Jesce Horton still remembers the advice his father often imparted to him while he was growing up. Marijuana, said the 34-year-old Horton, was always a big part of those conversations. For Horton, who grew up mostly in Virginia and South Carolina, this warning was more than just a hypothetical.
When Michelle, a 40-year-old lawyer from Connecticut, visited her son at college in Colorado, it did not occur to her at first that she would be venturing from a state where recreational marijuana was still against the law to one that had recently voted to legalize it. Michelle and Schuyler, a 19-year-old organismal biology and ecology major, are pioneers in the brave new world of pot use.
When the people of Colorado voted in 2012 to legalize recreational marijuana, they instantly transformed their governor, John Hickenlooper, into America’s most reluctant pot pioneer. “If it was up to me, I wouldn’t have done it,” Hickenlooper admitted. “We were worried about everything,” Hickenlooper tells Yahoo News.
Somewhere in a suburban New York basement there is a small, unused bag of marijuana, a last attempt to help an elderly father in his final days. One day last spring, in one of his series of hospital rooms, his family — a wife and four grown children — argued over what straws they might grasp to build his strength. Pot could help with that, said his son.
American women are increasingly ingesting marijuana during their pregnancies to stop morning sickness and other conditions, including anxiety and depression.
Small farmers also worry about potential increased enforcement of federal laws outlawing pot under the Trump administration.
According to a new Yahoo News/Marist Poll, more than four in 10 consume cannabis with people other than their family, while roughly the same amount hide their stash.
Marijuana enthusiast Michael Eymer founded Colorado Cannabis Tours in January 2014, the year it became legal to sell recreational weed in the state. Eymer, the 35-year-old single dad, raked in $1.8 million in sales last year. He’s up 66 percent this year so far.
According to an exclusive new Yahoo News/Marist Poll, more than eight in 10 U.S. adults support legalizing pot for medicinal purposes. But when it comes to recreational marijuana, the country is much more divided.
While more Americans than ever say attitudes toward weed have relaxed within families, most still expect greater acceptance for pot use (especially recreational) from close friends than relatives.
A new Yahoo News/Marist Poll shows that most Americans — 74 percent — say it makes no difference to them if their favorite celebrity uses the drug.
Nearly 7 in 10 Americans approve of professional athletes using marijuana to manage pain. The same poll found that similar proportions of Americans did not have a problem with athletes using marijuana for recreational purposes. The most likely people to lose respect for athletes who use marijuana were older (52 percent of respondents 70 and older), political conservatives (47 percent) and those who have not tried marijuana (43 percent).
A series of studies point out that vulnerable, still-developing adolescent brains don’t mix so well with marijuana, but definitive research is elusive.
When Wanda James’ brother Rick was 19, he was arrested for possession of 4.5 ounces of marijuana – and sentenced to 10 years in prison. According to Wanda, the Texas prison system used him as slave labor, compelling him to pick cotton in order to buy his freedom, while the profits of his work went to corporate interests. Since then, Wanda and her husband, Scott Durrah, have been on a mission to reframe the conversation by capitalizing on the same drug that put her brother away.
Postpartum depression (PPD) affects one in nine new mothers. Hours after the birth, cradling her new baby girl in her arms, Behar believed she had dodged the bullet. What followed was what Behar describes as despair: uncontrollable fits of crying, thoughts of hurting herself, and eventually the upsetting realization that she was experiencing postpartum depression.
Maggie Selmeski, 4, and her family are "medical marijuana refugees," as they came to Colorado from Tennessee in pursuit of pot. It is the only effective treatment for Maggie's epilepsy, which can cause 500 seizures a day.
While the nation remains divided on whether recreational marijuana should be legalized, an exclusive new Yahoo News/Marist Poll finds that 83 percent of American adults — even 81 percent of parents — believe that medicinal marijuana should be legalized. Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) says that lobbyists pushing for the legalization of medical marijuana are trying to sell the public on a “Trojan horse” — making the drug seem more normalized and acceptable in society, though it still has dangerous impacts on minors. “The public health doesn’t stand a chance in this fight, because we’re up against money that is going to continue to grow as this industry spreads,” Kennedy concedes, likening marijuana proponents to the big tobacco industry.
An exclusive new Yahoo News/Marist Poll shows that as the legal landscape evolves — and as social attitudes evolve along with it — more and more Americans are overcoming old taboos and accepting marijuana into their family lives. Getting high has lost its stigma in the majority of homes where adults use marijuana, according to the survey of 1,122 Americans 18 or older. Sixty percent of parents who use marijuana at least once or twice a year say their children are aware that they use it, and a majority (54 percent) of them have spoken directly to their kids about their use.
It was Thanksgiving afternoon in Madison, Conn., four years ago, and the Cecchi family was getting ready for dinner. Just before the turkey was served, Paige Cecchi, then an 18-year-old college freshman, gave her older sister, Lauren, “the look,” Paige remembers. “Then we realized Dad had caught ‘the look,’” she says of her father, Mike, who is now 66.
Corrina Fields, a second-grader, sent former President Barack Obama a letter last year outlining all the things she wanted to do with her dad if he got out of prison. On his last day in the White House, the president granted Corrina her wish, including her father, Paul, among the 310 drug offenders who received clemency as he prepared to leave office. In his two terms, Obama pardoned or commuted the sentences of nearly 2,000 people, mainly nonviolent drug offenders, who he believed were serving sentences that were overly harsh.
Sally Schindel sits in front of a painting of her son Andrew Zorn, who took his own life after saying he became addicted to marijuana. Sally Schindel couldn’t remember the last time she’d stood in the rain so long. Police had prohibited Schindel from going into the house where her son, Andy, lived, so she waited for hours in the driveway, alongside officers and a court-ordered psychiatrist, pleading with them to allow her to go inside and ensure that her 31-year-old son was OK.
Rep. Carlos Curbelo is a two-term Republican from a South Florida district that was once the epicenter in the country’s war on drugs. Dubbed the Small Business Tax Equity Act, Curbelo’s bill would let legal pot dealers take advantage of the same tax deductions and credits as any other business, a move that industry experts say would slash the effective tax rates for weed dispensaries in half.
The singer has been smoking marijuana recreationally since 21 but didn’t learn of its medicinal benefits until years later when she was battling cancer.