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Alaska pot legalization vote pushed back to November, along with minimum wage hike

A ballot initiative that could make Alaska the third U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana will go before voters in a general election in November rather than in August as previously scheduled, officials said on Monday. The move means that a broader swath of the public is likely to vote…

Study: Even casual pot use causes brain abnormalities — particularly smokers under 30

Even casual use of marijuana can cause significant abnormalities in two areas of the brain that regulate emotion and motivation, according to a new study. The findings, published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, challenge the idea that casual pot smoking is relatively harmless, researchers said. The study, which was…

Medical marijuana to soon be available in Colorado via vending machine

Coloradan’s got a glimpse at the ease with which they will be able to purchase medical marijuana in the future, as the first vending machine designed to specifically dispense the herb was unveiled Friday night in Avon, CO. Called the ‘Zazz’, the machine will dispense marijuana-based edible goods, however customers…

Ohio high school athlete sues over suspension for pro-marijuana retweet

A Ohio high school soccer player, who was suspended from his team for re-tweeting a pro-pot message on Twitter, is suing the school district over his punishment. Clear Fork High School senior Jakob Neumann, 18, claims that school administration officials violated his 1st Amendment right to free speech and denied…

Lawmaker prods attorney general to revise ‘fallacious’ pot laws: Order the study already

A pro-pot legislator pointedly asked Attorney General Eric Holder why he wants to wait for Congress to loosen marijuana laws. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) reminded Holder during a House Judiciary Committee meeting Tuesday that the attorney general had the authority to ask the Secretary of Health and Human Services to…

MS mayoral candidate touts hemp’s powers to dissolve and repel nuclear radiation

A Mississippi mayoral candidate makes some startling claims about industrial hemp in a video outlining her platforms. Gwendolyn Ward Osbourne Chapman is among 13 candidates running in a special election to replace the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, who died last month. In a candidate video posted on WAPT-TV, Chapman said…

Seattle man complains: Someone keeps mailing me weed!

A Seattle man told police that he has been receiving mystery packages of marijuana mailed to his home. The man, whose name was not released, told officers that he received the first package last month marked “return to sender, insufficient postage,” reported KOMO-TV. His home was listed as the return…

First legal weed-related death reported in Colorado

A Wyoming college student visiting Colorado on spring break is the first reported death related to the legal sale of recreational marijuana. Levy Thamba, a student at Northwest College, fell to his death last month from the balcony of a Holiday Inn in Denver. Autopsy results released Monday showed the…

‘Game over’: Congressman predicts federal pot prohibition will be dead within 5 years

One of the strongest pro-pot voices in Congress said Monday the end is in sight for marijuana prohibition. “I think it’s game over in less than five years,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) during an interview Monday with The Huffington Post. Two states – Colorado and Washington – already allow…

Suit claims Idaho state trooper assumed driver had weed because of Colorado license plate

A Washington man has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming an Idaho state trooper pulled him over because of his license plate from Colorado – where marijuana is legal. Darien Roseen, lives in Washington state but owns a second home in Colorado, said he was stopped Jan. 25, 2013, as he…

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