Cannabis for kids


National Geographic shares the stories of children who seek relief from cancer and epilepsy through the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil with little to none of marijuana's psychoactive component THC. Read the rest

National Geographic loves weed so much, they're devoting an entire print issue to it

This is not a photoshop.

This is not a photoshop.

The high times, they are a-changing: editors of National Geographic chose cannabis as the theme of their next print issue.

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Baby Jesus bong


The most high.

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Legal weed price drops 40% in Washington

Legal recreational weed was in short supply in Washington this summer. Stores were charging as much a $25 a gram, including an effective tax rate of 44 percent. Now that weed is more plentiful, prices have dropped to about $15 a gram. Black market weed is still cheaper, though: $10 a gram. Read the rest

Everything you need to know about marijuana edibles

Xeni Jardin interviews cannabis expert Lisa Marks, a pseudonym that will be lifted when prohibition is lifted. The worst-case scenario is you have to watch a Pixar movie and take a nap.

How I use medical marijuana: vaporizers, science, weed, and cancer

A primer on the healing power of weed, and how to vaporize correctly, for cancer patients and others who truly have a medical need for marijuana. Sponsored by Ascent by DaVinci, a vaporizer we think works really well.

How stoned is too stoned to drive?

The US government is analyzing data from what it claims is the biggest study on how pot affects how you drive. The participants in the study at the University of Iowa vaporized marijuana (smoke-free campus!), drank, both, or had a placebo and took the wheel of a driving simulator.

"When it comes to cannabis, it's a lot trickier than when it comes to alcohol," says Colorado State Trooper JJ Wolff. "I can't tell you if one joint is going to make you high to the point where you can't drive. That's a really hard question to answer at this point. ... "The safest thing to do right now: If you are going to drink any amount, don't drive. And if you are going to consume any amount of cannabis, don't drive." "Feds test how stoned is too stoned to drive" (USA Today) Read the rest

Pot encouraged at Colorado Symphony concert series

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra will perform a series of concerts where attendees are encouraged to smoke weed. The bring-your-own-cannabis concerts, called "Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series," are a collaboration with pro-pot producers Edible Events.

"We see ourselves as connecting classical music with all of Colorado," Colorado Symphony Orchestra director Jerry Kern told the Denver Post. "Part of our goal is to bring in a younger audience and a more diverse audience, and I would suggest that the patrons of the cannabis industry are both younger and more diverse than the patrons of the symphony orchestra."

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US to allow banks to do business with licensed marijuana companies

"One Girl Smokes Pot While Her Friend Watches During an Outing in Cedar Woods near Leakey, Texas." May, 1973. U.S. National Archives, via Flickr. Photographer: Marc St. Gil.

A breaking story that could become a significant step toward a legal marijuana economy in the United States:

From the Denver Post:

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Stoners break into house, dye hair

"Police are still trying to figure out why a group of unknown suspects would break into a Vaughn Street home," writes Marie Kemph of the Murfreesboro Post, "just to smoke marijuana and dye their hair." Read the rest

Denver holds first public hearing for recreational marijuana store

No one spoke in opposition at a hearing in Denver, Colorado to open the first recreational marijuana store in the United States. It was the first of 16 hearings scheduled this month.

The 9 a.m. hearing — for a store called The Grove, at First Avenue and Federal Boulevard — lasted less than an hour, said Larry Stevenson with Denver's Department of Excise and Licenses. The store's owner and a handful of employees spoke in favor of the store's application. No one spoke in opposition, said Mike Elliott, the executive director of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, who attended the hearing.
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Documentary about Richard Stratton - "marijuana millionaire" sentenced to 25 years in maximum-security prison

[Video Link] "A documentary chronicling the life of author Richard Stratton, from his early experiments with marijuana in suburban Massachusetts to his ultimate entry into the world of high volume, international hashish and marijuana trade. His involvement in the drug market, including the shipment of 7 tons of hashish from war-riddled Beirut into New York Harbor, led to his arrest and conviction to 25 years in maximum-security prison. This video, through re-enactments, stock footage, score and interview, tells the unbelievable story."

Here's a recent interview with Stratton.

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FBI data shows US cops made one pot arrest every 42 seconds in 2012

"Residents of two states voted to legalize marijuana in 2012, but despite an increase in public support for liberalizing drug policy, American police arrested about the same number of people last year on pot-related charges as in 2011." [US News and World Report] Read the rest

Everything wrong about medical marijuana marketing in California, in a single snapshot

I snapped this photo of a popular medical marijuana dispensary storefront in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles last week. To me, it represents everything bone-headed about the way LA area pot shops (which operate in a legal gray zone in a conflicting patchwork of federal, state, and local laws) market themselves.

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The golden, explodey menace of hash oil

Wired News has a feature on butane hash oil, a highly combustible form of marijuana that is increasingly produced inside the US. Just last week, FEMA posted an odd alert in its emergency services bulletin: “Hash Oil Explosions Increasing Across US,” along with the "more quotidian warnings of cyber terrorism and industrial vapor clouds." Why: more explosions at apartments and hotel rooms involving “a process using butane to extract and concentrate compounds from marijuana." Read the rest

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