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Life With Legal Weed

A conversation with middle-aged moms, homeless men, and college kids about post-prohibition in Boulder, Colorado<p>The most eclectic gathering spot in Boulder, Colorado, is the Pearl Street Mall, a pedestrian thoroughfare at the heart of downtown. Alongside its relatively pricey stores and …

If Medical Marijuana Laws Cause A 'Surge in Drugged Driving Deaths,' Why Are Fatalities Falling?

A study published by the <i>American Journal of Epidemiology</i> last month found that 12.2% of drivers killed by car crashes in six states tested positive for cannabinol, a marijuana metabolite, in 2010, up from 4.2% in 1999. Here is how NBC News translated that finding in the headline over a story posted …

First Bong Bowl? Matchup highlights NFL's pot stance

20 states have legalized medical marijuana. But NFL players who live there can't use pot.<p>Bong Bowl. Reefer Bowl. Stoner Bowl. These names are emerging leading up to this year's Super Bowl matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.<p>Colorado and Washington are the only two states …

Is It the Beginning of the End for West African Lions?

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>West African lions, the lean, majestic creatures that used to roam the region, have dwindled down to …

Side Effect Of Legal Pot: Police Budgets Take A Hit

Some U.S. states are viewing the legalization of marijuana as a chance to gain new sources of tax revenue. Several states allow its use for medical reasons; Colorado has approved its recreational use, and Washington will follow suit this year.<p>But the decriminalization of pot also stands to remove a …

Berlin Clinic Aims To Make Genital Cutting Survivors Feel Whole

<b>Listen · 7:50</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>At a recent sewing class held in Berlin at Mama Afrika, which helps immigrants adjust to life in Germany, most of the African and Middle Eastern students feign ignorance when founder Hadja Kaba asks them about female genital mutilation.<p>Turning to …

Lighting Up Legally in Pictures

Bitcoin miners don't have to register with the US government

The US Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued guidance earlier this year outlining how virtual currencies like Bitcoin should be regulated. According to the guidelines as originally interpreted, both companies and individuals trading in the cryptocurrency would …

Stop coddling your dog—he’s 99.9% wolf

SANTA CLARITA, California—Cesar Millan crosses the road to meet me. Two pit bulls, a Chihuahua, and a Yorkshire terrier—named Junior, Taco, Alfie and Kaley Cuoko—follow. Off leash and at heel, the dogs are calm, almost languid. If Millan communicates with them, I do not notice.<p>For the past few …

Pets

Top 10 Marijuana Myths and Facts

There's a lot of misinformation out there about marijuana, so we're breaking down 10 of the most persistent myths about the drug – and giving you the …

Top 10

The lie that won’t die: “We don’t know enough about marijuana!”

Drug warriors insist we still don’t know enough about its possible therapeutic properties. It’s simply not true<p>Speaking recently with the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, UCLA professor and former Washington state "pot czar" Mark Kleiman implied that we as a society are largely ignorant when it comes to the …

Colorado resorts brace for marijuana tourism

Colorado's ski resorts and mountain towns are bracing for an influx of tourists seeking a now-legal Rocky Mountain high.<p>Last year, the state legalized the possession and use of small amounts of recreational marijuana, and on Jan. 1 special stores will be allowed to sell pot to anyone 21 and over. …

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Mormon church addresses past racism

The Mormon church has issued its most comprehensive explanation yet about its past exclusion of black people from the priesthood.<p>The statement disavowing previous teachings was posted on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' website.<p>It says an era of great racial divide influenced the …

Marijuana shop owners racing to bag safety

Child-resistant packaging is a pillar of Colorado’s rules for recreational pot shops, approved as a requirement months ago to reduce the risk of …

Washington State Growers Roll The Dice On New Pot Licenses

Washington residents thinking about jumping into the state's new legal marijuana industry need to act soon. The deadline to apply for a state license to sell recreational pot is Dec. 19, and the applications are flooding in.<p>Danielle Rosellison, a loan officer in Bellingham, Wash., applied for her …

Male and Female Brains Really Are Built Differently

The hemispheres of women's brains are more interconnected. Does that matter?<p>Ready your knowing smirk, because here comes a scientific gem that’s sure to enliven even the dullest of holiday parties.<p>By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found …

Archaeologists' discovery puts Buddha's birth 300 years earlier

When Professor Robin Coningham's youngest son Gus was five, he was asked at school what his father did. "He works for the Buddha," said the boy. Which led to a bit of confusion, recalls Coningham.<p>But it turns out Gus was not that far off the mark. Last week it emerged that a team led by Coningham, …

Why Americans and Europeans may soon start dying of infections like it’s 1905 again

Antibiotics aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do anymore. You know, kill infections. Since Alexander Fleming invented penicillin 75 years ago, nearly all bacteria have mutated into strains impervious to antibiotics. Those souped up bacteria now kill hundreds of thousands of people, at a …

Medicine

Experts: Maine, Michigan votes another 'green light' for marijuana legalization

Marijuana is moving on "greased tracks" toward legalization, according to the advocacy group that's been riding the train for more than 40 years.<p>The reason is a stark shift in public opinion, said Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. On …

Portland's Pot Vote Could Make It A Gateway City For Maine

It's been a big year in the marijuana legalization movement. Not only did Colorado and Washington voters make marijuana legal last November, but this week Coloradans approved a ballot measure to tax marijuana sales.<p>Also this week, Michigan voters in three cities removed penalties for possession. …

Marijuana Advocates Are Really Bumming the Booze Lobby Out

The alcohol industry says pot campaigners' effort to downplay the dangers of smoking is leaving them with a nasty hangover.<p>Marijuana is giving alcohol a bad name.<p>So contend booze lobbyists, who are getting sick of an ad campaign that makes the claim that pot is safer than their beloved …

Hawking says not finding Higgs boson would be 'more interesting'

The discovery of the once-elusive Higgs boson particle after a decades-long hunt is widely regarded as a major breakthrough, but legendary physicist Stephen Hawking thinks the field would actually be more "interesting" if the Higgs had remained a mystery.<p>"Physics would be far more interesting if it …

Physics

20 Years Of 36 Chambers: Uncle Ralph Talks Directing Wu-Tang’s Early Videos

Bar none, Uncle Ralph fathered the hip hop visuals game. Not only did his brainchild, Video Music Box, structure the template for hosting and airing …