Stoned man who called 911 found surrounded by junk food

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Police responding to a 911 call turned up at an the Austintown, Ohio home to find the 22-year-old man who called for emergency help "laying on the floor, in the fetal position... surrounded by a plethora of Doritos, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, and Chips Ahoy cookies."

According to the police report, the fellow said he “smoked too much weed” and was “too high and could not feel his hands."

"Too High" Man Surrounded By Snacks" (Smoking Gun) Read the rest

Marijuana falling from the sky

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Earlier this month, a huge bundle of marijuana fell from the sky over Nogales, Arizona, crashing through the roof of a carport and destroying a dog house. Bill and Maya Donnelly turned the 23.8 pound of weed over to police who valued it at $9,500. From the Nogales International:

The Donnellys said the Nogales Police Department officers who responded told them that one of the most likely explanations for the incident was that an ultralight aircraft smuggling marijuana into Arizona from Mexico had accidentally let part of its load go early before dropping the rest further north of the border.

Bill Donnelly said that scenario made sense to him, adding that flying just one bundle seems like “an awful lot of risk for a little reward...”

“Thank God it didn’t land on our house,” he said. “Or over one of the kids’ rooms.”

"Falling drug bundle pierces carport, crushes doghouse" Read the rest

That Arctic doomsday seed vault? There's backup copies of cannabis in there, too. Lots.

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This week, the "doomsday seed vault" (as it's known in headlines, anyway) made the news because scientists made the first "withdrawal" from the remote arctic store. But there's another reason to be excited about the underground vault on Norway's Svalbard archipelago. Weed! And when shit gets real, we're gonna need it. Read the rest

New online store for design-minded stoners

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Tetra is a new online shop dealing with pot paraphernalia for people who appreciate fine design. A few weeks back I happened to meet co-founder Eviana Hartman, a well-known fashion and design writer, and really dug her enthusiasm and vision for this project. Congratulations, Eviana and crew! From the New York Times:

The team has lined up an impressive group of designers, who have created devices and accouterments in a wide range of strikingly original materials and styles. “The only unifying aesthetic,” Khemsurov says, “stems from the interest we all share in timeless natural materials like marble, brass and ceramics, plus our determination to make this collection as sophisticated and relevant, from a design perspective, as possible.” To that end, the initial batch of products include two ashtrays and a pipe made by Katie Stout and Sean Gerstley, which utilize the same hand-formed ceramic and gold luster technique as their eye-catching lamps sold through the Johnson Trading Gallery; a polished-copper sphere by Fort Standard that opens into a small snuff box; and, in Wu’s words, “a vibrant dichroic-glass ashtray hand-cast by Andrew Hughes that changes color according to one’s vantage point and the kind of light it’s viewed in.”

"A New Design Shop that Aims to Elevate the Smoke-Filled Room" (NYT, thanks, Jordan Kurland!)

Tetra (shop-tetra.com) Read the rest

Nutty vintage ads for drug paraphernalia

Far out vintage ads for drug paraphernalia, from a water pipe that looks like a set of bathroom fixtures to "The Boosters," a brand of additives that moisten weed and act as a desiccant for cocaine. Read the rest

Hungry deer caught munching marijuana plants at Oregon farm

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Oh, deer. Someone has a bad case of the munchies.

Man busted for stealing from pot dispensary has perfect last name

The ideal last name for a pot pilferer in Cowlitz County, Washington.

Marijuana wine the next big thing

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Kathleen Wilcox on the trend for weed-infused wine, here quoting Dr. Carl Ruck… Read the rest

Help Wanted: Cannabis critic

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The Oregonian, Portland's daily newspaper, is seeking a professional marijuana critic. Read the rest

Shakespeare probably smoked weed, scientists say

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Several pipes excavated from William Shakespeare's garden contained cannabis, report scientists who used gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to analyze the items. Read the rest

New DEA head: Marijuana "probably not" as dangerous as heroin

Chuck Rosenberg, the new acting administrator of the US Drug Enforcement Administration: “If you want me to say that marijuana’s not dangerous, I’m not going to say that because I think it is. Do I think it’s as dangerous as heroin? Read the rest

Solution to synthetic marijuana killing people might be to legalize actual pot which does not

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Just sayin'.

Free pot for 2,000 folks at Oregon's Weed the People event

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Although recreational marijuana is legal to grow and smoke in Oregon, it's not yet legal to sell. But that doesn't mean you can't give it away to 2,000 people, which is what Portland's Weed the People event did yesterday. The first festival of its kind in the U.S., people 21 and over were able to spend the day sampling free weed and everything weed-related.

The alcohol-free event lasted for seven hours, as attendees mulled around to test out smoking devices; relaxed on comfy chairs and listened to records in a “chill out area”; and waited in a line that wound through the inside of a warehouse to enter the “Grow Garden”, the highly secured and roped off area where they could pick up their free goodies.

The historic event was put on by growers and medical marijuana dispensaries (who can sell in Oregon to people with medical cards), and tickets to enter were $40. Read the rest

Astonishing smokable blunt sculptures

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Highly creative blunt sculptures as seen on ValleyRecreational420's Instagram account. Read the rest

Land near Woodstock Festival site may become pot farm

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The New York State Department of Health is selecting companies that may be given license to grow weed on farmland in Bethel, New York adjacent to the site of the legendary Woodstock Music Festival of 1969. Put that in your pipe and smoke it! Read the rest

Raided Santa Ana pot shop sues police, says mayor solicits bribes from marijuana dispensaries

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The suit charges Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido with soliciting bribes for preferential treatment.

CA police raid medical weed dispensary, eat edibles, destroy cameras [UPDATED]

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They ordered customers on the ground, made fun of a disabled (amputee) worker, then gorged on edibles.

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