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A Georgia nightmare: This woman was jailed for 4 months for possessing cotton candy

A Georgia woman has filed a federal lawsuit after she spent nearly four months in jail because a roadside drug test administered by untrained police officers falsely identified a bag of cotton candy as methamphetamine.

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Pennsylvania man bulldozed to death for growing 10 marijuana plants

Getting caught growing a few pot plants in Pennsylvania could lead to a criminal charge and a likely sentence of probation, but for a Lehigh Valley man, it was a death sentence. This past Monday, 51-year-old Gregory A. Longenecker was found dead under a bulldozer operated by a state Game Commission worker and carrying a state trooper hunting for two men spotted near a freshly-discovered marijuana grow.

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Joe Arpaio has been a world-class jerk a lot longer than you ever knew

Joe Arpaio made his conservative bones as the hardline, long-time sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, home of Phoenix, the state's largest city. Housing inmates in sweltering tent cities in the desert heat, forcing them to wear pink underwear and feeding them slop as incarceration porn voyeurs watched with glee on internet feeds helped make Arpaio a hero of the reactionary right.

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Louisiana judge forces first-time drug offenders to take Christian drug treatment course

A municipal court judge in Louisiana with an apparently limited understanding of the U.S. Constitution is forcing first-time drug offenders seeking probation to attend a Christian program called "Life Choices" offered by a local church.

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This is the future of marijuana

Marijuana: A Short History by John Hudak (2016, Brookings Institution Press, 217 pp., $14.95 PB)

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Seniors are lighting up to cure what ails them as they trade pills for pot

The growing acceptance of and access to legal marijuana has some people worried that the youth are going to start using it more frequently, but that's not the demographic where pot has really taken off. Instead, it's senior citizens.

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How I got the $84,000 Hepatitis C drug for $1500 by buying it from India

When I went in for my annual physical in 2011, I knew something was up when the physician's assistant who usually dealt with me deferred to the actual doctor. It was up to him to take on more serious issues, and as he soon explained, I had one. My blood work had come back showing I was infected with the hepatitis C virus. Hep C is a serious, life-threatening illness that attacks the liver and can result in fatty liver, cirrhotic liver and liver cancer. One out of five people carrying the hep C virus will die of liver disease within 20 years. And a lot of people have it—at least 3 million, and perhaps as many as 7 million, in the United States alone.

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‘I was pretty jacked up on marijuana’: This insane 1969 anti-drug propaganda video is unintentionally hysterical

In 1969, the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation wasn't just busy making planes to drop bombs on Vietnamese villagers; it was also making films about young women dropping acid and blowing their minds. Why the military-industrial complex mainstay was making anti-drug propaganda remains something of a mystery, but Lockheed's name is on the video below.

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Coyotes tripping on psychedelics could be terrorizing California’s posh Marin county

There are strange goings on in Marin County, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Local media are reporting repeated instances of coyotes behaving oddly, staring at and then charging at cars on the Pacific Coast Highway near the beach town of Bolinas and Stinson Beach, and one of the explanations offered—and not discounted—is that they are high on "magic" mushrooms.

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Here's 7 ways to stretch your marijuana dollar

Marijuana is increasingly legal and growing in acceptance, but it still ain't cheap. The national pound price is around $2,000, the ounce price is over $200 even in most legalization states and over $300 in other parts of the U.S., and a good rule of thumb is that if you're buying small-scale retail, you'll be paying around $10 a gram or more. If you're a regular smoker, that can add up, and even if you're an occasional toker, why spend more on weed than you need to?

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Cannabis sativa vs cannabis indica: What you think you know about marijuana strains is probably wrong

When it comes to getting high on marijuana, the conventional wisdom is that one of two species of the plant—cannabis sativa or cannabis indica—will determine whether you get an up high or you get couch lock. (A third species, cannabis ruderalis, has also been identified, but it doesn't have much psychoactive effect and is more hemp-like.)

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Microdosing -- a new, low-key way to use psychedelics

At the fifth annual Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics conference in New York City in October 2011, pioneering psychedelic researcher Dr. James Fadiman solidified his reemergence as a leading researcher of and advocate for psychedelic substances. Fadiman had done groundbreaking research with LSD up until the very day it was federally banned in 1966, but after that, he retreated into a life of quiet conventionality—at least on the surface.

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Stoned Is the Way of the Walk: Here are 24 classic reefer songs for 4/20

The stoner holiday is upon us, and what better way to enjoy it than to kick back, fire up a fatty, and revel in reefer's rich musical legacy. In honor of 4/20, here are 24 classic songs about pot, in chronological order:

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Kids getting high on Burt's Bees? Here are 5 totally bogus teen drug panics

The following is the latest in a new series of articles on AlterNet called Fear in America that launched this March. Read the introduction to the series.

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These 13 outrageous acts by drug war cops all happened within the last week

In Fresno, California, the Fresno deputy police chief was arrested last Thursday as part of a federal drug conspiracy investigation. Deputy Chief Keith Foster, 51, went down after a year-long undercover investigation by the FBI and BATF. Few details are known except for the charges: possession and distribution of heroin, oxycodone, and marijuana. He has been placed on administrative leave.

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