The Marijuana Debate
The political debate on the merits of medical and recreational marijuana continues.
Study Finds Smoking Marijuana Could Have A Surprising Health RiskBy Grant Suneson | August 9, 2017
A new study found that people who have used marijuana may be more three times as likely to die of hypertension than those who haven't.
This 'Cards Against Humanity' Set Funds Marijuana LegalizationBy Casey Mendoza | August 3, 2017
As of Thursday, the company had donated over $80,000 to marijuana legalization efforts in Illinois.
Sen. Cory Booker Proposes Nationwide Marijuana LegalizationBy Casey Mendoza | August 1, 2017
The proposed Marijuana Justice Act would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act.
Senate Votes To Shield Medical Marijuana States From Federal CrackdownBy Grant Suneson | July 28, 2017
A Senate committee amended a spending bill to protect people in states with medical marijuana laws from prosecution over prescription pot.
You Can Now Legally Buy Weed In NevadaBy Jake Jones | July 1, 2017
The Silver State is now the fifth to allow recreational marijuana sales.
There Could Be A Link Between Car Wrecks And MarijuanaBy Lindsey Pulse | June 23, 2017
A study found a correlation between some states with legalized recreational marijuana use and the frequency of collision claim reports.
Vermont's Governor Vetoes A Bill To Legalize Recreational MarijuanaBy Grant Suneson | May 24, 2017
Vermont's governor refused to sign legislation to legalize recreational marijuana, unless the state's Congress makes some changes.
Medical Marijuana Is Safe From A Federal Crackdown For NowBy Katherine Biek | May 2, 2017
Congress included a provision in its new budget bill that says the Department of Justice can't spend money on medical marijuana prosecutions.
In Denver, There's A Church For MarijuanaBy Ryan Biek | April 24, 2017
The International Church of Cannabis opened its doors on 4/20 despite efforts from a legislator to block it.
Legalizing Medical Marijuana Could Save A Lot Of Taxpayer DollarsBy Lindsey Pulse | April 22, 2017
A study found that if all states had a medical marijuana law, it would save taxpayer money used on prescription drugs.
Support For Pot Seems To Be Growing, But Not In Trump's White HouseBy Briana Koeneman | April 20, 2017
In a recent CBS poll, 61 percent of people said they believe recreational marijuana use should be legal.
Canada Introduces A Bill To Legalize Marijuana NationwideBy Grant Suneson | April 13, 2017
Canada's Liberal Party says its plan to legalize pot would help keep it away from kids and hurt criminal organizations.
Legal Weed's Popularity Could Be An Obstacle For White House CrackdownBy Jake Godin | February 24, 2017
Support is at an all-time high (and growing).
A 'Congressional Cannabis Caucus' Forms To Support Pot On Capitol HillBy Grant Suneson | February 17, 2017
Four congressmen from both sides of the aisle are teaming up in support of marijuana reform.
You Can Soon Get Gonzo With Hunter S. Thompson-Brand MarijuanaBy Grant Suneson | November 30, 2016
Hunter S. Thompson's widow is selling strains of marijuana descended from plants used by her late husband to make money for his compound.
NFL Suspends Player Who Uses Marijuana To Treat Chronic IllnessBy Grant Suneson | November 29, 2016
Buffalo Bills tackle Seantrel Henderson will be suspended for violating the NFL's drug policy. He says he uses marijuana to treat his Crohn's disease.
Why The Legal Pot Industry Is Afraid Of Jeff SessionsBy Eugene Daniels, Matt Picht | November 22, 2016
The incoming attorney general could spell an end to the federal government's tolerance of legalized marijuana.
A Bunch Of States Just Legalized Recreational MarijuanaBy Kate Grumke | November 11, 2016
That brings the grand total to eight states that allow recreational weed.
NFL Could Start Using Marijuana To Relieve Its Players' PainBy Katherine Biek | November 10, 2016
Medical marijuana is now legal in 14 states that are home to NFL teams.
Legalizing Weed Doesn't Necessarily Mean More People Would Smoke ItBy Ryan Biek | November 1, 2016
State marijuana policies could have a big influence on how many people use the drug, according to a new study.
Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Could Inject $7.8B Into The EconomyBy Briana Koeneman | September 23, 2016
The new report also claims the entire cannabis industry in the U.S. could hit $20.6 billion by 2020.
Police Find Hundreds Of Marijuana Plants At Connecticut Day CareBy Briana Koeneman | September 6, 2016
West Haven police estimate the plants were 6 to 10 feet tall and worth over $1 million.
The DEA Still Isn't Easing Up On Medical Marijuana RestrictionsBy Lindsey Pulse | August 11, 2016
However, the government did say it will open up more avenues for marijuana research.
Marijuana Activists Brought 2 Massive (Fake) Joints To The DNC PartyBy Kate Grumke | July 25, 2016
For the first time, Democrats put a path to marijuana legalization on the party platform. Demonstrators celebrated with a massive joint.
In 2016, Democrats Will Try To Puff Puff Pass Marijuana Reform LawsBy Grant Suneson | July 10, 2016
The Democratic Party announced it will officially support marijuana reform as part of its 2016 party platform.
It Looks Like Medical Marijuana Is Burning Up Prescription Drug SalesBy Melissa Prax | July 7, 2016
One study found states that legalized medical marijuana saw drops in some Medicare drug prescriptions.
$24M Seized In Miami Home Of Accused Marijuana TraffickerBy Ben Lawson | June 30, 2016
Police say the $24 million found in a Miami home was connected with trafficking cannabis to Tennessee.
Clinical Trial Offers New Hope For Marijuana-Based Prescription DrugsBy Samantha Crook | June 27, 2016
The company that makes the drug, GW Pharmaceuticals, told outlets it will likely apply for U.S. market approval by 2017.
Colorado Teens Aren't Using Marijuana As Much As You'd ThinkBy Lauren Stephenson | June 21, 2016
Colorado legalized the recreational use of marijuana for people 21 and older in 2012.
Microsoft Is Finding A Bud In Marijuana SoftwareBy Katie Link | June 16, 2016
The company is partnering with a Los Angeles-based startup to offer software that tracks marijuana from "seed to sale."
1,400 Pounds Of Marijuana Found Inside Coconuts At US-Mexico BorderBy Ben Lawson | May 13, 2016
Border patrol agents found marijuana concealed in 2,400 coconuts.
Germany Will Legalize Medical Marijuana By 2017By Ryan Biek | May 5, 2016
The country's health minister even said he wants insurance companies to help patients who can't afford it.
Pennsylvania Legalizes Medical Marijuana, Hopes To Curb Opioid AbuseBy Grant Suneson | April 17, 2016
Pennsylvania joined 23 other states in legalizing medical marijuana. Lawmakers hope pot can help curtail the state's painkiller abuse problems.
If We Want More Marijuana Research, The Government Needs To Mellow OutBy Ben Lawson | April 7, 2016
The Drug Enforcement Administration is considering changing how marijuana is classified, which could make it easier to research.
Marijuana Activists Light Up In Front Of The White HouseBy Grant Suneson | April 3, 2016
Dozens smoked pot in front of the White House to protest what they call unfair federal regulations on marijuana and those caught with it.
Medical Marijuana Might Be Legalized In Australia Really SoonBy Melissa Prax | February 10, 2016
A new amendment in Australia would legalize medical marijuana there, though each state could decide whether or not to comply.
US Customs Agents Seize 2,800 Marijuana 'Carrots'By Matt Moreno | January 14, 2016
U.S. Customs agents in Pharr, Texas, discovered the marijuana disguised as carrots. They weren't fooled by the phony produce.
Marijuana Legalization In Mexico Probably Won't Come EasilyBy Eugene Daniels | November 4, 2015
Mexico's Supreme Court has taken a first step toward marijuana legalization, but it may not be as easy as proponents hope.
Ohio Voters Give Marijuana Initiative The Red LightBy Jake Godin | November 4, 2015
Ohioans voted down Issue 3, which would have legalized recreational marijuana. The catch? Ten locations would have been the primary farms.
Smoking Marijuana Might Have Some Surprising Health BenefitsBy Ryan Biek, Matt Picht | November 2, 2015
Smoking marijuana can be bad for you, but these studies suggest that pot might also benefit your body.
More People Support Marijuana Legalization Than Ever BeforeBy Eugene Daniels | October 30, 2015
At least 17 states could vote on some form of marijuana legalization in the 2016 election.
Smokers Addicted To Marijuana Have Nearly DoubledBy Ryan Biek | October 22, 2015
A new study found the number of marijuana smokers more than doubled between 2001 and 2013 and that marijuana addictions have nearly doubled, too.
You Can Now Buy Recreational Marijuana In OregonBy Ryan Biek | October 1, 2015
Oregon now will allow the sale of recreational marijuana in limited quantities, but what benefits and challenges likely await the state?
Marijuana Tax Breaks Aim To Curb Black Market, CompetitorsBy Matt Moreno | June 10, 2015
Colorado will reduce its state marijuana sales tax to 8 percent by 2017 as Oregon considers a tax that might better compete with neighboring states.
Heavy Marijuana Use During Teens Might Lead To Memory LossBy Ben Lawson | March 12, 2015
Researchers have linked marijuana use to long-term memory loss among people who regularly smoked the drug as teenagers.
Washington D.C. Legalizes Recreational MarijuanaBy Jay Strubberg | February 26, 2015
Despite stern opposition from Republican lawmakers, the possession of recreational marijuana became legal in the nation's capital Thursday.
Marijuana Nowhere Near As Deadly As Alcohol: StudyBy Jay Strubberg | February 25, 2015
A new study says marijuana is about 114 times less deadly than alcohol.
Alaska Becomes Third State To Legalize MarijuanaBy Jamal Andress | February 24, 2015
On Tuesday, Alaska's new marijuana laws took effect, allowing anyone older than 21 to legally smoke, grow and own small amounts of marijuana.
How Bob Marley Is Endorsing A Global Marijuana BrandBy Jamal Andress | November 18, 2014
Marley Natural is the first global marijuana brand, and fittingly, the face of the product is one of its most famous fans.
New York City Might Be Next To Relax Marijuana RulesBy Jasmine Bailey | November 10, 2014
According to reports, New York City might change its marijuana policy so offenders would only get a ticket.
Why Marijuana Legalization Might Not Mean What You ThinkBy Jake Godin | November 5, 2014
The dust has cleared after 2014's midterm elections, and it's clear people want legalized marijuana. Well, at least in Alaska, Oregon and D.C.
Congress Could Be Big Hurdle In D.C. Marijuana LegalizationBy Bram Sable-Smith | October 12, 2014
D.C. voters appear likely to legalize marijuana in November, but the initiative faces one large hurdle: the U.S. Congress.
NFL Hands Browns’ Josh Gordon Yearlong Ban For Marijuana UseBy Matt Moreno | August 27, 2014
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will miss the entire 2014 season after the NFL upheld its suspension Wednesday.
Does Medical Marijuana Reduce Painkiller Overdose Deaths?By Amy Kluber | August 26, 2014
A new study found fewer deaths from prescription drug overdoses in states that have legalized medical marijuana. But experts disagree on the results.
Seattle Officer Investigated For Excessive Marijuana TicketsBy Madison Burke | August 1, 2014
A Seattle police officer is under investigation after writing colorful comments on some of the many marijuana tickets he issued.
Free Medical Marijuana For Some Berkeley, Calif. ResidentsBy Jasmine Bailey | July 10, 2014
Berkeley city council unanimously passed an ordinance requiring dispensaries to give away a portion of the marijuana they sell each year.
Washington State Prepares For First Legal Marijuana SalesBy Christine Slusser | July 7, 2014
Starting Tuesday, marijuana can legally be sold for recreational use in the state of Washington.
Pope (Again) Speaks Out Against Legalized MarijuanaBy Christina Hartman | June 20, 2014
Pope Francis reiterated his stance against legalizing marijuana Friday, calling drug addiction "evil."
'Weed Fairy' Gives Away Marijuana In Seattle's Capitol HillBy Briana Koeneman | May 27, 2014
A woman has been taping small nuggets of marijuana to fliers and posting them around Seattle's Capitol Hill to keep people's spirits high. Literally.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa Busted For Marijuana Possession AgainBy Jay Strubberg | May 25, 2014
TSA agents in Texas caught the 26-year-old rapper with a half gram of weed. He was arrested by local police.
Could Marijuana Use Lead To Serious Heart Problems?By Briana Koeneman | April 24, 2014
A new study says marijuana use could lead to serious heart-related complications.
Whoopi Goldberg Pens Pro-Marijuana ColumnBy Amy Kluber | April 17, 2014
Whoopi Goldberg's new pro-weed column premiered on The Denver Post's marijuana website. In it, Goldberg discusses her love for her pot vaporizer.
Could Even Casual Marijuana Use Alter Your Brain?By Mikah Sargent | April 16, 2014
A new study conducted by researchers at Northwestern and Harvard suggests even casual marijuana use can alter your brain.
Marijuana Pills, Sprays Might Ease MS SymptomsBy Erik Shute | March 25, 2014
The American Academy of Neurology released new guidelines with some evidence marijuana in pill and oral spray forms can help curb symptoms of MS.
Colorado Takes In $2 Million From January Marijuana SalesBy Jake Godin | March 10, 2014
Colorado made $2 million from recreational marijuana sales for the month of January. An additional $1.5 million came from from medical marijuana.
New York Gov. Cuomo To Support Medical MarijuanaBy Matt Picht | January 5, 2014
In an upcoming address, New York's governor Andrew Cuomo reportedly plans to announce an executive action legalizing marijuana for some medical uses.
Nigella Lawson Admits To Using Cocaine, MarijuanaBy Christine Slusser | December 5, 2013
In a shocking twist in a high-profile court case, Nigella Lawson has admitted to using both cocaine and marijuana. She said she'd rather be honest.
Denver Post Adds Marijuana EditorBy Matt Moreno | December 1, 2013
The Denver Post has named a "marijuana editor" to cover pot-related stories. The drug will be legalized in Colorado starting in January 2014.
Legalized Marijuana Fails In MaineBy John O'Connor | November 22, 2013
The effort to legalize marijuana in Maine is dead for now after the state's legislature failed to push a pot legalization bill forward.
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