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The Marijuana Debate

The political debate on the merits of medical and recreational marijuana continues.

Study Finds Smoking Marijuana Could Have A Surprising Health Risk

By 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 Legalization

By 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 Legalization

By 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 Crackdown

By 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 Nevada

By 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 Marijuana

By 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 Marijuana

By 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 Now

By 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 Marijuana

By 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 Dollars

By 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 House

By 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 Nationwide

By 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 Crackdown

By Jake Godin | February 24, 2017

Support is at an all-time high (and growing).

A 'Congressional Cannabis Caucus' Forms To Support Pot On Capitol Hill

By 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 Marijuana

By 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 Illness

By 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 Sessions

By 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 Marijuana

By 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' Pain

By 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 It

By 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 Economy

By 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 Care

By 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 Restrictions

By 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 Party

By 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 Laws

By 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 Sales

By 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 Trafficker

By 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 Drugs

By 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 Think

By 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 Software

By 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 Border

By Ben Lawson | May 13, 2016

Border patrol agents found marijuana concealed in 2,400 coconuts.

Germany Will Legalize Medical Marijuana By 2017

By 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 Abuse

By 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 Out

By 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 House

By 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 Soon

By 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 Easily

By 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 Light

By 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 Benefits

By 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 Before

By 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 Doubled

By 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 Oregon

By 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, Competitors

By 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 Loss

By 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 Marijuana

By 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: Study

By Jay Strubberg | February 25, 2015

A new study says marijuana is about 114 times less deadly than alcohol.

Alaska Becomes Third State To Legalize Marijuana

By 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 Brand

By 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 Rules

By 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 Think

By 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 Legalization

By 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 Use

By 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 Tickets

By 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. Residents

By 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 Sales

By 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 Marijuana

By 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 Hill

By 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 Again

By 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 Column

By 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 Symptoms

By 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 Sales

By 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 Marijuana

By 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, Marijuana

By 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 Editor

By 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 Maine

By 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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