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Oregon’s first week of legal pot sales takes in $11 million

Recreational sales of marijuana were impressive in Oregon’s first week selling recreational marijuana, making over an estimated $11 million.<p>The Oregon Retail Cannabis Association estimates there were sales of $3.5 million on October 1 alone — the first day that legal recreational sale of cannabis …

Cannabis

10 Things You Can Do at America's First-Ever Weed Resort

It's like Disneyland, but chill. Plus: Doritos.<p>Looking to get away–both in a physical sense and in a mental state sense? Looking for a reason to finally finish off that entire bag of Oreos in one sitting? The Santee Sioux tribe has announced its plans to open the country's first weed resort in …

Cannabis

Actual weed forest found in London

A member of the public called police to a area of woodland in Kingston, South West London, to report the presence of a few cannabis plants growing freely in the outdoors. Officers arrived on the scene and found a "forest" of wild weed, the size of a football pitch. Well known for their wicked sense …

London Bridge

Men's Wearhouse Founder Has Smoked Weed For 50 Years, Doesn’t Care Who Knows

Maybe that's why the suits fit like they do.<p>Men's Wearhouse founder George Zimmer, 66, said last week that he has recreationally smoked weed for half a century.<p>"I've been smoking marijuana on a regular basis for about 50 years," Zimmer told CNBC, before joking, "As you can see, it's really impacted …

Cannabis

Colorado on Pace to Nearly Double Revenue from Marijuana Tax

Going green has got Colorado a ton more green.<p>In 2014, Colorado brought in $76 million in tax revenue from legal cannabis sales when the state became …

Gains made in fighting California wildfires but threat persists | Reuters

(Reuters) - Firefighters were gaining ground on two major wildfires in drought-stricken California on Saturday as the tally of destroyed homes rises and searchers look for more people reported missing, officials said.<p>Firefighters search for victims in the rubble of a home burnt by the Valley Fire …

California Wildfires

The next 11 states that will legalize marijuana

Slide 1 of 13<p>Compared to 1969, when only 12% supported legalizing pot, the majority of Americans today support legalizing recreational use of the …

This Dog Accidentally Ate A Pot Brownie And Has Been Stoned Off His Butt Since Tuesday

Colorado may be the coolest state in the country due to their chill pot laws, but that doesn’t mean that people shouldn’t watch where they throw their edibles. Not just because littering is bad (it is), but because tossing a half-eaten weed cookie to the ground may result in a small animal getting …

All of these presidential candidates have admitted smoking marijuana

One of the lighter moments of Wednesday’s epic slog of a Republican presidential primary debate came when former Florida governor Jeb Bush joked that …

This could be the next state to legalize marijuana

The proposals, submitted to State Attorney General Maura Healey by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and the Bay State Repeal, argue that legalizing the drug will make it easier to regulate its sale and prevent underage kids from accessing it.<p>Now, the backers must collect and file …

The military is using an obscure law to go after Bowe Bergdahl

Observers wondered for months if Bergdahl would be charged with desertion after the deal brokered by the U.S. to bring him home following years in Taliban captivity.<p>In addition to a desertion charge, Bergdahl is also accused of misbehavior before the enemy, a much rarer offense that carries a …

Bowe Bergdahl

China’s new oil contract signals shift from Brent and US dollar

New Chinese oil contract will challenge the dollar's dominance as the primary currency for trading commodities<p>Brent crude has been the global benchmark against which most oil is measured ever since the field from which it draws its name was discovered in the 1970s.<p>The first Brent futures were …

Public Furor as Chinese Woman Who Is Eight Months Pregnant Is Forced to Consider Abortion to Save Her Husband’s Job

BEIJING (AP) — A public outcry has been raised over the plight of a 41-year-old woman who’s considering an illegal abortion at 8 months because the child would violate China’s restrictive birth policy and would cost her husband his government job.<p>Photo credit: Shutterstock<p>Members of the public have …

China

How weed is being embraced by the wellness movement

Picture this: you’re watching Scandal. After a long day of stealth and subterfuge, Olivia Pope has returned home, wrapped herself in a white cashmere robe and is ready to unwind. But instead of a glass of red wine, maybe she sips some tea infused with peppermint and cannabis, perhaps Evergreen …

Cannabis

Grandma Built A Pot Shop -- Now She Wants To Sell It

While many retirees spend time in their gardens, 82-year-old Florence Childs has chosen to work with another kind of plant. In 2014 she won the license for, and created the Top Shelf recreational cannabis store near Spokane Washington. Small and tidy, friendly and well-stocked, the store attracts …

Cannabis

Willie Nelson Finally Revealed Who In The White House Let Him Smoke Pot On The Roof

Earlier this year, Willie Nelson announced perhaps most no-brainer slam dunk idea of all-time when he decided to partner with a group to start franchising marijuana dispensaries nationwide. Sitting down with <i>GQ</i> to talk about the forthcoming stores, having a smoke off with Snoop Dogg, and a lot of …

Marijuana wine the next big thing

Kathleen Wilcox on the trend for weed-infused wine, here quoting Dr. Carl Ruck…<p>Though he refrained from commenting on the “advisability” of renewing …

Alcohol sales get higher after weed legalization contrary to industry fears

Alcohol businesses are seeing ‘phenomenal growth’ alongside marijuana industry in Colorado, dispelling concerns that consumers prefer pot over booze<p>Underlying the debate over marijuana legalization has been an equally fierce battle between marijuana and another so-called vice industry: alcohol.<p>As …

Cannabis

Tens of thousands of Japanese protest against 'war law'

Tens of thousands of protesters have rallied outside Japan's parliament to oppose legislation that could see troops in the officially pacifist nation engage in combat for the first time since World War II.<p>In one of the summer's biggest protests ahead of the new law's anticipated passage next month, …

Japan

Dick Cheney’s staggering Iran hypocrisy: Why we need to ignore his sinister war games at all costs

The former vice president is saying whatever he can to torpedo negotiations with Iran. Here’s what he’s not saying<p>The photo accompanying a Washington Post article published yesterday, which reported on a letter signed by nearly 200 Generals and Admirals opposing the Iran deal, showed Lt. General …

National Security

Chad executes 10 members of Boko Haram by firing squad

One of those killed – Bahna Fanaye, alias Mahamat Moustapha – has been described as a leader of the Nigeria-based terrorist group<p>Chad has executed 10 members of Boko Haram by firing squad, marking the first use of the death penalty since the country bolstered its anti-terrorist measures last …

Africa

Meet the Dating Coach Who Wants to Help Stoners Find True Love

Molly Peckler says can help you find the stoner guy or girl of your dreams.<p>As a newly single woman, I've quickly grown tired of the unsolicited fisting offers on OKCupid and Tinder—and as a newly single stoner, the prospect of finding a romantic partner who is not only interesting but interested in …

Turkey carries out first air strikes as part of anti-Isis US coalition

Attacks on targets in northern Syria follow agreement on the ‘procedures and technical details’ of cooperation between the two nations<p>Turkish fighter jets have carried out their first air strikes as part of the US-led coalition against Islamic State in Syria. A Turkish foreign ministry statement …

Middle East

South Sudan's president signs peace deal but has many qualms

It took more than 20 months and seven failed deals and cease-fires for South Sudan's fractious leaders to finally sign a peace agreement.<p>That was the easy part.<p>So what are the chances that two rival South Sudanese leaders — brilliant warriors who have been so far dismal at governing — will make …

Africa

Two men try and fail to fly drugs and porn into a Maryland prison

Another contraband-carrying drone has been caught red-handed, this time at a maximum-security prison near Cumberland, Maryland.<p>Police arrested two men who were preparing to fly a Yuneec typhoon model with a cargo capacity of up to 8 oz (225 g), the Associated Press reports, which was intended to …

Drones

Bodies of 50 migrants found in hull of boat rescued off Libyan coast

Discovery came as personnel from the Swedish ship Poseidon rescued 439 people from ship attempting to cross Mediterranean to Europe<p>About 50 bodies were found in the hull of a migrant boat that was rescued off Libya’s northern coast on Wednesday, adding to the more than 2,400 people who have …

Middle East

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North and South Korea back from brink of war as propaganda broadcasts halted

In face-saving truce, North Korea says it "regrets" landmine deaths of two South Koreans while Seoul halts propaganda broadcasts at the border<p>After 40-plus-hours of talks, North and South Korea on Tuesday pulled back from the brink with an accord that allows both sides to save face and, for the …

North Korea

U.S. stocks, after surging to start the day, end with a thud

And just like that, the rally vanished.<p>Stocks had rebounded strongly in early trading from a week of severe drops, but the rally couldn't be sustained, especially in the final hour, when prices went into a near free-fall.<p>Many investors no doubt hoped the early rally, in which the Dow Jones …

Stock Markets