florida’s marijuana vote

Tallahassee - Citizens in Florida are deciding, as part of the U.S. midterm elections, whether to legalize medical marijuana. Poll watchers think that seniors are key to the outcome rather than younger people.

Op-Ed: Report: U.S. narcs hid study showing marijuana destroys tumors

Denver - A pro-marijuana site is reporting the U.S. government shut down a study in 1974 when it showed marijuana destroyed brain tumors. Other work has been quashed.

Op-Ed: Government ignores voters on marijuana

Denver - State, local and federal government agents have launched secretive raids on marijuana growers and dispensaries in Washington and Colorado, the two states where voters legalized it.

Relax — marijuana doesn't lower IQ after all

Oxford - Despite several hyped headlines to the contrary, a large new study proves that marijuana use does not lower IQ in teens one bit.
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