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Texas teen no longer facing life in prison for pot brownies — but he could still get 20 years

A Texas man is no longer facing a life term in prison for pot brownies after prosecutors decided the case wasn’t worth the effort. Jacob Lavoro was charged with a first-degree felony because, under Texas law, the sugar, flour, and other baking ingredients used to make the brownies could be…

States with legalized medical marijuana had 25 percent fewer prescription OD deaths: study

States that allow legal use of medical marijuana have lower rates of fatal overdoses from prescription medications. A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found the 13 states where medical marijuana is legal had 24.8 percent fewer annual opioid overdose mortality rates. The results indicate alternative treatments may be…

MN mom facing charges for treating son’s chronic pain in CO with medical marijuana

A Minnesota mother was charged with two misdemeanors after giving her teenage son medicinal marijuana to help alleviate pain from a traumatic brain injury. Angela Brown said an acquaintance apparently reported her to family services after taking her 15-year-old son, Trey, to Boulder, Colorado, in the spring to buy medical…

FL pot thieves arrested while driving away with marijuana plants sticking out car window

Two Florida men who had just stolen some marijuana plants to settle a debt were taken into custody when police spotted one of the plants sticking out of a car window as they made their getaway. Justin Goodloe, 20, and Allen Barnes, 19, were arrested and charged with felony manufacturing…

CO man’s lawsuit claims unwitting county fair weed overdose made him ‘projectile vomit’

A Colorado man overdosed on the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana after eating chocolate bars obtained from a fairground vendor promoting the drug but whose products should have been cannabis-free, court documents showed. Colorado last year became the first U.S. state to begin the regulated sale to adults of marijuana for…

Supporters, opponents of marijuana legalization take out dueling ads in NY Times

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Supporters and opponents of the federal ban on marijuana took to the pages of The New York Times this weekend with full-page color advertisements that highlight the fast-evolving debate in the United States about medical and recreational drug use. The advertisements followed The New York Times’ decision…

US marijuana legalization creating growing pains for fledgling industry

On a dark industrial street on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, shabby cars and the occasional truck disappear down an alley, as though heading to a secret meeting. Their destination, around a heavily rutted corner lined by chain-linked fencing, is a large warehouse that used to be a paintball arena…

Seattle police reassign cop who issued 80 percent of city’s weed tickets

The Seattle Police Department has reassigned an officer who single-handedly issued about 80 percent of the marijuana tickets handed out in the city during the first half of this year, authorities said on Wednesday. Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said staff reviewing data to prepare the department’s first biannual report…

Bill O’Reilly: It’s ‘part of the culture’ in the ‘ghetto’ for 9-year-olds to smoke weed

In a segment Monday night on The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly claimed the left supported marijuana legalization because children “in certain ghetto neighborhoods” were using the drug. The Fox News host was responding to the New York Times’ call for the legalization of marijuana. Joined by anti-legalization advocate Kevin…

Illinois okays medical marijuana for children with seizures

(Reuters) – Illinois children and adults with epilepsy will soon be allowed to use marijuana to ease their symptoms under a law signed on Sunday by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, the latest in a series of measures loosening restrictions on cannabis by U.S. states. The move to add epilepsy and…

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