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.
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.
A series of studies point out that vulnerable, still-developing adolescent brains don’t mix so well with marijuana, but definitive research is elusive.
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.
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.
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.
Brad bends down to inspect one of his medical marijuana plants on the farm. NORTHERN CALIFORNIA — Brad and Katherine live a simple life on 120 acres with two dogs, three cats, a goat, some chickens, three alpacas — and just under 2,000 square feet of marijuana plants. Katherine, 31, never smokes pot — though she does bake medical marijuana dog treats for the arthritic family dog, Jake.
Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have now legalized medical marijuana. And eight states — including Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska — plus D.C. have passed laws legalizing recreational marijuana.
In the four years since Colorado voters legalized recreational marijuana, Gov. John Hickenlooper — who originally opposed the referendum — hasn’t seen the negative effects he feared. “You know, at first, I opposed it,” Hickenlooper said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. Since then, Hickenlooper, the former Denver mayor and brewery owner, has softened his stance on weed.