Legal pot industry already bigger than Cheeto industry

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Americans spent more last year on legal marijuana than they did on Cheetos, Doritos and Funyuns combined. The Denver Post reports that the $5.4 billion total includes medical and recreational sales.

But as they also note, plenty of challenges to the industry remain. First and foremost is the vast and growing disconnect between federal policy, under which marijuana is 100 percent illegal, and laws in the states that have legalized it. Because of federal restrictions, marijuana businesses don't have access to banks. They can't take advantage of the tax breaks other industries enjoy. The threat of raids by overzealous drug cops is present, despite congressional efforts to curtail these actions.

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Mexico just took a huge step toward legalizing marijuana

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Mexico's supreme court today ruled that some parts of the country’s health law are not valid, and that growing, possessing, or using marijuana for recreational purposes is perfectly legal under existing Mexican law.

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The real cause of “Runner's High” may surprise you. It'll surprise you less if you smoke pot.

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Endorphins may have been getting too much credit for “runner's high,” that euphoric lift we get when we exercise intensely. 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.

I had a lot of POLLEN in my HERB grinder

My herb grinder collects a lot of pollen, and I had forgotten it was there. This handy pollen press lets me efficiently store and use it!

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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

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

Philip Montgomery for The New York Times
Just sayin'.

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.

Come to this Colorado resort and enjoy a hassle free Rocky Mountain High

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Shall we have a Boing Boing meetup at this bud and breakfast resort? Read the rest

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

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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

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The most high.

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Vaping hoodie with mouthpiece in the drawstring

Vaprwear has a vaping chamber in the central pocket that feeds smoke out through the drawstring around the hood; they cost about $100 each, in a variety of styles. No word on washing instructions. Read the rest

Seattle prosecutor drops all public marijuana tickets

As reported here, almost all of them were issued by a single cop, who hates legal weed and subjected his victims to humiliating rituals like flipping a coin to see which ones would get the ticket and which would walk away free. Read the rest

Weed growers versus the environment

Michael from Mother Jones writes, "Most people who use marijuana probably don't give much thought to where it comes from. Alas, a huge chunk of it comes from environmentally devastating 'trespass grows' in the national forests, where the growers cut down trees, divert waterways for irrigation, and deploy rodent poison that makes its way into species that are under threat, including birds and weasel-like mammals called fishers. 'I would consider it the No. 1 threat to salmon' in Northern California, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist tells Josh Harkinson, who reported the story for Mother Jones." Read the rest

Uruguay legalizes marijuana

Lawmakers in the small South American nation voted Tuesday to legalize and regulate weed. Read the rest

TSA may allow in-flight marijuana

As more states pass medical marijuana laws, or legalize it outright, the TSA is heading for a don't-ask/don't-tell police on weed at airports. The official policy is to refer drug possession to local law, but where the law doesn't care, that's rather pointless. Read the rest

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