Space botanists are beneficiaries of Canada's legal weed boom

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It's hard to fund space exploration research -- the commercial applications are speculative and far-off -- but there's never been a better time to study super-efficient, closed-loop botany of the sort that will someday accompany human interplanetary missions, thanks to the need to develop better grow-ops for the burgeoning legal weed market in Canada. Read the rest

Music: 'Time Fi Legalize' Reid Speed remix, We Chief ft. Ragga Twins & Gosteffects

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Listen: "Time Fi Legalize" extra-elevated remix of We Chief feat. Ragga Twins & Gosteffects by Reid Speed.

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On 4/20 day, Canada vows to legalize weed within one year

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Canada's Health Minister Jane Philpott (hehe pot pott get it pot) said today that Canada now has a date for decriminalizing pot: Spring, 2017. The announcement was made on 4/20 Day, significant to cannabis users for reasons nobody can remember, wonder why.

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Pizza box unfolds into a weed pipe

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This pizza box is cleverly designed to let you make a weed pipe before you eat the pizza. The little "pizza saver" that keeps the box top from smushing onto the pizza is made from ceramic, and serves as the pipe's bowl.

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Sensual photos of teens smoking marijuana, taken for the U.S. government in 1973

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These striking shots of two young women chilling out with some herb while relaxing sur l'herbe are official federal government photographs, captured in 1973 by a photographer on assignment for the newly formed EPA.

Playing cards for marijuana enthusiasts

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Neither of these decks are smokable, but they bring two of my favorite things together: weed and magic! For sleigh of hand, and other tricks, I always prefer the Bicycle brand cards, but the rolling paper inspired cards are fun as well.

Bicycle's Hemp Deck has a hemp leaf on the back, but the cards are made of your typical US Playing Cards stock and finish.

RAW rolling papers aren't as iconic as Zig-Zag, but if you want to tell a joint rolling story to accompany a magic trick, this deck'll help convince people they are looking at something special. They also come with a bracelet.

RAW Rolling Paper Playing Cards via Amazon

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Texas gentleman explains why he led police on a 100 mile chase

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A North Texas man refused to pull over for police, leading them on a chase through five counties. He was forced to stop after cops set up spikes in the road and shot out his tires. Fox 4 News in Dallas-Fort Worth was on the scene when he was arrested and interviewed him. The drver was remarkably candid about why he did't pull over, explaining that he had weed in his car. "I had weed on me, yeah. I always have weed on me. I'm tired of getting arrested for weed." Read the rest

On the grave dangers of smoking marijuana

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The pot smoking scene from “Walk Hard - The Dewey Cox Story” never stops being funny. 'Specially after smoking pot.

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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

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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.

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