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Iraq War vet denied medical marijuana for PTSD first to buy legal pot in Colorado

An Iraq War veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder became the first person to legally buy recreational marijuana under a new Colorado law that went into effect New Year’s Day. Sean Azzarti, of Denver, who helped campaign for Amendment 64, a voter-approved measure that permits anyone over 21 to…

Jobs, tax revenue and tourism: America’s first marijuana stores open in Colorado

America’s first retail stores selling marijuana open for business in Colorado on Wednesday, putting the western state in the vanguard of the country’s evolving attitudes on legalizing the drug. Officials in the state famous for its ski resorts and breathtaking mountain vistas have issued 348 retail marijuana licenses — including…

Just because Colorado will let you smoke pot doesn’t mean your boss will

Even though Colorado will permit the legal possession and use of marijuana starting Wednesday, employers may also legally fire workers who test positive for the drug. Amendment 64, the ballot initiative passed by voters in November 2012 that essentially legalizes marijuana, permits employers to prohibit its use both on and…

Group wants to give Massachusetts voters a chance to legalize pot

A group of pro-pot activists in Massachusetts are pushing a ballot measure to fully legalize marijuana. The group Bay State Repeal hopes to get the proposal on the ballot in 2016 after testing different versions of the measure by placing nonbinding referendum questions on next year’s ballot in about a…

Hundreds of pounds of pot falls from the sky in San Diego

Bundles of marijuana were dropped from a plane Monday morning over San Diego. U.S. Customs and Border Protection began tracking the ultra-light plane as it crossed the border about 4:15 a.m. and returned to Mexico without landing. Federal agents said a plane originated in Mexico dropped the bundles of pot…

Happy legal weed anniversary, Washington! Massive party planned for Seattle Center

Marijuana has been legal in small quantities in Seattle for almost a year. One Seattle activist has a massive party — and a message — planned for the anniversary of legalization. “Tourists need a place to get high legally,” said Ben Livingston, a pot activist, writer and head of the…

Want to get stoned without losing your memory? Take ibuprofen, scientists say

A recent study suggests over-the-counter medication could set aside one of the biggest obstacles to using marijuana to treat a variety of ailments and conditions. The study, published Thursday in the journal Cell, showed that using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as the painkiller ibuprofen could prevent memory problems and…

New Hampshire prison official calls to ‘legalize, control, regulate, tax’ marijuana

The head of one jail in New Hampshire said on Monday that his experience in the prison system had made him sure that it was time to legalize marijuana. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill earlier this year to decriminalize small amounts of weed, but Cheshire County Department of…

Another New Mexico man forced to undergo humiliating medical procedures in drug investigation

At least one other man in New Mexico was forced to undergo invasive bodily searches for drugs after a traffic stop involving the same police dog and the same hospital. KOB-TV reported that David Eckert had filed a lawsuit against the city of Deming, Gila Regional Medical Center, six law…

Family finally obtains video evidence after man dies from food allergy while jailed on pot charge

Videotape finally obtained by the family of a Washington man who died while in police custody on a misdemeanor drug charge appears to support their claims that he’d raised concerns about the breakfast that ultimately killed him. Michael Saffioti, 22, turned himself in July 2, 2012, on an outstanding warrant…

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